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Utility trucks staging at the Western Massachusetts Electric facility on Russell St. (Rt. 9) in Hadley on Monday afternoon.
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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 Massachusetts Electric Co. sounded a warning signal …

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 age. No martial arts experience is needed. Aikido is non-combative martial art and an effective …

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 media post that led to the evacuation of the Donahue Building was actually a coded …

Man stunned, arrested following high-speed chase through Northampton, Holyoke, Westfield

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WESTFIELD — A man was arrested on Southampton Road in Westfield Wednesday evening, surrounded by Holyoke and Westfield Police and a State Police helicopter, after leading officers on a high-speed chase through three cities. Holyoke Police Sgt. Kevin …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Avril Lavigne — Sat., June 28, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $37.50-$57.50 foxwoods.com Earth, Wind & Fire — Mon., July 7, 7 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $45.50. mohegansun.com Katy Perry — Mon., July 7, 7 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $100.50, $150.50. mohegansun.com …

Survey seeks reaction to pilot bicycle-sharing program considered by Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A pilot bicycle-sharing program being considered by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and a regional Bike Share Advisory Committee is seeking reaction from the community. A survey is being publicized by members of the advisory committee, which includes Northampton, Amherst, Holyoke and Springfield. Other members include the University …

Eric Suher buys building housing Diva’s Nightclub, Pleasant Street Car Wash in Northampton

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City business magnate Eric Suher has purchased the property at 480-492 Pleasant St., home of Diva’s Nightclub and Pleasant Street Car Wash, for $1.55 million from Matthew Pitoniak and Edmund Kamansky of Northampton. The multilevel building …

Mt. Tom coal plant to close in October; environmentalists celebrate

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Environmentalists are celebrating word that the Valley’s coal-fired power plant, a “dirty dozen” energy producer that received a $55 million upgrade just years ago, will close this October. But the news means the end of 28 jobs at … 5

Surprise theme of graduation at Holyoke Community College

Saturday, May 31, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Surprise was the theme during the 67th commencement ceremony for Holyoke Community College which was held at the MassMutual Center Saturday morning. Degrees were given to 1,078 graduates. James M. Knapp, a professor of biology at …

'Did everything go right?' Families that hired Ryder question past services

Friday, May 30, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — When Roger Beauregard’s wife Victoria died in March, he asked that she be cremated along with a pair of teddy bears that brought her comfort in her last stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Now, allegations of improper conduct lodged by the state against Ryder Funeral Home, …

Annual Treehouse Foundation conference on foster care Friday at Holyoke Community College

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Treehouse Foundation will hold its fifth annual Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America conference at Holyoke Community College from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday with speakers from around the country. The conference in the Kittredge Center, which is open to the public, will bring together people involved …

Michael Wellspeak of Westfield injured in rollover accident on Interstate 91

Monday, May 26, 2014

HOLYOKE — A 22-year-old Westfield man was injured in a rollover accident on Interstate 91 and taken to Holyoke Medical Center early Monday, according to State Police. The single-car accident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on I-91 in Holyoke. The Northampton Fire Department responded and took Michael J. …

State task force examining opioid abuse recommends detox program in Franklin County

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Creating a detoxification program in Franklin County and reviewing eligibility rules insurers use for addiction treatment are among 36 recommendations released last week by the state panel charged with examining the epidemic of opioid abuses. Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett, who chairs the group, said the …