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The Spirit Shoppe at the Dam has opened in Gill just over the bridge from Turners Falls. Shown are manager Molly Lewis, owner Steve Schechterle and golden retriever Lelo.

Steve Schechterle of South Deerfield opens third Spirit Shoppe in Gill

Friday, January 30, 2015

GILL — Steve Schechterle of South Deerfield earlier this year opened his third Spirit Shoppe beer, wine and liquor store in the former Jan’s Package Store overlooking the intersection of Main Road and Route 2 in Gill. Schechterle bought the business in July, knocked down a back wall, expanded cooler space for foreign, domestic and local beer and is building …

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito in Greenfield identifies homeless families in hotels, opioid addiction as top two priorities

Friday, January 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito told a room full of municipal leaders Thursday that homeless families living in the town’s hotels and opioid addiction are the new Republican administration’s two top priorities. “We will have specific plans for both very soon — for homeless families living in hotels within a few weeks,” …

Fire caused by heat tape badly damages house in Chesterfield

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — Fire badly damaged a house on Old Goshen Road Wednesday night, displacing a woman and child and prompting a reminder by the fire chief about safety during the winter. The fire at 311 Old Goshen Road was reported about 8:45 p.m. in the home which is owned by Margaret Ladd who …

Discussion Wednesday on Amherst Fire Department budget

Monday, January 26, 2015

AMHERST — Concerns about Amherst Fire Department funding have prompted a Town Meeting member to schedule a public discussion on its budget Wednesday. Isaac Ben Ezra said he is arranging a meeting between Finance Director Sanford “Sandy” Pooler and a representative from the Amherst Firefighters Local 1764 at …

Area police news

Monday, January 26, 2015

Amherst ■ A 16-year-old Amherst youth was arrested at an Amherst home at 10:21 p.m. Sunday on a charge of possession of firearms ammunition without a license. ■ Police are investigating a break-in reported at the Bacon Wilson law office, 6 South East St., at 6:34 a.m. Sunday. …

Obama seeks bigger Alaska refuge

Sunday, January 25, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska — President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials …

Street clock coming home: City to buy historic timepiece, install it in renovated Pulaski Park

Sunday, January 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A historic downtown street clock dedicated by former mayor Calvin Coolidge in 1910 is coming home, after sitting in a Holyoke warehouse for a quarter-century. The city has agreed to buy the large outdoor Seth Thomas …

Leverett, Obama on same page with high-speed Internet

Sunday, January 25, 2015

LEVERETT — President Obama’s call Tuesday for Internet expansion to “help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world,” had a special ring for people in this town. Obama’s State of the Union …

Northampton police news

Sunday, January 25, 2015

■ Anthony Demattia, 27, of Westfield, was arrested Sunday at 10:07 a.m. on a warrant. ■ Aaron J. Nelson, 24, of Pittsfield, was arrested Sunday at 3:07 a.m. on N. Main St. on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, possession of a Class …

Keystone Q&A: Debate is no longer limited to oil

Sunday, January 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congress wasted no time this year getting back into the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline, despite last voting on approving the project in November. Now with firm control of the House and Senate, Republicans are eager to contrast their energy policy with that of President …

Suit against Amherst College by former student accused of rape settled out of court

Saturday, January 24, 2015

AMHERST — An out-of-court settlement has ended a lawsuit against Amherst College by a former student who claimed his diploma and a postgraduate fellowship were unfairly denied while the school revisited allegations that he had raped another student, U.S. District Court records show. In the suit, the former …

Snowstorm expected to dump 2 feet from Monday night on; winds likely to produce blizzard conditions

Saturday, January 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Pioneer Valley could see from 20 to 30 inches of snow beginning late Monday through Tuesday during what the National Weather Service predicts will be a “crippling” storm and “potentially historic blizzard.” The snow is …

Valley Views: Blue Heron

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Blue Heron Manhan River, Route 10, Southampton Photograph and text by Andrew Brodeur, Southampton I created this image just before dusk on my way home from work on Route 10 in Southampton Jan. 14. I always look in …