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KEVIN GUTTING
A crew from Northern Tree Service clears brush from the east side of Mountain Rd. (Rt. 141) in Easthampton on Monday. The road will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Thursday, April 30, to remove trees uprooted in the October 8 microburst.

Mountain Road in Easthampton closed for much of week as crews continue clearing fallen trees

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Mountain Road will remain closed for most of the next few days as work continues to clear trees that pose a danger of falling into the busy street. Mountain Road (Route 141) will continue to be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Thursday as crews work to clean up trees uprooted by the Oct. 8 microburst …

Amherst TM raises recreation subsidies for low-income families

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

AMHERST — Arguing that many families can’t afford to send their children to town-sponsored recreation programs, members of Town Meeting added more than $100,000 to the community services budget at the first session of annual Town Meeting Monday. Town Meeting members voted, by a 97-78 tally, to appropriate $105,000 that town officials will use to increase subsidies for low-income children to help them …

Southampton candidates outline views at forum

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Both men vying for a seat on the Board of Health agree that the now-vacant heath agent position should remain a salaried position and not paid on an “as needed basis.” A question about paying a health agent as a contractor was asked of Jeffrey M. Dugas and Charles D. Kaniecki …

No injuries or citation when van flips on Burts Pit Road in Northampton

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Northampton — Police said nobody was hurt when they responded to a report of a flipped van on Burts Pit Road around 1:25 p.m. Thursday. According to police, a van driven by Kristina Ramsden, 18, of Florence flipped onto its side when she overcorrected after coming out of …

Former Amherst Regional assistant principal to lead schools in Turners Falls

Thursday, April 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A former assistant principal in Amherst and London, Annie Leonard of Amherst will lead the Great Falls Middle School and Turners Falls High School, with Earl McGraw returning to the district as assistant principal. Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced Tuesday that he …

Greenfield man sentenced to three years in state prison on heroin charges

Thursday, April 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man caught dealing heroin on camera was sentenced this week to three years in state prison. Dwight Belisle, 47, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup on Tuesday to three years in state prison on a charge of possession of heroin with intent …

Deerfield River Portage claims town has put it out of business

Thursday, April 23, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerfield River Portage owner Kate Clayton-Jones told the Select Board this week that, “You’ve effectively put us out of business.” She made the comment Wednesday night during a public hearing on whether the company would be allowed to continue operating its river tubing business. It drops …

Lynch wins Senate confirmation as attorney general

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation’s first black female attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. The 56-43 …

US drone strike kills 2 Western hostages

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — Blaming the “fog of war,” President Barack Obama revealed Thursday that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and an Italian, two hostages held by al-Qaida, as well as two other Americans who had …

After delay in reporting alleged assault on patient, VA chief taking disciplinary action, reminding all staff about responsibility to report

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The head of the medical center that treats veterans in Leeds said he is disciplining staff members who reportedly misled police and delayed reporting the alleged assault of a psychiatric patient by one of their co-workers …

Rally at UMass calls attention to student debt resulting from loans

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AMHERST — As 100 or so prospective students and families made their way past the University of Massachusetts Amherst student union Thursday, a circle of current students wearing signs with messages such as, “You are not a loan,” …

Solar partner BlueWave Capital of Boston still game for project at capped Amherst landfill

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AMHERST — The company selected to bring a solar project to the capped landfill in Amherst is willing to continue pursuing green energy at the Belchertown Road site — if town officials express interest in reviving the concept. …

Around South Hadley: Francis DeToma elected new chairman of Select Board

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Francis DeToma, a retired Mount Holyoke College biology professor, took over the gavel as the new chairman of the Select Board on Tuesday after he was elected by a 3-2 vote. The Select Board reorganized after last week’s …