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    Equinor Wind; Mayflower Wind Energy, and Vineyard Wind will pay a record combined $405 million in federal lease payments.

    Following 32 rounds of sealed bidding, three more federal offshore wind area leases off the coast of Massachusetts were awarded on Friday.

    The winners, announced by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, are Equinor Wind, Mayflower Wind Energy, and Vineyard Wind.

    The bidders will pay around $135 million a piece for the privilege of holding 33-year development rights in federal waters south of Cape Cod -- a record combined $405 million.

    The areas are on the outer Continental Shelf of the Atlantic Ocean -- and unlike the ill-fated Cape Wind, which officially died one year ago -- are not visible from the mainland. 

    Equinor, of Norway, already lights a million European homes with wind power. Mayflower is a new partnership between Shell and EDP Renewables. Vineyard Wind, based in New Bedford, is a partnership between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables.

    Eleven companies competed in the auction, and the lease payments, totaling a record-breaking $405 million, will boost federal revenue. To date, the BOEM has awarded 16 commercial offshore wind leases off every eastern seaboard state from Massachusetts to North Carolina.

    "Today's biggest winners are the American workers who will help build and operate these wind farms, and the consumers who will soon have access to a new large-scale source of clean, reliable electricity," said Nancy Sopko of the American Wind Energy Association.

    The new acquisition provides Equinor with a "strong strategic position," the company said, and "gives us a foothold to engage in the Massachusetts and wider New England market, a region notable for its strong commitment to offshore wind."

    Equinor already holds a lease are off New York, which it procured in 2016.

    Vineyard Wind said it is excited to expand its New England presence, and "grateful to the BOEM for working for many years with stakeholders -- including the fishing industry, environmentalists, wildlife experts, and local communities."

    Vineyard Wind has a head start, because in May it won utility contracts to supply Massachusetts utilities with 800 megawatts of offshore wind. The company plans that plant within a separate 160,000 acre federal area 14 miles south of Martha's Vineyard.

    Massachusetts has set an offshore wind goal of 3.2 gigawatts by 2035, enough to power 20 percent of the commonwealth's homes.

    U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the Massachusetts auction in October.

    "If fully developed, the wind auction could support approximately 4.1 gigawatts of power to supply nearly 1.5 million homes," Zinke said at the time. "This is just one example of the importance of fostering wind energy as a new American industry."

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    Court records show the victim was granted a court order in August barring Nompleggi from contacting him or abusing him.

    PALMER - The man on his floor had been stabbed at least 10 times with a fireplace poker, but Robert Nompleggi said he had an explanation, according to the arrest report.

    "I was only defending myself, only defending myself," Nompleggi, 62, of Palmer,  said Thursday night after police responded to a 911 call at his River Road home.

    The victim was unconscious and bleeding from a puncture wound to his chest; another 10 to 12 puncture wounds were discovered on his back after he was taken to Baystate Wing Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    The wounds were inflicted with a "long fireplace poker" during a dispute between Nompleggi and the victim, who had complained to the defendant that the power in his room had been shut off, a witness told police.

    The witness heard the two men struggling in another room, then heard the victim say, "You stabbed me," according to the police report.

    "Your going to die. I hope you die you piece of s---," Nompleggi responded, according to the report.

    The witness attempted to call 911, but had phone trouble. When Nompleggi emerged from the room, he grabbed the telephone, forcing the witness to run to a nearby home and call 911, the report said.

    Arrested at the scene, Nompleggi was charged with murder, intimidation of a witness and violation of a restraining order. He pleaded not guilty Friday in Palmer District Court, and was held without right to bail.

    Court records show the victim was granted a court order in August barring  Nompleggi from contacting or abusing him. 

    Nompleggi, a Springfield native and construction worker, is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on Jan. 10.

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    Land owner Sidney Chang said the land is too wet to grow vegetables.

    Twenty-nine acres of Pioneer Valley farmland could fall to a solar farm -- at least for 25 years.

    Clean Focus Renewables of Colorado proposes the 5-megawatt, 29-acre Hatfield Community Solar Garden Project. If approved, it would be built near the Whately border on land owned by the Chang Family Trust of South Deerfield.

    Zach Sawicki, a developer with Clean Focus, recently presented the company's plans to the Hatfield Planning Board, and described a 20,000-panel ground-mounted system, reports the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Sidney Chang, representing his family, said it has been a challenge to lease the land for agricultural purposes -- saying it is too wet and "not really good for growing vegetables."

    Other farmers at the meeting said the land could be used for hay and corn. Planning Board Chairman Robert Wagner said the land could alternatively be developed with five homes, according to the Northampton newspaper.

    Sawicki said the plant would be removed after 25 years, and the farmland would remain intact.

    The land is under Chapter 61A, the Massachusetts law that lets farmland be taxed at a lower rate. The law gives the town the right of first refusal to buy the land. Anyone taking the land out of Chapter 61A would have to pay back taxes.

    The project would need permits from the Hatfield Planning Board and Conservation Commission.

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    Natalie Vieira, 59, of California, was sentenced to serve less than two years in jail after she was convicted of fleeing the scene of a pedestrian fatality in March. Natalie Vieira entered a guilty plea in Bristol Superior Court Wednesday.

    A California woman was sentenced to serve less than two years in jail after she entered a guilty plea to a charge that she struck and killed a Westport woman as walking on State Road in Dartmouth in March.

    Natalie Vieira, 59, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court to a single count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, the Fall River Herald News reported.

    Prosecutors said Vieira was not charged with vehicular homicide because she was unable to avoid striking the victim. Accident reconstruction determined the victim walked into the roadway and into Vieira's path.

    District Attorney Thomas Quinn said if Vieira had stopped at the scene and submitted to police she would not have been prosecuted.

    Authorities said 33-year-old Stasha Faria, of Westport, was walking alongside State Road in Dartmouth the evening of March 3 when she was struck from behind by Vieira's Chevy Uplander.

    Faria was propelled into a nearby utility pole with such force that she suffered severe head and upper body injuries and died at the scene.

    Vieira fled and hid the car at a relative's home in Westport for two days before having it towed to a Fall River auto body shop.

    The defendant was sentenced to serve two and a half years in the Bristol County House of Correction with 20 months to be served direct and the balance suspended for three years.

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    Here are the obituaries published Friday in The Republican: Obituaries from The Republican, Dec. 14, 2018

    Here are the obituaries published Friday in The Republican:

    Obituaries from The Republican, Dec. 14, 2018


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    The Holyoke City Council must decide to hold or raise the sewer use fees for residential and commercial ratepayers. The sewer fund continues to experience large, unsustainable deficits.

    HOLYOKE - The City Council's Finance Committee balked this week at setting a sewer rate increase, leaving the matter to the full council.

    With a sewer fund deficit hovering around $1 million, councilors must decide whether to increase sewer use fees for residential and commercial ratepayers.

    During the Ordinance Committee's Dec. 11 meeting, Department of Public Works Superintendent Michael McManus offered five scenarios for a rate increase that would reduce the deficit, with the city no longer dipping into the general fund to cover sewer expenses.

    Councilor Joseph M. McGiverin said the city cannot sustain shortages in the Sewer Enterprise Fund, which includes a nearly $33,000 shortfall for fiscal 2018.

    McManus favored eliminating the $5 minimum and raising usage fees to $6.65 per 1,000 gallons, a $1.25 increase. Fewer than 300 accounts fall under the quarterly $5 minimum fee.

    For homeowners who pay the minimum rate, their annual bill would climb to $33.12 yearly, according to McManus.

    A second option raises minimum consumption to 10,000 gallons and a rate of $6.40 per 1,000 gallons.

    The current average residential bill is $382 annually. The $6.65 per 1,000 gallons rate increases the average bill to $471.50 annually, a 23 percent rise. A 10,000-gallon minimum with a $6.40 per 1,000 gallons rate translates into a $481 average annual bill, a 25.47 percent increase.

    McManus said the goal is to reduce or eliminate the sewer fund deficit.

    Finance Committee Chairwoman and Ward 3 Councilor Linda Vacon felt the $6.65 was too high. Councilors Rebecca Lisi and Juan Anderson-Burgos agreed with McManus's findings. On a split vote, the committee offered a no recommendation ruling.

    In the last six years, nearly $5 million was transferred from the general fund to the sewer fund, according to McManus.

    Fiscal 2014 showed a $938,000 deficit, followed by $628,000 in fiscal 2015, $342,000 in fiscal 2016, $595,000 for fiscal 2017, $1.4 million in fiscal 2018 and a projected deficit of $956,000 for fiscal 2019.

    The city expects an increase in sewer use revenue for the coming fiscal year.

    In the past year, the city introduced stricter collection measures, which lets the Water Department shut off service to homes or businesses that owe back sewer use fees. For years, delinquent ratepayers would pay the water bill and ignore the sewer bill.

    The City Council will mull a rate increase during its Dec. 18 session, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

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    The state performance on a series of revenue benchmarks means the state income rate will drop from 5.10 percent to 5.05 percent for the coming tax year. State voters approved a tax reduction scheme in 2000 that has cut the income tax to 5.0%.

    The state's income tax rate will drop 0.05 percent in the coming year, the Department of Revenue announced Friday, thanks to continued strong revenue performance.  

    Department spokeswoman Julie Mehegan said the Part B individual income tax rate will drop from 5.10 to 5.05 percent. The department predicts that if the state's economic performance continues, the rate should drop to the target 5.0 percent in 2020.

    "A strong economy and careful management of the Commonwealth's finances have created the conditions for Massachusetts taxpayers to get a much-deserved break," Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement. "We are pleased that next year we will see taxpayers be able to keep more of their hard-earned money."

    The last reduction came in 2016 when the rate dropped from 5.15 to 5.10 percent.

    A tax cut schedule was created after voters approved an initiative to cut the state's income tax from 5.95 to 5 percent in three years. Under the provisions of Question 4 on the 2000 ballot, the state income tax rate would have been cut to 5.0 percent by 2003. The Legislature intervened in 2002 and passed a bill to spread the reductions out by tying the cuts to five separate revenue metrics. Legislators tried to ensure that the state would not lose significant revenues during difficult economic times. 

    Under the provisions of the new law, when revenue goals were met, the rate would drop by 0.05 percent for that tax year. 

    Beginning in 2012 the state rate dropped from 5.3 to 5.25 percent, while requirements were not met in 2013, keeping the rate stable. By 2014 continued improving economic performance triggering a cut that year, in 2015 and again in 2016. 

    While there was no cut in 2017, officials said Friday that the 2018 performance was satisfactory, triggering the announced rate cut. 

    The rate reduction will cost the state budget an estimated $84 million in 2019, and $175 million in 2020. 

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    Holyoke resident Jennifer Cooper will receive the St. Patrick's Parade Committee's 2019 George O'Connell Award.

    HOLYOKE - The Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade Committee has named Jennifer Cooper the 2019 George E. O'Connell Award Recipient.

    The award honors a committee member who "made significant contributions" to the parade's fundraising efforts.

    Cooper, of Holyoke, will receive the award at the committee's annual award dinner Feb. 6 at the Wherehouse? in Holyoke

    Bill Quesnel, who chairs the O'Connell Selection Committee, said, "Jen has a very demanding day job, so we are very lucky to have someone with her talents and organizational skills volunteering her spare time with us."

    He added, "I know her payback for her dedication is watching the smiles on the thousands of spectators' faces while they watch the floats and bands marching down the streets of Holyoke in March." 

    Cooper, who joined the committee six years ago, manages the Marketing Committee, serves on the Road Race Committee and as an official greeter. The committee credits her "sharp focus, attention to detail and quick wit" for her continued success.

    Devin Sheehan, the 2019 Parade Committee president, said, "Jen Cooper is a dedicated member of our Committee and has been a tremendous asset to our marketing team.

    He added, "She has a passion for working with our many community partners to ensure that they are well represented on Parade and Race days."

    Cooper graduated from Holyoke Catholic High School and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in education. She is the senior director at the UMass Foundation.

    "I can't believe it! There are so many awesome and hardworking people on the Committee. I think I do a fraction of the work they do. It is such an honor for me to be among the people who have received this award. I'm proud to be a part of something that's so positive in a place that I love so much."

    "It's such an honor to work among all of you on the Parade Committee. There are so many hard workers with such good attitudes who put on such an amazing event for a city that I love. Thank you so much for this award," Cooper said in a statement.

    "The St. Patrick's Parade Committee is the greatest group of dedicated, fun, hardworking and Holyoke-loving people. To be honored by them is an enormous privilege," she added.

    Cooper is also on the Dakin Humane Society's board of directors.

    To purchase tickets for the awards dinner, contact Hayley Dunn at The sights and sounds of the 68th annual St. Patrick's Parade will fill the streets of Holyoke March 17, 2019.

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    The annual Wreaths for a Reason campaign has raised money for Toy for Joy.

    EAST LONGMEADOW - The atmosphere at CareOne at Redstone in East Longmeadow was the height of festivity Thursday night, with its walls lined with extravagantly decorated Christmas wreaths. 

    This was the scene of the care facility's annual Wreaths for a Reason, a fundraiser that helps bring gifts to children during the holiday season.

    Each year the nursing home gives out Christmas wreaths to local businesses, schools and other organizations and asks that they decorate them. The decorated wreaths are then returned to CareOne and raffled off, with the proceeds going to Toy for Joy, the annual campaign to bring Christmas gifts to families across Western Massachusetts. This year CareOne raised $920 for Toy for Joy.

    Toy for Joy, which is a collaborative effort by the Salvation Army, The Republican and MassLive, will receive a significant contribution from the raffle proceeds, said Tricia Gendron, community liaison for the facility.

    Today's list of donations totaling $965 brings the total raised thus far to $$35,825 leaving $114,175 to be raised by Christmas eve.

    Gendron, who has worked at CareOne for the past four years, said that the event is fun and a great holiday tradition. "I just like to give a lot of credit to the businesses," Gendron said. "Because I know that none of this could happen without them." 

    "It's really great. Everybody is just so giving," she added. "It's just such a good feeling to be able to give--like to Toy for Joy."   

    The Toy for Joy campaign each year brings toys to thousands of families. Last year the campaign served 2,700 families in Springfield, around 800 families in Holyoke, and some 200 families in Greenfield.

    You can still make a contribution to the Toy for Joy fund by writing: Toy for Joy, 1860 Main St., Springfield, MA 01101. Contributions may also be dropped off with the coupon which accompanies this story to The Republican, 1860 Main St., Springfield, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. through noon on Dec. 21. You can also make online donations.

    For the third year in a row, Pride Stores is partnering with Toy for Joy. Pride locations in Western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut will rally its customers in November and December to help contribute to Toy for Joy. Customers can go into any Pride in the area and purchase a $1, $5 or $10 donation card for Toy for Joy.

    Toy for Joy is also partnering this year with the Reading Success by 4th Grade initiative of the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation for a second year to help ensure each child receives a new book.

    Today's contributions Amount
    The Brady's of Montgomery 200
    In memory of our parents, Barbara Young and Nick Phillips 20
    In loving memory of Colleen, Tara and Todd 100
    Merry Christmas from Tucker, Toby, Miss T., TJ and Taffy 75
    Joy to the world, in memory of John Paul Hurston 25
    Merry Christmas from the Murphy's of Agawam 50
    For Emily, Christopher, Natalie, Nick, Noelle, Kayla and Becky 200
    Sandie and Ray 50
    In loving memory of Timothy P Martin by his family 50
    In loving memory of my parents George and May Burgess 25
    Merry Christmas from the Mason family 150
    In memory of my Dad, the big man from BALLYDAVID and my Mom the Lady from Moosretown Dingle Co. KERRY IRELAND 10
    May you enjoy this donation for children 10
    RECEIVED $965
    TOTAL TO DATE $35,825
    STILL NEEDED $114,175

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    Thousands of firefighters, friends and family lined up outside St. John's Church on Temple Street Friday evening to pay respects to Roy at his wake.

    A funeral is being held for Worcester Firefighter Christopher Roy Saturday.

    Roy, 36, was assigned to Ladder 4 at the Webster Square Fire Station and had been a firefighter for 2 and a half years. He died Sunday after becoming trapped on the second floor of 7 Lowell St. while battling flames.

    He leaves his 9-year-old daughter, Ava, his parents and a brother. His funeral begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

    Thousands of firefighters, friends and family lined up outside St. John's Church on Temple Street Friday evening to pay respects to Roy at his wake.

    The Worcester Firefighters IAFF Local 1009 union has established a memorial fund to assist Roy's daughter. Several businesses and restaurants in Worcester have announced fundraisers for the Roy family, many of which will feed into the Ava Roy Fund.

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    "You were your father's world," Roy's friend and fellow firefighter, David Scavone, told Ava during a eulogy for Roy on Saturday. "He moved heaven and Earth to give you the best life possible that you deserved."

    For Christopher Roy, life revolved around Ava, his beloved 9-year-old daughter.

    "You were your father's world," Roy's friend and fellow firefighter, David Scavone, told Ava during a eulogy for Roy on Saturday. "He moved heaven and Earth to give you the best life possible that you deserved."

    Ava, wearing a white jacket, sat in St. John's Church with her grandparents, Roy's parents Michele and Ronald, as thousands of firefighters from across Massachusetts and beyond honored Roy's life.

    Roy died Sunday after battling a five-alarm fire at 7 Lowell St. in Worcester. He became trapped on the second floor and succumbed to his injuries after being pulled from the building by colleagues.

    With heavy hearts, the Worcester Fire Department said a final goodbye to Roy at his funeral Saturday.

    Scavone wanted to offer a message to Roy's parents, in addition to Ava, and told them that Roy brought joy to a countless amount of people. 

    "Even though his life was cut way too short, he will always be with us in our hearts and looking down on us with his infectious smile," said Scavone, one of three Worcester firefighters to deliver the eulogy. "We should all consider ourselves blessed for having gotten to know Roy."

    Firefighter Sean Sullivan told the packed church that Roy deeply loved his family, especially his daughter.

    "A permanent hole is in all of our hearts now, but we can move forward together knowing that Roy's forever a part of us," Sullivan said. "Not a day will go by that I don't remember our friend, but through his memory, we can all try to become better people."

    Sullivan recalled meeting Roy while he attended Saint Peter Marian Central Catholic High School, getting to know one another on the football field.

    "He could move a mountain with his smile," Sullivan said. "Chris was one of the best people I ever knew."

    Firefighter Stephen McGurn remarked that being a firefighter, a "Jake," is a job one can only do when it is his or her true calling.

    "It takes a special kind of person, someone with a huge heart, a person with character, and, of course, a person with great compassion," McGurn said. "All of those attributes explained Roy to a tee."

    Inside the Webster Square Fire Station, where Roy was assigned to Ladder 4, Roy was eager to learn, "hungry for the chance to advance in knowledge," McGurn said. 

    There, Roy was becoming known as a go-to guy, McGurn said, becoming especially skilled in special operations and technical rescue.

    "He became so good in such a short period of time and we all couldn't be more proud of him," he said.

    The loss is devastating for Roy's family, friends and his brother and sister firefighters.

    "I know there is a void that will never be filled. We will all stick together as friends and family," Scavone said. "We will never let his memory die."

    Sullivan had a request of those in the church: "Please remember Chris as the great father, friend and firefighter he was to all of us."

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    Hampden County officials came together Saturday to support the Gun Buy Back program. Watch video

    SPRINGFIELD - When he was a child, Kevin Moriarty had a friend who accidentally shot and killed his brother. 

    Moriarty, now Baystate Medical Center's chief pediatric surgeon, said he unfortunately still sees examples of such preventable deaths in the line of work. "The types of injuries we see in pediatrics [related to firearms] are accidental shootings--a friend shooting a friend, or a sibling shooting a sibling," he said. "The other is suicide."  

    The desire to prevent these kind of deaths is one of the reasons Moriarty supports the Gun Buy Back program, an annual event that brings together medical, political and law enforcement officials in Hampden County to work on reducing the harm done by unwanted household firearms. 

    The program is put on by the Hampden District Attorney's Office and Baystate Medical Center and gives county residents an opportunity to trade in the firearms they may want to get rid of for cash. 

    Between 50 to 60 guns were turned in at the Raymond Sullivan Safety Complex on Carew Street between 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday. Those who turned in guns received Big Y gift cards in return.  

    "The importance of this event is injury prevention and suicide prevention," said Moriarty. "I think in Massachusetts we have very good gun laws, some of the strictest in the country," he said. However, he said, safety can always be improved. 

    Unwanted firearms present both public health and safety concerns, agreed District Attorney Anthony Gulluni. "From a public safety perspective, we don't want guns falling into the wrong hands," he said, of lost or stolen guns that could make their way into the hands of criminals. 

    From a public health standpoint, Gulluni said that, statistically, a gun in the home more often leads to fatal results if a family member is suicidal. These numbers can hopefully be reduced by "getting unwanted guns out of folks homes," he said. 

    Also present at Saturday's event were Noreen McGirr and Cerri Bergendahl. Both women work with Baystate's Family Advocacy Center, a specialty clinic which provides counseling and other forms of assistance to youth who have been affected by abuse or a traumatic incident.

    The center recently received new grant funding for a suicide bereavement program which is offering free services and assistance to young adults who may be struggling after a loss in the family due to suicide.   

    As two people who work daily with children affected by such preventable deaths, both McGirr and Bergendahl agreed it was crucial to improving safety to remove unwanted firearms from a residence.

    "Even though firearms are not the most common form of suicide attempts, they're the most lethal," said Bergendahl. "There's more deaths by firearms than all other methods combined." 

    McGirr and Bergendahl said that suicide can be an impulsive decision. If firearms are available in moments of crisis they will often be used, which is why it's all the more important to have programs like the Gun Buy Back which take these lethal means out of homes. 

    "Suicide rates are soaring," said McGirr, referring to the national uptick in deaths across the country linked to despair. "People often can be impulsive," she said. "If you have access to something lethal, it will be used."  

    McGirr and Bergendahl agreed that efforts such as the Gun Buy Back were a step in the right direction in terms of preventing the trauma that their clinic aims to treat. 

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    The Town Council in July override a mayoral veto of its anti-cannabis ordinance.

    WEST SPRINGFIELD -- An ordinance banning recreational marijuana will now be encoded in the town's zoning.

    The West Springfield Planning Board voted Dec. 5 to amend local land use regulations to disallow recreational cannabis enterprises, thereby confirming the will of the Town Council. The permanent zoning ban replaces a temporary measure, which was due to expire at the end of 2018.

    Cannabis has been a divisive issue in West Springfield.

    The Town Council in June voted 8-1 to ban commercial marijuana in West Side. Mayor William Reichelt quickly picked up his pen and vetoed the ban. The council in July overrode the mayoral veto.

    "It makes no sense for us to outlaw it and lose the huge financial opportunities," said Reichelt at the time.

    Two marijuana enterprises had hoped to open in town, with the potential for substantial new municipal revenues. West Side voters in the 2016 state election rejected legalization, 6,339 to 5,813.

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    It's one small part of a $555 million selloff of Lane's plants and paving division.

    Lane Construction Corp. has sold 13 parcels comprising 300 acres of sand and gravel in West Northfield for nearly $9.6 million.

    The gravel pit sale to the North Carolina-based Eurovia SAS was recorded at the Franklin County Register of Deeds on Friday, reports the Greenfield Recorder.

    It's one small part of a $555 million selloff of Lane's plants and paving division. The division includes 40 hot mix asphalt facilities in states along the Eastern seaboard and Texas, and several other mining and quarry operations.

    Lane will now concentrate on large, complex civil infrastructure projects in the U.S., according to a press release from the company.

    Based in Cheshire, Connecticut, Lane is wholly owned by Salini Impregilo, a global infrastructure group. For nearly 130 years, the firm has built roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, metro and railway systems, airports, and water and wastewater treatment plants.

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    A Spencer man was killed and two other people seriously injured in a two-car crash on Route 49 in Spencer Friday night. Police said Cole Victor, 25, was dead at the scene of the crash, and the others were transported to an area hospital.

    A 25-year-old Spencer man was killed when the car he was a driving apparently crossed the center line of Route 49 in Spencer and crashed head-on into a pickup truck traveling in the opposite lane at about 9:40 p.m. Friday night. The truck then burst into flames. 

    Spencer police said in a release that 25-year-old Cole Victor, of Main Street in Spencer, was killed in the crash, while two others sustained serious injuries. 

    A passenger in the car Victor was operating, 23-year-old Toni Doldo of Spencer, and the operator of the pickup truck, 40-year-old Erik Anderson, also of Spencer, were tranpsorted by ambulance to a local hospital with what police said were serious but non-life threatening injuries. 

    Police said Anderson's truck burst into flames in the collision and by the time police and fire fighters arrived was completed engulfed in fire. Passersby stopped and helped Anderson get out of the burning vehicle. 

    The Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council accident reconstruction unit was called to investigate the incident.