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Business leaders from Hampshire and Franklin counties discuss regional economic development

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Hampshire County economy was a topic for the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce when it gathered last week to discuss regional economic development planning. The presentation on how the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is being written in preparation for an April 28 draft release by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments brought together about 100 business leaders from the region. With one of the nation’s heaviest clusters of …

Area churches announce Holy Week, Easter services

Monday, March 30, 2015

The following is the schedule of Holy Week services in the area provided by churches that responded to a Gazette request for listings: AMHERST First Congregational Church, 165 Main St. March 29, 10:30 a.m., Palm/Passion Sunday, worship with communion April 1, 7 p.m., A service of foot washing April 2, 6 p.m., Simple supper in the dining room; 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday service …

Jury convicts Emmanuel Bile Jr. on two charges of aggravated rape of UMass student

Monday, March 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A jury Monday found Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. guilty of two of three aggravated rape charges in connection with the 2012 rape of an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student. Bile, 21, of Pittsfield, was expressionless as the Hampshire Superior Court jury foreman read the unanimous verdicts on each count against …

Geneva Della Bitta-Nickerson & Timothy Schmitt, Jr.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ann Della Bitta and Mark Nickerson of Amherst are announcing the engagement of their daughter, Geneva Rose Della Bitta-Nickerson of Somerville, to Timothy P. Schmitt Jr., also of Somerville. Timothy is the son of Kacey and Timothy Schmitt …

Area police news

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Amherst ∎ Management at the All Things Local store, 104 North Pleasant St., reported at 4:42 p.m. Thursday that a customer left the store without paying for several bottles of Kombucha tea, each valued at $2.50, and two alfajor cookies, which are sold for $2 apiece. Easthampton ∎ …

Mike April of Amherst celebrates 50th by helping building Easthampton Habitat for Humanity home

Saturday, March 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — As his “big 5-0” birthday approached, Mike April of Amherst wanted to do something a little different to celebrate. In planning his party, he kept in mind things he considers important: family and giving back to …

Berkshire Gas expands ban on new natural gas service to Amherst, Hadley, Hatfield and Sunderland

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Berkshire Gas Co. announced Friday it will not accept any new customers in Hampshire County, expanding an earlier moratorium on new service enacted in Franklin County last year. That raises concerns about its impact on economic development in the affected communities. Effective immediately, the utility will no …

Wisconsin-Stevens Point ices Amherst College in Division III Frozen Four semifinals

Saturday, March 28, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Amherst College and goaltender Danny Vitale found out Friday night you can only stop a steamroller for so long. After blocking a fusillade of shots from everywhere imaginable over two periods, Vitale finally gave in to …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst native Michael Hixon places second on 3-meter at NCAA Division 1 championships

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst native Michael Hixon just missed defending his 3-meter springboard championship Friday. The Indiana sophomore placed second in the event with 492.40 points and earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, held at University of Iowa. Miami’s Samuel Dorman won with 529.10. …

UMass star receiver Tajae Sharpe is mentoring a potential future star receiver this spring

Friday, March 27, 2015

AMHERST — Tajae Sharpe has been where Lamarriel Taylor is. It wasn’t that long ago in fact that Sharpe was the promising young UMass receiver trying to learn the game on the fly. He’d watch Deion Walker and …

Area police news

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst ∎ Four men were arrested on a charge of violating the town’s noise bylaw after officers responded to and cleared out a loud party with about 100 guests at 240 Northampton Road at 12:44 a.m. Friday. Police identified them as Thomas Colby Brunton, 21, of Springfield; David …

Plymouth motorist arrested on drunken driving charge after allegedly nearly striking pedestrians, crashing vehicle

Friday, March 27, 2015

AMHERST — Two pedestrians crossing a downtown street were nearly struck by a vehicle that crashed about two miles away near a South Amherst apartment complex early Friday morning, police said. Marissa L. Gallagher, 21, of Plymouth, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. on charges of operating a motor …

Building Bridges Initiative lunches give veterans a place to be heard

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Peter Rogers, 71, of Amherst sat at one of the round tables in the banquet hall of the World War II club on Conz Street this week, thumging the peace symbol pinned onto his Vietnam Veteran …