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Amtrak service interruptions following Vermont derailment to last at least through Wednesday

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Amtrak service in the Pioneer Valley will be impacted at least through Wednesday following a derailment in central Vermont Monday. Passengers who would be taking the train — Amtrak’s “Vermonter” — from points north of Springfield will be provided with alternate transportation via buses. Those passengers will be contacted directly to ensure they are aware of the service changes, Amtrak spokeswoman Chelsea Kopta said in an email Tuesday …

MGM President William Hornbuckle reiterates commitment to Springfield casino

Monday, October 5, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The head of MGM Resorts International said Monday the company remains committed to building a casino in downtown Springfield despite a recent redesign that eliminated a 25-story hotel and associated apartments. The project will still include a 250-room, six-story hotel and 30 to 35 market-rate apartments that will be built in a former school department building that has been vacant …

Brothers John and Ryan Leonard share intense passion for hockey as each continues rise in sport

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Considering their hometown and family background, John and Ryan Leonard of Amherst would appear to be unlikely hockey prospects. But to hear the brothers speak of their dedication and how they push each other despite a seven-year age difference gives an insight into their tremendous success. “Of course we have a friendly brotherly …

Springfield man indicted in connection with 2013 robbery of Cumberland Farms in Northampton, allegedly part of multi-state crime spree

Thursday, July 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man who police said committed a string of robberies with a juvenile accomplice 1½ years ago has been indicted in connection with the unarmed robbery of a King Street convenience store. A Hampshire Superior Court grand jury this week indicted Monchi Castillo-Cosme, 25, on …

Monday’s summer baseball: Belchertown stays alive in 11-12 Little League tournament

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Belchertown Little League baseball team plated five runs in two separate innings to stay alive in the double-elimination District 2 11-12 Tournament with a 10-5 victory over Westfield National Monday evening at Hulmes-Warner Park in Belchertown. Colby Masse (2 for 3, run, RBI), Max Wojcik (two RBIs, …

Alexander Ciccolo of Adams, son of a Boston police captain, accused of plotting terrorist attack at unnamed university on behalf of ISIS

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Berkshire County man who is the son of a Boston police captain allegedly planned to commit terrorist acts on behalf of the Islamic State group, according to an FBI investigation that involved several police departments in the …

Local baseball: American Legion playoffs open, Northampton sweeps into second round

Monday, July 13, 2015

Northampton Post 28 swept the first round of American Legion playoffs with two wins over Springfield Post 21, winning 4-1 on Saturday and 8-5 on Sunday. Northampton, and other best-of-3 winners, advance to an eight-team double elimination tournament that starts Wednesday. Three series are still in action, with …

Tuesday’s summer baseball/softball: Northampton Post 28 pulls out wild win against Easthampton Post 224

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In a game that was more memorable than pretty, Northampton Post 28 gave up a lead, and then came back with three runs in the seventh to edge Easthampton Post 224, 7-6, in a wild American Legion game at Arcanum Field on Tuesday. Northampton (7-3) only had four …

Madame Bar Fly: Springfield’s Cheers, Serving up charm, good company, and cheap booze at the Ale House

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Ale House on Worthington Street in Springfield is surrounded by boarded-up buildings that loom ominously up over the small, cozy one that the bar occupies. But inside, the vibe is warm and welcoming. “It’s somewhere you can go in Springfield where you don’t have to worry about …

Historic Deerfield acquires tall case clock which had been on loan to museum for decade

Friday, June 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — History is often represented by points in time and Historic Deerfield will now have a slightly easier time keeping track of its relentless march with the acquisition of an 1803 tall case clock built by 19th-century …

New Pope Francis High School to be built on former site of Cathedral in Springfield

Friday, June 19, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A new Roman Catholic school will soon rise on the site of a Springfield school building that closed after it was severely damaged by a tornado four years ago. Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski announced Friday that the region’s new Pope Francis High School will be …

Judge hears more on late parishioner’s gift to Springfield bishop, former St. Mary’s Church in Northampton

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A widow’s bequest of more than $750,000 to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield for use at the now-closed St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Northampton remains in dispute, but could soon be settled after a five-year legal battle, according to lawyers involved in the …

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center hosts entrepreneurship roundtable in Springfield

Friday, June 12, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Area business owners, chamber of commerce officials and state legislators gathered in Springfield on Friday to talk about entrepreneurship. The western regional office of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center held a legislative roundtable session titled “Entrepreneurship: The Future of the Pioneer Valley” at the Andrew …