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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Adam Jaracz holds his market lamb Damian during competition at the 146th annual Cummington Fair on Friday.

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 dust control,’ ” Karen Rida of Worthington said Friday with a smile. She is secretary of the Hillside Agricultural Society which runs the fair. “There is still a lot to do at the fair even if it does rain,” she said. The performances, crafts, livestock barns, dining hall and some of the vendors are in enclosed or covered areas. “I’m betting on Saturday and Sunday being beautiful and … 0

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. “This was the obvious solution to the situation,” Liantonio said. “We have two teachers that … 0

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 the fair will have themed events along with the standard games, rides, crafts, exhibits, and … 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

Heading Outdoors

Friday, April 18, 2014

■∎ Hadley Bird Walk — Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range sponsor walk with John Green on April 19 from 7 to 10 a.m., Skinner State Park, Route 47, Hadley. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the park’s main gate off of Route … 0

AREA MEETINGS

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Regional Agreement Working Group: Education Subcommittee, 8:30 a.m., Policy Subcommittee of the Regional School Committee, 5 p.m., both at ARMS; Public Art Commission, 10:30 a.m., Town Hall TUESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Buildings and Facilities Committee, 1 p.m., Library; Public Transportation and Bicycle Committee, 4 p.m. … 0

Making News: Local banks, new owner for Easthampton Machine & Tool, nutrition grant for elders and Blue Cross honors

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ewald named vice president and financial reporting manager at Hampden Bank SPRINGFIELD — Arley R. Ewald of Northampton has been named vice president and financial reporting manager at Hampden Bank. In her new position, Ewald will be responsible … 0

Mixed reception in Montague for representatives of Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MONTAGUE — Representatives of the company planning a natural gas pipeline through Franklin County attended their first local public meeting this week to a mixed reception. At least 80 people Monday filled the Town Hall’s upstairs meeting room and the attached hallway, with an overflow room downstairs. The … 0