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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
(L-R) Gerard Peters, of Easthampton, Tricia Dandrea and Matthew Watkins, of Leeds, laugh as they have a conversation during a holiday luncheon hosted by National Honor Society at the Oliver Smith Restaurant at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

Smith Vocational, VA launch new partnership based on community service, shared stories

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Army Sgt. Gerard Peters of Easthampton not only had “the best veal I ever had” last week, but was reminded that younger people continue to appreciate his service. Peters, 52, who was in the Army for 10 years that included the invasion of Grenada in 1983, was among five veterans from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Central …

Amherst native Richard ‘Jerry’ Snyder receives Congressional Gold Medal for Civil Air Patrol service

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst native who trained with the Civil Air Patrol in Northampton during World War II is among nearly 100 surviving volunteers who recently were given Congressional Gold Medals, the highest civilian honor for their service to the United States. Richard “Jerry” Snyder, who has made his home in Arizona since the 1950s, was one of 46 alumni of the Civil …

Bail reduced for NY man shot in Ware while allegedly trying to run down officer

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Thursday reduced bail for the New York man who was shot by a Ware police officer he was allegedly trying to run down with his car. Judge Mary-Lou Rup set bail for Sajid Dacres, who uses an alias of Quinton Avant, at $35,000. He has been held at the Hampshire County Jail on $100,000 bail since …

Kathleen Guertin donates to Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund in honor of parents who taught her value of giving

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Donations to the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund sometimes offer a bittersweet glimpse into the lives of the people who make them. Many local residents give annually to the Gazette-sponsored fund that provides certificates redeemable at …

Bench at former Northampton State Hospital being repaired, not vandalized

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It turns out that a bench on the grounds of the former Northampton State Hospital is being repaired — not vandalized as was reported to police Saturday. City police began investigating after someone reported that the bench off a walking trail had been cut in half …

Business news in brief

Monday, December 15, 2014

Skinner Auctioneers names representative NORTHAMPTON — George Thomas Lewis will provide appraisal and consignment services in western Massachusetts for the Skinner Inc. auction house. Lewis is a longtime resident of Northampton where he ran his business, George Thomas …

Guild Art Supply owners open Big Wheel Press stationery store

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Handwritten notes are often overlooked in the age of the Internet and emails. But William Muller and his wife, Alexandra Geller, on Friday opened Big Wheel Press, a store that stocks their homemade stationery, other stationery made around the world and greeting cards. The store is …

Amid turmoil, Rosenberg quietly prepares for Senate presidency

Sunday, December 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg was named chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee in 1996, he said time would tell whether the job would be the pinnacle of his career or just a step …

Growing staff, salary

Sunday, December 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In his current post as chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules and the Joint Committee on Rules, state Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg has a staff of six. If he wins election to be …

Weekend high school recaps: Cam Earle lifts South Hadley over rival Granby in Pioneer Valley Tip-Off

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Each side had a 20-point scorer, but Cam Earle’s 28 lifted South Hadley over Granby, 64-61, in the Pioneer Valley Tip-Off at the Curry Hicks Cage on Saturday. Jesse Molin had 23 points for the Rams (0-1). Granby …

Area police news

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Northampton ∎ Police took a report Saturday at 6:36 p.m. that a donation envelope containing an undisclosed amount of money for the Humane Society was stolen from a Bridge Street business called the Different Drummer. There are no suspects, police said. ∎ Police took a report Saturday at …

Some 75 protesters in Northampton demand Obama reject Keystone project; also hold silent vigil in honor of Michael Brown

Saturday, December 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Drawing attention to what they see as a key battle in the fight against climate change, some 75 demonstrators Saturday rallied in front of the courthouse to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, calling on President …

Northampton woman hit by car remains in critical condition after being transported to Mass General

Saturday, December 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Chloe Rombach, the 22-year-old Northampton woman struck by a car while crossing Bridge Street earlier this week, remains in critical condition this weekend after being transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. according to a hospital spokeswoman. A report in Saturday’s Gazette that stated Rombach had …