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Scott Hutkoski of the Long Plain Farm in Whately was just awarded a big contract with BJ's Wholesale Club. Recorder/Paul Franz

Chain grocery stores increasingly getting into local produce act; Big Y forms partnership with UMass student farm

Saturday, July 26, 2014

According to the “food odometer” developed by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa, the average fruit or vegetable travels nearly 1,500 miles to get from farm to consumer. And, to keep food from spoiling during these long trips, some of it is picked before it has fully ripened and absorbed nutrients from its surroundings. In the Pioneer Valley, … 0

New Northampton shop culmination of years of work, dreams for owner

Saturday, July 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Springfield native Benjamin Glushein, 36, achieved a long-held dream to own his own boutique when he opened Port MA at 202 Main St. July 13. He took a circuitous route to get here, but that makes reaching his goal all the sweeter. “Like an art process you plan for some things, … 0

Group eyes historic Colrain Brick Meeting House for office space, cafe

Saturday, July 26, 2014

COLRAIN — Hoping to spur the revitalization of the town’s village center, a group of residents wants to renovate the historic Brick Meeting House and do what Michael McCusker has done for the Odd Fellows/McCusker’s Market building in Shelburne Falls: Convert the second floor into office space rentals that include high-speed Internet and put a cafe or eatery on the first floor to … 0

Amherst breakfast program begins

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A weekly breakfast program that developed from a partnership between the operator of the town’s homeless shelter and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst begins Wednesday. The breakfast will run each Wednesday from 8 to 10 … 0

Northampton police

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

■ Giles R. Farrington, 22, of 112 Elm St., Hatfield, was arrested about 1:08 a.m. Tuesday on North Main Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, possession of a Class C drug (hash) and operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection … 0

Crash at major Northampton intersection

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A female driver was hospitalized after a lone car slammed into the curb at the intersection of Main and Pleasant streets Tuesday morning. According to officers at the scene, at 11:28 a.m. the driver, whom police … 0

Carriage Shops area draws concern

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown location where police have responded numerous times during the spring and summer for various incidents, including a purse snatching, was the scene of a reported break-in Monday afternoon. Police responded to the Amherst Carriage Shops, 233 North Pleasant St., at 5:39 p.m., after a … 0

Two arraigned on charges of misleading police and perjury in connection with alleged Westhampton assault in May

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two people denied charges they misled authorities investigating an alleged attack against a Holyoke man in May. Raymond Zachary Paquette, 21, of Westhampton, pleaded not guilty two counts of misleading police after he allegedly lied during two interviews with state police in connection with the incident, … 0

Amherst Community Land Trust seeks to provide affordable housing, keep student-rental properties at bay

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A private organization may soon help people find affordable housing in Amherst in an effort to encourage home ownership and prevent neighborhoods from being overrun by student-rental properties. The Amherst Community Land Trust was recently incorporated … 0

8 police needed to bring down man who said he took LSD, allegedly caused disturbances at Hadley restaurant

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

HADLEY — A man who confronted customers outside two businesses was arrested after struggling with both Hadley and Amherst police officers Tuesday afternoon, Hadley police said. Nathan R. Olson, 27, of Cataumet, was arrested on charges of disorderly … 0

Free of contaminants? $2M civil suit to decide whether environmental consultants erred when clearing King Street, Northampton, lot

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The question of whether environmental consultants erred when they declared a King Street property free from contaminants will head to trial before year’s end. In Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday afternoon, Judge Richard Carey set December as … 0

After loss of dog to coyote, Hadley couple spreads word on dangers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

HADLEY — Hershey loved being outdoors, especially in the large Middle Street yard and garden where she could chase critters around. But a recent foray outside her home ended in tragedy for the miniature dachshund when she was … 1

Afghan veteran who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

Monday, July 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn’t heave them back. On Monday, President … 0