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Massachusetts Gov.-elect Charlie Baker listens to a question during an interview in Boston on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. Baker will be sworn-in to office on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at noon. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Baker directs $5.5M toward worker training in HCC appearance

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

HOLYOKE — In an effort to support training for workers in the state, Gov. Charlie Baker announced $5.5 million in capital projects Tuesday at Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College. Baker told reporters, elected officials and college leaders that it is important to invest in places like Holyoke Community College to develop skills needed by Massachusetts companies. “There’s …

A ‘new approach’ to teaching computer science: Get rid of the computer

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HOLYOKE — This fall, a dozen area high schools will take a new approach to computer classes — sometimes by ditching the computer. While much of the Exploring Computer Science program does in fact feature computer work, the yearlong curriculum encourages hands-on learning and problem solving through journal writing, group brainstorming and the …

PeoplesBank announces retirement of president Douglas Bowen; Thomas Senecal named successor

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Leadership of PeoplesBank will be handed off from one South Hadley resident to another as Thomas W. Senecal steps up next year to succeed Douglas A. Bowen as chief executive officer and president. The board of directors of the Holyoke-based bank announced Wednesday that Bowen will retire in July 2016. Bowen’s departure marks …

Western Massachusetts offers abundance of trails for novice and experienced hikers

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

If you have a love for the outdoors and a yearning to connect with the natural world, western Massachusetts offers outstanding opportunities for walking and hiking for both novice hikers and experienced trekkers. The beauty of living in …

Local students solve mock murder, bank robbery cases as part of Holyoke Community College criminal justice camp

Monday, August 10, 2015

HOLYOKE — It was up to a group of teenagers to solve both a murder case and a bank robbery in the same week. Armed with knowledge provided by local law enforcement and other experts during “Cops, Crime …

Five-vehicle crash on Interstate 91 sends two people to hospital, creates extensive backups

Friday, August 7, 2015

HOLYOKE — A five-vehicle crash on Interstate 91 Friday afternoon sent two people to the hospital and caused extensive traffic backups for hours, according to State Police. The accident occurred on I-91 northbound in Holyoke about 2 p.m. The five vehicles were carrying over a dozen people, most …

Vivian Poreda, accused of robbing Northampton bank with toy gun, on house arrest after making bail

Friday, July 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Since her arrest in June on an armed robbery charge, Vivian Poreda of Holyoke has asked two judges to let her go home on house arrest so she could take care of her ailing husband while awaiting trial. Poreda, 58, was able to return home Friday …

Local police officers on FBI’s Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force work daily to investigate, foil suspected terrorist plots

Friday, July 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. District Court grand jurors who indicted Alexander Ciccolo Thursday on charges connected to an alleged terrorist plot had help in making their decision from a western Massachusetts task force consisting partly of local police …

Small black bear struck and killed by northbound vehicle in Interstate 91 in Holyoke

Monday, July 13, 2015

HOLYOKE — A black bear that ventured into a travel lane on Interstate 91 was struck and killed by a passing vehicle Monday afternoon. A 2002 GMC Sonoma traveling northbound and driven by a 55-year-old Turners Falls man, who was not identified, hit the small bear in the …

Alexander Ciccolo of Adams, son of a Boston police captain, accused of plotting terrorist attack at unnamed university on behalf of ISIS

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Berkshire County man who is the son of a Boston police captain allegedly planned to commit terrorist acts on behalf of the Islamic State group, according to an FBI investigation that involved several police departments in the …

Northampton, Amherst eye regional bike-share effort

Sunday, July 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With successful bike-share programs in Boston and San Francisco in mind, a planning group has launched an effort to start a similar program in Hampshire and Hampden counties. “It is really complicated and challenging, but also really exciting,” said Christopher L. Curtis, chief planner for the …

Memorial gathering Saturday to commemorate fatal B-17 crash on Mount Tom

Thursday, July 9, 2015

HOLYOKE — On the evening of July 9, 1946, a B-17 flying out of Goose Bay, Labrador, and carrying 25 servicemen on their way home after serving in World War II was preparing to land at Westover Air …

Vivian Poreda of Holyoke indicted for armed robbery of Freedom Credit Union branch in Northampton

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke woman was indicted in Hampshire Superior Court a month after she told police she robbed a Freedom Credit Union branch in Northampton with a cap gun because she fell behind on her mortgage. Vivian …