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GREG SAULMON
Rick M. McNeil of Easthampton looks for common nighthawks in a meadow at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday evening, May 23, 2015.

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary earns spot in Yankee Magazine ‘Best of New England’ travel guide

Monday, May 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Yankee Magazine has named Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to its annual list of New England’s best travel destinations. The sanctuary, listed in the category of “Best Birdwatching” in Massachusetts, is featured in the magazine’s Best of New England 2015 Editors’ Choice travel guide. The guide appears in the magazine’s May / June issue, and includes over 300 attractions, events …

Area police news

Monday, May 25, 2015

∎ Kenneth L. English, 50, of 43 Center St., was arrested near 109 Main St. at 12:27 p.m. Sunday on an Eastern Hampshire District Court warrant for assault and battery and threatening to commit a crime. ∎ Police investigated a reported shoplifting at Wal-Mart at 180 North King St. at 9:52 p.m. The man who had allegedly shoplifted a fishing knife fled and …

Northampton police chief screening committee interviewing six candidates for post

Monday, May 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A screening committee has narrowed the field of applicants to be the next police chief from 34 to six and will finish interviewing the candidates this week. Screening committee member William H. Dwight, also City Council president, said the committee hopes to recommend two to four finalists to Mayor David J. Narkewicz with sufficient time for him to name his choice …

Trial begins in case of Leo Fugler III of Granby, accused of sexually assaulting children in South Hadley during 1990s

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The trial of a Granby man accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting three children in the 1990s began Wednesday with testimony from one of the three, now a 30-year-old man. Leo E. Fugler III, 55, of 39 …

Northampton City Council expected to take final vote Thursday on single-use, plastic-bag ban

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council on Thursday is expected to officially ban single-use plastic bags in retail stores. The council unanimously gave preliminary approval to the ban in April after holding a public hearing and, if OK’d in a final vote Thursday, the ban would take effect Jan. …

Area police news

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Amherst ∎ Management at Exscape Smoke Shop, 96 North Pleasant St., reported at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday that one of its exterior windows was smashed overnight by a thrown object. Entry was not gained to the store. Police said repairs are estimated at up to $500. Northampton ∎ Eileen …

Refunds possible for electricity customers hit by bill recalculation

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Hundreds of area utility customers socked with retroactive charges on their electric bills this winter after switching to a competitive supplier might not be out of the money after all. That’s because the state Senate Tuesday …

Northampton police seek man seen in surveillance video about the time of reported downtown attacks on women

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police detectives say they hope the public can help identify a man seen in surveillance video footage from downtown Northampton Sunday night, when two women were allegedly attacked. Detective Corey Robinson said the man was seen …

The joint was jumping at the county jail: Young@Heart Chorus teams up with inmates for a rockin’ in-house concert

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Karl Wallinger lets in the light at Iron Horse show

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Karl Wallinger spoke to the Iron Horse crowd in Northampton last Sunday night with a friendly grin, a little self-depreciation and a lot of dark sarcasm: “Here’s another song about how great everything is in the world.” Environmental …

Keeping tabs on the arts: Paradise City Arts Festival; ‘More Clearly in Dreams,’ dance/theater performance at Smith

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A paradise of arts and crafts The Paradise City Arts Festival is back, filling four buildings and outdoor spaces at the Three County Fairgrounds Saturday through Monday. Two-hundred and sixty artists and fine crafts makers, chosen by a …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Tea for Three’ at Northampton Senior Center

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In “Tea for Three,” the one-woman show written for her by Eric H. Weinberger, Emmy Award-winning actor Elaine Bromka successively inhabits the personas of former first ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford as each is …

Northampton boys, Amherst girls win Steele Relay titles; Hamp takes top program award

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Northampton track & field program got the best of rival Amherst Regional on Sunday, when it took the home the inaugural Steele Cup from the George Steele Relays, held at Northampton High School. The Steele Cup was awarded to the school with the best combined finish. Northampton …