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Man injured in ATV accident in Chester

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Massachusetts State Police tell Western Mass News a 30-year old man has been "severely injured" following an ATV accident in Chester earlier Thursday evening.

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Opening times for stores on Black Friday

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After the Thanksgiving feast is eaten, the pies put away, and the dishes are washed, many will hit malls and stores across the area and the country to capture some deals as they begin their holiday gift shopping.

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Springfield officer hosts annual Turkey Bowl fundraiser

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Thursday was the annual turkey bowl run by Springfield Police Officer Mark Kenney.

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Players take the field for Thanksgiving football match-ups

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As much as Thursday was about spending time with family and friends, for many families, it was about watching some high school football and today, traditions new and old were played all around western Massachusetts.

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High School of Commerce hosts annual Thanksgiving meal

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Plenty of empty stomachs were filled after a warm Thanksgiving dinner at the High School of Commerce.

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Chicopee volunteers distribute thousands of Thanksgiving meals

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The Chicopee Knights of Columbus held their Thanksgiving day dinner today.

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Traffic stop leads to pot farm discovery in Ludlow, 2 arrested

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On Wednesday, a traffic stop on East Street in Ludlow led to the arrest of two males who police said were operating a marijuana cultivation site. 

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MA pilot found dead after VT crash had flown planes his whole life

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A pilot found dead after a small-plane crash in Vermont has been identified as an 89-year-old Massachusetts man who had been flying planes his entire life.

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Burn off that turkey with free guided hikes at state parks

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Massachusetts officials are encouraging residents to take a hike the day after Thanksgiving to burn off some of that turkey dinner.

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New police head appoints No. 2 amid leadership shake-up

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The new head of the Massachusetts State Police has appointed a deputy, shoring up the agency's leadership after a shake-up triggered by revisions to a police report about a judge's daughter.

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More mild and sunny for Black Friday

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Thanksgiving was filled with tons of sunshine and seasonably cool temperatures. Mostly clear skies overnight and calming winds will allow temperatures to fall into the mid to low 20s overnight.

High pressure continues to dominate for Friday, keeping the sunshine trend going. Fortunately, with a more southwesterly wind, more mild temperatures are expected as afternoon highs reach to 50°. 

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Law signed by Baker takes new bilingual education approach

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Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill aimed at giving school districts in Massachusetts more options for teaching non-English speaking students. 

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Healey: Massachusetts investigating Uber data breach

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says she has launched an investigation into Uber after the company acknowledged a massive data breach a year ago.

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Here's where you can get a meal on Thanksgiving Day

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Preparations are underway for the Chicopee Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving day dinner. The dinner gives residents a chance to enjoy the holiday with all the delicious foods Thanksgiving tends to offer.

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Poll: Many want to avoid political talk this Thanksgiving

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A poll shows more than a third of Americans dread the prospect of political talk over Thanksgiving. More>>

Thanksgiving Eve to be one of the busiest nights for bars

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As the final preparations are underway for Thanksgiving, many people are out at the local bars and police are out patrolling. 

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Bright Nights 2017 kicks off in Forest Park

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The holiday spirit is in full swing in western Mass. An annual holiday tradition has just opened in Springfield's Forest Park. 

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Longmeadow woman organizes turkey drive for families in need

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A Longmeadow woman organized a turkey donation drive for Springfield families in need. Hundreds of people wouldn't have received one without it, after funding was cut from the open pantry services. 

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Special cheer squad at Chicopee Comp for Thanksgiving game

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Thanksgiving Day is a day to spend with loved ones. It’s also a day to watch football and cheer for the hometown team.

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Driving safe while traveling on Thanksgiving Eve

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The holiday hustle on the roads is in full swing. As 51 million Americans travel this holiday, drivers may have some headaches along the way. 

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Lia Surprise Squad makes Thanksgiving donation for those in need

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Last Thanksgiving, our Western Mass News and Lia Auto Group Surprise Squad donated 20 pounds of food and more than 20 turkeys to The Gray House in Springfield.  This year, we decided to keep the tradition going.

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Union Station braces for busy holiday weekend

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It's a busy travel weekend everywhere and that includes Springfield's newly opened Union Station.  In anticipation of an influx of thousands of travelers through Union Station this Thanksgiving holiday, extra buses are being called in, as well as increased security.

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Volunteers prepare to serve thousands of Thanksgiving meals

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As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, the Chicopee Knights of Columbus are preparing the biggest dinner around. 

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Mayflower Marathon raises over $127K for Open Pantry

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The 25th annual Mayflower Marathon wrapped up Wednesday morning at the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Traffic heavy as travelers head out for Thanksgiving

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It's a mad dash to get home for the holidays.  The traffic is in full swing in western Massachusetts and beyond.  The countdown to Thanksgiving is on and that means the roads are packed and you can bank on spending some time in traffic.

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Chicopee teams preparing for 2017 Sword Game

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The Chicopee Comp - Chicopee High rivalry is a tale as old as time and once a year, the community is split right down the middle for the Sword Game.  Winner takes bragging rights and the trophy for the year.

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Holyoke City Council approves fines in connection to panhandling issue

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Holyoke City Council once again addressed panhandling Tuesday night deciding to adopt one of the four ordinances that were up for consideration.

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Woman charged with arson following deadly Springfield fire

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A Springfield woman is facing charges related to a fire that killed one person.

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