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KEVIN GUTTING
Henry Kahan, left, of Shutesbury and Amari Heywood-Gonzalez of Amherst were among a crew of Youth Conservation Corps workers sanding the surface of an elevated walkway in the Fort River Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Hadley on Wednesday.

Longtime Hadley trails project nears completion; opening set for October

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

HADLEY — On a sweltering late July day, Henry Kahan, 16, took a break from building a boardwalk for a trail through the forest in the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Hadley. He got a drink of water and relaxed in the shade with a group of six other young workers. Though hot and tired, he … 0

Profiting from loss: S. Hadley man accused of stealing $5,000 from fundraiser for classmate who died

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite her anger, Cathy Machak said she doesn’t want jail time for the man who allegedly embezzled thousands of dollars from a fundraiser in memory of her late son, who died last year. Machak said a more fitting tribute for her son would be to see Brian Abair, 29, rehabilitate himself … 0

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Amherst ■ A 19-year-old Holyoke man will be summoned to curt on a charge of breaking and entering during the nighttime after he entered the community room at Jean Elder Apartments, 9 Chestnut St., and was dound asleep there Saturday at 8:16 a.m., police said. Belchertown ■ Gina L. Forni, 33, of Palmer, was arrested Friday at 1:42 p.m. at a Belchertown home … 0

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, July 25, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst Alyssa Kayser-Hirsh graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College as a double major in American studies … 0

In Northampton, golf for a cause

Friday, July 25, 2014

JERREY ROBERTS PHOTOS Golfers — close to 150 in all — gathered July 19 at the Northampton Country Club in Leeds for the Ray Ellerbrook Memorial Tournament to raise money for the Ray Ellerbrook Field Fund. Ellerbrook, former … 0

Veterans Voice

Friday, July 25, 2014

Announcements Reunion: The USS Missouri (BB-63) Association is a nonprofit organization made up of sailors, Marines, officers and midshipmen who have served aboard this famous battleship. Shipmates who served aboard the USS Missouri will hold their 41st annual reunion at the Ramada Gateway Hotel in Kissimmee, Fla., from … 0

Northampton police news

Friday, July 25, 2014

Police received a report Thursday at 2:18 a.m. that a bicycle of unknown value was taken from in front of Northampton Lodging at 129 Pleasant St. David A. Therrien Jr., 26, of Springfield, was arrested at 122 Grove St. Wednesday at 6:33 p.m. on a charge of domestic … 0

Notice: Level 3 sex offender living in Northampton

Friday, July 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police have issued notices about a Level 3 sex offender living in Northampton. Glen C. Wheeler 64, has two known addresses; 129 Pleasant St., Apt. 34 and 149 Bridge St. was convicted in 1999 on 22 … 0

Burke’s supporters see verdict as massive injustice

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The attorney for former deputy probation commissioner William Burke calls the conviction of his client in a public corruption trial a “grave injustice.” “I have deep respect for the jury system and I respect the jury in this case for their effort. However, like all human … 1

Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton gets $10,188 check from anonymous donor

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Congregation B’nai Israel Executive Director Ben Cuperman said he did a double take Tuesday when his co-worker handed him the contents of an envelope that had been delivered in the mail that day. Inside was a check for $10,188 dollars from an anonymous donor. “It was … 0

'A pair of shorts, T-shirt, sneakers' and not much else left: Lightning, fire destroys restaurateur Claudio Guerra’s home

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — “I literally have a pair of shorts, a T-shirt and sneakers to my name,” Claudio Guerra said Thursday morning after his house was destroyed by a fire officials say was caused by a lightning strike Wednesday … 0

Mickey Mantle baseball playoffs begin with 4 shutouts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pitching completely dominated the first round of the Mickey Mantle double-elimination tournament on Wednesday evening. The winning team shut out its opponent in all four games, including a pair of 1-0 contests. Amherst 1, Northampton 0 (5) — … 0

'Lock your doors in Western Mass' International photographer surprised Valley is place where camera, memories are stolen

Thursday, July 24, 2014

After a decade reporting and photographing war, corruption and drug trades in some 50 countries, former foreign correspondent Dave Marcus never thought the Valley would be where he would have an expensive camera stolen. “I learned a couple … 0