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State Sen. Benjamin Downing in final year cites opioid epidemic, changing demographics as key issues

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — After almost 10 years in office, state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing has checked many items off an impressive to-do list. The Pittsfield Democrat has worked to increase the amount of solar energy in the state by more than 500 percent, and supported efforts to rebuild college campuses. But Downing, who will be leaving his post come January, says other important issues remain, from demographic divisions in the state’s …

Adam Hinds to seek state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Adam Hinds announced his candidacy Wednesday for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield. The announcement came one day after Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, said that he would not seek the Senate post which he had been seriously considering. Downing announced last week that he would not seek …

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren takes strong stand against Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren took a strong stand against the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project during a speech in Springfield on Monday, calling out the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that will have the final say about whether it is approved. Warren, a Democrat, described how regulatory agencies that she helped create, such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, …

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg arranges Sept. 10 hearing in Greenfield for more gas pipeline testimony

Thursday, August 13, 2015

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg has arranged for another hearing on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project for Sept. 10 at Greenfield Community College. Rosenberg earlier arranged for the state Department of Public Utilities to conduct a public hearing in Greenfield during June on the pipeline project and …

Hilltown Voices: Berkshire Bank closes branch in Haydenville, Dunkin’ Donuts expected to move into Main Street space

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Berkshire Bank closed its branch at 142 Main St. in Haydenville on July 31, but the location apparently will not remain vacant for long because Dunkin’ Donuts plans to move there, according to Town Clerk Brenda Lessard. Elizabeth Mach, vice president of marketing at Berkshire Bank, said the …

No charges filed in Cummington head-on collision that sent Hadley man to Worcester hospital by helicopter

Thursday, August 6, 2015

CUMMINGTON — State Police investigating a head-on collision on Route 9 in Cummington Wednesday that sent two people to hospitals are still determining the cause of the crash. No charges have been filed, Trooper Matthew Guarino said Thursday. Guarino said he had no update on the condition of …

Head-on collision on Route 9 in Cummington injures Hadley man who is taken by helicopter to hospital

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

CUMMINGTON — A head-on collision Wednesday afternoon sent a Hadley man to the hospital by a LifeFlight helicopter, according to Massachusetts State Police Trooper Matthew Guarino. The 72-year-old man, was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Guarino. “There were no charges and …

Hilltown Voices: Goshen Board of Health to discuss piggery permit for Hilltown Grazers

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Goshen’s Board of Health on Monday will discuss the possibility of issuing a piggery permit to Hilltown Grazers owner Cosmo Ferrante. Hilltown Grazers is currently located at 86 Spruce Corner Rd. on a 1200-acre farm owned by siblings Timothy and Laura Barrus, who rent the land to Ferrante. …

Police chiefs retire from Chesterfield and Cummington

Friday, July 24, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — The towns of Chesterfield and Cummington will have interim police chiefs until officials can fill the positions left open by the mandatory retirements of longtime police chiefs Gary Wickland in Chesterfield and Dennis Forgea in Cummington. Both towns had secured special legislation allowing each chief to …

Hilltown Voices: Summer music series in Williamsburg on Thursday evenings; Bryant celebration Saturday

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Now in its sixth season, the Angel Park Summer Music Series brings a variety of musical entertainment to the center of Williamsburg every Thursday evening. The concerts are free and take place in the Angel Park Quiet Reflections Garden off Main Street behind the Williamsburg Grange. Tom Adams, …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton awards nursing scholarships

Monday, July 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Each year, nursing scholarships are made possible through the generosity of donors who wish to encourage excellence in health care and continuing education. The Cooley Dickinson Development Team announced the recipients of the 2015 Nursing Scholarship Awards last month at an awards luncheon. The funds are …

Hilltown Voices: WiredWest considers possible need to form new co-operative; honor for Williamsburg school; Goshen fire truck refurbished

Saturday, July 11, 2015

During an informal meeting in Cummington this week, Wiredwest Communications Cooperative delegates and officials from more than 20 towns discussed the possible need to dissolve the current organization and form a new one. WiredWest is a cooperative of small towns in western Massachusetts dedicated to bringing affordable, reliable, …

Cummington votes to begin process of withdrawing from Central Berkshire Regional School District

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Residents voted 59-9 during a special Town Meeting on Thursday night to begin the process of withdrawing from the Central Berkshire Regional School District. “I am very pleased and impressed at the turnout,” said Christy Knox, a member of the town’s Ad Hoc Education Committee. “I …