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Amherst report takes stock of public buildings, makes recommendations for future use

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — Should the Department of Public Works move from its longtime headquarters on South Pleasant Street, the site might be an ideal location for a new fire station to replace the aging Central Fire Station. In North Amherst, the former school building where the Amherst Survival Center had been located, and which continues to be home to the Amherst Family Center, could see renewed municipal purposes and become part …

Valley creators contribute to newspaper installation art in Fitchburg

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Five Valley creators are contributing to a public art exhibit that is helping to restore some hope to the future of print media. “The Alphabet Project” by New Orleans artist Anna Schuleit Haber takes a new spin on public art, using Fitchburg’s daily newspaper, the Sentinel & Enterprise, as its medium. For 26 …

Lawmakers move to restore budget items vetoed by Baker

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON — Lawmakers moved Wednesday to restore nearly $100 million in spending vetoed from the state budget by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, including funds for full-day kindergarten programs and for the University of Massachusetts system. Baker used his line-item veto power to shave $162 million from the more than $38 billion budget for …

Amherst elderly housing units to be improved

Saturday, July 25, 2015

AMHERST — Dozens of apartments owned by the Amherst Housing Authority, including all 80 units at the Ann Whalen building, are being improved in projects costing more than $1 million this summer. Executive Director Denise LeDuc said Friday the work will occur at many of the authority-owned sites, …

Valley Views: Heron and Red-wing

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ Pioneer Valley Women’s Running Club — Weekly runs for women of all ages and abilities, Saturdays, 8 a.m., Forest Park, Springfield. pvwrc.org ∎ Invasive Plant Removal at Graves Farm Sanctuary — Removal of Asian bittersweet vine Saturday, 9 a.m. …

Summer sounds

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Veterans Voice: New for area veterans

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Announcements MEETINGS: DAV Chapter 92 will have no meetings in July or August. The next meeting will be held Sept. 10 at VFW Post 8006, 18 Meadow St., Florence, at 7 p.m. AIKIDO WORKSHOP: “Wounded Warriors Way To A Unified Spirit” Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 …

Simple pleasures

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Hilltown Voices: Goshen Board of Health to discuss piggery permit for Hilltown Grazers

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Goshen’s Board of Health on Monday will discuss the possibility of issuing a piggery permit to Hilltown Grazers owner Cosmo Ferrante. Hilltown Grazers is currently located at 86 Spruce Corner Rd. on a 1200-acre farm owned by siblings Timothy and Laura Barrus, who rent the land to Ferrante. …

Motorcyclist falls off during police chase in Hadley Friday night

Saturday, July 25, 2015

HADLEY — A brief police chase of a motorcyclist Friday night ended after the driver fell off his vehicle and was later arrested, police said. Nathan Tobias, 22, of Durham, Connecticut was arrested on charges of failure to stop for police, operating to endanger and a passing violation …

School Committee and at-large City Council seats among contested Northampton races on November ballot

Saturday, July 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The two incumbent at-large school Committee Members are set to face off against two newcomers, one of three contested races that will be decided in the Nov. 3 election. The others are a three-way race for two at-large City Council seats and a two-way race for …

Renovations to Zoe’s took longer than expected, owner says

Saturday, July 25, 2015

HADLEY — Zoe’s Fish House owner James Sands confirmed Friday that the restaurant is unlikely to reopen in Hadley, where it had been located since 2010. “Up until three weeks ago, I was planning on reopening when the project is finally completed,” Sands wrote in an email to …