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Emergency responders rescue teen shoplifting suspect in Holyoke

Monday, November 30, 2015

HOLYOKE (AP) — A teen shoplifting suspect was rescued by a team of police, firefighters and emergency responders after she was injured while attempting to flee a western Massachusetts CVS. The Republican of Springfield reports the 13-year-old girl, who wasn’t identified, fell from an embankment Sunday onto a railroad bed near Interstate 91 in Holyoke. Police Lt. David Fournier says the victim and a 14-year-old girl fled on foot after …

Holyoke rail tie fire highlights hazards posed by debris along Connecticut River Line

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fire that engulfed a massive pile of discarded rail ties in downtown Holyoke this week is raising new concerns among public safety officials and area lawmakers about the hazards posed by thousands of such ties left along the newly constructed Connecticut River Line. Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials had pledged …

Traffic backups linger for hours on Interstate 91 southbound after garbage truck fire near Exit 17 in Holyoke

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — A garbage truck hauling cardboard caught fire near Exit 17 on Interstate 91 southbound Tuesday morning, shutting down a section of the highway and requiring firefighters to spend hours methodically extinguishing pieces of burning cargo. No injuries were reported in the incident, which led to lane closures that lasted until noon …

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 …

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 …

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 …