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Colorado man arraigned in Franklin County on child enticement charges

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A 23-year-old Colorado man was arraigned Monday in Franklin Superior Court in Greenfield on charges related to an alleged online relationship he had with a 12-year-old girl in Orange. Daniel Gordon, of Colorado Springs, was charged with enticement of a child under 16, two counts of disseminating obscene matter to a minor and three counts of posing a child in the nude. Authorities say Gordon met the victim online playing … 0

Homeless man sentenced to state prison, Agawam man arraigned for failing to register as sex offenders

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One area man was sentenced and another arraigned Monday on charges of failing to register as a sex offender in Hampshire and Franklin counties. Ferdinand Fountain, 45, of Agawam was arraigned and pleaded innocent in Hampshire Superior Court on two counts of failing to register as a sex offender, Level 3, … 0

Recalling earlier controversy over proposed natural gas pipeline through Franklin County

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The echoes of proposed pipeline activity through Franklin County 37 years ago are almost haunting in similarity to today’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline controversy. The Tennessee Atlantic Pipeline Co. proposal for a 500-mile natural gas pipeline through more than half a dozen county towns between New Brunswick and Pennsylvania, and area residents’ reaction to the way the project was presented, bears striking resemblance to … 0

Supreme Judicial Court upholds double-murder conviction of Robin Anthony Hoose

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

BOSTON — The state Supreme Judicial Court has upheld the conviction of a Greenfield man in a 2007 double murder. Robin Anthony Hoose, 50, formerly of 69 Washington St., was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, and given two life sentences in state prison after his 2010 … 0

GCC Foundation aims to build donor support from Hampshire County; campaign kicks off Thursday

Saturday, March 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Community College Foundation will reach out to current and former students from Hampshire County to help it reach a fundraising goal. The college kicks off a $825,000 campaign Thursday. The drive will be led by honorary co-chairs Chia Collins and Michael Cohen of Northampton. … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, March 7, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Contact theaters for show times; phone numbers and websites are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Gloria (R) The Great Beauty (NR) Italian Film Series: The Leopard (PG) Like … 0

Veterans Voice

Friday, March 7, 2014

Calling the roll Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between Feb. 28 and March 6. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary. Ronald Steele, 80, Amherst, d. Feb. 25; spent four years playing with … 0

Community Action still has fuel assistance money for new applicants

Thursday, March 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — Fewer people in Hampshire County have requested fuel assistance this winter compared to last, despite an unusually cold season and higher fuel prices. The drop in applications means there is still money available for new applicants who apply in the next few weeks, said officials at … 0

New Greenfield Community College training program targets unemployed, underemployed

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — A new training program will equip unemployed and underemployed residents with manufacturing and work readiness skills so they can fill open entry-level jobs at local companies. Greenfield Community College and partner organizations will train at least 40 people in free 80-hour “foundational mechanical” training programs this … 0

The Regulators: MassDEP enforcement notes

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The following are state Department of Environmental Protection consent orders and penalty assessments in western Massachusetts during January, the most recent month for which reports are available. ■ WATER SUPPLY VIOLATIONS CONSENT ORDER, JAN. 29, HANCOCK: entered into a Consent Order with the town of Hancock regarding water … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, February 28, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Contact theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Gloria (R) Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (NR) Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (NR) The Past (NR) Philomena (PG-13) The Wind Rises … 0

Survey of Franklin County farmers identifies where help needed to boost agricultural economy

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A new survey of Franklin County farmers is pointing the way for a “Farm and Food System Project” to boost the region’s agricultural economy. The survey, which drew responses from 134 farmers, is part of a program for … 1

Lawmakers, law enforcement urge concerted effort to combat region’s heroin problem

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — The federal war on drugs is a failure, and Franklin County can be a model for an alternative use for the money spent eradicating opium crops in another hemisphere. That was Congressman James McGovern’s message for … 0