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Donald Courtemanche was hired April 23, 2014, as the new executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.

Amherst Chamber hires former Springfield BID chief as its new executive director

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AMHERST — A Springfield resident with an extensive background in economic development and historic preservation is the new executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. Donald Courtemanche, who resigned as executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District in January, was named Wednesday to lead the 500-member chamber and starts immediately. “It’s a terrific opportunity for myself and … 0

Thursday’s colleges: UMass softball shut out as La Salle wins in walk-off fashion

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The University of Massachusetts softball team was shut out, 3-0, by La Salle in Philadelphia on Thursday. Pitcher Caroline Raymond took her own shutout into the seventh inning, but La Salle’s Alicia Aughton (2 for 4) hit a three-run walk-off homer to center field for the Explores (15-14, 7-2 A-10). Raymond struck out 10 and allowed three earned runs on eight hits and … 0

Area briefs

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Southampton AVIATION TALK: The Southampton Historical Society will present a talk about aviation at the Senior Center at 210 College Highway at 7 p.m. April 24. June Granville Dakin, who wrote the book “Farmers Take Flight” about two Southampton men, Romaine Lambert and Mark Granville, will lead the talk. It is free and open to the public, and donations are welcome. According to … 0

Suspects sought after 19-year-old man shot in Springfield home invasion

Friday, January 31, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police say a 19-year-old man has been shot after an apparent home invasion in Springfield. Police say they responded to a Cambridge Street home just after midnight Friday where they encountered a man who was shot in the buttocks. The victim told police he was … 0

Mauricio Velasquez of Springfield indicted in alleged drunk driving accident that killed two in Easthampton

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The case against a Springfield man accused in a Dec. 7 Easthampton accident that allegedly caused the deaths of his 3-year-old daughter and a 71-year-old man will move forward after a Hampshire County grand jury indicted … 0

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz at Gaming Commission: City could lose $4.4M-$8.8M, 90-180 jobs if MGM builds casino

Monday, January 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Mayor David J. Narkewicz will travel to Boston Tuesday to plead the city’s case for mitigating the economic impact a casino in Springfield would have on his city. He is also seeking to recover approximately $47,500 … 0

Springfield biomass dispute heads to court

Friday, January 24, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A legal dispute over a proposed $150 million wood-burning power plant in Springfield is scheduled to be heard in March. The plant’s developer, Palmer Renewable Energy, filed suit against the city and the Zoning Board of Appeals in March 2011. A hearing in Land Court … 0

Smith & Wesson bucks Calif. law

Thursday, January 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson Corp. says it won’t sell new models of its semi-automatic handguns in California to avoid complying with a provision in the state’s gun law that took effect last year. Springfield-based Smith & Wesson said Thursday it won’t add microstamping, a marking … 0

Passenger rail service gets new look in Valley

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A proposal to start passenger rail service between Greenfield and Springfield is picking up steam. Along with repair of 49 miles of track along the Connecticut River to move Amtrak’s Vermonter trains back through Greenfield, Northampton, Holyoke and Springfield, state officials are looking at starting an intercity passenger … 1

Witness in Hells Angels trial says he helped bury slaying victims

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — A key witness at the murder trial of a Hells Angels motorcycle club member charged with killing three men testified Wednesday that he helped dispose of the victims’ dismembered bodies. David Casey, 65, of Canaan, N.Y., … 0

Body recovered in two-family home destroyed by fire in Springfield

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield officials say a body has been recovered at a two-family home after a fire that left 10 people homeless. Fire Department spokesman Dennis Leger says firefighters found the body on the first floor at about 1 p.m. Wednesday. A man who lived on that … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Czech composer Anton Dvorak’s two greatest works make up the program for Saturday’s concert by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra: his “tirelessly melodic and brilliantly scored” Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”) and his “grand and emotionally intense” … 0

Two arrested over virtual kidnappings

Sunday, January 19, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police in Springfield have arrested two people for their alleged role in a scheme in which callers would shake down their victims for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped. In reality, no one had been snatched. Police arrested 32-year-old Jose … 0