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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Mary Webber, of Southampton, front, and Diane Drohan, of Leeds, back, prepare to open the center for clients to pick the food at the Northampton Survival Center, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.

Land of plenty? Food pantries opt for more food, rather than turkeys-only in parceling out Thanksgiving ingredients

Friday, November 21, 2014

For many years, local food pantries such as the Northampton and Amherst survival centers have filled their freezers with turkeys so clients — even those who don’t regularly rely on them — can count on the main ingredient for this country’s traditional Thanksgiving meal. The turkeys are not so plentiful this year. The reason is a change in approach that …

Missing man found dead in pond inside Look Park

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police Friday morning found in a Look Park pond a body believed to be that of Reed Bennett, the 34-year-old Easthampton man who went missing Monday night, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Meantime, police issued a warrant for the arrest of a 26-year-old man on drug and illegal firearms …

First Churches of Northampton annual festival this year features 140 homemade apple pies

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The annual festival at First Churches of Northampton at 129 Main St. on Saturday will feature more apple pies than before. For over 60 years, this fair has been the greatest source of fundraising for the church. Doryne Pederzani-Dinneen, a church member and Northampton resident, came up with the idea of …

Valley Medical Group in Florence evacuated when heating system produces smoke

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Northampton — Smoke pouring out of a heating system turned on for the first time this year at the Valley Medical Group, 70 Main St., Florence, prompted the evacuation of the building for about 15 minutes Wednesday morning. …

River walks and paddle created by the Mill Ri er Greenway Initiative

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Here are the river walks and one paddle created by the Mill River Greenway Initiative. ■ Downtown Northampton I: Paradise Pond to Old South Street ■ Downtown Northampton II: Old South Street to Hockanum Road ■ Bay State Village: Paradise Pond to the Cutlery Building ■ Florence I: …

Mill River Greenway Initiative helps protect watershed, preserve artifacts and improve ecological health

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

As rivers go, the 13.5-mile-long Mill River is relatively small, and it inconspicuously flows along often unnoticed except when it periodically floods. But this little river has some big stories to tell. The Mill River Greenway Initiative is …

State audit reports continuing elevator inspection backlog, lost revenues; public safety officals cite 'great progess'

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A new state audit finds that a persistent elevator inspection backlog put the public at risk and contributed to potentially more than $3 million in lost revenue in the commonwealth. The review by state Auditor Suzanne …

Tuesday’s colleges: Marley Giddins paces Amherst College past Keene State

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Marley Giddins had 20 points and eight rebounds as the Amherst College women’s basketball team opened its season with a 84-67 victory over Keene State, Tuesday in Keene, New Hampshire. Hannah Peterson added 12 points, while Meredith Doswell chipped in with 10 for the Lord Jeffs. Sarah Kober …

District attorney’s Safe School Summit focuses on positive learning environment

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

HOLYOKE — Charles D. Appelstein does not believe there is such thing as a “bad kid.” “I think any kid who wants to do something violent really doesn’t want to do it,” said Appelstein, a youth-care specialist from Salem, New Hampshire. He said he believes that most of …

Former Williamsburg man sentenced to three years in state prison for failing to register as sex offender

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A former Williamsburg man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to failing to register as a sex offender. Ferdinand Fountain, 46, admitted in Hampshire Superior Court that he failed to notify the Sex Offender Registry Board that his primary …

Northampton firefighters respond to reports of two separate gas leaks Tuesday afternoon

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City firefighters responded to reports of two separate gas leaks Tuesday afternoon, one of which involved a ruptured gas main on the grounds of the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction. A construction crew ruptured the line with a backhoe on the jail grounds, 205 …

Area court news

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Easthampton ■ Sean P. McElligott, 39, of 20 Florence Road, Apt. 4, Easthampton, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Monday to charges of assault and battery on a family or household member and reckless endangerment of a child. According to court records, McElligott was arrested at …

After BID signatures approved, City Clerk Wendy Mazza harbored doubts about their legitimacy

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Three months before the City Council approved a petition to create the Business Improvement District, City Clerk Wendy Mazza voiced misgivings about the signature-verification process used to establish the organization. In a January 2009 email to …