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Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities approves long-term contracts for Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities on Monday approved long-term contracts for Berkshire Gas, Columbia Gas and National Grid to buy natural gas from the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. The three 20-year contracts to buy gas from the nearly 420-mile pipeline planned to cross Plainfield in Hampshire County and eight Franklin County towns are all contingent on completion of the nearly $5 billion …

Northampton Police Department swears-in three new officers, promotes three

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three new Northampton Police officers joined three veteran ranking officers when they were sworn in by Mayor David J. Narkewicz at a ceremony Thursday night. Capt. John Cartledge, Lt. David Callahan and Sgt. Patrick Moody, who were promoted earlier this year, were sworn in along with new officers Rebecca Mazuch, Monica …

Worthington man elected president of The Wildlife Society

Saturday, August 22, 2015

WORTHINGTON — Westfield State University environmental science professor and Worthington resident John McDonald has been elected president of The Wildlife Society. McDonald said that he was quite surprised and honored to find out that he had been elected as a candidate for the position last November. “This is a big deal for me,” McDonald said. “It something that I could never have thought …

Bird sightings

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two Virginia rails, a merlin and a summer tanager were reported in Belchertown. Nighthawks are beginning to show up across the region. Look in …

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 …

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. …

New Worthington School District opens R.H. Conwell School

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WORTHINGTON — Everything is new at the R.H. Conwell School this year. This will be the first year for the newly reopened public elementary school, complete with an entirely new staff and a newly minted Worthington School District. …

Weekend Planner — Music: Sevenars Music Festival closes season

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Originally designated the Schrade Family Pianists, the talented family of Robert and Rolande and their five children later became known as the Schrade/James Family Pianists after oldest daughter Robelyn Schrade married New Zealand pianist David James and the …

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 …

Sexual assault trial of Massachusetts State Police Trooper Christopher Kennedy delayed to November

Monday, August 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The trial of a now-suspended state trooper accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met on a dating website in 2014 will be delayed until November due to scheduling issues in Hampshire Superior Court. Trooper Christopher J. Kennedy, 32, of West Springfield, was tentatively scheduled to …

Hilltown Voices: Berkshire Bank closes branch in Haydenville, Dunkin’ Donuts expected to move into Main Street space

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Berkshire Bank closed its branch at 142 Main St. in Haydenville on July 31, but the location apparently will not remain vacant for long because Dunkin’ Donuts plans to move there, according to Town Clerk Brenda Lessard. Elizabeth Mach, vice president of marketing at Berkshire Bank, said the …

Engagement: Katlyn Rowe & Matthew Vachula

Friday, August 7, 2015

Brian and Karen Rowe of Worthington, the parents of Katlyn Rowe of Worthington, announce her engagement to Matthew Vachula of Chester. Matthew is the son of David and Marlene Vachula of Chester. He works at Chester Light & …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Art Walk in Amherst and a whole lot more, this week in the Valley

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Easthampton arts Easthampton’s Art Walk will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., and includes gallery shows, performances, demonstrations and a celebration of the final restoration of the 1869 Old Town Hall lobby project (6 to 6:30). …