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Robin Merritt stands with Williamsburg Fire Chief Jason Connell during a ceremony when she was sworn in as a lieutenant at the Haydenville Fire Station on Tuesday night.

Hilltown Voices: Robin Merritt promoted to lieutenant, first woman officer in Williamsburg Fire Department

Friday, April 17, 2015

Williamsburg Fire Chief Jason Connell on Tuesday promoted firefighter Robin Merritt to the rank of lieutenant. Merritt now holds the distinction of being the first woman to become an officer in the Williamsburg Fire Department. Town Clerk Brenda Lessard swore in Merritt at the Haydenville Fire Station in front of 40 colleagues, friends and family who gathered to celebrate. Merritt, 26, joined the department in 2011. Since then, she has earned the high regard of her colleagues. “Our department has a lot of respect for her, and for the work that she has done. She has a lot of energy and she works very well …

Hilltown Voices: Robert Aeschback challenges incumbent Dennis Mimitz for seat on Plainfield Select Board

Saturday, April 11, 2015

At this year’s annual town election, Plainfield voters will have two choices on the ballot for one, three-year term on the Select Board. Robert Aeschback is challenging incumbent Dennis Mimitz who has served on the Select Board for six years and works as the maintenance supervisor for the Lathrop Community in Easthampton and Northampton. The annual Town Meeting and election will be held …

Maple sugaring season comes at long last to Valley, as producers hope for best after long-delayed start

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — Easy does it. Now that maple sap is flowing, sugarers hope spring continues to play hide-and-seek in the Valley to salvage a sluggish season. With night freezes and daytime thaws finally here, sugarers are making syrup, starting in earnest to boil at a time of year when they have sometimes been …

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 …

Return to Vietnam Documentary film to explore role of ‘Donut Dollies’ in Vietnam War

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, the clash between U.S. and North Vietnamese naval forces that prompted President Lyndon Johnson to call for a dramatic buildup of U.S. troops in Vietnam. Four …

Nine towns seek to connect long-distance trails

Friday, June 20, 2014

Chesterfield recently joined a program that aims to create a network of linked hiking trails around western Massachusetts. Under the auspices of the Pioneer Valley and Berkshire Regional planning commissions and the Trustees of Reservations, the Trails Linkages Project seeks to connect long-distance trails in nine towns centered …

AREA MEETINGS

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amherst TUESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Development Committee, 3 p.m., Library; Town Meeting Coordinating Committee, 3 p.m., Public Transportation and Bicycle Committee, 4 p.m., both at Town Hall; School Committee, 7 p.m., ARHS WEDNESDAY: The Jones Library, Inc. Investment Committee, 10 a.m., Library; Personnel Board, 2 p.m., Planning …