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Cummington

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 were kind of drawn to him because he was very friendly and welcoming,” Labrie said. “He is the one that got (my husband) Bob and I to join the Fire Department when he did our home smoke alarm inspection” shortly after they arrived in Goshen … 0

SLIDESHOW Good weather, many activities make for strong attendance at 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,” … 0

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

AREA MEETINGS

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Housing Authority - Board of Commissioners, 4:30 p.m., 33 Kellogg Ave.; School Location Subcommittee of the Regional Agreement Working Group, 5:30 p.m., Leverett Town Hall; Finance Committee, Select Board, both at 6 p.m., ARMS TUESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Development Committee, 3 p.m., Jones Library; Public … 0

After bacteria found in Cummington water, subsequent tests during April are clean

Friday, May 16, 2014

CUMMINGTON — After detecting coliform bacteria in two samples taken from Cummington’s water distribution system in April, the town water operator said this week that subsequent samples taken later in the month indicated there was no longer a problem. “We test the water monthly,” Dennis Forgea said. “In … 0

This week's municipal meetings in your town

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Dickinson Local Historic District Commission, 3 p.m., Town Hall; Select Board, 6:55 p.m., ARMS TUESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Buildings and Facilities Committee, 1 p.m., Jones Library; District Trends Subcommittee of the Regional School Committee, 5:30 p.m. Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee, 7 p.m., both at ARHS; … 0

Contacts

Friday, June 14, 2013

Information on events, classes and workshops offered by area community senior centers is available on their respective websites, listed below. Amherst Senior Center/ Council On Aging Bangs Center, 70 Boltwood Walk Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone: 259-3060 www.amherstma.gov/seniorcenter Belchertown Senior Center 60 State St. Hours: … 0

Cummington voters approve $2 million budget and take a stand against ‘fracked’ gas

Friday, May 2, 2014

CUMMINGTON — Voters in Cummington on Friday night unanimously approved a $2,029,073 budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and approved a non-binding resolution that would prevent the transportation of gas through town produced by hydraulic fracturing, a process known as “fracking.” The resolution was drafted because … 0

AREA MEETINGS

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Dickinson Local Historic District commission, 3 p.m., Town Hall; Housing Authority-Board of Commissioners annual meeting, 4:30 p.m., 33 Kellogg Ave.; Select Board, 6 p.m., Finance Committee, 6:15 p.m., both at ARMS TUESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Investment Committee, 10:30 a.m., Library; Joint Amherst, Pelham and Regional … 0

Communities await state Department of Public Utilities ruling on municipal aggregation to buy electricity

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Thirty-six western Massachusetts communities, including 14 in Hampshire County, are waiting to hear if the state government will allow them to buy electricity as a group, presumably for a savings. Several dozen town officials, area legislators and others testified earlier this month in Northampton before the state Department … 0

George Leigh Sr.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

CUMMINGTON — George D. Leigh Sr., 77, of Harlow Road in Cummington passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Linda Manor Extended Care Facility, surrounded by loving family members. He was born Sept. 25, 1936, the son of the late George and Natalie (Knight) Leigh. He was raised … 0

AREA MEETINGS

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Regional Agreement Working Group: School Location Subcommittee, 5:30 p.m., Leverett Town Hall TUESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Buildings and Facilities Committee, 11 a.m., Library; Select Board, 6:30 p.m. Town Hall WEDNESDAY: Conservation Commission, 7 p.m., Town Hall Belchertown TUESDAY: School Committee, 6:30 p.m., Finance Committee, Select … 0

Out-of-control brush fire damages house on East Street in Goshen

Friday, April 18, 2014

GOSHEN — A small brush fire that had been started to destroy weeds at a home at 665 East St. quickly got out of control Thursday afternoon and flames began to burn the siding of the house. Before the fire was extinguished it caused an estimated $15,000 in … 0