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GREG SAULMON
Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative.

Strawberry fields

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tuesday’s summer baseball/softball: Northampton Post 28 pulls out wild win against Easthampton Post 224

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In a game that was more memorable than pretty, Northampton Post 28 gave up a lead, and then came back with three runs in the seventh to edge Easthampton Post 224, 7-6, in a wild American Legion game at Arcanum Field on Tuesday. Northampton (7-3) only had four hits in the game, but two came in the decisive seventh. Yet Post 28 did …

Jody Kasper makes history in taking over Northampton Police Department as chief

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police Chief Jody D. Kasper acknowledges that generally speaking, these aren’t good times for police squads across the country, something she finds both daunting and inspiring as she assumes leadership of the city’s 74-person department. She vowed to meet that challenge by building on community partnerships, seeking accountability, taking care of …

Prison inmates build wooden train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School

Monday, June 29, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — What does it take to build a train? At Westhampton Elementary School, it took the parent-teacher organization, two lumber companies, a grant and about half a dozen inmates. The community collaboration culminated Monday morning as five …

Search for new fire chief to succeed retiring Brian Duggan next up for Northampton

Monday, June 29, 2015

Northampton — Before the ink is dry on the contract for new Police Chief Jody D. Kasper, the city once again will be thick in the chief recruitment business as Mayor David J. Narkewicz sets about finding someone to replace Fire Chief Brian Duggan. Duggan, 52, in April …

Recent Northampton High School graduate Jake Bridgman makes directorial debut at the Academy of Music with movie ‘The Cards’

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s not uncommon for teenagers to struggle in figuring out who they are. But for the fictional character Ada Welles, the struggle reaches a whole new level: Since her memory was wiped out in a car …

Justin King sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison in UMass gang-rape case

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Justin A. King wiped his eyes with a tissue as he was sentenced Monday to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst …

A little off the top

Monday, June 29, 2015

Man arrested on charge of possessing an electric stun gun — and other area police news

Sunday, June 28, 2015

∎ Joseph A. Mendre, 30, of 18 Michelman Ave. Apt. 2, was arrested Saturday at 1:57 p.m. on Main Street on a warrant. ∎ Christopher Lee Molina, 25, of Springfield, was arrested Saturday at 1:35 a.m. on the I-91 exit 18 on ramp off Route 5 on charges …

Clinton postpones event in Holyoke to attend South Carolina services

Sunday, June 28, 2015

HOLYOKE — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s planned fundraiser in Holyoke on Thursday has been postponed as she attends services for the victims of the June 17 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State was scheduled …

Weekend summer baseball: Hadley Cal Ripken opens state tournament with two wins

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The reigning state 12-and-under Cal Ripken tournament champion Hadley baseball team opened this year’s event with two wins in Marlborough Saturday afternoon. Noah Scanlon-Dean struck out seven and allowed seven hits over five innings for the win in Hadley’s 15-7 victory over Uxbridge. Justin Masteralexis went 3 for …

Northampton man asks for return of beloved fishing gear he believes was taken by accident

Sunday, June 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Lincoln Avenue resident Craig McNeil is so convinced that his missing, beloved fly-fishing rod and tackle box were not stolen that he didn’t report their disappearance Saturday to police. But he really wants them back. The …

Threat of rain cancels Northampton Family Fourth Celebration Sunday evening

Sunday, June 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON - With more rain in the forecast, organizers have called off the Northampton Family Fourth Celebration planned for Sunday evening at Look Park. Priscilla M. Ross, chairwoman of the Northampton Family Fourth committee, said organizers are hoping to reschedule the event for September 12. The event was …