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FILE PHOTO 2013: This former gas station lot at the southeast corner of Main and Maple streets in Florence has been vacant for two years. 
KEVIN GUTTING

Former gasoline station in downtown Florence demolished, making way for new brick building

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A former gasoline station in downtown Florence met the wrecking ball Tuesday, clearing the way for a new brick building at one of the village’s most prominent sites at the corner of Main and Maple streets. Gaurang Patel, who owns Bird’s Store across the street from the site at 100 Main St. , said he is moving ahead …

Weekend planner — Music: 10th Annual Band Festival at Pines Theater in Florence

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

“Community bands are largely composed of wind and percussion instruments and are widespread across the country,” notes Alfred Barten, who plays saxophone with the Florence Community Band. “In the Valley alone there are bands in Florence, Amherst, Belchertown, South Hadley, Holyoke, Shelburne Falls, Greenfield and Montague.” Bringing those bands together for a big …

World Eye Bookshop closing store in Florence on Saturday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After two years selling books on North Main Street in Florence, the World Eye Bookshop is closing Saturday, although its Greenfield store remains alive and well. Jessica Mullins, owner of Greenfield’s World Eye Bookshop, in operation for more than 45 years in that town’s downtown center, opened a second store in … 1

Northampton Market sells $1 million World Class Millions scratch ticket

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On Tuesday, Gregory Kilbride of Florence went to the Northampton Market to purchase a $30 World Class Millions lottery ticket. He came back about 20 minutes later to tell everyone in the store, including owner Danny Patel, that he had won $1 million. Patel was thrilled. …

Relay participant, cancer survivor, walks for others

Friday, May 30, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fifth in a series of guest articles explaining aspects of Relay For Life of Hampshire County, a yearly American Cancer Society fundraiser. This year’s Relay will be June 13-14 at Look Memorial Park …

Jacqueline Mendonsa of Florence named Shutesbury Elementary School principal

Friday, May 23, 2014

SHUTESBURY — For the second time in a year, Shutesbury Elementary School will have a new principal starting July 1. Jacqueline Mendonsa, 32, of Florence, was hired Wednesday to replace Principal Maureen Ryan, who announced in March that she would resign at the end of this school year. …

Hundreds turn out in Northampton to remember veterans who preserved country’s freedoms

Monday, May 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Veterans Council of Northampton President Brad LeVay says he does not need a special day for remembering his fellow veterans. LeVay, a Marine veteran who fought in the Korean War, says he will always feel the …

Tranquility Day Spa & Salon in Florence offers free services for clients with cancer

Sunday, May 25, 2014

FLORENCE — Tranquility Day Spa & Salon in Florence is offering free services for clients with cancer. They can make a 30-minute appointment for the first Monday of every month, starting June 2, for a service ranging from facial treatments, to manicures to wig styling. Lynn LaFountain, who … 1

Jacqueline Mendonsa of Florence named Shutesbury Elementary School principal

Friday, May 23, 2014

SHUTESBURY — For the second time in a year, Shutesbury Elementary School will have a new principal starting July 1. Jacqueline Mendonsa, 32, of Florence, was hired Wednesday to replace Principal Maureen Ryan, who announced in March that she would resign at the end of this school year. …

Naming the Baby

Friday, May 23, 2014

Information on events, classes and workshops offered by area community senior centers is available on their respective websites, listed below. Amherst Senior Center/ Council On Aging Bangs Center, 70 Boltwood Walk Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone: 259-3060 www.amherstma.gov/seniorcenter Belchertown Senior Center 60 State St. Hours: …

April Madera & Dustin Sawicki

Friday, May 23, 2014

Heidi and Stanley Sawicki, of Florence, announce the engagement of their son, Dustin M. Sawicki, of San Diego, California, to April R. Madera, also of San Diego. April is the daughter of Francisco and Myrna Madera of Hayward, …

Your Time: Junior Cyclocross Training Camp, Florence

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cyclocross is a fast-growing sport that combines the technical skills of mountain biking and the intensity of traditional road racing. The races — often likened to steeplechase for bicycles — take place over a short loop of a …

Rene Santiago of Florence pleads not guilty to threatening police officer’s family, assault, other charges

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A disturbance at Meadowbrook Apartments Monday night led to the arrest of a Florence man on charges including assault and threatening the lives of a police officer’s family. Rene Santiago, 50, of 491 Bridge Road, Apt. …