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Area briefs

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Amherst FARMERS MARKET WORKSHOP: A free workshop focused on how residents can become more resilient and less reliant on external resources for water, food and warmth will be held during the Winter Farmers Market on Saturday at the Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut St. The workshop run by Gabor Lukacs will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Professional Development Room. It is part of an educational …

Kate Sullivan nets 21 points, pulls within four of 1K for Hopkins Academy

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kate Sullivan scored 21 points to move within four of 1,000 for her career as the Hopkins Academy girls basketball team defeated Turners Falls 63-40 at home Friday night. The senior hit five 3-pointers and also had eight rebounds and three assists. Hopkins (2-1) plays at home against Lenox at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. …

Commuter rail options next step in improved rail service along ‘Knowledge Corridor’

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Now that the decades-long dream of a high-speed train zooming along the Connecticut River is a lock, the region’s leaders expect to turn their attention to the next significant game-changer — a commuter rail system shuttling passengers up and down the Valley many times a day. From the Valley’s northern reaches …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, December 12, 2014

northampton first night — Volunteers needed to help out with Northampton First Night — celebrate and participate at the same time. Log on to www.firstnightnorthampton.org and click on the “volunteer” tab. Or call 584-7327 Smith College Botanic Garden — Volunteers needed to provide tours for K-12 classes; staff …

Area police news

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Amherst ■ Police issued a $300 ticket for violating the town’s noise bylaw to a Crestview Apartments resident playing loud music at 1001 North Pleasant St. at 1:48 p.m. Thursday. Police said the man was issued a warning about the loud music and screaming at 10:57 a.m., but …

Easthampton Savings Bank announces plan to acquire Citizens National Bank

Thursday, December 11, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton Savings Bank announced Thursday that it plans to merge with a small Connecticut bank. Under the agreement, which needs regulatory approval, the bank’s parent company, ESB Bancorp, will acquire Citizens National Bancorp, the holding company for the Citizens National Bank, in a transaction valued at …

Ruptured gas main causes brief evacuation of 1 Cottage Street in Easthampton

Thursday, December 11, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — About 200 people, including artists and clients of Riverside Industries at 1 Cottage St. in Easthampton, were forced out into the cold Thursday morning as emergency workers attended to a broken gas main. The evacuation started about 9:20 a.m. when an excavator working on the construction …

Valley Gives 24-hour fundraiser brings in $2.66M for nonprofits in three counties

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In its third year, Valley Gives Day brought more than $2.6 million to nonprofit organizations in Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties with around 14,000 donors. “I’m absolutely exhausted. It has been a long exciting day,” said Valle Dwight, …

Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund: Charitable friends meet to discuss books and give back

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Carole Lafleur of Florence chokes up when she tells the story of her Christmases growing up in the 1930s. Walking home on Bridge Street after a party one December during a year when her family could not afford a tree, they watched as an evergreen fell …

Keeping tabs on the arts: ‘Sing for Shelter’ art openings and more

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cash and carry Easthampton City Arts+ hosts its sixth annual “Small Works Show & Sale,” a cash-and-carry salon-style exhibit that will include more than 140 works by some 75 artists from the Pioneer Valley and beyond. The exhibit, …

Slippery conditions Tuesday send some 50 people to Cooley Dickinson Hospital with injuries

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Looking out the window Tuesday morning, Bridge Street School teacher Jed Dion said he was not sure why there was a two-hour delay. There was no snow on the ground, and there did not appear to …

Two people injured in accident at Northampton and O’Neill streets in Easthampton

Monday, December 8, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Two people were taken by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton with what are believed to be non life-threatening injuries following a two-car accident at Northampton and O’Neill streets about 8:15 p.m. Monday. Police Sgt. Chris Patenaude said no further details about the accident were …

Check it out: Area health events and news briefs

Monday, December 8, 2014

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com HIP AND KNEE PAIN TALK The common causes of hip and knee pain, along with treatment options, will be discussed by surgeon Daniel Sage, Dec. 18 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The free lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the Dakin …