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A truck bed filled with shingles and furring strips in the driveway of Ron and Alice Thibault's Easthampton home on Monday was testament to a volunteer job by Easthampton police officers to get the house ready for some new siding. The officers' effort was one way of thanking her for her many kindnesses over the last ten years, including bringing them water and baked goods on their daily shifts.

Armed with hammers and work boots, Easthampton police officers help ‘adoptive mother’ with home project

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — For the last decade, city resident Alice Thibault has hand-delivered refreshments to police officers working traffic details twice a day. And on Monday, the department’s “adoptive mother” got a very big thank you from Easthampton’s finest. Thibault and her husband, Ron Thibault, had been planning to install new siding on their Taft Avenue home. But when they heard …

Live band in Amherst warned of town’s noise bylaw — and other area police news

Monday, August 31, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police twice responded to 15 Sunrise Ave. for a reported live band playing in the basement. At 11:28 p.m. Saturday, police warned the band members to stop the music and advised the tenants to send their 40 to 50 guests home for the night. At 12:57 a.m. Sunday, loud music was heard coming from the home, where the band had resumed …

New Northampton and Easthampton firefighters among state academy graduates

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New recruits from the Easthampton and Northampton fire departments were among those who graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Friday. David J. Nalewanski of the Easthampton Fire Department and Nicholas J. Demetrion of the Northampton Fire Department and 22 others from across the state completed the 45-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program. The course is designed to give new firefighters basic skills for …

BRIEFS: Granby High School coach Tom Burke to replace Florence Bank CEO John Heaps Jr. as chairman of WMass Sports Commission

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday that Tom Burke will serve as chairman of the Western Massachusetts Sports Commission. Burke replaces John F. Heaps Jr., president and CEO of Florence Bank, who served a two-year …

Easthampton’s new digital map may affect property rights, public hearing set for Tuesday

Sunday, August 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Because recent updates to the city’s zoning map may have impacts on property rights, residents are being invited to offer input on the proposed changes at a public hearing on Tuesday before the document becomes official. The hearing is set for 6 p.m. at the Municipal …

Lathrop Community eyes expansion of Easthampton, Northampton campuses

Friday, August 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Lathrop Community Inc. is in the planning stage of what will likely be a $26 million expansion of its Northampton and Easthampton campuses over the next quarter century. The nonprofit senior living group, now in its …

Wedding: Katie Szpila & Jon Kelley

Friday, August 21, 2015

Katie Szpila of Easthampton and Jon Kelley of Florence were married June 27 at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Easthampton by Father John Gawienowski. The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Kathy Szpila of Easthampton. …

Valley Views: Scarlet Tanager

Friday, August 21, 2015

Scarlet Tanager Coombs Road, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley I have recently enjoyed watching and photographing the many birds visiting the mulberry tree in the parking lot of Arcadia Wildlife …

Upcoming events at area senior centers

Friday, August 21, 2015

Seminar on scammers set for September A free seminar aimed at protecting senior citizens from scams and other financial crimes will be held Sept. 11 at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan and the …

Ann Fisher of Northampton, accused of posing as nurse to steal drugs and personal items from elderly people, indicted in Hampshire Superior Court

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence woman accused of posing as a nurse to steal drugs and personal items from elderly residents of the Lathrop Communities in Easthampton in 2014 has been indicted in Hampshire Superior Court on 17 charges. Ann Fisher, 30, of 324 Acrebrook Drive, faces three counts …

I-91 exit 20 in Northampton to reopen next week

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Exit 20 on Interstate 91 in Northampton is set to reopen by the end of next week, according to the state Department of Transportation. The southbound exit, which drops travelers onto North King Street near the intersection with Damon and Bridge roads, was closed in June …

Woman taken to hospital following Park Street crash in Easthampton that downed utility pole

Thursday, August 20, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A woman was taken to the hospital after a rollover crash that closed Park Street for more than six hours Thursday. Easthampton police officer Chad Alexander said a woman was driving north on Park Street at …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend …