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Former New York Gov. George Pataki  greets supporter at the historic town hall in Exeter, N.H.,Thursday, May 28, 2015, after announcing his plans to seek the Republican nomination for president.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Former NY governor Pataki joins GOP presidential pack

Thursday, May 28, 2015

EXETER, N.H. — George Pataki, the 9/11-era New York governor who achieved electoral success as a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination Thursday, offering himself as a unifying figure in a divided nation. Just as he was overshadowed after the 2001 terrorist attacks by Mayor Rudy Giuliani in New York City and President …

Santorum makes 2nd bid for White House

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CABOT, Pa. — Conservative culture warrior Rick Santorum launched a 2016 White House bid on Wednesday, vowing to fight for working-class Americans in a new election season that will test his influence — and focus on social issues — in a changing Republican Party. The former Pennsylvania senator may have exceeded his own …

Frederick Orloski challenges incumbent Whately Select Board member Joyce Palmer Fortune who is running write-in campaign

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WHATELY — Assessor Frederick P. Orloski seeks to unseat Select Board Chairwoman Joyce Palmer Fortune in the Whately election June 9. Though Fortune is a two-term incumbent, she faces an uphill battle of sorts because her name is not on the ballot. She is running a write-in campaign due to a mix-up that caused her to miss the deadline for filing nomination papers. …

Granby Town Meeting votes on compensation and revolving funds, delays decision on sewer project

Monday, May 11, 2015

GRANBY — Voters at the annual Town Meeting Monday took up articles on matters including town employee compensation and over $235,000 in fee-generated revolving funds, but a vote on an $8.3 million sewer expansion project remains on the horizon for a June session. Scores of citizens attended the …

Chesterfield Town Meeting unanimously approves $3.25 million budget with 2½ percent raises for town workers

Monday, May 11, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — Voters at the annual Town Meeting Monday night unanimously approved a $3.25 million budget that includes 2½ percent raises for town employees. The $3,255,348 budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is 1.2 percent more than the current year’s spending. Next year’s budget includes $697,845 …

Belchertown voters to consider $48.6 million budget, affordable housing at former state school, motorboat rules

Saturday, May 9, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Voters at annual Town Meeting on Monday will consider a $48.6 million budget, spending Community Preservation Act money to help ensure affordable housing at the former Belchertown State School, and a proposal to regulate motorboats. The Town Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Belchertown High …

Chesterfield voters to consider $3.25 million budget with 2½ percent raises for town employees

Saturday, May 9, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — Voters at annual Town Meeting on Monday will be asked to approve a $3.25 million budget that includes 2½ percent raises for town employees. Town Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Voters will consider an operating budget totaling $3,255,348 for the fiscal year …

Writer Nathaniel Reade candidate for at-large seat on Northampton School Committee

Friday, May 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Local writer Nathaniel Reade, of 33 Longfellow Drive in Florence, has announced his candidacy for an at-large seat on the Northampton School Committee. Reade, 56, owns a communications business, the Bellows Group, with his wife, Michaela O’Brien, and also works as a freelance writer and journalist. …

Unexpected triumph means Cameron can govern UK on his own

Friday, May 8, 2015

LONDON — After years of sharing power, David Cameron pulled off an unexpected election triumph that gave the Conservative prime minister a second term with an outright majority Friday and dealt a stinging defeat to his three main …

Granby Town meeting to consider ‘housekeeping items’ Monday, with budget delayed to June

Friday, May 8, 2015

GRANBY — Voters at the annual Town Meeting on Monday will take up what Select Board chairman Mark Bail said are mainly “housekeeping items that have to be acted upon to make the town run.” Town Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Granby Junior-Senior High School …

Hadley Town Meeting overwhelmingly defeats proposed purchase of former Montgomery Rose property

Thursday, May 7, 2015

HADLEY — Voters at annual Town Meeting Thursday night rejected a motion introduced by a citizens’ petition that called for borrowing $3 million to purchase land and renovate buildings at the former Montgomery Rose facility on River Road. The proposal was put forward as a solution to the …

UK exit poll gives edge to ruling Conservatives

Thursday, May 7, 2015

LONDON — The Conservative Party fared much better than expected in British parliamentary elections Thursday, an exit poll projected, suggesting that Prime Minister David Cameron is within touching distance of forming a new government. The opposition Labour Party …

Scottish National Party’s rise alters UK elections

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

EDINBURGH, Scotland — When Britain’s national elections are held Thursday, there’s a solid chance John Alexander will opt for the Scottish National Party, the group that led September’s failed separatist campaign, even though he favors unity. Alexander, an …