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A National Grid crew member works to restore power on lines in Revere, Mass. Monday, July 28, 2014, after a tornado touched down. Revere Deputy Fire Chief Mike Viviano says the fire department in that coastal city has received dozens of calls reporting partial building and roof collapses, and downed trees and power lines. Viviano says there are no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

National Grid to lower rates May 1

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Valley home and business owners can expect some relief from high electric bills this spring. On Monday, National Grid announced that, pending Department of Public Utilities approval, the cost of power is expected to drop from the current rate of more than 16 cents per kilowatt-hour to just above 9 cents per kilowatt-hour, a more than 40 percent decrease, starting …

Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings win first New England championship

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Greater Holyoke YMCA swim team made history and ended a dynasty this weekend at MIT. Greater Holyoke took home its program’s first New England YMCA championship en route to ending the YMCA of the North Shore’s 15-year reign. The Holyoke Y, which trains a large number of local swimmers, finished with 1,667 …

Hampshire Regional High School Honor Roll

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hampshire Regional High School Second Semester First Honors GRADE 10 Lindsay Abel, Brody Dean, Amanda Labrie, Marlena Schlerman, Paige Sullivan GRADE 11 Alexander Kubosiak, Nicholas O’Hare, Alexandra Roessling, Samantha Tripp, Christopher Yarmesky GRADE 12 Daniel Baldwin, Maeve Ronan, Lilly Rubeck Second Honors GRADE 9 Amanda Adams, Elizabeth Barcomb, Grayson Bennett, Lillian Bigelow, Olivia Brennan, Brianna Brophy, John Carey, Abbegale Connelly Emma Donais, Collin …

Residents recount need for improved public transportation serving East Hadley Road neighborhood in Amherst

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — As visually impaired people who don’t drive, Shawn and Saphon Prak depend on public transportation, smooth and continuos sidewalks and easy access to the Norwottuck Rail Trail. Like others who have lived in the East Hadley …

Residents recount need for improved public transportation serving East Hadley Road neighborhood in Amherst

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — As visually impaired people who don’t drive, Shawn and Saphon Prak depend on public transportation, smooth and continuos sidewalks and easy access to the Norwottuck Rail Trail. Like others who have lived in the East Hadley …

Hilltown Voices: Unnamed donor boosts Plainfield Congregational Church scholarship fund

Saturday, March 14, 2015

For five years, Plainfield Congregational Church has offered scholarships to high school seniors looking ahead to college or vocational school. For two years running, the fund has received a strong boost from what scholarship program board member Alice Schertle called a “generous unnamed benefactor.” Schertle said that this …

Sarah Moomaw: Saying goodbye isn’t so tough with a bright future ahead

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The high school basketball season is coming to an end and a majority of teams have said goodbye to their seniors. Watching 1,000-point scorers and multi-year starters depart isn’t easy for coaches, underclassmen or their fans. Even for …

Thursday’s colleges: Longtime Springfield College coach Naomi Graves named to 2015 Atlantic 10 Legends Class

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Springfield College women’s basketball head coach Naomi Graves was named to the Atlantic 10 Legends Class of 2015. The Legends program was established in 2013 to recognize men’s and women’s basketball players and coaches who have impacted their …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing on legislative committee which issued report on climate change

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A new state Senate report on climate change is a call to action for the new Baker administration, as well as the Legislature, to set policies in the face of deepening environmental impacts, said state Sen. Benjamin Downing, one of six members on the committee which drafted the …

Shooting woes end Hopkins Academy’s Division 4 state title run in semifinals

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WORCESTER — After guiding the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team to a Western Massachusetts title, coach Angelo Thomas hoped Tuesday night’s loss will prepare his program to win at the state level. The Golden Hawks ran into an …

South Hadley goes cold in 65-58 loss to Marlborough in state Division 2 semifinal

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Cam Earle stood at the free-throw line with just over two minutes remaining Tuesday in the state Division 2 semifinal against Marlborough. The Panthers had cut the Tigers’ lead down to one, but the South Hadley …

Sports briefs: Locals shine at youth championships, spring and summer league registrations open

Monday, March 9, 2015

Local shines as Trinity College captures first NESCAC Championship The Trinity College women’s ice hockey team captured its first ever NESCAC Championship with a 3-2 overtime win against Middlebury College on Sunday. Jessie Stowell of Hadley had her shot tipped into the goal with 5 minutes, and 12 …

Northampton heavyweight Nick Day takes fifth at New Englands

Monday, March 9, 2015

Northampton heavyweight Nick Day placed fifth at the New England Championships at North Andover High School on Saturday. “It felt great to end my senior year and career on a victory and against such a high level of competition,” Day said. The senior took fifth by pinning Damon …