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Pipeline presentation in Cummington draws strong turnout

Sunday, January 11, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Strong turnout on Saturday afternoon for a presentation on a planned natural gas pipeline in the region prompted organizers to offer a second showing. Hosted by members of No Fracked Gas in Mass, the event featured a short documentary film created by Plainfield resident Steve Wicks, and a presentation by Polly Ryan, also of Plainfield. With some 150 people seeking admittance to the Community House, which could safely …

Haydenville Congregational Church sponsors anti-racism workshop, followed by Martin Luther King service

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A longtime supporter of human rights and inclusivity, the Haydenville Congregational Church is offering a workshop entitled “Dismantling Racism: The Role of Allies as Agents of Change.” The workshop has been offered for more than 10 years. The Rev. Andrea Ayvazian said it is “absolutely timely” this year as it comes in the wake of several nationally publicized and highly criticized incidents in …

Hilltown Voices: Councils on Aging Consortium to hire outreach coordinator

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Northern Hilltown Councils on Aging Consortium will soon be hiring a full-time outreach coordinator to help expand the organization’s capacity to provide services to the 2,122 elders who live in seven communities. The three-year position will be paid for by a $60,000 service incentive grant from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. The outreach coordinator will work collaboratively with the consortium in …

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 …

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 …

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 …

For some, nostalgia, yesteryear, main attraction at Cummington Fairgrounds

Saturday, August 23, 2014

CUMMINGTON — As a procession of oxen made its way to the Lumberjack Arena at the Fairgrounds Saturday afternoon for the 20th annual Ox Teamster’s Challenge, a crowd of New Englanders grew eager to visit their historical roots. …

Despite rain, Cummington Fair has attractions for people of all ages

Friday, August 22, 2014

CUMMINGTON — Officials of the 146th annual Cummington Fair said rain the first two days did not dampen their resolve to make it a fun experience for fairgoers of all ages. Thursday “we called the rain ‘a little …

Grades 2 and 3 combined at Berkshire Trail Elementary in Cummington due to low enrollment

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CUMMINGTON — There will be a new classroom grouping and curriculum at Berkshire Trail Elementary School this year. “New for us this year will be the reinstatement of a multi-grade classroom for Grades 2 and 3,” Principal Lorraine Liantonio said. The combined classes resulted from low student enrollment. …

Cummington Fair runs Thursday through Sunday

Friday, August 15, 2014

CUMMINGTON — Billed as the “biggest and best little fair in the country,” the 146th annual Cummington Fair is set to open Thursday and run through Aug. 24. Board member Lillian Bisbee said the fair usually draws between 25,000 and 30,000 people. Bisbee said that each day of …

SLIDESHOW Pipeline protest held in Boston

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BOSTON — An estimated 400 to 500 people rallied on the Boston Common Wednesday, bringing their “Stop the Pipeline” message to the Statehouse. Speakers included state Reps. Stephen Kulik, Paul Mark and Denise Andrews, all opposing Tennessee Gas …

Goshen Fire Chief: Fire in Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday not considered suspicious

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GOSHEN — The state fire marshal’s office is investigating what caused a fire at a Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday evening that displaced one man. Goshen Fire Chief Susan Labrie said the fire is not considered suspicious. No one was injured but the house was rendered inhabitable, she …