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A stack of rail ties burns near Cabot and North Canal streets in Holyoke Tuesday.

Holyoke rail tie fire highlights hazards posed by debris along Connecticut River Line

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fire that engulfed a massive pile of discarded, wooden rail ties in downtown Holyoke earlier this week is raising new concerns among public safety officials and area lawmakers about the hazards posed by the thousands of such ties left along the newly constructed Connecticut River Line. Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials had pledged earlier this year to …

Traffic backups linger for hours on Interstate 91 southbound after garbage truck fire near Exit 17 in Holyoke

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — A garbage truck hauling cardboard caught fire near Exit 17 on Interstate 91 southbound Tuesday morning, shutting down a section of the highway and requiring firefighters to spend hours methodically extinguishing pieces of burning cargo. No injuries were reported in the incident, which led to lane closures that lasted until noon …

Relaxing rays

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Amherst considers further study of regional bike-sharing program

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

AMHERST — Town officials are considering endorsing continued analysis of a regional bike-sharing program that would bring bicycle kiosks to Amherst, Northampton, Holyoke and Springfield. The Select Board on Monday deferred action on a memorandum of understanding related to the Pioneer Valley Bike Share System, which aims to …

Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School now accepting applications for fall 2016

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

HOLYOKE — The Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School is now accepting applications for grades, 9, 10 and 11 for fall 2016. Information sessions will be held at the school, at 161 Lower Westfield Road in Holyoke, on Jan. 26 and Feb. 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. …

Regional agencies oppose increased Connecticut River water release by Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Two regional organizations are objecting to a proposal for the Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station to pump and release 25 percent more water from the Connecticut River over the next several months to generate more electricity for …

Mayors of Northampton, Greenfield and Holyoke call for increased rail service

Monday, October 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Just as they did more than two years ago, the mayors of Northampton, Greenfield and Holyoke are calling on state officials to help establish increased rail service for commuters in the Pioneer Valley. In a joint letter to Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack, Northampton Mayor …

Former Hampshire Regional girls basketball coach Richard Moussette denies charges of lewdness

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

HOLYOKE — Former Hampshire Regional High School girls basketball coach Richard Moussette denied charges of lewdness Tuesday morning after he was allegedly seen masturbating in a store at the Holyoke Mall earlier this month. Moussette, 54, of Holyoke, …

Edward Borucki, one of area’s last surviving Pearl Harbor veterans, dies at 94

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

HOLYOKE — Edward F. Borucki — one of the area’s last surviving Pearl Harbor veterans, and one of only a few thousand in the United States — died Saturday at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. He was 94. …

Richard Moussette resigns as Hampshire Regional girls basketball coach; faces charges in Holyoke District Court

Monday, October 19, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Former Hampshire Regional High School girls basketball coach Richard Moussette, who resigned Saturday, faces charges in Holyoke District Court. Moussette, 54, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday morning, according to Holyoke District Court staff. The court …

Area business briefs

Monday, October 12, 2015

Valley Wed plans event at Quonquont Farm WHATELY — Valley Wed will hold its first event from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at Quonquont Farm in Whately showcasing Pioneer Valley vendors for couples who value local wedding …

Supporters say Hillary Rodham Clinton gives ‘substantive’ talk at Holyoke fundraiser

Thursday, October 1, 2015

HOLYOKE — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton met with donors at a closed-door event at Delaney House on Thursday where she touched on the issues of education, care-giving, small business and America’s role in global conflicts. The …

Healthcare providers talk solutions at Safe Prescribing and Opioid Abuse Conference in Holyoke

Friday, September 25, 2015

HOLYOKE — According to his introduction at an opioid conference Friday, pharmacist Jake Nichols is known as a resource to doctors, pharmacists and others in his field because of his knowledge on the issue of medication-assisted treatment of …