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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, second from left, speaks during a forum on substance abuse as Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, left, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, second from right, and President & CEO of The Dimock Center Myechia Minter-Jordan, right, listen Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Boston. Clinton appeared at a fundraiser in Holyoke earlier on Thursday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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 event was hosted by Congressman Richard Neal, D-Springfield, Massachusetts Democratic State Committee Treasurer Nicole LaChapelle of Easthampton and local Democratic organizer Thomas …

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 addiction. He may be a pharmacist, but he hasn’t gone near a prescription opioid in …

Safe Prescribing and Opioid Abuse Conference scheduled in Holyoke

Thursday, September 17, 2015

HOLYOKE — Attorney General Maura Healey, the Northwestern district attorney and registered pharmacists will be among the speakers Sept. 25 at a conference addressing opioid abuse and addiction. The first Safe Prescribing and Opioid Abuse Conference will be held at The Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House in Holyoke. It is organized by Lynn Ferro, project director for the Northwestern Rx Drug Abuse …

Environmental news briefs

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

IN THE NEWS Watershed Council targets trash tires The Connecticut River Watershed Council’s 19th annual Source to Sea Cleanup on Sept. 25 and 26 will focus on cleaning up trash tires along rivers. The event occurs in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut, all in the 410-plus-mile Connecticut …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …