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61 N. Farms Road, Williamsburg, where lightning is suspected to have struck a home late July 23.

UPDATED: Fire destroys restaurateur Claudio Guerra's North Farms Road, home; lightning strike blamed

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — “I literally have a pair of shorts, a T-shirt and sneakers to my name,” Claudio Guerra said Thursday morning after his house was destroyed by a fire officials say was caused by a lightning strike Wednesday night. Guerra, owner of Spoleto, Pizzeria Paradiso and Mama Iguana’s restaurants was standing across the street from the scene of the early-morning … 0

Goshen Fire Chief: Fire in Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday not considered suspicious

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GOSHEN — The state fire marshal’s office is investigating what caused a fire at a Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday evening that displaced one man. Goshen Fire Chief Susan Labrie said the fire is not considered suspicious. No one was injured but the house was rendered inhabitable, she said. The resident, Alexander Therkelsen, will be staying with family. In a press release, Goshen … 0

'Lock your doors in Western Mass' International photographer surprised Valley is place where camera, memories are stolen

Thursday, July 24, 2014

After a decade reporting and photographing war, corruption and drug trades in some 50 countries, former foreign correspondent Dave Marcus never thought the Valley would be where he would have an expensive camera stolen. “I learned a couple of valuable lessons,” said Marcus. No. 1: Back up your photos, and 2: “Lock your … 0

Celtic pride abounds at annual Scottish fest at Look Park in Northampton

Saturday, July 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — With traditional food, music and dance in abundance, along with stone- and hammer-tossing competitions, Celtic pride filled the air at the 21st annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival at Look Park Saturday. The festivities were spread throughout … 0

Jehovah’s Witnesses convention brings 6,000 to the Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts

Saturday, July 19, 2014

AMHERST — More than 6,000 people descended upon the University of Massachusetts campus this weekend, filling the Mullins Center with prayer, song and a vibe of goodwill. “We try to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable here,” said … 0

Warren energizes progressives in Michigan

Friday, July 18, 2014

DETROIT — At a summertime getaway for liberals, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama. But their minds tell them that Hillary Rodham Clinton … 0

Obama OKs East Coast oil search using sonic cannons

Friday, July 18, 2014

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. — Opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades, the Obama administration on Friday approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine … 0

Debtor’s jail? South Hadley man describes day he was jailed in dispute over $508

Friday, July 18, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Iheanyi Daniel Okoroafor, a 73-year-old African immigrant and retired mental health case manager, thought he’d get a chance to explain to a judge why he didn’t pay for a furnace repair he says was not … 0

Amherst Human Rights Commission member Carol Ross hired to help close racial divisions in town

Friday, July 18, 2014

AMHERST — After a year in which Amherst schools faced difficult racial issues at every turn, Superintendent Maria Geryk and Town Manager John Musante created the Amherst Together initiative and announced Friday they’ve tapped Carol Ross, a member … 0

Mt. Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella goes to bat for jailed Cambodian activist who spoke at the college

Friday, July 18, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella is among a chorus of individuals and organizations calling for the release of detained Cambodian opposition leader Mu Sochua. Sochua is a member of Cambodia’s Parliament and leader of … 0

Earth Matters: Sights and sounds of the seasons: A Texas immigrant’s experience

Friday, July 18, 2014

When most folks imagine retirement, they usually think of a move to a warmer climate. However, some of us have gone in the opposite direction. Yes, it is a long way from Texas to Massachusetts, both in distance … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, July 18, 2014

WOODCHUCK Newton Street, South Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley It’s garden time and this woodchuck, also known as a groundhog, appears to have caught the scent of tender young plants as he … 0