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New music festival helps fair end on successful note

NORTHAMPTON — You know it’s a hot, sunny day at the Three County Fair when the stand selling fresh-squeezed lemonade runs out of lemons. That’s what happened Monday afternoon, when temperatures hit 87 degrees, and the lemonade stand owned by Gino Orlandi of Cummington only had corn dogs left for sale. “It’s hot,” said the owner’s wife, Michelle Orlandi, while working the last shift of the fair at the stand. She said she could not estimate how many cases of lemons they went through before 0

Pioneer Valley’s class of 2018 makes grand entrance

AMHERST — With gear piled high atop car roofs and minivans filled to capacity, thousands of new and returning students arrived on campus this weekend at Hampshire County’s four private colleges and the University of Massachusetts. The combined class of 2018 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Smith, Amherst, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke colleges checks in at around 6,760 first-year students. They come from about 30 countries and close to all 50 states. Many of these students — 16 percent at Amherst College and nearly 0

Charges likely in high-speed Amherst crash

AMHERST — Police said charges will likely be filed against the driver of a car that went off South East Street Monday around 10 p.m., struck a tree and nearly hit a house, injuring the male driver and a female passenger. Sgt. Jesus Arocho declined to specify what the charges might be or speculate on the cause of the accident, as police were still investigating it around 10:45 p.m. He said the occupants of the car were taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield with 0

UMass gets $37.5 million for environmental projects

AMHERST — Gov. Deval Patrick has signed legislation that authorizes the borrowing of $1.9 billion for environmental projects statewide, including $37.5 million at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and two university-run sites in eastern Massachusetts. UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said, “This is a new source of funding that will enhance the university’s ability to serve communities across the commonwealth.” The legislation allows the state to borrow money for a host of projects over four years. As funds become available, they will provide for 0

Peeking inside the sun

AMHERST — Scientists are a step closer to understanding the interior of the sun and the process that creates the light and energy that it sends to Earth after physicists, including two at the University of Massachusetts, have directly detected neutrinos from the sun’s core for the first time. An international team that includes UMass physicists Andrea Pocar and Laura Cadonati and doctoral student Keith Otis explains in an article published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature how they detected these neutrinos using the Borexino 0

Town Manager Musante’s salary hiked to over $150,000

AMHERST — Amherst Town Manager John Musante’s salary will increase to more than $150,000 after he and the Select Board agreed to adjustments to his five-year employment contract this week. The Select Board met in executive session Monday to finalize an agreement with Musante that will pay him $150,628 annually beginning Oct. 1. This includes a 2 percent pay increase from his current base salary of $144,942, as well as an additional longevity payment of $2,787. All municipal employees eligible for benefits who have worked 0

Three County Fair opens Friday

NORTHAMPTON — Throughout the Three County Fair’s 197-year history, one tradition that stands the test of time is the exhibit hall where children and adults show off food they made, flowers and produce they grew, arts and crafts they created. Among those setting up Wednesday in preparation for the fair’s opening day Friday was volunteer Janet Mollison. She was overseeing exhibitors as they set up their displays of fruits and vegetables. About 50 exhibitors from age 4 to 80 will compete this year, she said. 0

Amherst seeks state grant for utility improvements

AMHERST — Town officials are seeking $1.5 million in state money to pay for burying the above-ground wires along East Pleasant, Triangle and Pray streets. Town Manager John Musante said Wednesday that Amherst will request the money from the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, which assists communities with projects that promote economic development and the creation of jobs. The application is due Friday. “The goal is to seek infrastructure grant money to bury these wires, which we think will help with redevelopment of that corridor of East 0

UMass, Amherst gear up for return of students starting today

AMHERST — The town’s population will swell today as the 4,650 members of the freshmen class at the University of Massachusetts arrive for orientation. While entering students spend their Labor Day weekend learning the ins and outs of living at UMass — including taking a pledge to affirm the campus’s community values — the town’s public safety officers continue to learn from past experience. Police Chief Scott Livingstone said his department will have additional patrols throughout the weekend. With help from an Underage Alcohol Enforcement 0

Montague man accused of lewd acts at UMass

AMHERST — A Montague man believed to be responsible for two incidents in which he exposed himself to female students on the University of Massachusetts campus last week was arrested Wednesday afternoon, according to UMass police. Christopher M. Williams, 38, of 17 Ave. C., unit 2, was arrested on two counts of open and gross lewdness by UMass and Greenfield police after a warrant was issued for his arrest Wednesday at 2:40 p.m., said UMass Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald. Williams was arrested without incident 0