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2007 Stories



 Hyde Hill Road Fire Car Fire Destroys Garage, Leaves Man Homeless  (12/31/2007)
A car fire fed by propane destroyed a garage Saturday afternoon at 7 Hyde Hill Branch Road, causing $150,000 in damage and leaving an elderly man homeless.
 Gazette Editorial In our opinion: Providing fire protection - Gazette editorial  (12/20/2007)
Various organizations around the country have been reporting a shortage of people willing to contribute their time to community service, but the problem is proving particularly serious for volunteer fire departments.
 Chief Sue Labrie with the Jaws A Burning Need for Help; Staffing Squeeze Weakens Volunteer Fire Departments  (12/15/2007)
There was a time when Fire Capt. Stephen H. Mollison of Goshen remembers going into a burning building with little more than his street clothes and a handful of courage.
 Old Goshen Road Fire Goshen Fire Put Out  (12/13/2007)
Goshen firefighters quickly contained a small structure fire at a cabin on Old Goshen Road Wednesday afternoon. According to Fire Chief Susan Labrie, the fire was spotted by a passing driver.
 2 Bids Received 2 Bids for Goshen Fire Truck  (11/30/2007)
A New York-based firm submitted the apparent low bid for the town's new fire truck - more than $50,000 above the cost estimated this past spring.
 Halloween Goshen Style

Ghosts and Goblins Make Their Way to Haunted Firehouse  (10/30/2007)
From Angels to Devils, Mummy's to Magicians, Super heroes like the Hulk, Batman and Superman to Witches and Builders - they were all attracted to the annual Haunted Firehouse sponsored by the Goshen Fire Department.

 Tough Dog Fall Fundraiser Turns Autumn Colors Green  (10/07/2007)
In what has become the major fundraiser for the Goshen Firefighters' Association, members of the Goshen Fire Department showed up in force throughout the day to take their turn working the 'voluntary' toll both. 
 Chesterfield's 53-E1 LDH Training Held at New Hingham School  (10/02/2007)
Fire departments from Chesterfield and Goshen conducted a joint training exercise on the use of large diameter hose at the New Hingham Regional Elementary School in Chesterfield.  Goshen Training Officer Rick Clark led the group through a discussion of the physical characteristics of the hose along with its practical application.
 37 Dodge Bell Comes Home '37 Dodge Bell Comes Home  (09/29/2007)
Sometime in the late fifties after a fire, the Goshen Volunteer Fire Department desperately needed to replace some suction hose that had been damaged beyond repair.  Problem was, the department was also very short of funds.  It was time to barter.
 FF Dustin Culver promoted to Lieutenant Dustin Culver Promoted to Lieutenant  (09/25/2007)
The September business meeting of the Goshen Firefighter's Association was preceeded by a special event.  Firefighter / E.M.T. Dustin Culver was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
 Lions Club Safety Day Lions Club Holds Safety Day  (09/22/2007)
Cummington Lions Club's first ever Family Health and Safety Day on Sept. 15 offered a good showing of local services such as the Goshen Fire Department, Highland Ambulance, Lions Club Eyemobile, and the Red Cross Bloodmobile.
 Motorcycle vs. Moose Motorcycle vs. Moose - Moose Wins  (09/18/2007)
In what can only be described as a series of unfortunate events, the lives of several people were changed forever.
  Departments Work Together to Make the Cummington Fair S.A.F.E  (08/24/2007)
The weather couldn't have been better and the corn on the cob couldn't have been any sweeter.  Add in the assistance of the Ashfield, Chesterfield, Goshen, Williamsburg and Worthington Fire Departments and the fair couldn't have been any S.A.F.E.r.
  In Our Opinion: Dithering on Security - Gazette editorial and replies  (08/07/2007)
Two seemingly unrelated events - Goshen's plans to purchase a new fire engine, and a UMass professor's passport problems - demonstrate how the Department of Homeland Security has lost its focus nearly six years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
  Goshen Lands $325K U.S. Grant for Fire Truck  (07/28/2007)
The office of U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., left a phone message for Goshen Fire Chief Sue Labrie Wednesday night. And she phoned right back.
  Local Agencies Work Together to Bring Incident Command Home  (07/28/2007)
Emergency Response coordinators from area fire, police and EMS departments attended an ICS-300 (Incident Command System) Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents class which was held at the Cummington Community house over several weeks.
  U.S. Dept. Of Homeland Security Awards GFD Grant for New Truck  (07/25/2007)
It took nearly four years but what was once thought of as impossible has finally happened.
  Hilltowners Graduate Mass Firefighter Academy  (07/05/2007)
They are one's friends and neighbors, they're hard workers, they're good down to earth people, and when there is a fire, accident or unexpected emergency they are right there to risk life and limb to save others.  These are the Hilltown volunteer firefighters.
  60th Annual Chesterfield Parade and Firefighter's Muster a Hit  (07/04/2007)
The 60th annual Chesterfield 4th of July Parade was held Wednesday before a crowd that stretched from Bryant Street through the center of town all the way down to the the General Store.
  9th Annual Fire Safety Field Day a Success  (05/30/2007)
In the culmination of a year long effort to teach fire and life safety awareness to students enrolled at the New Hingham Regional Elementary School in Chesterfield, S.A.F.E. Coordinators Sue Labrie and Terry Welch led a group of 13 volunteer firefighters, 2 EMT's from Highland Ambulance and 3 Division of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) patrolmen who effectively took over the school on May 30th ~ the 9th annual Fire Safety Field Day.
  Town Budget Passes in Goshen  (05/21/2007)
At a crowded annual town meeting Monday night, residents voiced their support for the fire department's eventual purchase of a new $390,000 fire truck.
  Fire Chief Seeks Town Meeting's Approval for New Truck  (05/18/2007)
Residents at Monday's annual Town Meeting will be asked to approve the annual town operating budget and decide whether to buy a new $390,000 fire truck.
  Chief Makes Case for New Engine  (05/14/2007)
Chief Sue Labrie presented the following slide show at an Information Meeting in the Goshen Town Hall Monday night.  The purpose of the presentation was to provide details behind the departments request for a new engine on the Annual Town Meeting warrant.
  DUI Driver Shears Pole on Route 9  (05/01/2007)
The driver of this Ford pick-up was taken away in handcuffs early Tuesday morning after shearing a utility pole on Route 9 in Goshen. 
  Fire Displaces Two in Westhampton (04/27/2007)
Two occupants of a Westhampton home were displaced Thursday by a fire they thought they had put out.

 Highland Ambulance Director Mike Rock and Meltdown Organizer Bob Labrie

In This Meltdown, Nature Almost Fooled Every Contestant  (04/26/2007)
The Goshen Meltdown ended not with a bang but with a gentle slide into the quickly warming waters of Hammond Pond.
  Tobacco Danger Taught at New Hingham  (04/25/2007)
The Goshen and Chesterfield fire departments presented the fourth in series of five S.A.F.E. (Student Awareness of Fire Education) lessons at the New Hingham Regional Elementary School.  Chief Sue Labrie from the Goshen Fire Department and Terry Welsh from the Chesterfield Fire Department taught students from Kindergarten to 6th grade about the dangers of tobacco use.
  Easter Morning Fire Destroys Duplex (04/08/2007)
Goshen firefighters responded to a mutual aid call from Easthampton Fire with the Hampshire County Air Supply truck early Sunday morning.

Active Duty Death - Allen Beals - 27 Year Member of the Department  (03/24/2007)
The Goshen Fire Department, with great sadness, announces the Active Duty Death of Firefighter Allen Beals.  Allen, age 62,  was a 27 year member of the Department and died Saturday evening at his family farm while working in his barn. 
  Ice Age Endures - Spring Arrives, but Meltdown Contest Extended in Goshen  (03/21/2007)
Tickets for the third-annual Goshen Meltdown will be on sale through Sunday, one week later than planned, according to its organizer, because the ice is not melting any time soon.
  Car Collides With Town Highway Truck - Route 9 Closed (03/21/2007)
Highland Ambulance personnel transported one patient to Cooley Dickinson Hospital this morning.  Reports from the scene indicate that the Subaru was traveling westbound on Route 9 in front of George Propane when it crossed the centerline and collided with the back end of a dump truck owned by the Town of Goshen.
  Goshen Declares State of Emergency Due to Snowstorm  (03/16/2007)
A State of Emergency was declared Friday night as a result of the late winter snow storm.  The rate at which the snow came down made it difficult for the Goshen Highway Department to keep all town roads passable.  As a result, the emergency was declared.
 Fire Chief Sue Labrie

Chief is Guest Speaker and Girl Scout Celebration  (03/12/2007)
Chief Sue Labrie was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of local Girl Scouts and their famalies at the Williamsburg Congregational Church.  The group had gotten together to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America which began in Savanah Georgia in 1912.

  Hot Spot Hazards Taught at New Hingham  (03/07/2007)
Chief Sue Labrie of the Goshen Fire Department and Terry Welch of the Chesterfield Fire Department visited the New Hingham School on March 7th to teach another S.A.F.E. lesson to the students.  This is the third lesson of the school year and taught the students about “Hot Spots”. 

Search and Rescue Teams Fan Out In Goshen Town Hall  (02/24/2007)
Firefighters from  Granby, Hadley, Hatfield and Worthington took part in training offerred by Hampshire County Fire Defense Association (HCFDA).  Classroom work began at the Goshen firehouse in the morning then moved to the  Goshen Town Hall for an afternoon practical session.


Whale Inn Corner Scene of Nighttime Accident (02/23/2007)
With a stiff breeze and temperatures hovering in the low teens, Goshen Firefighters were called to the scene of a single car motor vehicle accident on Route 9 at the Whale Inn corner at approximately 11:27 p.m. last night.

  Early Morning Accident Hits Close to Home  (02/22/2007)

Goshen Fire, Police and Highland Ambulance personnel responded to this single car motor vehicle accident this morning at 6:57AM.  The driver was heading eastbound when he lost control of the vehicle, skidded through the Goshen Fire Dept parking lot over an open culvert and down an embankment into an adjacent field.

  Fire Ruins Conway Home  (02/10/2007)
A house on Main Poland Road was destroyed by fire early Friday morning after a chimney fire spread to the attic, according to Conway Fire Chief Robert Baker.
  9 Departments Team Up to Save Conway Home  (02/09/2007)
Mutual aid companies from Williamsburg, Goshen, Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Shelburne Center, Old Deerfield, South Deerfield and Whately team up to fight an early morning blaze in Conway. 
  The 2007 Meltdown Has Begun  (02/07/2007)
It was 17 degrees on Saturday night, February 3rd when I finally had the time and the nerve to walk out onto Hammond Pond with a 69 pound concrete block.  The ice had been frozen for only a few weeks, the weather had been cold and our first 'major' snow storm of the 2006 ~ 2007 season deposited a fluffy 4 inches of snow on the ground.
  New Burning Procedures Implemented  (01/25/2007)
Fire Chief Sue Labrie says there are new burning permit procedures.  No longer should people be calling former chief Francis Dresser at home.  Instead, they need to call the fire station at 268-7161.
  Hawley Street Fire in 'Hamp Leaves 5 Homeless (01/19/2007)
An early morning fire at 67 Hawley Street in Northampton has left 5 people homeless.  Residents of the house reported the blaze around 3:30AM.
  Freezing Rain Brings Tree Down on Power Lines (01/16/2007)

In one of the first tastes of winter this season, Mother Nature dished out a dose of reality over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend.

  Reflections on 2006 (01/07/2007)
The town, which tends to be a little quiet, this year had quite a kick to it and way many interesting things that not only affected the residents but also broke milestones in the state.

Local Firefighters Warm Up to Wood Stoves  (01/02/2007)
In spite of the recent stretch of unseasonable weather experienced throughout the Northeast, the calendar truly shows that winter is here.  The onset of this season marks the beginning of burning season for those of us with wood stoves.

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