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JERREY ROBERTS Francis Dresser of Goshen, a retired fire chief, started the tradition of displaying flags in the 1990s. The Firefighters Association still handles the task.

Retired Goshen Fire Chief Francis Dresser dies at 89, instrumental in Hilltown ambulance services

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

GOSHEN — “The Hilltowns have lost a pioneer, mentor and friend,” Goshen Fire Chief Sue Labrie said Tuesday of the passing of retired chief Francis Dresser, who died at his Main Street home Sunday. Dresser, 89, served the Goshen Fire Department for 55 years until retiring in 2006 at the age of 81. “Francis had a way about him. You …

SLIDESHOW Demolition derby at the Three County Fair in Northampton

Monday, September 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — You know it’s a hot, sunny day at the Three County Fair when the stand selling fresh-squeezed lemonade runs out of lemons. That’s what happened Monday afternoon, when temperatures hit 87 degrees, and the lemonade stand owned by Gino Orlandi of Cummington only had corn dogs left for sale. “It’s hot,” …

Area police officials lukewarm about surplus military gear programs flagged for review by president

Monday, September 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — President Barack Obama last week ordered a review of programs that put surplus military gear into the hands of local police in the wake of outcry about heavily armed Ferguson, Missouri, police officers in armored trucks facing off with protesters. If the review leads to scrapping or curtailing such programs, police … 2

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Watermelon Wednesdays The Boxcars will perform June 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the West Whately Chapel as part of Watermelon Wednesdays. This Grammy-nominated bluegrass quintet has won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s best instrumental group for three years …

Return to Vietnam Documentary film to explore role of ‘Donut Dollies’ in Vietnam War

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, the clash between U.S. and North Vietnamese naval forces that prompted President Lyndon Johnson to call for a dramatic buildup of U.S. troops in Vietnam. Four …

Nine towns seek to connect long-distance trails

Friday, June 20, 2014

Chesterfield recently joined a program that aims to create a network of linked hiking trails around western Massachusetts. Under the auspices of the Pioneer Valley and Berkshire Regional planning commissions and the Trustees of Reservations, the Trails Linkages Project seeks to connect long-distance trails in nine towns centered …

AREA MEETINGS

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TUESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Development Committee, 3 p.m., Library; Town Meeting Coordinating Committee, 3 p.m., Public Transportation and Bicycle Committee, 4 p.m., both at Town Hall; School Committee, 7 p.m., ARHS WEDNESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Investment Committee, 10 a.m., Library; Personnel Board, 2 p.m., Planning …

Area meetings list for the week of June 8

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Policy Subcommittee of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee, 5 p.m., ARMS; Select Board, 6 p.m., Town Hall TUESDAY: Public Shade Tree Committee, 4 p.m., Agricultural Commission, 7 p.m., both at Town Hall; District Trends Subcommittee of the Regional School Committee, 5:30 p.m., Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee, …

Dozens lose power in Hilltowns, hundreds in Berkshire County

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than 50 residents in western Hampshire County and over 350 in Berkshire County lost power Tuesday night as a result of a storm. According to the Western Massachusetts Electric Co. website, 33 customers lost power in Cummington, as well as 16 in Plainfield and three …

Area briefs

Monday, June 2, 2014

Cummington ART SHOW: An opening for an exhibit titled “Portrait of an Artist” will be presented from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Cummington Community House at 33 Main St. Berkshire Trail Elementary School is a so-called “expeditionary learning school,” and as part of its first expedition, …

Municipal meetings for the week of June 1

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Select Board, 6 p.m., ARMS TUESDAY: Board of Assessors, 5 p.m., Planning Board, 7:05 p.m., both at Town Hall WEDNESDAY: Mount Holyoke Range Advisory Committee, 6 p.m., Notch Visitors Center Belchertown TODAY: Fair Committee, 7:15, Freedom Hall; Board of Health, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall TUESDAY: Board …

Memorial Day commemorations listed for Sunday and Monday

Friday, May 23, 2014

Here is a list of the Memorial Day commemorations planned in the area for Sunday and Monday.  AMHERST — Parade MONDAY beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Amherst Common and proceeding to War Memorial on Triangle Street for …

Memorial Day commemorations listed for Sunday and Monday

Friday, May 23, 2014

Here is a list of the Memorial Day commemorations planned in the area for Sunday and Monday.  AMHERST — Parade MONDAY beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Amherst Common and proceeding to War Memorial on Triangle Street for …