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Loan from Common Good Finance boosts completion of Northeast Biodiesel plant in Greenfield

Friday, September 4, 2015

Long in the planning to ensure it is locally owned, the Northeast Biodiesel plant nearly ready at the Greenfield Industrial Park is getting a final boost from a 160-member, community-based nonprofit finance system. The $200,000, seven-year loan is provided by Ashfield-based Common Good Finance to Co-op Power, a Hatfield-based energy cooperative that is developing the $4.2 million biodiesel plant. It will cap a six-month campaign to raise the final $850,000 …

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 …

Comments sought on Hatfield hazard mitigation plan

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

HATFIELD — Residents are encouraged to provide comments on a proposed final version of the town’s Hazard Mitigation Plan during a public meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. The plan is designed to help the town manage and mitigate risks from natural hazards with the goal of eliminating long-term risks to human life and property, according to the Pioneer Valley Planning …

High school notebook: Local ultimate players shine at Under-19 Club National Championships

Monday, August 10, 2015

Yet another example of Hampshire County’s influence in the sport of ultimate at the state and national level was on display over the weekend. Several local boys competed for the Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance all-star team, which won …

Whately to restore gravestones of residents who fought in Civil War

Sunday, August 9, 2015

WHATELY — Over 120 men from Whately fought in the American Civil War, according Ena Cane’s 1972 history of the town, and 23 of them gave their lives to it. Some of those soldiers found their final resting …

Naming the baby

Friday, August 7, 2015

MOTYKA — Alyssa Marie, daughter of Shawn Motyka and Sarah Scott of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, was born June 24 at Holmes Regional Medical Center, Florida. The maternal grandparents are Barbara and David Scott of LaHabra, California. The paternal grandparents are John and Lynda Motyka of Indian Harbour …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, August 7, 2015

Amherst Dylan K. Hebert was awarded faculty honors for the spring semester at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. A. Miguel Reda received three awards from the University of Vermont: the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources Emerging Leadership Award, the UVM Ram Vincent-Bryan Community Builders Award and …

Cause undetermined in fire that destroyed two auto repair shops in Hatfield

Thursday, August 6, 2015

HATFIELD — The state fire marshal’s office has determined a fire that destroyed two auto repair shops on Linseed Hill Road on Wednesday started in the attic of one of the shops, but investigators were unable to determine …

Fire heavily damages two auto repair shops on Linseed Hill Road in West Hatfield

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

HATFIELD — Two auto repair shops at 8A and 8B Linseed Hill Road in West Hatfield were heavily damaged by a fire reported at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. All of the employees of Quality Automotive and Indie Auto made …

Fire destroys historic Athol barn, wind damage causes tree to fall on house in Hatfield

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

ATHOL — As she watched firefighters hose down the wreckage caused by a lightning strike that destroyed the family’s 200-year-old barn Tuesday afternoon, Maria Vitello said she knew the barn was a goner as soon as she saw the flames. “I heard it and I felt it and …

Health Events: Area support groups, resources

Monday, August 3, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS/DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES — Tuesdays, 5:15 p.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank, 325A King St., Northampton. Call Robin at 917-533-5691 or Ro at 250-3050 AGING GRACEFULLY — A support group focusing on issues of …

Truck fire briefly delays I-91 traffic

Sunday, August 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A small truck that caught fire Sunday night near the Northampton-Hatfield line delayed southbound traffic on Interstate 91 for around half an hour. According to state police, the incident occurred at about 7:30 p.m. in the southbound lane of I-91, just south of where Elm Street …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, July 31, 2015

Amherst Zoe Tessler, the daughter of Patricia Gorman and Richard Tessler and a rising senior at Hamilton College, is part of a research group at Hamilton studying the invasive garlic mustard plant. Tessler, an art and biology major, is a graduate of Amherst Regional High School. Belchertown Gabriel …