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Former inmate gives thanks for help received at Hampshire County Jail

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Former Hampshire Jail and House of Correction inmate Frederick Venne stood before 200 people Wednesday and thanked his ex-jailers. “I owe where I am today to the Hampshire sheriff’s office,” Venne said. “I needed help and this is where I got all my help.” Venne, 33, spoke at the 10th annual Re-Entry Breakfast at the jail before a …

National Association of Letter Carriers to pick up nonperishable food Saturday

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual “Stamp Out Hunger” national food drive takes place Saturday. Carriers will pick up nonperishables left in bags at people’s mailboxes to be distributed to area food pantries. The Northampton Survival Center will receive food collected in Northampton, Florence and Leeds. Last year, 20,043 pounds of food were collected in the city. Suggested donations include canned beans, …

‘Mickey’ Novak Jr. continues his love for teaching youngsters about nature after retiring as fish hatchery manager

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Sitting outside the Richard Cronin National Salmon Station in Sunderland nearly a month after retiring as fish hatchery manager, Bernard Michael “Mickey” Novak Jr. finds it hard to keep still. Every so often, he gets up from where he’s taken a seat at the edge of the raceway pond to point …