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UMass football player Da’Sean Downey to be arraigned in October in connection with altercation that injured 2 students

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — A linebacker for the University of Massachusetts Amherst football team will be arraigned in October on assault charges stemming from an altercation at a Hadley house party earlier this year that left one victim temporarily unconscious and missing teeth. Da’Sean M. Downey — listed on the team’s online roster as a 6-foot-4, 241-pound sophomore linebacker — will be arraigned Oct. 21 in Eastern Hampshire District Court, according to a criminal complaint filed by Hadley Police this week. He is charged with two counts of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury. Police had not previously named Downey as the suspect in the case. …

Indy film: Local filmmakers recreate ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ — scene by scene

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sometimes, it takes a village to make a movie. Take, for example, “The Crowdsourced Cinema Project,” sponsored by Northampton Community Television, in which teams from across New England have recreated scenes from the film “Raiders of The Lost Ark.” The bits of movie magic will eventually be strung together in a shot-for-shot recreation …

Two-car crash slows Route 9 traffic in Hadley Wednesday morning

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HADLEY — A two-car crash slowed traffic on Route 9 Wednesday morning, but neither driver was taken to a hospital, police said. The crash was reported at 8 a.m. in front of Auto Express at 212 Russell St., according to Hadley police officer Doug Costa. Costa said a 21-year-old Northampton woman driving a Volvo station wagon attempted to take a left turn out …

McGovern leads state, federal officials on farm tour of western Massachusetts

Monday, August 24, 2015

HADLEY — Congressman James McGovern, D-Worcester, kicked off a two-day western Massachusetts farm tour Monday, visiting the North Hadley Sugar Shack and Simple Gifts Farm in North Amherst, along with five others. “Agriculture is an important part of …

Seth Isman looking at months of recovery after Cummington accident, wife says

Monday, August 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Erika Hollister of Hadley said her husband’s breathing tube prevented him from speaking when he woke up in the Intensive Care Unit at Baystate Medical Center after his Aug. 5 car accident on Route 9. He …

Indie Automotive, shop burned in Aug. 5 fire, announces temporary quarters in Hadley

Monday, August 24, 2015

HADLEY — Indie Automotive, one of the Hatfield repair shops destroyed in a fire earlier this month, has secured temporary quarters in Hadley. Starting Monday, the Volvo and Saab repair business will be operating at 12 Russell St. …

Girl, 12, injured in tubing accident on Conn. River

Sunday, August 23, 2015

HADLEY — An unidentified 12-year-old girl from Easthampton was injured Sunday morning in a tubing accident on the Connecticut River, according to Hadley Police. Police said the girl was tubing with family members just south of Sportsman’s Marina near the Calvin Coolidge Bridge when she was injured around …

Hadley’s vacant Route 9 buildings provide ‘rare and valuable’ training opportunity for area firefighters

Friday, August 21, 2015

HADLEY — “Step into the boots and see if they fit.” Fire Chief Michael H. Spanknebel points to two black boots with a pair of fireproof pants settled around the ankles. “We’re going to give you Austin’s gear.” …

Daily hikers

Friday, August 21, 2015

Upcoming events at area senior centers

Friday, August 21, 2015

Seminar on scammers set for September A free seminar aimed at protecting senior citizens from scams and other financial crimes will be held Sept. 11 at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan and the …

Andy Yee and family to open restaurant at site of former Route 9 Diner

Thursday, August 20, 2015

HADLEY — A family that owns and operates several restaurants in the Pioneer Valley — including four in Amherst and South Hadley — intends to reopen the former Route 9 Diner as Johnny’s Roadside Diner this fall. Andy …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Viennese music The Valtchev-Tchekoratova Violin and Piano Duo, with George Valtchev, violin, and Lora Tchekoratova, piano, will perform an all-Viennese concert Sunday at 3 p.m. in the music room of Memorial Hall, 8 Memorial St. in Old Deerfield. …