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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 …

Stephen Young of Cummington charged in Route 9 crash; Seth Isman of Hadley recovering from injuries

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Two weeks after a head-on collision on Route 9, one driver is still hospitalized and recovering from serious injuries and the other is facing criminal charges. State Police said Tuesday that while the cause of the Aug. 5 crash is still under investigation, charges have been …

Area business news

Sunday, August 16, 2015

UMassFive names Moore new manager HADLEY — UMassFive has named Cait Moore the new manager of member outreach. Moore will be responsible for member development and maintaining positive relationships with the credit union’s sponsor groups, who make up …

Library annex project in Hadley to be discussed at Planning Board meeting Tuesday

Sunday, August 16, 2015

HADLEY — Planning Board officials are expecting a large crowd to discuss a controversial Five College Consortium library annex project at its meeting Tuesday. The meeting is a continuation of a July 7 hearing attended by what Planning Board clerk William E. Dwyer described as a “large neighborhood …

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 …