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This year, Mike's Maze, seen in this aerial photo, is based on the classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." It features Alice herself, as well as other iconic images like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter's hat, all cut into the Sunderland cornfield.

‘Alice in Sunderland’ this year’s theme for maze cut in maize

Saturday, September 5, 2015

SUNDERLAND — This fall, it won’t take a trip down any rabbit holes along the banks of the Connecticut River to experience Sunderland’s own version of Wonderland. At Warner’s Farm on South Main Street, this year’s design for Mike’s Maze features Alice herself, the Cheshire Cat and some very unhappy pink flamingos. While answering a series of trivia questions correctly will see most visitors through the sprawling eight acres of cut maize with relative ease, planning and constructing the annual attraction takes much longer, according to those who are responsible for putting it all together. This season is the first time that David and Jess …

Hilltown Voices: Hilltown CDC receives $1 million Community Development Block Grant

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Hilltown Community Development Corp. based in Chesterfield, received a Community Development Block Grant last month totaling $1,097,235. “The Department of Health and Community Development awards these grants annually through a competition,” said Dave Christopolis, executive director of the Hilltown CDC. The agency applied for the grant on behalf of the towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Peru, Plainfield, Williamsburg, and Worthington. Christopolis said …

Reconstruction of Trinity Row Park fountain in Florence underway

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After a fundraising effort by Florence residents and businesses that brought in nearly $40,000, the fountain in Trinity Row Park will be up and running for the first time in over a decade this fall. The Department of Public Works is finalizing a $39,348 contract to reconstruct the fountain with Belchertown-based …

DAR State Forest to close for season Sept. 8 because of dam repairs

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

GOSHEN — The DAR State Forest will close to the public for the season Sept. 8 while repairs are made to the dam on Highland Lake. The price tag for the project, which includes both engineering and construction, …

Hotel Northampton workers seek to unionize, dozens demonstrate support at rally Tuesday night

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — More than two-thirds of the workers at Hotel Northampton want to unionize — and on Tuesday night they marched through downtown to deliver that message to hotel management. The hotel workers, including servers, cooks, housekeepers and …

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission still taking comments on pipeline’s environmental impact as deadline passes

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A flurry of comments about the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has turned in recent days to a veritable blizzard as the deadline passed Monday for posting comments on what should be …

Sixth ballot elects retired U.S. Navy officer Daniel Whitford to South Hadley Electric Light Department Commission

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — After six ballots Tuesday night, Daniel Whitford was elected to fill a vacancy on the South Hadley Electric Light Department Commission. He will replace Christine Archambault who was forced off the board after a successful …

Obama takes stock of melting Alaska glacier

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SEWARD, Alaska — President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change. From a distance, Exit Glacier appears as a …

Obama coming to Boston for Labor Day breakfast

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — President Barack Obama will be coming to Boston for the annual Greater Boston Labor Council’s Labor Day breakfast on Monday. The White House announced Obama’s plans Tuesday. Rich Rogers, executive secretary-treasurer of the Greater Boston Labor Council, said the group is honored Obama will join its …

Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen to speak at UMass

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen will deliver the University of Massachusetts Amherst economics department’s Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture later this month, but she has not said what topic she will address. The talk, free …

State Valor Act may apply to Westfield man accused of smashing wine bottles, smearing blood in restaurant’s kitchen

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Westfield man who was arrested Saturday after allegedly smashing wine bottles in a restaurant and then smearing his blood through the kitchen of a nearby eatery was not arraigned in court because he qualifies for possible resolution under the state’s Valor Act. The act relative …

Indie Automotive allowed to stay in Hadley until first anniversary of fire that destroyed shop in Hatfield

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

HADLEY — Indie Automotive owner Greg Lawrence will be allowed to operate out of Foreign Auto Haus at 12 Russell St. (Route 9) in Hadley for about 11 months, the Planning Board decided Tuesday. On Aug. 5, 2016, a year after the date of the fire that leveled …

New policy educates Northampton students about online voter registration

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the start of the school year, students are now being reminded of their civic duty. This fall, seniors at Northampton High School will be presented with instructions for accessing online voter registration. “One of our obligations as a public school district is to advise students …