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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 the job, including fire control, education, hazardous …

Timothy Lipski denies charges related to two alleged armed robberies in Easthampton and Northampton

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Easthampton man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Friday to two counts of armed, masked robbery and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with two alleged robberies of stores in Easthampton and Northampton in 2013. By agreement of the attorneys, Timothy W. Lipski, 28, was held on $10,000 bail. Bail was set without prejudice, …

Road rage incident spawns two separate accidents in Easthampton Friday night

Friday, August 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Two accidents involving three cars on Route 10 in Easthampton Friday night likely started from a single incident of road rage in Southampton, police said. It all began when one car turned on to Route 10 in Southampton from the parking lot of Puza’s Pure Food Market before 6:15 p.m. Friday …

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 …

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 …