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David Streeter of Whately denies drunken driving and other charges after traffic stop

Monday, February 8, 2016

WHATELY — A Whately man faces drunken driving and other charges following a traffic stop. David Streeter, 45, of Christian Lane was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Saturday and charged with operating while under the influence of alcohol, marked lanes violations, having an open alcoholic beverage in a vehicle and speeding, after Whately Police officer Kristjan Viise saw him driving erratically and pulled him over on River Road. Viise wrote that …

Whately water commissioners consider filters to remove manganese

Monday, February 8, 2016

WHATELY — The water commissioners have decided to test filters from two companies to determine how well they can remove manganese from the town’s water supply. The levels are considered higher than acceptable under new government standards and Whately proposed installing a new filtration system. Manganese is a black, brittle, metallic element. The commissioners said they plan, as part of a pilot program, …

Obama asks Congress for Zika funding

Monday, February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says “there shouldn’t be a panic on this.” The virus is spreading rapidly through Latin America. While most people experience either mild …

Sunderland Select Board seeks members for search committee to review police chief applications

Thursday, February 4, 2016

SUNDERLAND — Town officials have asked the community for roughly five people to volunteer for a search committee to review applicants for police chief. The Select Board of Selectmen wants the screening committee to review résumés, conduct initial interviews and make recommendations for the replacement of Chief Jeffrey …

Deerfield solar array at water treatment facility starts generating electricity

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DEERFIELD — Deerfield did not need a sunny sky on Wednesday, when its solar photovoltaic array went online and started generating electricity. The new 36-kilowatt array, owned and operated by the town, was built at the Old Deerfield Water Treatment Facility to offset electricity use at the site. …

New Emily Williston Memorial Library director Nora Blake sees it as a place for knowledge, entertainment

Thursday, February 4, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — Newly hired Emily Williston Memorial Library Director Nora Blake said when she was an undergraduate sociology student at Boston College, she discovered that she loved doing research. “I loved this idea that there was all this …

Judge orders second suspect in UMass gun case to be released with GPS monitoring device

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — The second of two teenagers from Berkshire County accused of bringing a loaded gun onto the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus Jan. 23 was granted release from custody Wednesday, but because no GPS monitoring ankle bracelets …

Easthampton City Council eyes online distribution of documents

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — A majority of city councilors agreed Wednesday that they favor a move to digital documentation for council meetings. No vote was taken at the meeting Wednesday after the councilors discussed the merits of receiving City Council documents via email, rather than in the current paper form. …

German scientists initiate nuclear fusion

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

GREIFSWALD, Germany — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power. Following nine years of construction and testing, …

Huntington man suffers severe burns in fire at farmhouse on Barr Hill Road

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HUNTINGTON — One man remains hospitalized after suffering severe burns to his face, arms and legs after his home on Barr Hill Road caught fire Tuesday night, according to Huntington Fire Chief Gary Dahill. The Huntington Fire Department responded to a fire at a farmhouse at 17 Barr …

More than half the homes in Easthampton without power after strong winds, rain Wednesday evening

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

More than half the homes in Easthampton were left without power Wednesday night after a “potent weather system” suddenly brought warm temperatures, rain and strong winds through the area. Some parts of the Valley experienced wind gusts of up to 35 mph Wednesday evening that brought down power …

Local charter school opponents criticize Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to change reimbursement formula

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — Local charter school opponents are decrying Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to revamp the state’s tuition reimbursement formula to public school districts sending students to charter schools. As part of his proposed budget released on Jan. 27, Baker added $20 million to the fund that would reimburse …

Area police news

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Amherst • An employee at Primo Pizzeria Too, 255 Triangle St., reported at 1:27 p.m. Tuesday the theft of his wallet and a $70 prepaid Visa card after they were left on a table at the restaurant while he was making a delivery the previous night. Northampton • …