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KEVIN GUTTING
Ken Edwards, left, of Warren hands his line over to daughter Tori, 12, to get some practice reeling in a fish from the South Hadley shore of the Connecticut River on Saturday, the first day of the four-day Shad Derby. Edwards works out of the South Hadley office of MassDOT and is familiar with this spot between the Holyoke Dam and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge (Rt. 116). He says it is sometimes shoulder-to-shoulder here during the derby, but this particular morning the dam release was fairly low and most anglers were trying their luck in the faster channel on the Holyoke side of the river. The fish Tori landed was about a two-pound male shad which Edwards returned to the water. Winners are often in the six to seven pound range. In background is Ned Kenney of Belchertown.

Anglers reel ’em in at Holyoke Gas & Electric Shad Derby

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Adult and youth anglers gathered along the shores of the Connecticut River over the weekend to participate in the Holyoke Gas & Electric Shad Derby. The four-day competition, spread over two weekends each May, continues May 16 and 17 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. To qualify, shad must be caught by hook and line on “derby days” anywhere in …

Christopher Clark Road on Mount Tom reopens after microburst

Monday, May 11, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Christopher Clark Road on Mount Tom reopened Friday after being closed for several months due to storm damage from the Oct. 8 microburst. The road was closed from Route 141 to the Mount Tom State Reservation visitor center, at the intersection with Reservation Road, since the day of the storm. Since then, much of the work has involved guardrail construction and …

Area business briefs

Saturday, May 9, 2015

BusinessWest recognizes young professionals SPRINGFIELD — Local business people included in the 40 Under-Forty Class of 2015 selected by BusinessWest include Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, CEO, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, Easthampton; Lindsay Doak, director of education and marketing, Fazzi Associates, Northampton; Kate Lockhart, development director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, Amherst; Terra …

Andre Davis of Northampton charged with robbing Holyoke convenience store

Saturday, March 14, 2015

HOLYOKE — A Northampton man was arrested early Thursday after he allegedly robbed a Holyoke convenience store while wearing a mask, according to Holyoke Police Sgt. Kevin Thomas. Andre Davis, 37, of Northampton was arraigned Friday in Holyoke District Court on one count of robbery while masked. Police …

Police urge motorists to reduce speeds as vehicles slide off road during latest storm

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Area police reminded motorists to reduce their speeds during slippery conditions as several vehicles were reported off the roads Tuesday night. State Trooper Robert Wyckoff of the Northampton barracks said that since 3 p.m., police had responded to calls of six vehicles that went off Interstate …

Advocates for solar development urge state task force to lift ‘net metering’ limits

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Proposed state laws on solar-electric generation would discourage home, small-scale commercial and community photovoltaic projects, legislators were told Wednesday. Nearly 24 advocates for keeping state policies that encourage as much solar development as possible pressed a legislative task …

Sokah Marrero pleads guilty to lying to grand jury about her boyfriend’s attack on another man at Westhampton party

Monday, February 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old Holyoke woman admitted in Hampshire Superior Court on Monday that she was lying when she told a grand jury that she did not see Patrick Bousquet, her boyfriend at the time, smash a bottle over the head of another man at a Westhampton party …

Major life events often lead to hiring a financial planner

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

You don’t have to be a millionaire to seek professional advice in managing your money. In fact, area financial advisers say, it is usually major life events, such as a death resulting in an inheritance, preparation for retirement, …

Area business briefs

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Clarke hires three for development team NORTHAMPTON — Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech has hired Arianna Collins as project coordinator, providing support for grants and projects at all Clarke locations; Alyssa Mancinelli as the Northampton-based development associate; …

Holyoke man who hid in snow arrested for alleged theft of car rims from Lia Honda in Northampton

Friday, February 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old Holyoke man who police say buried himself in snow to elude officers was arrested early Friday in a wooded area near Industrial Drive for allegedly stealing car rims from the nearby Lia Honda dealership. Mark Alan Peltier was charged with larceny over $250 and …

Richard Orozco of Chicopee admits breaking into Easthampton home, crashing car in Northampton

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Chicopee man who admitted that he stole $1,000 worth of quarters from an Easthampton man will likely go to state prison for three to five years, although a judge postponed his sentencing so he can see his terminally ill mother. Richard J. Orozco, 40, of …

UPDATED: National review board declines to ban Randall Smith from coaching swimming; lawyer says ruling “vindicates” Smith

Saturday, January 10, 2015

In a 2-1 vote revealed this week, an independent panel ruled there was not enough evidence to ban Randall Smith, 61, from coaching in the wake of allegations he raped a teenage swimmer on the Greater Holyoke YMCA …