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Town seeks to ease frustration

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – After witnessing the frustration of small business owners, the town is launching an outreach program to assist with the permitting and licensing processes.    According to Tara Gehring, Economic Development coordinator and assistant planner, the town will ho...
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West Springfield Town Council breezes through agenda

Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – The Aug. 18 meeting of the Town Council was relatively uneventful, with only a few items on the agenda – two of which were public hearings that were postponed.Councilors Brian Clune, Brian Griffin and George Condon III were absent. The small audience of less than 20 was co...
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Rotarian cycles across U.S for charity, celebrates his life

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – After nearly losing his life, one Rotarian was inspired to cycle across country to benefit others.    Keith Harris, a long-time member of the Ipswich Rotary Club, faced death at 44 when a staph infection resulted in three strokes, organ failure and open hear...
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Bat sightings prompt questions into rabies virus

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – The recent increase in bat sightings has prompted many residents to call the Health Department with questions and concerns regarding the rabies virus.    Jeanne Galloway, director of the department, explained that the increased sightings are partly due to th...
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Three projects culminate to revitalize neighborhoods

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Three years have passed since a tornado wreaked havoc on the Merrick and Memorial neighborhoods. The majority of the damage is repaired, but efforts to reexamine the best way to redevelop and enhance underutilized areas are nearing completion.    Recently fi...
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Long Trail on tap for Big E, three applicants seek one license

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – The Long Trail Brewing Company and the Eastern States Exposition (ESE) reached an amicable decision to allow the brewer to sell beer in the Vermont Building during the 2014 Big E fair.    Representatives from the ESE had spoken out in opposition against Long...
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Storrowton seeks volunteers for Big E

By Lori Szepelak
lori@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – The Storrowton Village Museum is encouraging area residents to consider volunteering their time as a costumed guide during The Big E.    Village volunteers dress in Early American-inspired apparel to give f...
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Trust supports local educational and recreational programs

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Trust fund grants were designated to support the programs and services of many town organizations.    Trustees Mary Paier Powers, Mayor Edward Sullivan and Donald Chase, Eastern States Exposition chairman of the board, hosted a press conference on July 26 in...
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Town seeks public input on mill project

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – The town seeks to preserve its past by reviving the former mill site located at 150 Front St.     Town officials will host an open workshop on Aug. 14 in the Justin Morgan Auditorium of the Municipal Office Building, 26 Central St., from 6 to 8 p.m. &nbs...
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61st annual 4-H Fair at Eastern States Exposition increases number of participants

Peter Spotts
PeterS@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – The Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds were in use July 26 as it played host to the 61st annual Hampden C...
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