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A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month.

Scenic ride

Thursday, September 3, 2015

JERREY ROBERTS A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month. …

Hampden Care Facility in Chicopee proposes marijuana dispensary for Hadley

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

HADLEY — A medical marijuana dispensary may be coming to town. The Select Board voted 4-1 Wednesday to accept a letter of intent from Thomas Gallagher, director and president of Hampden Care Facility Inc. in Chicopee, to open a registered marijuana dispensary in Hadley. The lone dissenting vote came from Select Board member Joyce Chunglo, who said, “I don’t agree with it,” when …

Indie Automotive allowed to stay in Hadley until first anniversary of fire that destroyed shop in Hatfield

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

HADLEY — Indie Automotive owner Greg Lawrence will be allowed to operate out of Foreign Auto Haus at 12 Russell St. (Route 9) in Hadley for about 11 months, the Planning Board decided Tuesday. On Aug. 5, 2016, a year after the date of the fire that leveled Lawrence’s Hatfield auto shop, he will have to return to the Planning Board to assess …

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. …

Addition expands Chinese Immersion school in Hadley

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HADLEY — As it begins its ninth academic year, the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School will offer a rigorous college preparatory program to its high school students as it opens a new addition that will accommodate more than 400 students under one roof. The public charter school, …

Positive behaviors program leads to classroom success at Hadley Elementary School; Hopkins shores up AP courses

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HADLEY — Hadley Elementary School staff and teachers will continue their efforts this year to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of all students, with a focus on increasing positive behaviors through a program introduced last year, said Superintendent Anne S. McKenzie. Hadley Elementary will welcome over …

Hadley planners, residents press for smaller Five Colleges library annex

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HADLEY — Although a representative for Five Colleges Inc. presented the Planning Board with a smaller library annex building than previously proposed, at the end of a two-hour meeting Tuesday evening, the board asked him to make it smaller still. The library annex was proposed to be larger …