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Whately schedules another vote on Town Hall renovation forums

Saturday, November 1, 2014

WHATELY — Following a contentious vote at a special Town Meeting Oct. 21 to approve spending for public forums to gauge public opinion on the town hall rehabilitation project, the Whately Select Board last week voted to reconsider the issue. Another special Town Meeting will be held Nov. 12. Voters Oct. 21 were deadlocked on the article which requests $10,000 to hire the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration to hold …

South County EMS uses state grant to buy automatic chest compression machines

Saturday, November 1, 2014

DEERFIELD — Performing chest compressions is one of the most difficult, tiring and time-consuming parts of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but for the medics of South County EMS that process just got a little bit easier. The regional ambulance service recently purchased two automatic chest compression machines, known as LUCAS 2 Chest Compression Systems, through …

Contrast in campaign donations to incumbent, challenger in 1st Franklin District

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Political campaigns, even local ones, cost a lot of money. But a close look at differences in campaign contributions in even the largely rural 1st Franklin District says a lot about money and contemporary state politics. The nature of their donors provides a striking contrast between 35-year-old Republican political newcomer Dylan Korpita, a former New York bond trader for Morgan Stanley, and 21-year …

Ballot Question 4 asks voters to decide whether nearly all employees should earn sick time

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Proponents of a ballot question that would guarantee sick time for nearly all workers in the state say the measure would benefit as many as 1 million people who currently face tough decisions about whether to give up …

Susannah Whipps Lee of Athol tries again to unseat state Rep. Denise Andrews

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Athol Select Board member Susannah Whipps Lee says she is challenging incumbent state Rep. Denise Andrews in Tuesdays’s election because she wants to put skills learned in helping run her family’s manufacturing business to work boosting the economic …

State Rep. Denise Andrews faces Republican challenger as she seeks third term from 2nd Franklin District

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Seeking her third term representing the 2nd Franklin House District in Tuesday’s election, Denise Andrews maintains that she has been working to bring jobs back to the district and improve the economy “We have modest job growth and …

Area briefs

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Easthampton APPLE A DAY 5K: The second annual “Apple A Day 5k” to benefit city elementary schools is Sunday at Easthampton High School. The event begins with a quarter-mile fun run around the school at 12:15 p.m., and a two-mile walk through Nonotuck Park at 12:30 p.m. The …

Tales of Truth Springfield students take Florence walking tour in study of famed abolitionist

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Florence is the classroom this week for 55 students from Springfield’s Commonwealth Academy who are studying famed abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Thanks to a $9,248 “Engaging New Audiences” grant from the Northampton-based Mass Humanities, the private, college …

CHART: Supporters of expanded bottle bill face well-funded opponents of Question 2

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As she discussed the merits of a ballot question that would expand the state’s bottle bill for the first time in 31 years, Susan Waite reached into a container at the city’s Locust Street recycling center …

House Republicans make liberal use of Obama in ads

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — House Republicans rolled out late-campaign attack ads tying Democrats to an unpopular President Barack Obama on Tuesday as the chief executive embarked on a round of travel to boost gubernatorial candidates in a half-dozen states. One …

Three candidates seek to succeed Gale Candaras as state senator in the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

There are three candidates vying in Tuesday’s election to succeed Gale D. Candaras as state senator from the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District. They are Republican Debra Boronski, independent Michael Franco and Democrat Eric Lesser. The winner will …

Scott Brown hopes to unseat US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire by linking her to President Obama

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — If there’s one person in New Hampshire less popular than President Barack Obama, it’s Republican Scott Brown. But that might not matter as the former Massachusetts senator tries to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in …

State Sen. Donald Humason Jr. and challenger Patrick Leahy talk goals, experience in 2nd Hampden & Hampshire District

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The candidates running in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District for the state Senate on Tuesday’s ballot have very different backgrounds. And if Republican incumbent Donald F. Humason Jr. or Democratic challenger Patrick T. Leahy knock …