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Cummington

YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Cole Dunham, 7, of Ware, sets chain to compete in the 20th Annual Ox Teamsters Challenge during the 146th Annual Cummington Fair at Cummington Fairgrounds in Cummington Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

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. “It’s a nostalgic thing,” said Mark Carr of Tiverton, Rhode Island. “It’s of the yesteryears, you know?” Carr competed with Black and … 0

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 … 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

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

This week's public meetings

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Select Board, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall TUESDAY: Disability Access Advisory Committee, 11:30 a.m., Stavros; Public Shade Tree Committee, 4 p.m., Agricultural Commission, 7 p.m., both at Town Hall; Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee, 7 p.m., ARHS WEDNESDAY: Hampshire County Retirement Board, 9 a.m., 99 Industrial Drive, Northampton; … 0

Richard Meyer of Cummington gets 15- to 18-year sentence in state prison for sexually assaulting girl in 2012

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Richard Meyer of Cummington was sentenced to prison Tuesday for sexually assaulting a girl in Worthington in 2012, after it was determined that he was the same man convicted of assaulting two young girls in Florida … 0

Richard Meyer of Cummington convicted of sexually assaulting 10-year-old daughter of friend

Monday, March 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Richard B. Meyer, of Cummington, was convicted Monday of sexually assaulting the 10-year-old daughter of a family friend in October 2012. His sentence has yet to be decided, however, as the court must determine if he is the same Richard Meyer convicted of a sexual assault … 0

AREA MEETINGS

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Nomination and Membership Committee of the Franklin/Hampshire Regional Employment Board, 8:30 a.m., GCC; Policy Subcommittee of the Regional School Committee, 5 p.m., ARMS; Select Board, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall TUESDAY: Public Shade Tree Committee, 5 p.m., Town Common; Historical Commission, 6 p.m., Town Common, then Town … 0

Goshen promotes two in fire ranks, Hilltown Land Trust seeks national acceditation

Friday, March 28, 2014

Goshen Fire Chief Sue Labrie promoted two members of the Goshen Fire Department at a recent ceremony at the fire station. Lt. Monica Neveu, 41, who has been with the department for 15 years, is now Capt. Neveu, while John Schwaiger, 22, a member of the department since … 0

Richard Meyer of Cummington on trial for child rape, assault charges

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The trial of a Cummington man on charges he raped and assaulted the young daughter of a family friend began Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court. Richard B. Meyer, 53, of 54 Porter Hill Road has pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape and abuse of … 0

Hilltown center hosts session about Health Connector

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Hilltown Community Health Center is offering a presentation to help small business owners learn more about health insurance options and tax credits available through the Affordable Care Act. Set for March 27, the session will discuss how small business owners and employees could save money through the … 0

Nicholette Lustig new specialist promoting Franklin County Community Development Corp. commercial kitchen

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

When Nicholette “Nico” Lustig took the newly created job of “food business development specialist” at the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center a couple of months ago, she began working with the same sorts of farmers and specialty food … 0

Area meetings

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TODAY: Policy Subcommittee of the Regional School Committee, 5 p.m., ARMS; Regional Agreement Working Group RSDPB, School Location Subcommittee, 5:30 p.m., Leverett Town Hall; Select Bord, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall TUESDAY: Public Transportation and Bicycle Committee, 4 p.m., Town Hall; School Committee, 7 p.m., ARHS; Regional Agreement … 0