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Area Realtors say sales of average-priced homes like this one on Brierwood Drive in Florence, which sold last week for $223,000, are driving a healthy real estate market.

First-time buyers and average-priced homes driving a healthy real estate market in the Valley, Realtors say

Thursday, July 30, 2015

June is often the hottest month of the year for home sales, and this June was no exception. According to data from the multiple listing service, single-family home sales in Hampshire County were up about 3 percent compared to the same time last year, while the median price was down 4.6 percent — and local Realtors say that’s a good …

Dog paddle

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Stilt walkers bearing quilts aim to slow down traffic at August ArtWalk in Easthampton

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Traffic on Union Street during the August ArtWalk event will be slowed down by an unusual urban planning measure: a parade of stilt walkers carrying quilts. “Elevate Art: Quilts on Stilts with a Slow Stitch Sit-Along” is one of two traffic calming projects being deployed for Easthampton’s Aug. 8 ArtWalk, which …

Volunteers: Area opportunities

Saturday, July 25, 2015

summer volunteer training for long-term care ombudsman — Ombudsmen serve as advocates for elders and people with disabilities in the community. Next free training July 27 to 29. Contact Trevor at Franklin County Home Care Corporation at 773-5555 ext 2241 or tboeding@fchcc. Visit fchcc.org to learn more. It …

Local police officers on FBI’s Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force work daily to investigate, foil suspected terrorist plots

Friday, July 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. District Court grand jurors who indicted Alexander Ciccolo Thursday on charges connected to an alleged terrorist plot had help in making their decision from a western Massachusetts task force consisting partly of local police …

Movie night at Easthampton’s Millside Park on Saturday: “Big Hero 6”

Friday, July 24, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The latest installment of the city’s long-running Arts in the Park series will feature a showing of “Big Hero 6” at Millside Park on Saturday. The park, located behind the Pleasant Street mills, will be transformed into a cinema as the 2014 Disney movie is screened …

Moose on the loose -- and other area police news

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Amherst ∎ Kathleen Brennan, 50, of 16 Kestrel Lane, was arrested at 5:57 p.m. Wednesday on an Amherst street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, second offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and possession of an open container …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Thursday, July 23, 2015

One cool kitty PaintBox Theater’s children’s theater performances of “Puss in Boots” continue through Saturday at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. in Northampton. Puss is one cool kitty who will show audiences how to get from …

Easthampton Savings Bank snaps scoreless streak to beat Chicopee and force Game 3

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

CHICOPEE — The Easthampton Savings Bank baseball team stood one out from its 11th consecutive scoreless inning to start the Tri-County League playoffs. But catcher Brandon Kubik ended that streak and sent Easthampton on its way to a …

Local baseball: South Hadley slugs past Holyoke in Mickey Mantle tournament

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Evan Levrault and Thomas Shea both went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to power South Hadley to a 12-6 road win over Holyoke in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Mickey Mantle tournament. James Roux walked three and fanned two in the first five innings until Levrault relieved …

Easthampton bats attack late to beat Frontier, 5-1, in Mickey Mantle postseason action

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — After two and a half innings of a pitchers duel, Easthampton Mickey Mantle stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the third inning and quickly loaded the bases with no outs. Then Frontier’s Kyle …

Joy and sacrifice: Never a dull moment for the nine-member Coleman family of Easthampton

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

On a recent Monday evening, Nori and Joe Coleman stood on the back stoop of their Easthampton home and watched six of their seven children play basketball in the yard. Hannah grabbed a rebound and passed to her …

To-do list: Area events for families

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

BIG TOP STOP Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Cirkus Smirkus is coming to town. Each summer, the Greensboro, Vermont-based youth circus troupe tours the Northeast, setting up their 750-seat, one ring, European-style big top in fortunate towns …