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CAROL LOLLIS
Allison Johndrow,13, puts on the finishing touches to a snow man she and her brother,   Luke,10 Johndrow of Westhampton,built in their yard Friday morning.

Winter returns

Saturday, February 6, 2016

More snow than forecast results in slippery roads, school closings

Saturday, February 6, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Though many schoolchildren cheered as class was canceled Friday after a sudden drop of snow, the Pioneer Valley faced a less significant impact than eastern parts of the state where the heavy, wet snow caused power outages. Hampshire and Franklin counties saw between 3 and 6 inches of snow, which began …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing in final year cites opioid epidemic, changing demographics as key issues

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — After almost 10 years in office, state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing has checked many items off an impressive to-do list. The Pittsfield Democrat has worked to increase the amount of solar energy in the state by more than 500 percent, and supported efforts to rebuild college campuses. But Downing, who will be leaving his post come January, says other important issues …

Area political activists visit New Hampshire to support presidential candidates

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — With the first votes cast in the 2016 presidential election, area activists are doing their best to make sense of the results of the Iowa caucuses while also preparing for the next contest in nearby New …

GOP leaders, Obama find consensus elusive

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

WASHINGTON — Can President Barack Obama and Republicans put aside years of ill will to secure a few big breakthroughs in Obama’s final year? Don’t get your hopes up. There were scant signs of consensus Tuesday as Obama …

Hatfield voters approve spending savings to close budget deficit

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

HATFIELD — Residents voted Tuesday to take money from the town’s savings account to patch a nearly $150,000 budget deficit for the current year. About 80 people attended a 30-minute special Town Meeting at Smith Academy on Tuesday, and by voice vote overwhelmingly passed an article to transfer …

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary aims to reduce dumping, increase access to Meadows property

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — Community members offered ideas Tuesday about how to combat illegal dumping and partying while improving public access in the portion of Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary that lies in the Northampton Meadows. While the Massachusetts Audubon Society property’s …

Former Northampton Department of Public Works director Edward ‘Ned’ Huntley remembered as innovative professional who made time for family

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

WESTHAMPTON — Edward “Ned” Huntley, who oversaw Northampton’s water quality and physical infrastructure over almost 10 years in his “dream job” as public works director, was remembered this week as a kind and responsible man who always made …

New interim town manager Peter Hechenbleikner takes on ‘challenge’ in Amherst after similar roles elsewhere

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

AMHERST — A year ago, in the midst of New England being buried by multiple snowstorms, Peter I. Hechenbleikner recalls being on the front lines of ensuring that the roads in Norwell were kept safe while serving as interim town administrator in the rural, well-to-do South Shore community. …

Amherst may start next town manager at annual salary of more than $155,000, and will negotiate residency requirement

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

AMHERST — The next permanent town manager could earn an annual salary of more than $155,000 and not be required to live in Amherst, based on details still being considered by the Select Board as it works with a consultant on advertising the job starting next week. The …

Amherst Monkey Bar faces possible fines after inspection finds overcrowding

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

AMHERST — A downtown bar and nightclub is facing possible fines and other sanctions after state and local inspectors found overcrowding inside the establishment Friday night. The response to The Monkey Bar, 63 North Pleasant St., led by officials with the state fire marshal’s office and the Alcoholic …

Amherst Select Board supports medical marijuana dispensary proposed for University Drive

Monday, February 1, 2016

AMHERST — The Select Board voted unanimously Monday to issue a letter of support for a medical marijuana dispensary proposed for University Drive, which means it now may begin seeking state approval. It would be operated by MassMedicum Corp. of Easton, a company which already plans to open …

Easthampton Licensing Board continues hearing on motorcycle rally proposed for Fort Hill Brewery

Monday, February 1, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — The Licensing Board postponed issuing a one-day license for a charitable motorcycle rally at Fort Hill Brewery after questions about process arose Monday. The Stone Cutters Chapter of Widows Sons, a local motorcycle group, proposes to host the event featuring a motorcycle ride followed by music, …