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Bill Parker, at left, and Rob Parker, both employees of CRD Metalworks, talk about the hanging of the confederate flag with owner Chris Duval.

Cummington Fair issues apology, re-invites CRD Metalworks to fair

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

CUMMINGTON — In a turnabout, officials with the Cummington Fair want a controversial Williamsburg business to participate in the Hilltowns’ largest annual fair. Hillside Agricultural Society President George Dole and Vice President Bill Perlman met Monday with CRD Metalworks owner Chris Duval to offer an apology for earlier withdrawing that invitation — and to ask Duval if he would return …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend will be hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Massachusetts …

Hampshire Regional School District adds Worthington students at high school, new staff and facilities

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Hampshire Regional High School and Middle School will be welcoming a dozen new students from Worthington when school is back in session, and the district’s four elementary schools are adding new staff, technology and recreational facilities. The district is made up of five member towns — Southampton, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Goshen and …

CRD Metalworks will pay fines instead of shutting down Williamsburg operation

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — After receiving a notice of citation Monday from the Building Inspector Louis Hasbrouck for being in violation of a cease-and-desist order, CRD Metalworks owner Chris Duval said he is opting to pay the $100-a-day fine, rather than shut his business. “I have nothing to hide,” Duval …

Cummington Fair executive committee pulls invitation to CRD Metalworks owner

Saturday, August 15, 2015

CUMMINGTON — The Williamsburg manufacturing business criticized earlier this summer for displaying a metal Confederate battle flag at its Hyde Hill Road shop and flying another flag outside the owner’s neighboring home has been asked not to participate …

Northampton City Council passes resolution supporting ‘swift and fair resolution’ for Clinical and Support Options’ workers without contract

Thursday, August 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday in support of mental health workers at Clinical and Support Options who have been working without a contract and striking in hopes of getting management to budge in …

CRD Metalworks considers relocating to Northampton as deadline for ceasing operations in Williamsburg nears

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — CRD Metalworks has signaled to the city of Northampton its interest in eventually relocating to River Road in Leeds, days before it will have to stop operations at its 17 Hyde Hill Road property due to a cease-and-desist order. Louis Hasbrouck, the Northampton building inspector, said …

Robert Crowther of Hatfield receives 2½-year sentence, forgiveness from parents of victim killed in drunken driving accident

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After pleading guilty and receiving a 2½-year jail sentence Tuesday for killing his friend in a 2014 drunken driving crash, Robert Crowther was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs, pausing briefly while his weeping father …

High school notebook: Local ultimate players shine at Under-19 Club National Championships

Monday, August 10, 2015

Yet another example of Hampshire County’s influence in the sport of ultimate at the state and national level was on display over the weekend. Several local boys competed for the Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance all-star team, which won …

277-foot wind turbine draws a crowd at Berkshire East

Sunday, August 9, 2015

HAWLEY — Standing three to six feet tall themselves, about 100 people turned out for a closer look at the 277-foot wind tower topping the Berkshire East Mountain Resort development. The mountain itself was humming with activity but …

Trust funds give a boost to Williamsburg causes

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Town residents have long believed in a tradition of leaving money to the town in the form of trust funds earmarked for a host of causes — from the town library, clocks and cemeteries, to parents with newborns, students and those in need of medical or financial assistance. …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 …

Confederate flags come down in Williamsburg

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — After a whirlwind of controversy blew up over a metal Confederate flag installed on the CRD Metalworks building on Hyde Hill Road, owner Chris Duval has had the flag removed, along with another Confederate flag displayed …