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Hampshire County Briefs

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Route 9 diner to reopen with new owner this fall HADLEY — A family that owns and operates several restaurants in the Pioneer Valley — including four in Amherst and South Hadley — intends to reopen the former Route 9 Diner as Johnny’s Roadside Diner this fall. Andy Yee, general manager of real estate and development for Johnny’s Diner LLC, said Thursday that the diner-style restaurant — serving American comfort … 1

Building safe places: Bikers Against Child Abuse fundraiser for Children’s Advocacy Center Sunday

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The western Massachusetts chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse, an international organization with the goal of creating a safer environment for abused children, will hold its second annual fundraiser Sunday, July 19. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Hampshire and Franklin County Children’s Advocacy Centers. The fundraiser includes a two-hour ride around … 0

Proposed law would protect pregnant workers

Friday, May 8, 2015

Everyone appreciates mothers on Mother’s Day, but proponents of a bill now making its way through the Legislature aim to extend that to protect the rights of pregnant workers. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. Proponents say existing protections for pregnant employees, mainly in … 0

Route 9 Diner in Hadley shutters amid sexual harassment complaints

Monday, March 30, 2015

HADLEY — The state attorney general claims owners and managers of the Route 9 Diner in Hadley knew about but failed to protect female employees from “at least a decade of regular and repeated sexual harassment” in violation … 0

Burger King to close in Hadley

Thursday, December 18, 2014

HADLEY — Burger King restaurant, a mainstay of the Route 9 dining scene since opening in the 1970s, will close later this month, possibly to make way for a new development project at the Mountain Farms Mall. “Our last day is Dec. 28,” said Krystin Bauer, a manager … 0

Hot Table Panini, Starbucks locate in Hadley

Friday, November 7, 2014

HADLEY — Amid the many tenants which are national chains preparing to open in a new mini-mall on Route 9 will be one that is family-owned and headquartered in Springfield. Hot Table Panini will open later this month between a Starbucks and Aspen Dental, said John DeVoie, the … 0

Hadley farm launches kickstarter campaign

Monday, August 4, 2014

HADLEY — More than two dozen dairy cows live at a Mill Valley Road farm, but they don’t yet provide milk for public consumption. That could change later this year. Their owners hope to make these Brown Swiss cows more productive when they open a store that will … 0

Trailhead in sight

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Text HADLEY — On a sweltering late July day, Henry Kahan, 16, took a break from building a boardwalk for a trail through the forest in the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Hadley. He got a drink of water and relaxed in the shade … 0

Hadley farmers describe thefts from farm stands

Monday, July 28, 2014

HADLEY — Though thieves made off with the cash box Friday at his unstaffed farm stand at the corner of Comins and Shattuck roads, by Saturday morning, longtime farmer Joseph Czajkowski was more focused more on the fact that his neighbors were watching out for him. “It’s nice … 0

Settlement with town closes career of Hadley librarian

Friday, June 27, 2014

HADLEY — After a dozen years of service, Jane Babcock will retire Aug. 31 as director of the Goodwin Memorial Library, according to the trustees. The announcement came late Wednesday night after the Select Board met in executive session to discuss strategy in preparation for negotiations with Babcock, … 0

Elaine Center in Hadley expands

Monday, June 23, 2014

HADLEY — Joy Tudryn has recently completed her fourth stay at the Elaine Center at Hadley’s transitional care unit as she recovers from knee surgery. Her fourth stay was no doubt the most luxurious, thanks to an ambitious renovation project completed earlier this month that added a new … 0

Rooms with a view

Monday, June 23, 2014

Text HADLEY — The sun shone on Mount Holyoke Saturday morning as dozens of hiking groups young and old made their way through A.J. Skinner State Park to the newly refurbished Summit House, open to visitors for the second week in a row since its closing in 2010. … 0

Hadley voters approve 3 override questions, nix 2

Friday, June 20, 2014

HADLEY — Town residents approved three capital spending projects totaling $1,075,750 in a special town election Thursday. At the same time, residents voted against the purchase of two dump trucks totaling $168,000 for the Department of Public Works. The ballot consisted of five questions seeking Proposition 2½ debt-exclusion … 0