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Paul Swift was a Northampton native and World War II veteran whose relatives are now reclaiming his ashes from a common grave.

Inside the funeral industry: Northampton man’s ashes reclaimed from common grave

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When city native Paul W. Swift died in March 2009, his ashes were held in safe-keeping by the former Pease and Gay Funeral Home on Prospect Street. According to one family member, they were to be interred along with his wife’s in a Northampton cemetery when she died. Six years after his death, Swift’s wife is still alive, but the burial plans have taken a painful turn. After learning that the funeral home was sold last fall, Swift’s children discovered that their father’s remains had been buried in a vault with other unclaimed ashes at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Springfield. The funeral …

State agricultural commissioner John Lebeaux makes first official Pioneer Valley appearance

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Though the number might seem small, newly-appointed state agricultural commissioner John Lebeaux said a recent 1 percent increase in the number of farms in the Valley is a “trend in the right direction.” In his first official swing through the region as agricultural chief, Lebeaux spent Friday night with about 100 …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst native Michael Hixon places second on 3-meter at NCAA Division 1 championships

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst native Michael Hixon just missed defending his 3-meter springboard championship Friday. The Indiana sophomore placed second in the event with 492.40 points and earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, held at University of Iowa. Miami’s Samuel Dorman won with 529.10. Hixon was in the second place with 494.90 points following the preliminary round. Hixon won …

Electric rate shock even worse than expected for some

Thursday, March 26, 2015

This has been a hard winter for many, not only because of historically cold temperatures, but also because they’ve seen electric bills shoot through the roof. The heart of the problem is the generation rate, or supply rate, that represents local utilities’ pass-through cost for the power they …

Music review: Johannes Quartet delights at Music in Deerfield concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Johannes Quartet, new to the Music in Deerfield concerts, performed at Smith College’s Sage Hall Sunday before a large and enthusiastic audience. The concert began with a challenge to the audience, that is, a performance of “Homunculus,” …

Headliners: ‘Dancing in Wild Places’ with Andrea Olsen; Red Molly at the Parlor Room

Thursday, March 26, 2015

An ode to seaweed One of the oldest life forms on the planet, seaweed is an essential part of ecosystem sustainability as a well as a source of food, medicine and fertilizer. It’s also quite beautiful in its …

Headliners come out on top in Northampton Adult Spelling Bee

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Daguerreotype, a long-abandoned photography technique, was the word that propelled the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s team, “The Headliners,” to its fourth victory at the Northampton Adult Spelling Bee. The team, made up of Gazette staffers Ellie Cook, …

Six senators, including Elizabeth Warren, urge VA to cover stateside Agent Orange exposure

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Six U.S. senators, including Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat representing Massachusetts, have sent a letter imploring the federal government to allow pilots and crews who flew Agent Orange-contaminated plans on stateside missions to qualify for benefits. The letter could …

First Churches of Northampton loses partners in the pew Vivian Eastman and Edna Michalowski

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For decades, Vivian Eastman and Edna Michalowski sat together in the same wooden pew at First Churches, about halfway back toward the left of the historic building’s ornate sanctuary. Eastman never drove, so Michalowski usually picked …

Jury hears account of horrifying night

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The college student could not manage to spell her full name before breaking down in tears after she took the witness stand Wednesday in a rape trial resulting from what was an abominable night — no matter whose account you believe — in a UMass dorm …

Wednesday’s college recaps: Mount Holyoke lacrosse tops Emerson, 9-6

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Catherine Ryan powered the Mount Holyoke lacrosse team to a 9-6 win over Emerson on Wednesday night in Boston. Ryan had five goals and one assist for the Lyons (4-3). Julia Bell added two more goals, while Charlotte Wagner and Katherine Guinee each added one. Wheaton 17, Smith …

Area police news

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Amherst ∎ Anthony Calabro, 27, of Leominster, was arrested at 9:38 p.m. Tuesday on North Pleasant Street on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Easthampton ∎ Christopher O’Leary, 31, of Eastern Avenue in Northampton, was taken to the hospital at 2:06 a.m. Saturday after his pickup truck …

Paying homage: Robert Floyd gallery presents 14th annual ‘Women in History Month’ photo contest and exhibit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Every March, in honor of Women’s History Month, the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center hosts a photo contest and exhibit that pays homage to women and their achievements. The 14th annual “Women in History Month Photo …