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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., said Holyoke Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Shea. No injuries were reported. Smoke curling around the top of Mount Tom was visible from … 0

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 to Massachusetts State Police Trooper Thomas Murphy. The accident occurred near Exit 16 in Holyoke. … 0

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 Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse, admitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding this … 0

Veterans Voice

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Calling the roll: Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette from Dec. 20 to Jan. 2. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary. Edwin “Ed” LaSalle, 91, Amherst, d. Dec. 18; Ed was a veteran … 0

Heading Outdoors

Friday, December 27, 2013

∎  Easthampton Open Gym Basketball — Easthampton Parks and Recreation sponsors open gym basketball on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at White Brook Middle School and on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for men and 8 to 9 p.m. for women at the Pepin School. … 0

Area churches list Christmas services, events

Friday, December 20, 2013

AMHERST First Baptist Church, 434 North Pleasant St. / 549-3596 Contact: Brant Lingle Christmas Eve: 7 p.m., candlelight service, a beautiful celebration of Emmanuel, God with us. All children are invited to attend with their parents. First Congregational … 0

Two injured in head-on crash on Mountain Road in Easthampton

Friday, December 13, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — Two people were treated for injuries and a city woman was cited for crossing into the opposite lane following a head-on accident on Mountain Road Thursday night. Mary Damon, 52, of 178 Northampton St., was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after complaining of back … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, December 13, 2013

SCREECH OWL Mount Tom, Holyoke Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley In addition to nesting in cavities in trees, the screech owl readily adapts to man-made nest boxes. This one was used by bird … 0

Mirose Rodriguez of Holyoke denies trafficking charge after traffic stop

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke woman in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday denied trafficking and heroin possession charges. Mirose Rodriguez, 21, pleaded not guilty to charges of cocaine trafficking, possession of a Class A substance (heroin) with intent to distribute and misleading a police officer. She was released on $1,500 … 0

Girls focus of nationwide effort to demystify computer coding

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

HOLYOKE — In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 9 through 15, about 50 local girls are expected to learn how to break the code of computer programming Wednesday. The girls will be introduced to computer science through tutorials designed to teach and demystify computing code with … 0

Countdown begins for return of passenger rail service to region

Monday, December 9, 2013

The countdown to the launch of Amtrak’s high-speed rail service is officially underway, as preparations are expected to be complete about a year from now for passenger trains to cruise through Greenfield, Northampton and Holyoke for the first … 1

State panel holds hearing Friday in Holyoke on issues affecting lesbian, gay youth

Thursday, December 5, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The state agency that advocates for young people with sexual orientation issues will take testimony Friday in Holyoke. It seeks advice as it prepares to set an agenda for 2014. The Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, … 0

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority seeks public reaction to potential changes in bus service

Monday, December 2, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is seeking public reaction about potential changes to its bus service based on a transportation consultant’s review of the agency’s operations. The PVTA next week will hold four public workshops in … 0