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Daniel Martinez, 4, "milks" a statue of a cow, one of the activities for children in the baby barnyard during the Three County Fair Monday in Northampton. He was with his mother, Eileen Martinez, of Belchertown.

SLIDESHOW Good weather, many activities make for strong attendance at Three County Fair in Northampton

Monday, September 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — You know it’s a hot, sunny day at the Three County Fair when the stand selling fresh-squeezed lemonade runs out of lemons. That’s what happened Monday afternoon, when temperatures hit 87 degrees, and the lemonade stand owned by Gino Orlandi of Cummington only had corn dogs left for sale. “It’s hot,” said the owner’s wife, Michelle Orlandi, while … 0

Area police officials lukewarm about surplus military gear programs flagged for review by president

Monday, September 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — President Barack Obama last week ordered a review of programs that put surplus military gear into the hands of local police in the wake of outcry about heavily armed Ferguson, Missouri, police officers in armored trucks facing off with protesters. If the review leads to scrapping or curtailing such programs, police … 2

Leverett pedestrian treated after being hit by vehicle Sunday

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Leverett pedestrian treated after being hit by vehicle Sunday LEVERETT — A male pedestrian was treated at Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield for injuries that were not life-threatening after he was struck by a vehicle on Long Plain Road Sunday at 12:45 p.m. State Police Trooper Nicole Morrell said the driver of the vehicle, Geraldine Cinquantini, 71, of Leverett, had not been cited … 0

Florence motorcyclist Frederick Ranaudo remains in hospital with broken bones suffered in Ryan Road collision

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Florence man who was injured in an accident on Ryan Road Monday remained in fair condition at Baystate Medical Center Wednesday night. Frederick D. Ranaudo, 64, of 90 Lake St., suffered injuries including broken bones in his left knee, left foot and left thumb, according … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Granby ∎ Carlos Garcia, 24, of Ludlow, was arrested on Amherst street at 2:53 p.m. Aug. 16 on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding. Northampton ∎ A 36-year-old man whose address is listed as the streets of Northampton will be summoned to court on … 0

‘12-Mile Meal’ battle of the chefs heats up at Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chefs from three local restaurants, including defending champion The Sierra Grill, will take part in a cooking throw-down as they battle to create three-course meals using ingredients from within a 12-mile radius of Northampton. “The 12-Mile Meal” will … 0

Clubland: Ken Maiuri shares his impressions of this year’s ‘Transperformance’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Backstage at “Transperformance” Tuesday night, Ray Mason turned to me and said, marveling, “Where else can you see Christ backing Frankie Valli?” We were in a daze of amazement as Renaissance man Monte Belmonte (from 93.9 The River) … 0

Smile for the camera: As TV acting career takes off, Northampton’s Miranda Brooks says so long to job as dental hygienist

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It may seem unlikely for a recent college graduate with a degree in dental hygiene to take up professional acting, but that’s what 25-year-old Northampton native Miranda Brooks has done; she made her TV debut last month, using … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: The Three County Fair Fest in Northampton

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Three County Fair will close out its run on Monday with something new: The Three County Fair Fest, a day-long musical festival featuring 13 Valley bands. A $10 ticket to the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton on … 0

PVTA’s new crosstown bus now serves Northampton Survival Center

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Tom Burton often walks more than a mile from his Conz Street home to the Northampton Survival Center to pick up much-needed food. Once there, he might run into Hannah Morehouse, a center volunteer in her … 0

Northampton eyes Amherst model for managing public shade trees

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Alarmed by a steady decline in the number of public shade trees in Northampton, a group of residents has asked the city to follow the lead of Amherst by hiring a professional tree warden to coordinate … 0

Tree counters wanted

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Some 40 residents are expected to fan out across the city next month to conduct an inventory of public trees that organizers hope will provide a snapshot of Northampton’s tree canopy and help quantify their benefits. Over six hours on Saturday, Sept. 13, the volunteers, supported … 0

West Boylston man denies intimidating probation officer in Belchertown

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 20-year-old West Boylston man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday to a charge of intimidation of a witness, resulting from an incident in which he allegedly threatened a probation officer. A Hampshire County grand jury indicted Harris on the charge July 29 … 0