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Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing will move to Westfield; Ashfield man buys most of its Shelburne Falls site

Saturday, March 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 178 years in Shelburne Falls, Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. will move to Westfield. Chief Operating Officer James Pelletier said he signed a lease Thursday that takes effect Wednesday. The lease was signed a day after 12.5 acres of Lamson’s 18-acre property and buildings were sold for $1.3 million to businessman John Madocks of Ashfield. Last fall, after the cutlery manufacturer filed for bankruptcy protection, the …

House on Memorial Street in Deerfield sells for $1.15 million

Saturday, March 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — Another home has sold for more than $1 million in Old Deerfield. According to records from the Registry of Deeds, the property at 7 Memorial St., located across from the Memorial Hall Museum and Library, recently was sold for $1,150,000 by Linda McInerney to Freccia LLC, a limited liability company with headquarters on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Cara Canzani, …

Hilltown Voices: Plainfield Volunteer Fire Association buys new thermal imager

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Plainfield Volunteer Fire Association has purchased a new thermal imaging camera for the Plainfield Fire Department. The new Argus Mi-Thermal Imaging Camera cost the association $9,500. The Fire Department’s previous imaging camera had been purchased with funds from a state grant that was offered to all fire departments in the state after …

Southampton voters to decide contested races for Select Board, School Committee and Board of Health

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

southampton — Select Board and School Committee incumbents face challengers and two candidates are vying for an open Board of Health seat in contests that will be decided at the annual town election on May 4. Incumbent David McDougall, Shannon Cutler and Charles J. Kaniecki are seeking the …

Easthampton schools approve budget with no layoffs

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Taking what officials believe to be a necessary step to balance school funds, the School Committee approved a $17.9 million budget for the next year with no layoffs and no additional programs or services. “Before we build them, we have to keep them,” said School Committee …

Whately Elementary School budget will increase by less than 1 percent without cutting staff

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WHATELY — The Whately Elementary School joins the Conway Grammar School in proposing budgets that keep increases below 2 percent without cutting staff. The Whately school’s $1.5 million budget is a 0.6 percent increase over this year, making it the lowest increase of any approved school budget in …

Hearing on requests for Community Preservation Act money in Hatfield

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HATFIELD — The town’s largest request ever for Community Preservation Act funds is among three projects that will be discussed at a public hearing Wednesday. The projects — renovations to historic Memorial Town Hall, and restorations of the Prospect Court Bridge and gravestones in the Hill Burying Ground …

Non-union, full-time town employees in Amherst will get 2 percent raise

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — All eligible full-time town employees who are not part of municipal unions will receive 2 percent pay raises beginning July 1. The Select Board Monday voted unanimously to support the recommendation from the Personnel Board to offer the increase. Those employees who are already at the …

Area briefs

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Amherst TRIANGLE STREET ONE-WAY: Triangle Street at the intersection of East Pleasant Street will be narrowed to one lane between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday to accommodate equipment needed for construction of the five-story Kendrick Place project. Central Mass Crane Inc. will set up its equipment in …

Amherst Housing Authority approves contract extension, raise for executive director

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — An extension of the contract for Amherst Housing Authority’s executive director was approved this month on a 3-1 vote by the five-member commission. The two-year extension for Denise LeDuc, and the 1½ percent pay raise that will bring her annual salary to more than $86,250, was …

National Grid to lower rates May 1

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Valley home and business owners can expect some relief from high electric bills this spring. On Monday, National Grid announced that, pending Department of Public Utilities approval, the cost of power is expected to drop from the current …

Obama: Hope dims for end to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the U.S. is weighing whether to back Palestinian efforts to seek U.N. recognition for an independent state and that recent remarks by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dim hope for a …

US to slow pullout from Afghanistan

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama agreed Tuesday to slow the U.S. military pullout from Afghanistan at the request of its new government but insisted the delay won’t jeopardize his commitment to end America’s longest war before leaving office. …