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Operator of region’s electricity grid supports request by Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage for increased winter capacity

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The operator of the region’s electricity grid is backing plans to pump more Connecticut River water through the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage hydrogenerator this winter. Northfield Mountain’s owner, FirstLight Power, wants federal approval to boost the capacity of its generator station by 22 percent to augment the electricity supply available in the region when demand grows during the winter. The letter from ISO New England to the Federal Energy Regulatory …

UMass suspends confidential informant program; students speak

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that came under fire this week following the report of a student informant’s death from a drug overdose has been suspended indefinitely pending its full review, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announced in an email to faculty and students Tuesday night. “The review …

Southampton residents, town employees assail proposal to share inspection services with Holyoke

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — A proposal to outsource the town’s inspection services to Holyoke was met with strong and unanimous opposition from dozens of residents at Town Hall Tuesday night as well as a Holyoke city councilor who slammed the idea. Speaking before the Select Board and a standing-room-only crowd of about 50 people, Holyoke City Councilor Anthony Soto said he knows of constituents in …

Northampton gets state grant for solar array at Fire Department to provide power during long-term blackouts

Friday, September 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A new solar array will soon be installed at Fire Department headquarters on Carlon Drive to help the city’s emergency response operation keep the lights on during long-term power outages. The project is funded by a $525,400 grant from the state Department of Energy Resources, which …

Joseph Stanislawski gets three years in jail after pleading guilty to stealing safes, vandalizing Salvation Army and Goodwill stores

Friday, September 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Shackled in Hampshire Superior Court Friday, Joseph M. Stanislawski told Judge Daniel A. Ford that stealing from Salvation Army and Goodwill stores in summer 2013 was “an act of stupidity.” “I was just trying to get high,” Stanislawski, 23, said quietly after pleading guilty to 18 …

Veterans Voice

Friday, September 26, 2014

Announcements Free Aikido Classes for veterans will re-start Oct. 7., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the War Memorial Building, 310 Appleton St. (corner of Maple), Holyoke. “Aikido is the Art of Peace” is a no-cost program for combat veterans, men and women, of any …

Bird Sightings

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A blue-winged teal, a marsh wren , dickcissel and 15 pine siskins were seen in Northampton. A Connecticut warbler was found in Wendell. Five …

Graffiti, litter foul women’s bathroom at Community Field in Amherst

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — Offensive phrases and obscenities were found written in black ink on the walls and stalls in the women’s bathroom at Community Field early Friday morning. Damage also included beer cans thrown onto the bathroom’s concrete floor. …

Sajid Dacres of New York arrested in hospital after he was shot during traffic stop in Ware

Friday, September 26, 2014

A New York man who was shot during a traffic stop Tuesday in Ware was arraigned in his hospital bed Friday for allegedly driving his car at a police officer, who then fired his weapon at the car. Sajid Dacres, 30, pleaded not guilty to charges of armed …

Mount Toby Friends mark 50th anniversary of meetinghouse in Leverett

Friday, September 26, 2014

LEVERETT — When the silence begins, the meeting opens at Mount Toby Friends Meetinghouse. The meeting of Friends, also known as Quakers, is marking the 50th anniversary of its meetinghouse this Sunday. If you consider that its weekly …

Amherst Equity Task Force establishes nine-member voting group

Thursday, September 25, 2014

AMHERST — The Equity Task Force, a group created last spring to advise the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee on issues of race and class, will now have nine voting members, Chairman Amilcar Shabazz announced Thursday during a meeting focused on what he called “creating a framework” for making …

Amherst Transportation Plan Task Force hires consultant for $50,000 study

Thursday, September 25, 2014

AMHERST — Improving how people get around town, from walking and riding bicycles to driving automobiles and using public transportation, will be the focus of a transportation study this fall. The Transportation Plan Task Force, which had been …

Northampton and Pan Am officials expect to meet next week after worker-camp issue during summer

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two city councilors will meet with railroad officials next week in an effort to prevent future problems after complaints of poor communication by Pan Am Railways when it set up a temporary worker camp in the …