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Band of Horses performed Monday at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton.

Music review: Band of Horses and Midlake refresh roots-rock groove at Calvin

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A crossroads runs through the heart of most good rock songs, and that’s just where Band of Horses and Midlake planted themselves on Monday night for an engaging dual concert at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton. These are accomplished acts on the indie rock circuit (Band of Horses, especially, draws big festival crowds), and each has four studio albums to their name. But both bands have taken the last few years to steer themselves off the beaten path. Folk and country stylings run deep for these musicians, but even the comfy, worn-in sounds of Americana deserve fresh surprises. For Midlake, the product of that musical … 0

Couple dismayed by theft of money saved for daughter’s wedding; Nuttleman’s Florist target of break-in

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When someone broke into the safe inside Nuttleman’s Florist sometime overnight, it wasn’t money for the business or to pay bills that was taken said office manager Mary Nuttleman. It was the money she and her husband, Walter “Chip” Nuttleman, who owns the business, had been saving for their daughter’s upcoming … 0

MAP Multi-year volunteer project to make Mud Pond Trail, off Moody Bridge Road in Hadley, accessible to all nears completion, opening set for October

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

HADLEY — On a sweltering late July day, Henry Kahan, 16, took a break from building a boardwalk for a trail through the forest in the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Hadley. He got a drink of water and relaxed in the shade with a group of six other … 0

Cambodian lawmaker released following arrest, protests

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The release of jailed Cambodian lawmaker Mu Sochua and several of her colleagues on Tuesday was welcome news on the campus of Mount Holyoke College, where there is strong support for the human rights advocate. Sochua … 5

Northampton police

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

■ Giles R. Farrington, 22, of 112 Elm St., Hatfield, was arrested about 1:08 a.m. Tuesday on North Main Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, possession of a Class C drug (hash) and operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection … 0

Crash at major Northampton intersection

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A female driver was hospitalized after a lone car slammed into the curb at the intersection of Main and Pleasant streets Tuesday morning. According to officers at the scene, at 11:28 a.m. the driver, whom police … 0

Two arraigned on charges of misleading police and perjury in connection with alleged Westhampton assault in May

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two people denied charges they misled authorities investigating an alleged attack against a Holyoke man in May. Raymond Zachary Paquette, 21, of Westhampton, pleaded not guilty two counts of misleading police after he allegedly lied during two interviews with state police in connection with the incident, … 0

Free of contaminants? $2M civil suit to decide whether environmental consultants erred when clearing King Street, Northampton, lot

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The question of whether environmental consultants erred when they declared a King Street property free from contaminants will head to trial before year’s end. In Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday afternoon, Judge Richard Carey set December as … 0

Watching the Honda dealership get demolished in ‘Hamp

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Watching the Honda dealership get demolished in ‘Hamp Demolishing the old Honda dealership on King St. The controversial railcrew housing on the tracks near Market St. Today my travels brought me down to Northampton and as I drove down King St on my way home, I swung into … 0

Local baseball: Hadley 11U Ripken moves into state final

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Hadley Cal Ripken 11-and-under team scored the tying run in the fourth and took the lead with a pair in the fifth to defeat Northbridge 5-3 in the state semifinals Monday evening in Uxbridge. Justin Masteralexis, Noah Scanlon-Dean and Nick Foster hit solo home runs for Hadley … 0

The Dignity Project: Mount Holyoke President, medical ethicist, Lynn Pasquerella: A challenge to idea that death is un-American

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dying is certainly not what it used to be. During my career as a medical ethicist, there has been a remarkable shift in the types of end-of-life cases I have been asked to consult on. Today, the most … 2

'No one knows where my money is' Pre-paid funeral funds at beleaguered Ryder's missing; State demonstrates lax oversight of pre-paid system

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On March 19, Pamela Rys and her sister sat down with former funeral director William W. Ryder at the now-closed Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley and made funeral arrangements in advance for their elderly parents. … 0

'Robbing the Grave' Pre-need funeral contract fraud and mismanagement has been on state's radar for 10 years

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The challenge of making sure consumers get what they paid for in pre-need funeral contracts is not limited to the now-defunct Ryder Funeral Home. Nor is it a new concern. A former Boston funeral home director, Joseph V. O’Donnell, 55, was being held last week on … 0