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Upcoming events at area senior centers

Friday, August 28, 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 sheriffs of Hampshire and Franklin counties, it is open to anyone who is interested. Breakfast will be provided. Susan Grant, director of …

Dog bites man in front of Easthampton business and other police news

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Scott R. Plogger, 44, of 499 Burts Pit Road in Florence, was arrested after a motor vehicle stop on Florence Road Wednesday at 11:23 p.m. on charges of marked lanes violation and a third offense of operating under the influence of liquor. ∎ Police received a report of a dog biting a man outside Jenny’s Place at 77 Main St. Wednesday …

Man rides bike into CVS in Amherst

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Amherst ∎ An officer observed a man riding a bicycle through the parking lot at the CVS Pharmacy, 165 University Drive, and then into the store through the main entrance at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday. No one inside the store was injured, though some customers were frightened and upset by the incident, according to police. The man was warned about his actions. Easthampton ∎ …

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 …

Easthampton Chamber of Commerce to scale back holiday lighting display this year

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton Chamber of Commerce plans to scale back its annual downtown holiday lights display this year with the hope that another community group will continue the effort. And the chamber plans to stop administering the lighting project entirely beginning in 2016. The business group spends …

Western Massachusetts offers abundance of trails for novice and experienced hikers

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

If you have a love for the outdoors and a yearning to connect with the natural world, western Massachusetts offers outstanding opportunities for walking and hiking for both novice hikers and experienced trekkers. The beauty of living in …

Resources for hikers

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Information on hiking in western Massachusetts is available from these organizations: ∎ Pioneer Valley Hiking Club — www.pioneervalleyhikingclub.org ∎ Appalachian Mountain Club — www.amcberkshire.org ∎ Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation — www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr For a comprehensive listing of trails to hike and walk in western Massachusetts, complete with …

Becket man accused of breaking into over 100 homes asks for bail reduction to $5,000; judge raises it to $500,000

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — James Tarjick Jr. asked Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard J. Carey on Tuesday to reduce his bail on numerous breaking and entering charges to $5,000 — but Carey instead raised it to $500,000. The judge’s decision …

Area police news

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Amherst ∎ Edward Thomas Wilson, 21, of 22 Lessey St., Apt. 109, was arrested on a warrant at 3:48 a.m. Tuesday on East Hadley Road. ∎ Kevin Quesnel, 31, of 563 Bay Road, was arrested on a warrant at 8:14 p.m. Monday in downtown Amherst. ∎ A possible …