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Habitual offender Bruce Bennett sentenced to more prison time for break-ins in Florence and Easthampton

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 63-year-old man who has been in and out of prison for many years received a seven-year prison sentence Monday after pleading guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to breaking into homes in Florence and Easthampton. As part of an agreed-upon plea deal, Bruce V. Bennett, 63, whose last address was 421 North Main St., Apt. 6, pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking and entering in the daytime …

Small Business Saturday draws shoppers to local, independent retailers

Saturday, November 28, 2015

’Twas the Saturday after Thanksgiving, when all through the streets, throngs flocked to small stores, seeking unique holiday treats. Dampened somewhat by drizzly skies, shoppers explored Northampton, Amherst and Easthampton on the day after Black Friday, many purposefully avoiding the mall on a day meant to promote independent retailers. Introduced by American Express …

Valley Views: Empty, Full Moon

Friday, November 27, 2015

Empty, Full Moon Park Hill Orchards, Easthampton Bob Solosko, Easthampton On the night of the very bright full moon Oct. 27, my wife, Jean, and I went to Art in the Orchard on Park Hill Road in Easthampton to photograph some of the sculptures by moonlight. While I was photographing another sculpture, Jean …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 27, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Teacher’s work day, no school TUESDAY: Baked potato bar, broccoli, spinach salad, pear, peach cup WEDNESDAY: Meatball hero, romaine salad, peach cup, Empire apple THURSDAY: Pancakes with turkey sausage, baked Tater Tots, veggie dippers, Bartlett pear, applesauce FRIDAY: Cheesy pepperoni pizza, carrot sticks, romaine salad with …

Easthampton High School Honor Roll

Friday, November 27, 2015

GRADE 12 First Honors Kelly Boisjolie, Blake Churchill, Andrew Connelly, Nicholas Conner, Kayley Dineen, Maya Dunham, Leo Fish, Ryan Fleury, Cheyenne Horner, Jessica Katusich, Colin LaFountain Brian Lupario, Emily Lussier, William McAndrews, Moriah Morris, Anna Morrissey, Liam Nash, Jessica Roy, Tyler Schanzer, Michael Sienkiewicz, Alexis Stosz, Alexis White …

Veterans’ Voice: News for area veterans

Friday, November 27, 2015

Announcements SANTA COMES TO TOWN: Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be making a stop at the American Legion in Granby for breakfast Dec. 5. Come enjoy a meal with them from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 each with kids under 5 free. Pictures with the …

Husband of Williston faculty member arraigned on gun, other weapons charges

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An investigation that led to gun and other weapons charges against the husband of a Williston Northampton School faculty member began after the man allegedly expressed suicidal thoughts to one of his children and put a …

Williston School reveals former administrators knew in 1990 about faculty member’s sexual misconduct

Friday, November 27, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A Williston Northampton School faculty member engaged in a sexual relationship with a student in the late 1970s and was employed by the school until July of this year, despite twice admitting the misconduct to previous …

Around Southampton: Congregational Church welcomes new pastor; holiday toy drive; photo contest; library events

Thursday, November 26, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Though she has led the First Congregational Church of Southampton for nearly three months, the Rev. Jennie Valentine says she’s still making a big effort to meet people. “When a new pastor comes in, the first year is about getting to know the community, getting to …

Future shines for Northampton football as Blue Devils run past Easthampton on Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Northampton — Future and present met in the end zone for the Northampton football team in its first Thanksgiving Day game against Easthampton. Junior running backs Elijah Davis and Nik Smith both topped 100 yards and scored in …

Pleasant Street mills get new parking lot as part of $7.5 million improvement project in Easthampton

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The parking lot behind the Pleasant Street mills received a fresh coat of pavement this week as part of the $7.5 million improvements to the mill corridor. The surfaced parking lot is just a minor step …

Around Easthampton: American Legion women’s auxiliary seeks members, holiday events, parenting talk

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The women’s auxiliary of the American Legion Dalton Lavallee Post 224 is seeking increased community involvement in its charitable efforts to aid veterans and their families. The auxiliary is a group of women with family members who served in the armed forces. “We support and help …

Thanksgiving football: Northampton, Easthampton starting new tradition

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The 36-14 defeat Easthampton suffered against Northampton last November still resonates with the Eagles ahead of Thursday’s Thanksgiving matchup. “We got destroyed last year by them, so we want to make a better comeback than we did,” Easthampton …