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Easing the shortage: New program will train 70 EMTs, paramedics in western Mass
08-06-2023 10:08 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — A decade ago, Highland Ambulance Services covered the Hilltowns with 48 EMTs and paramedics. Today, the company employs just 27, with only three of them full-time workers.“There’s a lot of overtime, and we’re very grateful, but that’s...


Northampton Fire Chief Davine tapped as state fire marshal
07-18-2023 4:40 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Fire Chief Jon Davine was 27 years old when he entered the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy as a new recruit, before joining Northampton Fire Rescue in 1998. Now 25 years later, Davine will soon be the highest-ranking...


Firefighters douse apartment fire in Westhampton
07-13-2023 5:12 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

WESTHAMPTON – A fire broke out at an apartment on Tipping Rock Road on Wednesday from a suspected lightning strike, according to Westhampton Fire Chief David Antosz. An inspector from the fire marshal’s office believes the fire was caused by...


One man killed in Belchertown house fire 
07-11-2023 11:14 AM

Staff Report

BELCHERTOWN — A house fire on Daniel Square claimed the life of one resident early Monday afternoon as firefighters battled the blaze for about two hours before bringing it under control, according to the state fire marshal’s office.The Belchertown...


Where to see fireworks, plus Chesterfield preps for annual July 4 parade
06-27-2023 11:56 AM

While fireworks celebrations have already occurred in several area communities, including Northampton and Easthampton, those looking to watch the display this year still have a few opportunities to do so. And for paradegoers, Chesterfield is the place...


JP Kennedy sworn in as new Whately fire chief
06-23-2023 11:55 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Following the retirement of its longtime fire chief, the Whately Fire Department swore in another lifelong member to fill the position on Tuesday.Before family, friends and representatives from neighboring public safety departments, JP...


Hilltown firefighters complete rapid intervention team training for second year
06-12-2023 12:42 PM

For the second consecutive year, volunteer and call firefighters from multiple hilltown fire departments have completed a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) training course taught in multiple locations throughout the hilltowns, department chiefs...


Family Dollar in Easthampton fined, ordered to close for 2nd time
06-07-2023 6:04 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — The Family Dollar on Union Street has been forced to close for a second time this year after numerous fire safety code violations were discovered. Fire Chief Christopher Norris said the code violations were similar to the infractions for...


Neighbors step up to help family after Amherst dairy farm fire
06-05-2023 5:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A cattle trailer departing from J&J Farms in North Amherst on Monday morning brought four cows to Allard’s Farm in Hadley, ensuring the last of the 50 cows from the town’s only remaining dairy farm will have a temporary place to stay.Their...


Whately Fire Chief John Hannum retiring after 52 years with department
05-31-2023 11:48 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — What started as following in his father’s footsteps turned into a career spanning more than half a century for John Hannum.And on his 70th birthday in mid-June, Hannum will retire from his role as Whately fire chief after 19 and a half years...


Northampton fire chief bars music in Bombyx until sprinklers installed
05-20-2023 9:41 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

NORTHAMPTON — The city’s fire chief, Jon Davine, has ordered the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity to cease all its indoor music events until an automatic sprinkler system is installed in the center’s sanctuary, where concerts are held.The order comes a...


Northampton fire inspector orders Bombyx to shut down live indoor music, center leaders seek explanation
05-18-2023 9:26 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

NORTHAMPTON — Staff and board members from the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity are meeting this morning with city officials to try to get answers for what Bombyx says is a bewildering turn of events: a sudden shutdown of live indoor music ordered by a...


Fire at Easthampton home displaces family of 6
05-16-2023 1:36 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — Investigators have ruled that the cause of a Monday morning fire that set a Riley Street garage and home ablaze and displaced a family of six is “undetermined.”Though the case will remain open, Easthampton Fire Chief Christopher Norris...


Cummington resident who died in fire lived a quiet life, had a smile to ‘light up a room’
05-12-2023 1:37 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

CUMMINGTON — To most of their neighbors, not much was known about Jaye Brink and Shannon Haddock, the residents of the house on 9 Thayer Road that burned down on April 28. The two often kept to themselves, only leaving the home to go to work or get...


Strong songwriting marks two new Valley albums
05-03-2023 1:41 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Get Gone by Dennis Crommett In the summer of 2021, Dennis Crommett and his bandmates in Valley indie rockers Spanish for Hitchhiking released their first album in several years, “Wild Love,” a hard-rocking collection of songs written and sung by...


‘A stranger to nobody’: Michael Gross, 60, a firefighter and community pillar, would do anything for anybody
05-02-2023 10:10 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

EASTHAMPTON — In front of a packed audience at Easthampton Congregational Church, Wright Dickinson shared a story about a weekend getaway to the Carolinas he took years ago with several friends, including Michael Gross.During the trip, the men took...


Sunderland Fire Department to host 90th birthday bash
04-27-2023 12:11 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — To mark 90 years of neighbors serving neighbors, the Fire Department is welcoming the community to its station for a birthday celebration.On Saturday, May 6 from 3 to 9 p.m., people can stop by the Public Safety Complex at 105 River Road...


South Hadley’s Fire District 2 proposes $2.7M in spending for FY24
04-24-2023 12:46 PM

SOUTH HADLEY — Voters in Fire District 2 will be asked to approve a $1,729,147 fire department budget and a $981,128 water budget at their annual meeting May 1.The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at 20 Woodbridge St.Voters will be asked to approve 23...


Budgets set in South Hadley’s Fire District No. 1
04-24-2023 12:26 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

SOUTH HADLEY — Fire District No. 1 voters will be asked to approve a $5,184,876 fire department budget and a $2,940,672 water budget at the district’s annual meeting next week.The warrant for the annual meeting contains 38 articles, including a...


Taking back the earth through the arts: Easthampton’s Earth & Fire Arts Fest tackles environmental issues
04-14-2023 5:48 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The climate news seems relentlessly bleak: rising seas and melting glaciers; growing drought and firestorms; increasingly violent storms that destroy everything in their path and unleash terrible flooding.Oh, and let’s not forget more longstanding...

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