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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 …

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 …

Health events: Area support groups, other resources

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ GRIEF BEREAVEMENT — Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst periodically offers eight-week bereavement support groups open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. There is no fee; a phone interview is required. Call …

High school notebook: Local ultimate players shine at Under-19 Club National Championships

Monday, August 10, 2015

Yet another example of Hampshire County’s influence in the sport of ultimate at the state and national level was on display over the weekend. Several local boys competed for the Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance all-star team, which won …

Easthampton utility box has new ‘energy’ thanks to Amy ‘BannerQueen’ Johnquest

Monday, August 10, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — While stilt walkers aiming to calm traffic captured the attention of many drivers on Cottage Street, another kind of art performance was happening outside the Municipal Building during ArtWalk on Saturday. The dull green utility box …

Michael Sims of Northampton identified as driver killed in Route 5 crash Sunday

Monday, August 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The driver killed in a head-on crash Sunday on Mount Tom Road (Route 5) was identified Monday as Michael Sims, 57, of Paradise Road in Northampton. Sims worked as a custodian for the city. Sims was …

Area Property Deed Transfers for the week ending July 31, 2015

Sunday, August 9, 2015

For the week ending July 31, 2015 Amherst B. Elaine Thomas, Brenda Elaine Thomas, to Edilberto A. Manalang, Ma Rhodeca Jill O. Manalang, 6 Winston Court, Amherst, $192,000. Elsie Kares to Andrew C. Moon, 65 Valley View Drive, Amherst, $230,000. Tooran Hajir to Hajir Revocable Trust, Tooran Hajir, …