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BOB DUNN
South Hadley residents reacted with shock and sadness Saturday to the news that the Ryder Funeral Home has been shut down after a state investigation revealed health code violations, including bodies in various states of decomposition after not being properly embalmed.

AG files suit against Ryder Funeral Home; $342,000 said missing from pre-paid funerals; remains of two customers unknown

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than $342,000 in consumer funds as well as the cremated remains of a Granby man and his wife are unaccounted for four months after the Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley was shut down by state regulators, according to two lawsuits filed in Hampshire Superior Court. The complaints filed by state Attorney General Martha Coakley on Friday …

Police officer in Welch murder trial says defendant talked of fight with slaying victim Jessica Ann Pripstein

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Easthampton police officer who arrested Ryan D. Welch on a drunken driving charge after he struck a telephone pole on Valentine’s Day 2012 said Welch reported fighting with his girlfriend earlier in the day. “He stated to me that he had just been in a fight with his girlfriend and …

Northampton tree survey volunteer gets a lesson in identification skills

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Before volunteering in the Northampton tree surveying project last weekend, I would have guessed that a “London plane” was something that flew in and out of Heathrow Airport. Now, thanks to a group of dedicated arborists, forestry experts, and tree enthusiasts, my tree identification skills have been sharpened a bit and …

Friday’s high schools: Frontier Regional spikes Turners Falls

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball swept Turners Falls 3-0 to give newly minted hall of fame coach Sean MacDonald another win Friday. The Red Hawks won 25-11, 25-20, 25-22 to improve to 5-0 on the season. Cassidy Ciesluk had 16 kills and 15 digs, while Rachel Cialek added …

Six names added to Eva Trager memorial honoring contributions to downtown Northampton

Friday, September 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Gary Golec touched the monument that now bears the name of his wife, Christina Cavallari, on the way back to his seat from accepting a plaque in her honor Friday evening. Cavallari, the longtime owner of …

Valley Swim School in Northampton to close due to high pool costs

Friday, September 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Rising costs to maintain an indoor pool on the former Clarke School campus in Northampton are leading to the closing of the Valley Swim School next month. That will mean some 300 children, senior citizens and …

Five College consortium to build library annex to hold excess 2.5 million volumes from member campuses

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMHERST — Prompted mainly by the need for more space at the University of Massachusetts and Smith College libraries, the Five College Consortium expects to begin construction next spring of a 2.5-million volume annex to hold lesser-used books and materials. The consortium, based in Amherst, plans to purchase …

Welch murder trial Day 1: Opening statements, jury hears 911 call night of Jessica Pripstein's death

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The first bit of evidence jurors heard in the Ryan D. Welch murder trial that started Thursday was the sobbing voice of Jessica Ann Pripstein in a recording of the 911 call the night of her …

Planned merger of Northampton, Greenfield cooperative banks moves ahead

Friday, September 12, 2014

The planned merger of Greenfield Co-operative Bank and Northampton Cooperative Bank moved a step closer this month, with Northampton Cooperative depositors’ approval of the consolidation plan. It had already been approved by the boards of directors for both banks. According to William Stapleton, Northampton Cooperative Bank president and …

Thursday’s colleges: Smith College fends off MCLA in five sets for volleyball victory

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Smith College and MCLA traded sets twice, but the Pioneers held on for the five-set women’s volleyball victory, Thursday in Northampton. Smith won 25-14, 18-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-9. Dayra Diaz Marquez had 24 assists and 17 digs, while Mei-Li Smith added 16 kills, 28 digs and 15 assists …

Northampton unveils designs for new playgrounds at Lampron Park, Florence Recreation Fields

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Fast-moving plans to design and build two new community playgrounds on opposite sides of the city by the end of the year were unveiled at a public meeting Thursday night. One playground is planned for a portion of Lampron Park next to Bridge Street School near …

Thursday’s high school golf: Corey Calkins, Brian Bak lead South Hadley past Chicopee

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Corey Calkins shot a career-low 38 on his home course at the Ledges Golf Club to help lead South Hadley over Chicopee, 164-172, on Thursday afternoon. Brian Bak finished with a 1-over-par 37 to earn medalist honors for …

Thursday’s high schools: Frontier Regional girls volleyball team spikes Chicopee Comp

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cassidy Ciesluk had 13 digs, 11 kills and five aces for the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team in a 3-0 road sweep over Chicopee Comp Thursday. The Red Hawks (4-0) remained perfect by game scores of 25-14, 25-22, 25-12. Rachel Cialek also had 11 kills in the win. …