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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 …

Division 3 Boys Basketball: Top-seeded Hampshire shuts down rival Easthampton to reach semifinals

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — There were a number of motivational points for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team going into its Western Massachusetts Division 3 quarterfinal against Easthampton Thursday night. With their 77-56 victory, the Raiders avenged last season’s postseason …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Hopkins Academy runs away from Hampden Charter, 80-48

Thursday, February 26, 2015

HADLEY — Once the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team took the lead, it never let it go, as it defeated No. 7 Hampden Charter 80-48 in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday night. The No. 2 Golden Hawks (19-2) advanced to the semifinals to face …

Division 1 Boys Basketball: Devonte’ McCall, Amherst snack on Holyoke in 76-53 quarterfinal victory

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — During his first break from the game Thursday, Devonte’ McCall turned around on the bench and reached for a large bag of Skittles. The Amherst Regional junior ripped it open, grabbed a handful and tasted the rainbow with 2 minutes, 36 seconds left in the third …

Williamsburg ZBA, Planning Board to air neighborhood dispute over CRD Metalworks

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A dispute over a metalworking business on Hyde Hill Road will be aired during a public hearing Friday on a request by the owner for a more specific special permit that would shield his operation from neighbors who he claims have a “personal vendetta” against him. …

Wednesday prep roundup: Jake Ross scores 30 to power Williston boys hoop

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Northampton’s Jake Ross scored 30 points to lead the Williston boys basketball team to a 68-53 win at Westminster Wednesday. Ryan Richmond added 12 points for the Wildcats (18-3). Girls basketball Williston 57, Miss Porters 19 — Natalia Baum scored 15 points and Gracie Simpson (South Hadley) added …

Division 4 Girls Basketball: Holyoke Catholic races past Franklin Tech in first-round win

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — A slow start could not hold back No. 4 Holyoke Catholic as it knocked out No. 13 Franklin Tech, 39-22, Tuesday in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Girls Basketball Tournament at Holyoke Community College. With the win, the Gaels (14-7) will face …

Gateway Regional’s Austin Hermon finishes 10th on giant slalom at state alpine championship

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gateway Regional senior Austin Hermon had the lone top-10 finish at the state alpine championships, Tuesday at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton. Hermon placed 10th on the boys giant slalom in 51.77 seconds. Hermon’s time of 37.97 seconds in the slalom positioned him outside the top 10. Georgina von …

Division 4 boys basketball: Lenox eliminates Holyoke Catholic

Monday, February 23, 2015

LENOX — The Holyoke Catholic boys basketball team watched up-and-down season come to an end Monday as Lenox pulled away in the second half for an 82-67 win in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 tournament. “It’s tough, but everybody on this team gave everything …

Robert Crowther of Hatfield, driver in accident that killed Tomas Clark, indicted on charges including felony motor vehicle homicide

Monday, February 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 26-year-old Hatfield man has been indicted on charges including felony motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol in connection with a September accident that killed Tomas Q. Clark of Florence. Robert C. Crowther, of 43 Cronin Hill Road, now faces charges in Hampshire …

Amherst Regional earns No. 3 seed for WMass Division 3A Hockey Tournament

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Despite owning the best record in Western Massachusetts Division 3A hockey, Amherst Regional missed out in claiming one of two byes for the sectional tournament. With only six teams in the field, top-seeded Chicopee (13-5-2) and No. 2 Chicopee Comp (11-5-4) move right into the semifinal round. The …