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Sunderland man sentenced to 3 years for rape

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Sunderland man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he admitted Wednesday to raping a South Hadley woman at her home in 2013. Jesse Davis, 42, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to the rape charge. The victim read a statement before his sentencing, describing how the attack on Aug. 11, 2013, affected her relationships with her family, friends and boyfriend and forced her to … 0

Police: Drunk driver tried to eat snow to beat breath test

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A 76-year-old man faces a fourth offense charge of drunken driving after he wedged his truck in a snowbank. Constantine Kamansky Jr. of 6 Bull Hill Road, Leverett, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Wednesday to a single charge of operating under the influence of liquor as a fourth offense. Sunderland Police arrested Kamansky Jan. 21 after receiving a report of … 0

Recorder columnists spend day doing what they love

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On Tuesday, as snow fell on Franklin County at nowhere near the rate expected when everything was canceled and a statewide snow day declared, most of The Recorder’s local columnists were doing what they love most. One used the storm as an excuse to spend his time on social media, consuming all of the news he could . Another spent the day searching … 0

Sunderland nursing home hopes to reopen this week

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SUNDERLAND — New England Health Center nursing home’s owners say they hope to return the 42 residents displaced by flooding Saturday afternoon to the nursing home this week. “Staff and work crews are working around the clock to repair the water damage in an effort to return displaced … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0

Cleanup continues at flooded Sunderland nursing home

Monday, January 12, 2015

SUNDERLAND — More than 40 residents of a local nursing home remain displaced as the facility continues to clean up weekend water damage. A sprinkler pipe burst at New England Health Center Saturday afternoon, causing part of a … 0

Burst pipe empties Sunderland nursing home Saturday

Sunday, January 11, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A burst pipe sent the residents of New England Health Center nursing home ferrying through the cold to the First Congregational Church Saturday afternoon. Sunderland Fire Chief Robert Ahearn said a sprinkler pipe in the space between the ceiling and the roof froze and burst by … 0

Rollover

Thursday, January 8, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Local cyclists who lamented the recent closure of Sunderland’s Flye Cycles bicycle shop need not mourn any longer. Blue Steel Bicycle Company, a similar, full-service bike shop located in the same building is now up and … 0

WiredWest towns ready for next step

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Selectmen from all 11 Franklin County hilltowns without high-speed Internet have approved WiredWest’s nonbinding resolution to go forward with a “last mile” $100 million to $120 million fire-optic network build-out. Now the financial planning begins. Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell … 0

Sunny in Sunderland: Town will make second attempt at solar energy project

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

SUNDERLAND — After the solar developer that had been contracted to install two solar arrays in Sunderland went out of business in 2013, effectively derailing the project, the town plans to renew its efforts to attract a new local source of clean energy. The Board of Selectmen voted … 0

Neighbors: Look ahead to a great year

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful New Year. Now it’s time to look ahead. According to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy, we’re supposed to see 23 snowfalls this winter — remember, you only have to track a cat for one to be counted. Even so, that … 0

Slippery roads lead to weekend crashes, injuries

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The weekend’s snow and ice were barely enough to bury the grass in the fields, but more than enough to send cars sliding through stop signs and off roads, sending seven people to the hospital around the county. … 0

Town board meetings for week of Jan. 5

Friday, January 2, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard/Personnel Board: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Personnel Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 5:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Assessors: Tuesday 2 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday … 0