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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 front gate); 1 p.m., Biking the Range (mountain bikes required - meet at front gate); Sept. 25: 10 a.m., Hiking the Range …

Court news

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Northampton ■ Daniel Flores, 21, of 605 Northampton St., Holyoke, denied a charge of assault and battery of a family or household member in Northampton District Court Thursday. According to court documents, Flores was arrested at the Northampton Police Station Wednesday at 2:40 p.m. after allegedly punching an ex-boyfriend in the arm during an argument in Northampton around noon. He is due back …

Contessa Jade Bilodeau of Holyoke avoids jail in theft of jewelry valued at more than $24,000 from mother in Southampton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON (AP) — A Holyoke woman charged with stealing more than $24,000 worth of jewelry from her mother has pleaded to sufficient facts for a guilty finding, but avoided jail time. Contessa Jade Bilodeau entered her plea this week to a single charge of larceny, and the case was continued without a finding until September 2016. During that time the 25-year-old Bilodeau must …

Aliza Pluta of Holyoke named new principal of William E. Norris School in Southampton

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — The new principal of the William E. Norris School is Aliza Pluta, principal of Holyoke’s Morgan Full Service Community School. Hampshire Regional School Superintendent Craig Jurgensen said he chose Pluta from three finalists based on her …

Naming the Baby

Friday, April 4, 2014

BALKUS — Liam Thomas, son of Thomas Balkus and Lindsay Rhoades, of Holyoke, was born March 15 at The Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The maternal grandparents are John and Lisa Rhoades of Florence. The paternal grandparents are Joan and Robert Tremblay of St. Cloud, Fla., and Thomas …

Retired professor Elaine Marieb offers $1 million fundraising challenge to benefit Holyoke Community College

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HOLYOKE — When Elaine Marieb was a Holyoke Community College anatomy professor, she was so disappointed in what she saw as inadequate materials from commercial publishers, she created her own anatomy drawings for her students and went on … 1

Trust for Public Land has been active in Hampshire County

Saturday, March 29, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The protection of the Northfield Forest is the latest of many conservation projects organized by the Trust for Public Land. The trust announced last week that it had reached an agreement with Northfield Mount Hermon School to keep the 1,650-acre Northfield Forest off the market. Also …

Bands, spectators throng Holyoke’s St. Patrick’s Parade

Sunday, March 23, 2014

HOLYOKE — Locals and visitors lined the street thickly, waiting not so patiently for the excitement to take hold. It was cloudy and windy with a temperature around freezing, but the crowd happily braved the chilly temperature and …

Boy struck by BB while riding Holyoke school bus

Friday, March 21, 2014

HOLYOKE (AP) — Holyoke police are investigating after a 12-year-old boy was shot with a BB gun while riding a school bus. Police say the boy was struck in middle of the forehead at about 6 p.m. Thursday as the bus was bringing students home. The driver immediately …

Locals plan tributes to marathon, disabled veterans for Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade

Friday, March 21, 2014

HOLYOKE — The marshals have been named, the colleens crowned, the floats finished and the marching band music memorized. The decent weather forecast for Sunday was the final piece of the puzzle, and now Holyoke is ready to …

Brenda Kusnierz to be charged following accident on Plain Street in Easthampton

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Police said the driver who allegedly fled from a serious accident on Plain Street Monday night will face charges including reckless driving. Brenda L. Kusnierz, 40, of 1226 Main St., Holyoke, is expected to face charges …

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse reportedly to stop using city-issued car

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse said he will stop using a city-issued car in the wake of his cousin’s arrest Saturday in Northampton on charges of drunken driving while operating the vehicle, according to reports on Springfield media …

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse’s cousin arrested after allegedly drunk driving on bike path in mayor’s car

Sunday, March 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse’s cousin was arrested on charges including drunken driving after he drove onto a section of bike path by Union Station in the mayor’s city-owned car early Saturday morning. Nicholas A. Duclos, 22, … 10