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This undated family photo provided by the Massachusetts Air National Guard shows Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr., who was killed Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, when the F-15 fighter plane he was piloting crashed in rural Western Virginia. Fontenot, a 1996 Air Force Academy graduate with the 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes National Guard Base in Westfield, Mass., was a decorated combat veteran with 17 years of experience flying the planes. (AP Photo/Family Photo via Massachusetts Air National Guard)

Air Force releases report on crash that killed 104th Fighter Wing pilot Morris Fontenot

Monday, July 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — F-15C Eagle pilot Lt. Col. Morris M. Fontenot declared an in-flight emergency shortly before he became incapacitated during a “rapid descent” as his aircraft went down in a remote area near Deerfield, Virginia last August, according to a crash report released Monday by the Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board. Investigators were unable to determine why Fontenot became …

Marine killed during World War II is buried in Massachusetts

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WESTFIELD (AP) — A Marine killed during World War II in the Pacific battle of Tarawa has been buried in his hometown. Capt. Richard Vincent’s remains arrived by plane in Connecticut on Wednesday and were taken to Westfield for burial on Thursday. Vincent was reported killed in action 71 years ago, but his remains were not identified until last October. Firtion-Adams Funeral Service …

Family, friends of the late Edward Nied Jr. plead for return of Route 10 roadside memorial

Friday, May 22, 2015

WESTFIELD — The family and friends of the late Edward Nied Jr. of Southampton say they don’t know why someone took the roadside memorial at the site of his 2013 motorcycle crash — they just want it back. The memorial — a decorated metal cross, flags, and three solar lights — was taken …

State Sen. Donald Humason Jr. and challenger Patrick Leahy talk goals, experience in 2nd Hampden & Hampshire District

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The candidates running in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District for the state Senate on Tuesday’s ballot have very different backgrounds. And if Republican incumbent Donald F. Humason Jr. or Democratic challenger Patrick T. Leahy knock …

VIDEO Women take the lead on Habitat for Humanity project in Easthampton

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Women swinging hammers at an East Street house-building site this fall bring new meaning to the term homemakers. The Pioneer Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity has designated the Easthampton project, building two homes for low-income …

Candidates for 2nd Hampden and Hampshire Senate seat to debate Thursday in Easthampton

Monday, October 13, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The candidates seeking the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District state Senate seat will meet in Easthampton for a televised debate Thursday. Incumbent Donald F. Humason Jr., R-Westfield, will debate Democratic challenger Patrick Leahy of Holyoke at …

MAP Is Western Mass a tattoo mecca? Two new tattoo shops in Northampton and Easthampton drawing customers from near and far

Monday, October 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local community leaders like to talk about the things that draw visitors to the Pioneer Valley — art, culture, events, outdoor opportunities. Another attraction bringing people to Hampshire County is the quest for high quality tattoos, …

Two more members appointed to Westfield State University board of trustees

Friday, October 3, 2014

WESTFIELD — Two more members have been appointed to the Westfield State University board of trustees, completing the 11-member board, officials announced Friday. Madeline Landrau and Linda Slakey were appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to five-year terms, joining several other new members who have joined the board this …

Bird Sightings

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A short-billed dowitcher was found in the town of Washington. An upland sandpiper, a marsh wren, American pipits,and a Connecticut warbler were in Northampton. Over the last two days, more than 2,500 broad-winged hawks …

Westfield State University to break ground on $33 million science center

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University will break ground Thursday on a $33 million science center, the first new academic building on campus in more than 40 years, according to university officials. State Secretary of Education Matthew Malone is expected to speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony behind the …

Guard colleagues at Barnes recall ‘Moose’ Fontenot as natural leader

Sunday, September 7, 2014

WESTFIELD — Just seven months into his tenure at the Barnes Air National Guard Base, Lt. Col. Morris M. Fontenot Jr. already made an impact on those around him by inviting members of the fighter squadron to his …

Fighter jet crash victim Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., seasoned F-15 pilot, decorated combat veteran

Friday, August 29, 2014

The pilot who died in an F-15C fighter jet crash Wednesday was a seasoned pilot and decorated combat veteran who moved to western Massachusetts earlier this year to join the 104th Fighter Wing. Officials at the Barnes Air …

Wednesday crash sobering for tightly knit community at Barnes

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WESTFIELD — Several hours before officials at the Barnes Air National Guard confirmed that the pilot whose F-15C Eagle fighter jet crashed in a remote area of Virginia had died, talk at the regional airport next door centered …