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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

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse reportedly to stop using city-issued car

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse said he will stop using a city-issued car in the wake of his cousin’s arrest Saturday in Northampton on charges of drunken driving while operating the vehicle, according to reports on Springfield media … 0

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse’s cousin arrested after allegedly drunk driving on bike path in mayor’s car

Sunday, March 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse’s cousin was arrested on charges including drunken driving after he drove onto a section of bike path by Union Station in the mayor’s city-owned car early Saturday morning. Nicholas A. Duclos, 22, … 10

Federal lawmakers pledge local support for opioid ‘epidemic’

Friday, March 7, 2014

HOLYOKE — U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey on Friday outlined measures he says are necessary to “beat back” what is described as a heroin and prescription drug overdose crisis in Massachusetts, including new legislation he filed this week. … 2

Two Northampton men selected for St. Patrick’s day honors

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — For more than 10 years, native son Larry Costello, 66, was considered the unofficial chairman of the city’s St. Patrick’s Association float committee. He led the team in design and construction and together they built the … 0

Heading Outdoors

Friday, February 28, 2014

■ Bartholomew’s Cobble Hot Chocolate Saturdays — Days of winter programs and snowshoe hikes take place Saturdays, March 1, 8 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield. For more information call 229-8600 or email bcobble@ttor.org. ■∎ Boreal Forest Snowshoe Trek and Track at Tamarack Hollow — … 0

Coming Up

Friday, February 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON SENIOR CENTER — ARTIST RECEPTION — A reception welcoming Izudin Lelic, the artist for March at the Senior Center, will be held March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Activity Room. Izudin’s photographs are on view through the month, from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Izudin … 0

Division 4 girls basketball: Hopkins Academy rallies past Holyoke Catholic, 38-36

Thursday, February 27, 2014

CHICOPEE — Madi Stevens scored the game winner as the sixth-seeded Hopkins Academy girls basketball team rallied to beat No. 3 Holyoke Catholic 38-36, at Chicopee Comprehensive Thursday night. Playing for a spot in the semifinals of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament, the game was deadlocked at … 0

Dalbert Rodriguez, formerly of Amherst, pleads guilty to 11 pharmacy robberies after arrest in Easthampton

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A former Amherst man who was arrested in Easthampton pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court in Hartford, Conn., to being involved in 11 pharmacy robberies in three states. Dalbert Rodriguez, 30, who lived at 8 Edgehill … 0

Division 4 girls basketball: Holyoke Catholic overcomes nerves, beats Franklin Tech 36-34

Monday, February 24, 2014

HOLYOKE — Nerves were in the air on both sides of Monday’s tipoff at Holyoke Community College in the first round the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Girls Basketball Tournament. Third-seeded Holyoke Catholic hadn’t earned a postseason home game … 0

Brianna Weltlich of Southampton to represent area at state Distinguished Young Women competition in Holyoke Saturday

Thursday, February 20, 2014

HOLYOKE — For the first time in eight years, the statewide Distinguished Young Women competition is coming to western Massachusetts. If there is such a thing as the home-team advantage in this contest, that gives it to Brianna … 0