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Northampton’s Hampshire Power will supply Lowell with locally produced renewable energy in ‘historic’ deal

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In what its leaders believe is a first-of-its-kind agreement, the electricity arm of the Hampshire Council of Governments has inked a deal to supply power to the city of Lowell solely through renewable energy produced in New England. Earlier this month, the state’s fourth-largest city located in the northeastern Massachusetts signed a contract through which Hampshire Power will supply electricity to about 31,000 residential and 4,200 commercial ratepayers …

VIDEO Governor hopefuls offer prescriptions on economy, educationa

Monday, September 29, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Gubernatorial candidates are calling for strengthening the regional economy in western Massachusetts,improving funding for transportation and allowing a casino to be built in Springfield regardless of the outcome of the statewide November ballot vote seeking repeal of the casino law. At an hourlong debate at CityStage Monday sponsored by the Western …

Monday’s high school recaps: South Hadley field hockey shuts out Smith Academy

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hannah Menard scored twice in the final six minutes of regulation as the South Hadley field hockey team defeated Smith Academy 2-0 at home Monday. Brittany Cote only needed to make two stops for the Tigers (7-3-1) in the shutout. Kayla Miastkowski recorded 20 saves for the Falcons (2-6-1). Northampton 4, Mohawk 0 …

Northampton and Pan Am officials expect to meet next week after worker-camp issue during summer

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two city councilors will meet with railroad officials next week in an effort to prevent future problems after complaints of poor communication by Pan Am Railways when it set up a temporary worker camp in the …

Friends of the Forbes Library to hold benefit wine-tasting Friday

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Supporters of the Forbes Library are hosting a wine-tasting event Friday that will raise money for the Northampton institution. The event, the fourth of its kind sponsored by the Friends of Forbes, runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library. Tickets are $25 and can …

Mother credits helmet with saving life of 14-year-old girl in Northampton bicycle accident

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As Jennifer Bryan sat on her front doorstep at 33 Prospect Ave. Thursday, a delivery vehicle pulled up and a woman walked over to hand her a bouquet of flowers with a “get well soon” card …

'What got me ... was the 911 call' Jurors who convicted Ryan Welch of murder found third-party-culprit theory implausible

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Clifford L. Bigelow stood in the driveway of his home on Acrebrook Drive in Florence Wednesday night, a pipe in one hand, and said there was one piece of evidence that sealed the life sentence for …

What2Watch4 - A snapshot of Week 4 in high school football

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Northampton at South Hadley, 7 Friday The Blue Devils (0-2) should be fresh for their Suburban League opener against the Tigers (1-2, 1-0). Hamp is coming off a bye week after playing Wahconah and Longmeadow to open the …

Off the Beat City Hall: Fine for illegally parking in handicapped space may be increased

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — People who illegally use a “handicapped” parking space might end up costing themselves more money in the near future. For the first time in years, the city is mulling a proposal to increase the fine for illegally parking in a handicapped from $100 to $150. An …

‘Mift or tift’, ‘Wicked Walli’ and other fond memories: Jordi Herold, co-founder of Iron Horse Music Hall, recalls it all in new memoir published by Levellers Press in Amherst

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jordi Herold began a recent interview by saying he didn’t have colorful stories at the ready (“They don’t just all sit there. I’m not a raconteur from the folklore society”), yet in reality, one simple recollection at that …

JJ’s Tavern in Florence sponsors Oktoberfest to benefit St. Patrick’s Association

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Oktoberfest is an internationally known fair held in Germany, but Saturday it will be at JJ’s Tavern in Florence. JJ’s owner Jon Neumann plans to throw his own Oktoberfest event at 99 Main St. in Florence as a benefit for the scholarship program run by the …

Northampton High School student taken to hospital after bicycle hits parked car

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton High School student bicycling on Elm Street at 9:04 a.m. Thursday was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital after he hit a parked car, Northampton Police Capt. Jody Kasper said. Kasper said the boy, who was not identified, was traveling in the bicycle lane near …

Wednesday’s colleges: Westhampton’s Sarah Sypek nets winner in double OT for Westfield State

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sarah Sypek scored in double overtime as the Westfield State women’s soccer team beat Smith College, 1-0, Wednesday in Westfield. The Westhampton native scored in the 113 minute for the Owls (4-2-1). Shelby Hall made five saves for the Pioneers (3-2-1). …