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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 …

Food-truck festival in Northampton canceled after earlier postponement

Friday, August 14, 2015

UPDATE: The Northampton Survival Center benefit referenced in the story below has been moved to Sunday, Aug. 19. NORTHAMPTON — An inaugural food-truck festival expected to draw nearly 3,000 people to the Three-County Fairgrounds this weekend has been …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ “Ride Like an Animal” Motorcycle Ride and Poker Run — The Foundation for TJO Animals hosts 7th annual benefit ride Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning and ending at the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption …

Bird Sightings

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A little blue heron was found at Wild Acres Park in Pittsfield. A lesser yellowlegs and a pectoral sandpiper were on Silver Lake in …

James Ainsworth sentenced to 15-20 years for Route 5 crash that killed father and daughter

Thursday, August 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A judge on Thursday told the loved ones of Edward and Brittany McGrath that while she considered their calls for a harsher sentence for the man who killed them, she would impose the sentence recommended in …

Tree-cutting mishap in Easthampton results in power outage and fire which destroys car

Thursday, August 13, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A tree-cutting mishap caused a car fire and widespread power outage Thursday when part of a tree fell on a power line on Pomeroy Street. Police and fire officials responded to several 911 calls around 9:23 …

Mechanics work to rebuild Quality Automotive and Indie Automotive after devastating fire in Hatfield

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

HATFIELD — Greg Lawrence is willing to fix cars on the dirt parking lot by the charred remains of his shop, Indie Automotive, while he waits to secure temporary garage space. But thanks to the support of longtime …

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg calls on Berkshire Gas to lift moratorium

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg called on Berkshire Gas Co. Wednesday to immediately lift its moratorium on new and expanded service in Franklin, Hampshire and Berkshire counties and examine alternatives to meet the region’s need for additional demand. …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Water cure “Water as Cure and Transformation,” a contemporary interpretation by Katie Richardson of the Round Hill Water Cure, is inspired by documents and objects from the permanent collection at Historic Northampton. The exhibit will open with a …

‘Art in the Orchard’: Exhibitors cultivate unusual setting

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

It started in 2011 as a kind of experiment: Put some art amid the trees and pastures of a working orchard and see what happens. From that modest beginning, Easthampton’s “Art in the Orchard” exhibit has gained a …

Art in the Orchard — the particulars

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

“Art in the Orchard” opens Thursday and will remain on view through October at the Park Hill Orchard, 83 Park Hill Road in Easthampton (parkhillorchard.com). There will be a reception Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Other participating local artists include Sally Curcio of Northampton; Pat Bennett, Laura …