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MicroCal employees stand this Wednesday outside their facility in the Northampton Industrial Park.

British firm Malvern Instruments buys MicroCal, saving 42 Northampton jobs

Friday, July 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than 40 city jobs that were expected to be lost have been saved after a British company bought MicroCal, a high-tech firm located in the Northampton Industrial Park. Malvern Instruments Ltd. announced Friday that it had completed its acquisition of the company, which had been acquired by GE Healthcare Life Sciences in 2009. GE Healthcare announced last … 0

Amherst’s Mercantile gearing up to move to N. Pleasant St.

Friday, July 25, 2014

AMHERST — An eclectic gift store that has anchored the northern end of downtown Amherst’s retail scene for more than 40 years will be moving closer to town center — and away from an area that is at the beginning stages of significant redevelopment. The Mercantile, located in the Summerlin Building at 11 East Pleasant St., will move to the former Food for … 0

Mascot at Cummington’s Old Creamery gets makeover

Friday, July 25, 2014

After 20-plus years of dedicated service, Camille, the iconic black-and-white fiberglass cow stationed atop the Old Creamery Co-op in Cummington has finally gotten some time off for a little TLC. “We like to say that she is taking a spa vacation,” joked General Manager Michael Kalagher. For Camille, taking a few weeks off … 0

'Robbing the Grave' Pre-need funeral contract fraud and mismanagement has been on state's radar for 10 years

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The challenge of making sure consumers get what they paid for in pre-need funeral contracts is not limited to the now-defunct Ryder Funeral Home. Nor is it a new concern. A former Boston funeral home director, Joseph V. O’Donnell, 55, was being held last week on … 0

Tibetan community grateful for U.S. Rep. McGovern’s bill for a more accessible Tibet

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On the steps of City Hall Monday, dozens of Tibetans draped white scarves around the neck of U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern one by one in a show of gratitude and auspicious wishes for the politician … 1

Police arrest Gary Couchon of Easthampton on six charges after alleged murder attempt, assault on disabled women

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man is being held without bail on charges, including attempted murder, after an incident in Easthampton Sunday night in which he is alleged to have assaulted two disabled women. Gary P. Couchon, 59, of … 0

Not pets: Amherst apartment dweller told to stop keeping wild pigeons inside his home

Monday, July 21, 2014

AMHERST — Last month, Mildred Christensen, who lives in Village Park apartments, saw her neighbor carrying a cage filled with pigeons into his apartment. She thought that was odd. Bringing wild birds inside didn’t seem right. Plus, “You … 0

Pekarski’s Sausage owner cycles for cancer research

Monday, July 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — The wheel of a meat grinder won’t be the only thing that Pekarski Sausage owner Michael Pekarski will be spinning this August. Come Aug. 2 and 3, Pekarski will ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a 192-mile bike-a-thon that begins in Sturbridge and takes participants across the … 0

Despite contamination concerns, former Northampton King Street car dealership lot eyed for development

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City and state officials said Monday that contamination in the ground at a former Honda dealership on King Street is not thwarting efforts to redevelop the site. State Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Catherine Skiba said Monday that the 171-187 King St. lot that was a … 0

Break-ins reported at two Amherst homes

Monday, July 21, 2014

AMHERST — Two break-ins to Amherst homes reported during the weekend are being investigated by police. The first break-in, which police were notified about Friday at 7:03 p.m., occurred at Jean Elder Apartments, 9 Chestnut St., said Detective David Foster. A laptop was stolen after forced entry was … 0

Arrests and crimes reported in Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley, Easthampton and Northampton

Monday, July 21, 2014

Amherst ■ Newman M. Galati, 22, of 26 Queen Circle, South Hadley, was arrested Friday at 10:23 p.m. on West Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, second offense, reckless operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within … 0

 Trending in the Valley, July 21: Today's fun, informative social media posts by Pioneer Valley folks

Monday, July 21, 2014

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AREA POLICE NEWS

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Westfield woman hospitalized in I-91 crash HOLYOKE — A 36-year-old Westfield woman was hospitalized after the vehicle she was driving left the highway and went into the woods off Interstate 91 Sunday night. A 2011 Ford Fusion driven by Justine Murphy went off the southbound lane of 1-91 … 0