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Whately schedules another vote on Town Hall renovation forums

Saturday, November 1, 2014

WHATELY — Following a contentious vote at a special Town Meeting Oct. 21 to approve spending for public forums to gauge public opinion on the town hall rehabilitation project, the Whately Select Board last week voted to reconsider the issue. Another special Town Meeting will be held Nov. 12. Voters Oct. 21 were deadlocked on the article which requests $10,000 to hire the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration to hold …

South County EMS uses state grant to buy automatic chest compression machines

Saturday, November 1, 2014

DEERFIELD — Performing chest compressions is one of the most difficult, tiring and time-consuming parts of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but for the medics of South County EMS that process just got a little bit easier. The regional ambulance service recently purchased two automatic chest compression machines, known as LUCAS 2 Chest Compression Systems, through …

Contrast in campaign donations to incumbent, challenger in 1st Franklin District

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Political campaigns, even local ones, cost a lot of money. But a close look at differences in campaign contributions in even the largely rural 1st Franklin District says a lot about money and contemporary state politics. The nature of their donors provides a striking contrast between 35-year-old Republican political newcomer Dylan Korpita, a former New York bond trader for Morgan Stanley, and 21-year …

Man killed by train in Belchertown Wednesday night

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A 38-year-old man was struck and killed by a freight train on tracks near the Wilson Road bridge about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to Police Chief Francis Fox Jr. The man’s name was not made public Wednesday night because relatives had not been notified of his …

Chemical reaction prompts evacuation of Sanderson Academy in Ashfield

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ASHFIELD — A chemical reaction of cleaning fluid in a plugged-up classroom drain resulted in the temporary evacuation of about 125 children from Sanderson Academy Wednesday morning. The children were bused to the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, as a precautionary measure, while Ashfield firefighters examined the cause of fumes …

Hampshire Halloween concert prompts full emergency staffing in Amherst

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AMHERST — Multi-gendered rapper and poet Mykki Blanco headlines an annual Halloween celebration at Hampshire College on Friday night. Blanco is one of at least six musical acts scheduled to take the stage between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. at an event that also features fireworks and is …

Day of prayer and reflection Sunday at New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AMHERST — Racist graffiti in dormitories at the University of Massachusetts. A black youth dead from a bullet fired by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ebola virus claiming lives in West Africa. While the events may …

US sets 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — Ordering firm restrictions for U.S. troops returning from West Africa, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the military men and women helping fight Ebola must undergo 21-day quarantines — longer than required for many civilian …

Renewed grant continues advocates supporting survivors of domestic and sexual assaults in Amherst, Northampton

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A grant that has allowed survivors of domestic and sexual assaults in Amherst and Northampton and on the University of Massachusetts campus to receive immediate support and services from civilian advocates will continue for another three years. Amherst Police, in collaboration with Northampton Police, UMass Police and the …

Alleged ringleader of auto insurance fraud ring based in New York City denies 29 new charges in Hampshire Superior Court

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Seven people charged with involvement in an alleged car insurance fraud scheme based in New York City were in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday, including the accused ringleader who pleaded not guilty to 29 new charges. The …

Area police news

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Amherst ∎ A break into a vehicle parked at Puffton Village, 1040 North Pleasant St., was reported at 1:27 p.m. Tuesday. Hadley ∎ Michael Y. Chayet, 47, of 29 North Main St., Florence, was arrested at 6:41 p.m. Tuesday on Route 9 on a warrant. ∎ A 21-year-old …

New program gives Northampton seniors, veterans a tax break in exchange for volunteer service

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One senior citizen proofread a database of contact information for students at Northampton High School. Another scanned paper documents into electronic format at the Board of Health. And a third worked as a cashier at the …

Linking state gasoline tax to Consumer Price Index at stake in ballot Question 1

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One of four statewide ballot questions facing voters Tuesday is whether to eliminate annual adjustments to the gasoline and diesel fuel tax that are based on changes in the Consumer Price Index. If Question 1 is approved, it …