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Gov. Charlie Baker speaks with a Yankee Candle employee during his tour of the company's Whately factory Thursday afternoon.

Gov. Charlie Baker says Yankee Candle ‘a success story I’d like to replicate all over the place’

Friday, May 29, 2015

WHATELY — Yankee Candle is Franklin County’s largest employer and during a short visit Thursday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker called it a success story to be replicated across the state. During a tour of the Pioneer Valley, Baker stopped by the company’s production facility in Whately, where he toured the factory floor, spoke with employees and held a short press …

South Hadley Electric Light Department commissioners vote 2-1 to halt Old Lyman Road move

Thursday, May 28, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The commissioners of the South Hadley Electric Light Department voted 2-1 Thursday night to rescind last year’s decision to build a new headquarters on residentially zoned land the utility owns on Old Lyman Road. The vote does not eliminate that possibility, said Chairwoman Anne Awad. But before more work is done on a new headquarters, Awad said she wants to …

Southampton ambulance loses paramedic-level service; state orders retraining over drug record-keeping

Thursday, May 28, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — The Southampton Fire Department has been forced to halt some of its ambulance services after state inspectors discovered paramedics have not been following proper drug record-keeping procedures. The Fire Department will not be allowed to operate paramedic-level ambulance services until staff is retrained in the coming weeks, following an inspection performed Thursday by the state Department of Public Health’s Office of …

Northampton orders daytime ban on ‘nonessential’ outdoor water use

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City officials placed a daytime ban on “nonessential” outdoor water use Tuesday, citing low water levels in the Mill River. The ban — in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day until the river rises — limits the watering of lawns to handheld hoses …

Monson man arrested after driving into ditch in Amherst, and other area police news

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Amherst ■ Ronald J. Wutka, 52, of Monson, was arrested at 1:37 a.m. Saturday on East Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger after the vehicle he was driving on East …

Amherst police say decorative UMass banners stolen from downtown light posts

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

AMHERST — Several decorative banners that line the streets of downtown Amherst and serve as a welcome to visitors were stolen from downtown light posts last week, according to police. Detective Jamie Reardon said Tuesday that police are investigating the thefts, reported at 11:32 a.m. Friday. Each of …

Feeling clean

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Amherst marks Memorial Day with parade, speech by Operation Enduring Freedom veteran Justin Maynard

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — Justin Maynard told the crowd gathered at the gates of the War Memorial swimming pool Monday morning about the day in Afghanistan just over four years ago when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated an …

Obama salutes fallen at Arlington

Monday, May 25, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must “never stop trying to fully repay them” for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 …

Soldier’s Heart founders from Belchertown seek to restore ‘the soul after war’

Monday, May 25, 2015

ROWE — As the nation on Memorial Day honored its soldiers who died in battles of every era, a psychotherapist specializing in “the war after war” says we need to resanctify the age-old compact with our warriors if we are ever to heal what he calls our “post-traumatic …

Police cruiser damaged as officers break up crowd near Mill River

Monday, May 25, 2015

Northampton ∎ A Northampton police cruiser was damaged about 4 p.m. Sunday after police dispersed a group of people near a dam behind Chartpak on River Road in Leeds. Police said they plan to summon a 21-year-old Chicopee man on charges of trespassing, trespassing with a motor vehicle, …

Amherst teacher, like her mother, to receive Massachusetts Teachers Association Lifetime Civil Rights Award

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — Alicia Lopez of Amherst went through school knowing that whatever her life path would be, there was one career she would avoid at all costs — teaching. Both her parents were teachers, and even seeing her mother, Sonia Nieto, win the prestigious Massachusetts Teachers Association Lifetime …

Area police news

Monday, May 25, 2015

Northampton ∎ Kenneth L. English, 50, of 43 Center St., was arrested near 109 Main St. at 12:27 p.m. Sunday on an Eastern Hampshire District Court warrant for assault and battery and threatening to commit a crime. ∎ Police investigated a reported shoplifting at Wal-Mart at 180 North …