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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 …

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 …

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 …

John Furey of South Hadley denies charges related to alleged spree of car and cigarette thefts

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Talk about your manic Monday. Police say a South Hadley man packed a lot of trouble into an afternoon crime spree Monday, as he allegedly stole a car from a dealership, snatched a carton of cigarettes from a convenience store, turned over the cigarettes to a …

Operator of region’s electricity grid supports request by Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage for increased winter capacity

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The operator of the region’s electricity grid is backing plans to pump more Connecticut River water through the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage hydrogenerator this winter. Northfield Mountain’s owner, FirstLight Power, wants federal approval to boost the capacity of its generator station by 22 percent to augment the electricity …

Jorge Vicenty sentenced to three years in jail for cocaine trafficking after traffic stop in Hatfield

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he pleaded guilty Monday in Hampshire Superior Court to drug charges resulting from a Jan. 23 traffic stop in Hatfield. Jorge Vicenty, 35, pleaded guilty to trafficking between 18 and 36 grams of cocaine …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Radical ideas At the Paulo Freire charter school in Holyoke, learning is infused with ideas about social justice

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HOLYOKE — Upon entering the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School, there is a small room to the left with five flat-screen computers. These are for students who do not have computers at home. The room is also …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, September 19, 2014

∎■ Skinner State Park — Department of Conservation and Recreation sponsors free programs at Joseph Allen Skinner State Park, Route 47, Hadley: Sept. 20 and 21: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m., Summit House Tour (meet at Summit House); Sept. 22: 10 a.m., Advanced Hike for Seniors (meet at …