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Firefighters extinguish 26-acre Mount Tom brush fire

Sunday, April 20, 2014

HOLYOKE — Firefighters from seven departments had their work cut out for them Sunday as they battled a remote 26-acre brush fire at the top of the former Mount Tom Ski Area. The fire was reported at about 9:55 a.m. and firefighters were on scene until 3 p.m., said Holyoke Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Shea. No injuries were reported. Smoke curling around the top of Mount Tom was visible from … 0

Rollover crash on Interstate 91 southbound backs up traffic on highway and in Northampton

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A single-vehicle rollover accident in the southbound lane of Interstate 91 snarled traffic for more than an hour Friday afternoon on the highway and in downtown Northampton. A 2010 Ford Econoline van driven southbound by John Hamel, 25, of Plymouth, rolled over about 2 p.m., according to Massachusetts State Police Trooper Thomas Murphy. The accident occurred near Exit 16 in Holyoke. … 0

Holyoke mayor’s cousin reaches plea agreement in connection with March drunken driving incident on city bike path

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man arrested last month after he drove onto the city bike path near Union Station will lose his driver’s license for 45 days and pay $300 in fines under a plea agreement reached in Northampton District Court. Nicholas A. Duclos, 22, a cousin of Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse, admitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding this … 0

Calendula Chaudle of Holyoke arrested on gun, drug charges

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — State police arrested Calendula Chaudle, 37, of Holyoke, at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday in Holyoke and charged him with unlicensed carrying of a firearm and possession of a Class A drug (heroin). Chaudle was taken to the Northampton barracks where he was held pending his arraignment in … 0

Education group hosts film showing, panel on ‘high-stakes’ school testing Thursday at HCC

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Educators for a Democratic Union, a progressive caucus of state Teachers Association members, is hosting a free film screening and panel discussion Thursday at Holyoke Community College about standardized testing in public schools. A showing of the 73-minute documentary, “Standardized: Lies, Money and Civil Rights” by former teacher … 0

Aliza Pluta of Holyoke named new principal of William E. Norris School in Southampton

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — The new principal of the William E. Norris School is Aliza Pluta, principal of Holyoke’s Morgan Full Service Community School. Hampshire Regional School Superintendent Craig Jurgensen said he chose Pluta from three finalists based on her … 0

Naming the Baby

Friday, April 4, 2014

BALKUS — Liam Thomas, son of Thomas Balkus and Lindsay Rhoades, of Holyoke, was born March 15 at The Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The maternal grandparents are John and Lisa Rhoades of Florence. The paternal grandparents are Joan and Robert Tremblay of St. Cloud, Fla., and Thomas … 0

Retired professor Elaine Marieb offers $1 million fundraising challenge to benefit Holyoke Community College

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HOLYOKE — When Elaine Marieb was a Holyoke Community College anatomy professor, she was so disappointed in what she saw as inadequate materials from commercial publishers, she created her own anatomy drawings for her students and went on … 0

Trust for Public Land has been active in Hampshire County

Saturday, March 29, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The protection of the Northfield Forest is the latest of many conservation projects organized by the Trust for Public Land. The trust announced last week that it had reached an agreement with Northfield Mount Hermon School to keep the 1,650-acre Northfield Forest off the market. Also … 0

Bands, spectators throng Holyoke’s St. Patrick’s Parade

Sunday, March 23, 2014

HOLYOKE — Locals and visitors lined the street thickly, waiting not so patiently for the excitement to take hold. It was cloudy and windy with a temperature around freezing, but the crowd happily braved the chilly temperature and … 0

Boy struck by BB while riding Holyoke school bus

Friday, March 21, 2014

HOLYOKE (AP) — Holyoke police are investigating after a 12-year-old boy was shot with a BB gun while riding a school bus. Police say the boy was struck in middle of the forehead at about 6 p.m. Thursday as the bus was bringing students home. The driver immediately … 0

Locals plan tributes to marathon, disabled veterans for Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade

Friday, March 21, 2014

HOLYOKE — The marshals have been named, the colleens crowned, the floats finished and the marching band music memorized. The decent weather forecast for Sunday was the final piece of the puzzle, and now Holyoke is ready to … 0

Brenda Kusnierz to be charged following accident on Plain Street in Easthampton

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Police said the driver who allegedly fled from a serious accident on Plain Street Monday night will face charges including reckless driving. Brenda L. Kusnierz, 40, of 1226 Main St., Holyoke, is expected to face charges … 0