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Massachusetts Gov.-elect Charlie Baker listens to a question during an interview in Boston on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. Baker will be sworn-in to office on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at noon. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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 college leaders that it is important to invest in places like Holyoke Community College to develop skills needed by Massachusetts companies. “There’s …

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 yearlong curriculum encourages hands-on learning and problem solving through journal writing, group brainstorming and 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 the Holyoke-based bank announced Wednesday that Bowen will retire in July 2016. Bowen’s departure marks …

Kevin Pardee of Easthampton held on $75,000 bail for charges related to alleged kidnapping, assault of ex-girlfriend

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man accused of kidnapping and beating his ex-girlfriend over the course of a day as well as threatening her with an illegal gun was ordered held on $75,000 bail at his arraignment Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court. Kevin E. Pardee, 28, whose last known …

Clinton postpones event in Holyoke to attend South Carolina services

Sunday, June 28, 2015

HOLYOKE — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s planned fundraiser in Holyoke on Thursday has been postponed as she attends services for the victims of the June 17 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State was scheduled …

Family, friends of Edward and Brittany McGrath ask public to attend expected guilty plea, sentencing for James Ainsworth

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — James W. Ainsworth is expected to admit in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday that he was high on heroin when the SUV he was driving struck a motorcycle on Route 5 last August, killing a father …

Holyoke-based union representing laborers cites impact of job creation by proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. could represent pay dirt for unionized construction workers around western Massachusetts, say two representatives for the Holyoke-based union local representing laborers. Even though the estimated 3,000 …

North Star learning center completes move from Hadley to Sunderland

Friday, June 19, 2015

SUNDERLAND — North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens has moved to Sunderland after 13 years in Hadley following that town’s choice not to renew North Star’s lease at the Russell Street School building at the corner of Route 9 and Middle Street. “Hadley has been wonderful for us,” …

Richard R. O’Riley of Ware identified as victim of truck accident at I-91 work zone

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The man killed in an accident at a work site on Interstate 91 at Exit 15 in Holyoke has been identified as Richard R. O’Riley, 51, of Ware. State Police are continuing to investigate the crash that killed O’Riley when he was hit by a dump truck about …

Hillary Clinton schedules fundraiser in Holyoke for July 2

Thursday, June 11, 2015

HOLYOKE — Local supporters of Hillary Clinton prepared to pony up the cash will have a chance to meet the presidential hopeful when she comes to Holyoke on July 2. A “Conversation with Hillary” will be held at the Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Road, at a cost of …

Marc Montminy of Connecticut says he has community policing experience to be Northampton’s chief

Thursday, June 11, 2015

MANCHESTER, CONN. — Sitting behind his desk Wednesday at the Manchester Police Department, Chief Marc Montminy said that he never really considered being a police chief until he made lieutenant in the department in 2000. His supervisor told …

Construction worker struck and killed by dump truck at work site on Interstate 91 in Holyoke

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

HOLYOKE — State Police are investigating an accident in which a construction worker in a work zone on Interstate 91 in Holyoke near Exit 15 was struck and killed by a dump truck about 3 a.m. Wednesday. State Police Sgt. Thomas Ryan said the accident remains under investigation …

Biologist Boyd Kynard an expert on behavior and ecology of shortnose sturgeon in Connecticut River

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Boyd Kynard is an internationally respected scientist, researcher and innovator whose passion is to understand fish behavior, and apply that knowledge to improving the viability of migratory fish species. His target is sturgeon, more specifically here in New …