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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 …

Sokah Marrero of Holyoke avoids jail sentence in perjury case related to Westhampton bottle attack

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — A 21-year-old woman who spent a night in jail while a judge decided her sentence on a perjury charge will not have to go back to jail if she stays out of trouble with the law for three years. Sokah L. Marrero of Holyoke pleaded guilty …

Northampton High School InventTeam designs special oar for rowers with disabilities

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was 17 years ago when Jim Brooks became disabled due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Then, nine years ago, a chance encounter in a grocery store introduced the former multi-sport athlete to the world of …

Pride on parade at chilly Holyoke St. Patrick’s celebration

Sunday, March 22, 2015

HOLYOKE — Nicole Ruszala, a senior at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, came to the 64th Annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade as part of the Northampton contingent to show the world how awesome her school is. While …

Bill Rodgers returns for 40th St. Patrick’s Road Race

Saturday, March 21, 2015

HOLYOKE — Bill Rodgers came just to have fun. So did most of the more than 6,000 participants who ran in Saturday’s 40th St. Patrick’s 10-kilometer Road Race. But Haile Mengesha came to win. Mengesha became the second …

Holyoke hosts 64th annual St. Patrick’s Parade on Sunday

Friday, March 20, 2015

HOLYOKE — Irish spirit in the Valley will be on display when the 64th annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Sunday. “We’re trying to put everything together so that it is basically a parade for everyone. It’s a family event,” said Jacqueline Reardon of …

Wind fells tree, damaging two cars in Easthampton

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Strong winds caused a tree to fall and damage two cars on East Street Tuesday evening. A “very large” pine tree fell on two parked vehicles around 8 p.m., according to Police Sgt. Dominic Serino. No …

First-ever western Massachusetts chapter of American Gold Star Mothers established during ceremony at Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke

Saturday, March 14, 2015

HOLYOKE — Paula Bouffard knows the pain of having a son in the military killed during war. With the creation of the first-ever western Massachusetts chapter of the American Gold Star Mothers, Bouffard expects it will be easier …

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 …