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KEVIN GUTTING
Ken Edwards, left, of Warren hands his line over to daughter Tori, 12, to get some practice reeling in a fish from the South Hadley shore of the Connecticut River on Saturday, the first day of the four-day Shad Derby. Edwards works out of the South Hadley office of MassDOT and is familiar with this spot between the Holyoke Dam and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge (Rt. 116). He says it is sometimes shoulder-to-shoulder here during the derby, but this particular morning the dam release was fairly low and most anglers were trying their luck in the faster channel on the Holyoke side of the river. The fish Tori landed was about a two-pound male shad which Edwards returned to the water. Winners are often in the six to seven pound range. In background is Ned Kenney of Belchertown.

Anglers reel ’em in at Holyoke Gas & Electric Shad Derby

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Adult and youth anglers gathered along the shores of the Connecticut River over the weekend to participate in the Holyoke Gas & Electric Shad Derby. The four-day competition, spread over two weekends each May, continues May 16 and 17 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. To qualify, shad must be caught by hook and line on “derby days” anywhere in …

Christopher Clark Road on Mount Tom reopens after microburst

Monday, May 11, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Christopher Clark Road on Mount Tom reopened Friday after being closed for several months due to storm damage from the Oct. 8 microburst. The road was closed from Route 141 to the Mount Tom State Reservation visitor center, at the intersection with Reservation Road, since the day of the storm. Since then, much of the work has involved guardrail construction and …

Area business briefs

Saturday, May 9, 2015

BusinessWest recognizes young professionals SPRINGFIELD — Local business people included in the 40 Under-Forty Class of 2015 selected by BusinessWest include Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, CEO, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, Easthampton; Lindsay Doak, director of education and marketing, Fazzi Associates, Northampton; Kate Lockhart, development director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, Amherst; Terra …

Fatal two-car collision in Holyoke closes section of Route 5

Thursday, April 30, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A fatal two-car collision about 9:30 p.m. Thursday on Route 5 in Holyoke prompted police to close the road from the Mountain Park Access Road to the Easthampton town line. Holyoke Police Lt. James Albert said the driver of one of the vehicles was killed in …

Judge rules Kevin Pardee of Easthampton too dangerous to release after multiple attacks on ex-girlfriend

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton District Court judge ruled Thursday that Kevin Pardee of Easthampton is too dangerous to be released after a hearing in which his ex-girlfriend described assaults that occurred throughout their relationship, including an incident in …

Herve Alfred of Amherst, who had fled Haiti in 1965, found dead after driving car into Holyoke pond

Friday, April 10, 2015

AMHERST — An 83-year-old Amherst man who fled political oppression in Haiti a half-century ago was found dead near the shore of a Holyoke pond Thursday night, according to Holyoke Police. Herve Alfred, of Hickory Lane, was last …

Sokah Marrero of Holyoke avoids jail sentence in perjury case related to Westhampton bottle attack

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — A 21-year-old woman who spent a night in jail while a judge decided her sentence on a perjury charge will not have to go back to jail if she stays out of trouble with the law for three years. Sokah L. Marrero of Holyoke pleaded guilty …

Northampton High School InventTeam designs special oar for rowers with disabilities

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was 17 years ago when Jim Brooks became disabled due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Then, nine years ago, a chance encounter in a grocery store introduced the former multi-sport athlete to the world of …

Pride on parade at chilly Holyoke St. Patrick’s celebration

Sunday, March 22, 2015

HOLYOKE — Nicole Ruszala, a senior at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, came to the 64th Annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade as part of the Northampton contingent to show the world how awesome her school is. While …

Bill Rodgers returns for 40th St. Patrick’s Road Race

Saturday, March 21, 2015

HOLYOKE — Bill Rodgers came just to have fun. So did most of the more than 6,000 participants who ran in Saturday’s 40th St. Patrick’s 10-kilometer Road Race. But Haile Mengesha came to win. Mengesha became the second …

Holyoke hosts 64th annual St. Patrick’s Parade on Sunday

Friday, March 20, 2015

HOLYOKE — Irish spirit in the Valley will be on display when the 64th annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Sunday. “We’re trying to put everything together so that it is basically a parade for everyone. It’s a family event,” said Jacqueline Reardon of …

Wind fells tree, damaging two cars in Easthampton

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Strong winds caused a tree to fall and damage two cars on East Street Tuesday evening. A “very large” pine tree fell on two parked vehicles around 8 p.m., according to Police Sgt. Dominic Serino. No …

First-ever western Massachusetts chapter of American Gold Star Mothers established during ceremony at Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke

Saturday, March 14, 2015

HOLYOKE — Paula Bouffard knows the pain of having a son in the military killed during war. With the creation of the first-ever western Massachusetts chapter of the American Gold Star Mothers, Bouffard expects it will be easier …