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Massachusetts senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren meets with editorial staff of the Daily Hampshire Gazette on Monday, October 22, 2012.

Six senators, including Elizabeth Warren, urge VA to cover stateside Agent Orange exposure

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Six U.S. senators, including Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat representing Massachusetts, have sent a letter imploring the federal government to allow pilots and crews who flew Agent Orange-contaminated plans on stateside missions to qualify for benefits. The letter could push the four-year quest of a retired pilot from Belchertown closer to his goal of getting veterans falling ill from Agent Orange-related …

Planning Board approves assisted living facility proposed for grounds of former Belchertown State School

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — The Grantham Group is a step closer to building an 83-unit assisted living facility on the grounds of the former Belchertown State School after the Planning Board unanimously approved a site plan on Tuesday. The vote positions the developer to apply for a tax credit worth $4.5 million, which the federal government makes available to the state to promote affordable housing. …

National Grid to lower rates May 1

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Valley home and business owners can expect some relief from high electric bills this spring. On Monday, National Grid announced that, pending Department of Public Utilities approval, the cost of power is expected to drop from the current rate of more than 16 cents per kilowatt-hour to just above 9 cents per kilowatt-hour, …

Sarah Moomaw: Saying goodbye isn’t so tough with a bright future ahead

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The high school basketball season is coming to an end and a majority of teams have said goodbye to their seniors. Watching 1,000-point scorers and multi-year starters depart isn’t easy for coaches, underclassmen or their fans. Even for …

Historic Belchertown runs ends with state Division 2 semifinal loss to Medfield

Thursday, March 12, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Belchertown girls basketball coach Jay Woodcock said anyone could have turned a four-game losing skid entering the postseason into a tournament run with the right attitude, he’s just glad it was his team. Unfortunately, the Orioles’ …

Shooting woes end Hopkins Academy’s Division 4 state title run in semifinals

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WORCESTER — After guiding the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team to a Western Massachusetts title, coach Angelo Thomas hoped Tuesday night’s loss will prepare his program to win at the state level. The Golden Hawks ran into an …

South Hadley goes cold in 65-58 loss to Marlborough in state Division 2 semifinal

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Cam Earle stood at the free-throw line with just over two minutes remaining Tuesday in the state Division 2 semifinal against Marlborough. The Panthers had cut the Tigers’ lead down to one, but the South Hadley …

Eric Bertrand expected to remain at mental hospital after arraignment on charges related to Forbes Library arson and Whole Foods cayenne pepper attack

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The former Easthampton man accused of lighting a fire in Forbes Library and throwing cayenne pepper on shoppers at Whole Foods last July is likely to remain committed at a Worcester mental health hospital, his attorney …

Belchertown girls basketball team looking to raise the bar in state semifinal

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Belchertown girls basketball team has given future squads something to strive for after claiming the school’s first Western Massachusetts basketball championship on Saturday. On Wednesday, the Orioles can push the bar higher with a Division 2 state …

Area police news

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Amherst ■ A 22-year-old Amherst woman will be summoned to court on charges of failure to stop for police and obstructing an emergency vehicle following a brief, low-speed pursuit on Belchertown Road that ended at 8:12 p.m. Monday. ■ Police investigated two assaults reported during the weekend, and …

Sports briefs: Locals shine at youth championships, spring and summer league registrations open

Monday, March 9, 2015

Local shines as Trinity College captures first NESCAC Championship The Trinity College women’s ice hockey team captured its first ever NESCAC Championship with a 3-2 overtime win against Middlebury College on Sunday. Jessie Stowell of Hadley had her shot tipped into the goal with 5 minutes, and 12 …

Seven people arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court on charges related to Blarney Blowout

Monday, March 9, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — On the Monday after Blarney Blowout, seven young people were arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court, mostly on minor charges such as underage possession of alcohol and violating the town’s open container bylaw. Two others who …

Raymond Quatacker of South Hadley held without bail after allegedly stabbing brother, threatening to kill him

Monday, March 9, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — A South Hadley man accused of stabbing his brother in the arm and threatening to murder him Saturday will have a hearing in Eastern Hampshire District Court Friday to determine whether he is too dangerous to be released from jail. Raymond Quatacker, 31, of 13 Hadley …