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Holiday shoppers crowd into Thornes Marketplace for Small Business Saturday in Northampton.

Small Business Saturday draws shoppers to local, independent retailers

Saturday, November 28, 2015

’Twas the Saturday after Thanksgiving, when all through the streets, throngs flocked to small stores, seeking unique holiday treats. Dampened somewhat by drizzly skies, shoppers explored Northampton, Amherst and Easthampton on the day after Black Friday, many purposefully avoiding the mall on a day meant to promote independent retailers. Introduced by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers …

Some 6,000 participants expected at 12th annual Hot Chocolate Run to support Safe Passage in Northampton

Saturday, November 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Some 6,000 participants are expected in the 12th annual Hot Chocolate Run to support Safe Passage on Dec. 6. The event begins at 9 a.m. behind Northampton Brewery will include a 2-mile walk, a 5K fun run and a 5K road race. Registration is closed for the race, and donations are …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 27, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Teacher’s work day, no school TUESDAY: Baked potato bar, broccoli, spinach salad, pear, peach cup WEDNESDAY: Meatball hero, romaine salad, peach cup, Empire apple THURSDAY: Pancakes with turkey sausage, baked Tater Tots, veggie dippers, Bartlett pear, applesauce FRIDAY: Cheesy pepperoni pizza, carrot sticks, romaine salad with tomato, sliced peaches, orange Belchertown MONDAY: HS: Chicken ala king, brown rice or Tostitos corn …

Northampton native Hunter Newman signs letter of intent to men’s lacrosse at Bucknell

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hunter Newman went from a potential Division III recruit to Division I prospect seemly overnight. The Northampton native and Suffield Academy senior signed his National Letter of Intent earlier this month to play men’s lacrosse at Division I …

Traffic backups linger for hours on Interstate 91 southbound after garbage truck fire near Exit 17 in Holyoke

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — A garbage truck hauling cardboard caught fire near Exit 17 on Interstate 91 southbound Tuesday morning, shutting down a section of the highway and requiring firefighters to spend hours methodically extinguishing pieces of burning cargo. No …

Donors celebrate tradition as Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund launches 83rd year

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When Suzanne Rogers, 70, was growing up in Northampton, she remembers her father, Marcel “Mike” Meunier, donating to the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund every year. “He loved children, and thought Christmas was especially a time …

Area police news

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Amherst • A white 1996 Acura Integra reported stolen from Southpoint Apartments, 266 East Hadley Road, at 7:02 p.m. Saturday was recovered at 9:31 a.m. Tuesday in Springfield, with both license plates missing. • The shoplifting of a curling iron, a curling kit and other hair products valued …

James Palermo of Southampton obtains international student assessment test records after 1½-year public records battle

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Ten days after a Hampshire Superior Court judge ordered the release of a list of 49 Massachusetts schools and districts that participated in a 2012 international student assessment study, state education officials have turned over the …

Fourth defendant Caleb Womack found competent to stand trial in UMass rape case

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The last of four men accused of raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room has been found competent to stand trial following a mental health evaluation. Jury selection in the trial of …

Photos: Sticky business at Dufresne’s Sugar House

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Photos by Carol Lollis Keith Dufresne of Dufresne’s Sugar House cleans out a tank used to hold sap from maple trees at one of his sugarbushes off Route 9 in Williamsburg last week. …

Following Smith College anti-racism sit-in, administrators hear students’ concerns

Monday, November 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Following a sit-in at Smith College last week held to address racism there and at other campuses around the country, Smith administrators had the chance to listen to some of those concerns at a “town hall” …

Native American speaker shares a different view of Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

MONTAGUE — Thanksgiving can be spent one of two ways. Many people in the United States will most likely spend the beginning of the November holiday with their friends and family gathered in the kitchen roasting a turkey, whipping potatoes and baking casseroles and will end the day …