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Best Buy to close location at Hampshire Mall in Hadley Oct. 31

Monday, August 31, 2015

HADLEY — Electronics chain Best Buy will close its Hampshire Mall store on Oct. 31. The store employs a total of 64 employees, 26 of whom work full-time. All employees will be given the chance to apply at a nearby store, and those who don’t will be eligible for a severance package, according to company spokeswoman Carly Charlson. Charlson said the closure is in line with the company’s standard “course …

Drawing the line

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Upcoming events at area senior centers

Friday, August 28, 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 sheriffs of Hampshire and Franklin counties, it is open to anyone who is interested. Breakfast …

Risk-reduction training helps earn Hadley $8,247 toward town’s insurance premiums

Friday, August 14, 2015

HADLEY — Continuing efforts to reduce risks to employees and the public, including regular review of workplace accidents and trainings to achieve best practices, have earned Hadley more than $8,000 toward the municipal insurance premiums it will pay next year. The Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association, which is the …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ “Ride Like an Animal” Motorcycle Ride and Poker Run — The Foundation for TJO Animals hosts 7th annual benefit ride Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning and ending at the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption …

Bird Sightings

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A little blue heron was found at Wild Acres Park in Pittsfield. A lesser yellowlegs and a pectoral sandpiper were on Silver Lake in …

Dinner companions: Dishes that pair well with wines from Hadley's Mount Warner Vineyards

Friday, August 14, 2015

When you think of vineyards do you see landscapes of grape vines blanketing California’s Napa Valley or climbing the hills of Italy’s Tuscany region? Or, do you picture the green banks of the Rhine filled with the grapes …

Good day, sunshine

Friday, August 14, 2015

Hadley delays issuing liquor license to Pride because of concerns over condition of property on Route 9

Thursday, August 13, 2015

HADLEY — Several deteriorating buildings that have become magnets for homeless people on an overgrown site at the western end of Route 9 could be demolished within the next 60 days. Robert Bolduc, president of Pride Inc., said Thursday that he will move immediately to address the heavy …

Mechanics work to rebuild Quality Automotive and Indie Automotive after devastating fire in Hatfield

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

HATFIELD — Greg Lawrence is willing to fix cars on the dirt parking lot by the charred remains of his shop, Indie Automotive, while he waits to secure temporary garage space. But thanks to the support of longtime …

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg calls on Berkshire Gas to lift moratorium

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg called on Berkshire Gas Co. Wednesday to immediately lift its moratorium on new and expanded service in Franklin, Hampshire and Berkshire counties and examine alternatives to meet the region’s need for additional demand. …

Author! Author!: Three writers carry forward Valley’s rich literary tradition

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Pioneer Valley has long been a breeding ground for literary types. From the whimsical picture books by Eric Carle to the award-winning historical novels by E. L. Doctorow, a wide array of authors have claimed the Pioneer …

Resources for hikers

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Information on hiking in western Massachusetts is available from these organizations: ∎ Pioneer Valley Hiking Club — www.pioneervalleyhikingclub.org ∎ Appalachian Mountain Club — www.amcberkshire.org ∎ Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation — www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr For a comprehensive listing of trails to hike and walk in western Massachusetts, complete with …