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JERREY ROBERTS
Mike April, left, of Amherst, takes his 50th birthday cake from his brother-in-law, David Ryan, as his sister, Cheryl Ryan and Peter Jessop look on Saturday at a Habitat for Humanity building site at 246 East Street in Easthampton. April and his family celebrated his birthday by volunteering to work at the site. Jessop is the site manager.

Mike April of Amherst celebrates 50th by helping building Easthampton Habitat for Humanity home

Saturday, March 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — As his big “5-0” birthday approached, Mike April of Amherst said he wanted to do something a little different to celebrate. In planning his party, he kept in mind things he considers important: family and giving back to community. That’s why he decided to gather a dozen of his friends and family to help continue Pioneer Valley Habitat …

Area police news

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst ∎ Four men were arrested on a charge of violating the town’s noise bylaw after officers responded to and cleared out a loud party with about 100 guests at 240 Northampton Road at 12:44 a.m. Friday. Police identified them as Thomas Colby Brunton, 21, of Springfield; David Hernandez, 20, of Hyde Park; John Christopher Neil, 20, of Longmeadow; and Andrew Michael Pettengill, …

Eric Poulin, charged with offering sexual conduct for a fee in Easthampton salon, has case continued without a finding for one year

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The South Hadley man charged with offering a $300 sexual massage to an undercover police in an Easthampton hair salon will have his case dismissed after a year if he stays out of trouble with the law during that time. Eric P. Poulin, 43, of 10 Ingram St., who was charged in February with offering sexual conduct for a fee, admitted …

Area police news

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Amherst ■ A 28-year-old Amherst man will be summoned to court on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a revoked registration following a traffic stop on North Pleasant Street near Infirmary Way at 1:31 a.m. Wednesday. Easthampton ■ Christopher Mitchell, 36, of 29 Captain Lathrop Drive, …

First Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference fuels collaborative efforts by environmentalists

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The first Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference was deemed a success by organizers who were pleased by the presentations and the community turnout Saturday. “We are thrilled. This was a tremendous mix of people with a …

Shooting woes end Hopkins Academy’s Division 4 state title run in semifinals

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WORCESTER — After guiding the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team to a Western Massachusetts title, coach Angelo Thomas hoped Tuesday night’s loss will prepare his program to win at the state level. The Golden Hawks ran into an …

South Hadley goes cold in 65-58 loss to Marlborough in state Division 2 semifinal

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Cam Earle stood at the free-throw line with just over two minutes remaining Tuesday in the state Division 2 semifinal against Marlborough. The Panthers had cut the Tigers’ lead down to one, but the South Hadley …

Eric Bertrand expected to remain at mental hospital after arraignment on charges related to Forbes Library arson and Whole Foods cayenne pepper attack

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The former Easthampton man accused of lighting a fire in Forbes Library and throwing cayenne pepper on shoppers at Whole Foods last July is likely to remain committed at a Worcester mental health hospital, his attorney …

Area police news

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Amherst ■ A 22-year-old Amherst woman will be summoned to court on charges of failure to stop for police and obstructing an emergency vehicle following a brief, low-speed pursuit on Belchertown Road that ended at 8:12 p.m. Monday. ■ Police investigated two assaults reported during the weekend, and …

Sports briefs: Locals shine at youth championships, spring and summer league registrations open

Monday, March 9, 2015

Local shines as Trinity College captures first NESCAC Championship The Trinity College women’s ice hockey team captured its first ever NESCAC Championship with a 3-2 overtime win against Middlebury College on Sunday. Jessie Stowell of Hadley had her shot tipped into the goal with 5 minutes, and 12 …

Peter Schoenberger of Hadley takes on rising electricity costs by creating Everyone Needs Utility Fairness

Monday, March 9, 2015

HADLEY — Pete Schoenberger was a small child during the civil rights movement, and a teenager during the Vietnam War. During both of those eras of protest, he recalls, he was too young to take a stand. But this year, the 57-year-old husband, father and homeowner said he …

Williston boys basketball wins NEPSAC Class A title over Suffield

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Williston boys basketball team won the NEPSAC Class A title 51-47 over Suffield Academy behind 15 points from Ryan Richmond on Sunday at Endicott College. Jake Ross (Northampton) added 11 points in the victory and was key in the final minute. The Wildcats (23-3) led 48-47 when …

South Hadley topples Tantasqua, wins 7th WMass Division 2 title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — South Hadley boys basketball coach Jeff Guiel emerged from the locker room on Saturday with an unraveled tie draped around his neck. He was wearing a T-shirt that read “If not now” on the front and …