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Operator of region’s electricity grid supports request by Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage for increased winter capacity

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The operator of the region’s electricity grid is backing plans to pump more Connecticut River water through the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage hydrogenerator this winter. Northfield Mountain’s owner, FirstLight Power, wants federal approval to boost the capacity of its generator station by 22 percent to augment the electricity supply available in the region when demand grows during the winter. The letter from ISO New England to the Federal Energy Regulatory …

Jorge Vicenty sentenced to three years in jail for cocaine trafficking after traffic stop in Hatfield

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he pleaded guilty Monday in Hampshire Superior Court to drug charges resulting from a Jan. 23 traffic stop in Hatfield. Jorge Vicenty, 35, pleaded guilty to trafficking between 18 and 36 grams of cocaine and heroin possession as part of a plea agreement with the Northwestern district attorney’s office. …

CHART Electricity rates to jump significantly in Valley this winter due to shortage of natural gas supplies

Friday, September 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Homeowners and businesses throughout the Valley should brace for significantly higher electricity bills this winter season as a result of a shortage of natural gas for generating plants. Two days after National Grid announced that its rates will increase by 37 percent over last winter’s rates starting in November, the Western …

Veterans Voice

Friday, September 26, 2014

Announcements Free Aikido Classes for veterans will re-start Oct. 7., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the War Memorial Building, 310 Appleton St. (corner of Maple), Holyoke. “Aikido is the Art of Peace” is a no-cost program for combat veterans, men and women, of any …

Arrest made after authorities determine apparent bomb threat at Holyoke Community College actually coded message about drug sale

Thursday, September 25, 2014

HOLYOKE — A juvenile who posted a message on social media that caused a bomb scare and evacuation of a building at Holyoke Community College on Thursday was arrested, but not for making a bomb threat. The social …

Radical ideas At the Paulo Freire charter school in Holyoke, learning is infused with ideas about social justice

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HOLYOKE — Upon entering the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School, there is a small room to the left with five flat-screen computers. These are for students who do not have computers at home. The room is also …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, September 19, 2014

∎■ Skinner State Park — Department of Conservation and Recreation sponsors free programs at Joseph Allen Skinner State Park, Route 47, Hadley: Sept. 20 and 21: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m., Summit House Tour (meet at Summit House); Sept. 22: 10 a.m., Advanced Hike for Seniors (meet at …

Court news

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Northampton ■ Daniel Flores, 21, of 605 Northampton St., Holyoke, denied a charge of assault and battery of a family or household member in Northampton District Court Thursday. According to court documents, Flores was arrested at the Northampton Police Station Wednesday at 2:40 p.m. after allegedly punching an …

Contessa Jade Bilodeau of Holyoke avoids jail in theft of jewelry valued at more than $24,000 from mother in Southampton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON (AP) — A Holyoke woman charged with stealing more than $24,000 worth of jewelry from her mother has pleaded to sufficient facts for a guilty finding, but avoided jail time. Contessa Jade Bilodeau entered her plea this week to a single charge of larceny, and the case …

Two Holyoke women charged with trafficking after stop on Interstate 91 in Whately yields 1,000 bags of heroin

Saturday, September 6, 2014

WHATELY — Two Holyoke women have been charged with trafficking in heroin after an Interstate 91 traffic stop in July yielded 1,000 bags of the drug, according to police. There were also two small children in the car, …

Three-car crash on I-91 south in Holyoke backs up traffic Sunday

Sunday, August 24, 2014

HOLYOKE — A three-car collision on I-91 southbound in Holyoke backed up traffic for nearly two hours Sunday afternoon. No one was injured in the accident, which occurred around 4:10 p.m., according to Massachusetts State Police. The collision …

Response to survey shows overwhelmingly favorable response to possible bike-sharing program in Valley

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission received an overwhelmingly favorable response to its survey earlier this summer about the possibility of a bike-share program. During June and early July, the commission had a survey available on its website to …

Hop on the bus: PVTA to roll out new, expanded routes in Amherst, Northampton and elsewhere

Monday, August 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After nearly two years of study and an influx of state and federal money, the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will roll out extensive changes this month in hopes of making it easier and more convenient to …