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CAROL LOLLIS
Robert Saalfrank says grace at the Northampton Thanksgiving day meal.

Several hundred people gather at community Thanksgiving meals served in Northampton and Amherst

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — With some area residents dealing with power outages following the season’s first snowstorm, the basement of the Edwards Church became a place to seek sanctuary and eat a Thanksgiving meal for more than 200 people Thursday. MANNA Soup Kitchen served 600 meals from the church at the corner of Main and State streets, with 210 guests eating at …

Smith College geosciences professor Sara Pruss featured on National Geographic Channel ‘Big Cat Week’

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When producers from the National Geographic Channel told Smith College professor Sara Pruss that they needed her expertise for a special on “big cats,” she wondered if they had the right person. Pruss, an associate professor in the department of geosciences studies, is an invertebrate paleontologist and a carbonate sedimentologist — …

Thousands remain without power in western Massachusetts after heavy snow falls

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Even with dozens of utility and tree crews working around the clock to restore power, thousands of residents in Hampshire and Franklin counties remained without power throughout the Thanksgiving holiday, with some not expected to get electricity restored until midday Friday. “We expect to restore all the large area outages by the end of the day (Thursday) and be substantially complete by noon …

Hundreds gather in Northampton to protest Ferguson grand jury decision

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Hundreds gathered outside City Hall Tuesday night to express outrage over Monday’s grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, and decry what they described as a legacy of racism in policing and the criminal justice system. The …

Utility pole at Pine and Nonotuck streets in Florence damaged in one-car crash

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police said they issued a written warning to a driver whose vehicle struck a utility pole in the vicinity of Pine and Nonotuck streets in Florence about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the driver reported being distracted. No injuries were reported. National Grid was replacing the …

Northampton eyes Thanksgiving Day win over rival Amherst Regional

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It’s been a rebuilding campaign for the Northampton football team, but a win Thursday morning over Amherst Regional would mean the Blue Devils close on a winning streak and keep the upper hand over their archrival. The opening …

Belchertown, Frontier Regional, South Hadley aim to snap Thanksgiving losing streaks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Belchertown, Frontier Regional and South Hadley football teams will all have something in common on Thanksgiving — and it’s not likely poor field conditions. The three squads will all look to snap turkey day losing streaks. “If the kids can’t get up for this game, they should …

Amherst Regional looks to snap 10-game home losing streak against rival Northampton on Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thursday marks the two-year anniversary of the Amherst Regional football team’s last win at home. If the winter weather expected on Wednesday allows them to play, the Hurricanes feel good about ending the 10-game losing streak in their …

After 69 years in Easthampton, Peter Pan Café seized by state for nonpayment of taxes

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — One of Easthampton’s oldest bars, the Peter Pan Café, is closed after it was seized by the state last week for owing $58,000 in taxes. The bar at 46 Pleasant St., which opened as the Peter …

Area court news

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Easthampton ∎ Andrea M. Biladeau, 31, of 41 Franklin St., Apt. 4, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Monday to charges of strangulation or suffocation, assault and battery on a person who is disabled or over 60, and intimidation of a witness. According to court documents, …

On eve of storm, Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce raises money to restore snow removal, maintenance of downtown sidewalks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite the sudden loss of the city’s Business Improvement District, merchants and shopkeepers will not have to dig out from the season’s first storm forecast for Wednesday. Several city businesses stepped up with donations that mean …

Area police news

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Amherst ∎ Youssef Elghorfi, 25, of 81 Silver Lane, Unit B, Sunderland, was arrested at 1:23 a.m. Tuesday at Stackers, 57 North Pleasant St., on a charge of defacing property and two counts of assault and battery after a window was reported smashed at the bar. Northampton ∎ …

Weather gurus predict snow for wherever you drive on Wednesday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Max Saito of Northampton hopes to make it to Vermont by Wednesday evening, but he’ll settle for Thursday morning if necessary. Like everyone else around here with Thanksgiving travel plans, Saito lamented that one of the …