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COURTESY HANNAH LABRIE
Bob Labrie stands on the ice of Hammond Pond after setting up the 2015 "Goshen Meltdown" flag. The 69-pound block is attached to an electric clock in a nearby shed. When the ice breaks and the flag sinks, it pulls the plug on the clock, recording the precise time.

Hilltown Voices: ‘Goshen Meltdown’ begins, Highland Ambulance to get half of the proceeds

Saturday, February 21, 2015

With temperatures in the single digits, and 3 feet of snow on the ground, it may be hard to imagine that spring is around the corner. One event that signals warmer weather ahead, however, is the annual “Goshen Meltdown.” This year is the 11th annual contest in which people buy tickets to guess when the ice on Hammond Pond will …

Bryant Free Library in Cummington means just that with no-charge computer classes taught by Ken Graf

Monday, February 16, 2015

CUMMINGTON — At 82, Ken Graf has a lot of reasons to believe in the right click. If you’ve used a computer as long as he has, you’ll know why. If such talk leaves you cold, you might be a candidate for his next free course. Graf is not only a Hilltown elder, …

Delaney Cantwell, 7, of Chesterfield, youngest ever to win Williamsburg Rod and Gun Club ice-fishing derby

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Every year the Williamsburg Rod and Gun Club sponsors an ice-fishing derby in February. A surprising first in the 22nd event Feb. 8 left many seasoned fishermen dumbfounded. Delaney Cantwell, 7, of Chesterfield, who landed the winning 3-pound bass, was the youngest competitor ever to take home the derby’s grand prize, in this …

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 …

VIDEO ‘A Long Row in Fertile Ground,’ WGBY documentary on farming in the Connecticut River Valley, gets warm reception

Thursday, July 10, 2014

AMHERST — There was no red carpet, but local farmers got a taste of star treatment Wednesday night at a premiere screening of a WGBY documentary on farming in the Connecticut River Valley. Approximately 130 people, including many …

Coming up

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: …

Severe weather knocks out power, prompts flash flood warning

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Severe weather including heavy rain, lightning and wind moved through the Pioneer Valley late Wednesday afternoon, knocking out power for thousands of customers, bringing down tree limbs, and prompting the National Weather Service to issue a severe thunderstorm …

Local food, good conversation at Mama T’s hot dog and vegetable stand

Saturday, June 28, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — Tina Crotty-Vandoloski has traded her longtime job at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction to running a hot dog and vegetable stand on Route 9 (Goshen Road) west of the center of town. Vandoloski, …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Watermelon Wednesdays The Boxcars will perform June 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the West Whately Chapel as part of Watermelon Wednesdays. This Grammy-nominated bluegrass quintet has won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s best instrumental group for three years …