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Two men kiss as first results start to filter through in the referendum, Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday even as official ballot counting continued. Senior figures from the "no" campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland's constitution from being amended to permit same-sex marriages, say the only question is how large the "yes" side's margin of victory will be from Friday's vote. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Ireland backs legalizing gay marriage by stunning landslide

Saturday, May 23, 2015

DUBLIN — Irish voters backed legalizing gay marriage by a landslide, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunning result that illustrates the rapid social change taking place in this traditionally Catholic nation. Friday’s referendum saw 62.1 percent of Irish voters saying “yes” to changing the nation’s constitution to allow gay marriage. Outside Dublin Castle, watching the results announcement in the …

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The vote was 62-37 on the bill, which would let Obama complete trade deals that Congress …

Edward Lesko Jr. unseated from Select Board, Board of Health in Hatfield

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

HATFIELD — Patrick J. Gaughan unseated incumbent Select Board Chairman Edward W. Lesko Jr. who finished last in a three-way race for the seat in Tuesday’s town election. Lesko also lost his seat on the Board of Health. Gaughan received 315 votes to 273 for Jan Joseph Adamski, a former Select Board member, and 195 for Lesko. A total of 806 votes were …

No contests in Deerfield annual election; candidate needed for Frontier Regional School Committee

Friday, May 1, 2015

DEERFIELD — There are no contested races in the annual election Monday, and no candidates for a seat on the Frontier Regional School Committee. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the town offices. Carolyn Shores Ness, who has served four terms on the …

Area briefs

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hatfield ABSENTEE BALLOTS: Absentee ballots for the May 19 annual election are available in the town clerk’s office. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is noon May 18. Voters may vote by absentee ballot in the clerk’s office. A written request is required for an absentee …

Pelham voters to consider $4.3 million budget, decide contest for Select Board

Friday, May 1, 2015

PELHAM — Voters Saturday will consider a budget of almost $4.3 million, and Tuesday will decide a contest for a three-year term on the Select Board. The annual Town Meeting begins at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Pelham Elementary School. The proposed budget is up slightly more than …

Worthington voters to consider $2.876 million budget and decide contests for Select Board and School Committee

Thursday, April 30, 2015

WORTHINGTON — Voters Saturday will consider a $2.876 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, and will decide contests for Select Board and School Committee. The annual Town Meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Town Hall, where polls for the election will be open …

Town Meeting to get conflicting recommendations about North Amherst bridge which is closed to motor vehicles

Thursday, April 30, 2015

AMHERST — Municipal planners intend to ask Town Meeting to request more studies on a North Amherst bridge closed to motor vehicle traffic for nearly three years which remains scheduled to be rebuilt by the state in 2017. The Planning Board is advocating that a petition article coming …

Plainfield voters to consider budget increase of 7.7 percent, settle contest for Select Board

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

PLAINFIELD — Voters Saturday will consider a $1.9 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, decide whether to authorize the town to pursue broadband Internet service through Wired West and settle a contested race for Select Board. The annual Town meeting begins at 1 p.m. in …

Cummington voters to consider budget, postponing broadband decision at annual Town Meeting

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Voters at Friday night’s annual Town Meeting will be asked to postpone a vote on spending $1.4 million to bring high-speed broadband Internet service to town through the WiredWest cooperative. Also at the annual Town Meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Community House, voters …

Deerfield, Whately town meetings both favor original, level-funded budget for Frontier Regional

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Editor’s note: An incorrect report about the Deerfield Town Meeting on Monday was published in Tuesday’s Gazette and for a time on GazetteNET. The story was deleted from the website Tuesday, and a corrected version of the story is published here and online, with a new report from …

Sources: Sanders to run for president as Democrat

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, presenting a liberal challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton. Sanders, an independent who describes himself as a “democratic socialist,” …

Amherst to mark Armenian genocide with ceremony, book signing to follow

Monday, April 27, 2015

AMHERST — Residents are invited to a remembrance ceremony for the centennial of the Armenian genocide that will be held on the steps of Town Hall at 5 p.m. Thursday. Town Meeting member Adrienne Terrizzi said Monday that the ceremony, which will last about 30 minutes, will include …