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Ware man pleads guilty to Social Security fraud

Friday, April 18, 2014

BOSTON — A Ware man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently collecting more than $50,000 in Social Security disability payments while working an $80,000-per-year job. Carl Lynch pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to a charge of theft of public money. Prosecutors say the 43-year-old Lynch began receiving disability payments under Social Security in 2003. Four years later, while still receiving disability payments, Lynch began working as a personal care attendant … 0

Olympic rings: Special athletes go for the gold in South Hadley

Thursday, February 27, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Though there were no snowflakes or re-enactments of Russian history, emotions ran high at the Winter Special Olympics Thursday in the Michael E. Smith Middle School. For the third year, the South Hadley Student Services Department sponsored the event for student athletes across the Valley with physical and intellectual disabilities. … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. With the first hint of ice, reports of water birds dropped off this week, except for large flocks of ring-necked ducks, common goldeneyes, hooded mergansers and common mergansers. Common loon and horned grebes also continued to be found on … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. The breeding season has slowed considerably, but second nesting for many species is still in full swing. Some uncommon species reported this week included … 0

FBI, state police investigate trespassing at Quabbin Reservoir 

Friday, May 17, 2013

BELCHERTOWN — Massachusetts State Police and the FBI are investigating a late-night trespassing incident at the Quabbin Reservoir that has triggered increased patrols at water supply facilities around the state. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority said water quality … 8

Veterans services highlighted at expo in Cummington

Saturday, May 11, 2013

CUMMINGTON — Iraq war veteran Alonzo Swift lived in his car for close to four years after becoming unemployed soon after his return from duty in 2005. This changed when he learned about Soldier On, an organization that … 0

More than 30 arrested on drug charges in Ware

Monday, December 17, 2012

WARE (AP) — More than 30 people are under arrest and others are being sought after a police crackdown on drug dealing in the town of Ware. Authorities said local and state police working with the Northwestern District Attorney’s office and the Hampshire Sheriff’s office executed search warrants … 0

No explosives found after bomb threat prompts Sunday search on West Street in Ware

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Officials say no explosives were found after an anonymous bomb threat prompted a day-long search in Ware on Sunday. Ware Town Manager Stuart Beckley, reached at home Sunday evening, said a man called police at about 6 a.m. and described explosive devices and hazardous materials for “a range … 0

Upcoming road projects for Hampshire County communities

Sunday, September 30, 2012

The following is a list of Hampshire County road projects in the federally funded state Transportation Improvement Program, a designation that means government money will pay for most of the work. This list includes a brief description of the project, estimated cost and start date. Northampton Park and … 0