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CAROL LOLLIS
Steve Orlik, a DCR employee, takes a minute to work on his chain saw while cleaning up the tree damage on Christopher Clark Road on Mount Tom State Reservation after last week's storm.

VIDEO Mount Tom forest mayhem has an upside — greater biodiversity

Monday, October 13, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Once overshadowed by swaths of soaring, leafy-green trees, the road into Mount Tom State Reservation from Route 141 now offers sweeping vistas after last week’s microburst wreaked havoc on the mountain landscape. Nearly a mile of Christopher Clark Road is the scene of hundreds of uprooted, snapped, twisted and downed trees and is expected to remain shut to …

Candidates for 2nd Hampden and Hampshire Senate seat to debate Thursday in Easthampton

Monday, October 13, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The candidates seeking the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District state Senate seat will meet in Easthampton for a televised debate Thursday. Incumbent Donald F. Humason Jr., R-Westfield, will debate Democratic challenger Patrick Leahy of Holyoke at 7 p.m. in the Easthampton High School auditorium at 70 Williston Ave. The event is …

Making News: Awards and new hires in the Valley

Monday, October 13, 2014

Theresa Hoang joins Florence Dental NORTHAMPTON — Dr. Theresa Hoang has joined the Florence Dental Care practice, 41 Main St., Florence. Hoang received her doctor of dental medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey. Frank Flannery joins Parker & O’Grady SOUTHAMPTON — Parker & O’Grady law firm has …

Francis Frisino of Holyoke convicted of drug possession

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It took jurors about 90 minutes Tuesday to find a Holyoke man guilty of cocaine and heroin possession. Francis Frisino, 50, was sentenced to a total of two years in the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction on one count each of cocaine and heroin …

Patrick Bousquet of Chicopee held on $10,000 bail after allegedly attacking man with beer bottle

Monday, May 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old Chicopee man was ordered held on $10,000 bail as a result of accusations he attacked another man with a beer bottle earlier this month in Westhampton. According to the Northwestern district attorney’s office, Patrick W. Bousquet pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on …

Mount Tom brush fire tests firefighters’ climbing abilities

Thursday, May 8, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Firefighters battling a brush fire on the west side of Mount Tom State Reservation Thursday afternoon struggled more to reach the fire than they did putting it out. The fire broke out about 400 feet off …

Holyoke motorcyclist hospitalized, South Deerfield driver cited following Mount Tom Road crash

Thursday, May 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 30-year-old Holyoke man was hospitalized after his motorcycle was struck Wednesday afternoon by a turning car on Mount Tom Road. Roman V. Sheremet was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for what police described as a “significant” left ankle injury after being struck by a car …

Holyoke woman denies slamming brother’s head into refrigerator, basement doors

Thursday, April 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke woman appeared in Northampton District Court Thursday to deny charges that she grabbed her 45-year-old brother and slammed his head into refrigerator and basement doors after he tried to break up a family argument. Julie M. Helems, 41, pleaded not guilty to charges of …

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., …

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 …

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 …

Calendula Chaudle of Holyoke arrested on gun, drug charges

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — State police arrested Calendula Chaudle, 37, of Holyoke, at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday in Holyoke and charged him with unlicensed carrying of a firearm and possession of a Class A drug (heroin). Chaudle was taken to the Northampton barracks where he was held pending his arraignment in …

Education group hosts film showing, panel on ‘high-stakes’ school testing Thursday at HCC

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Educators for a Democratic Union, a progressive caucus of state Teachers Association members, is hosting a free film screening and panel discussion Thursday at Holyoke Community College about standardized testing in public schools. A showing of the 73-minute documentary, “Standardized: Lies, Money and Civil Rights” by former teacher …