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Hilltown Voices: Emily Dickinson scholar to read from new book at Meekins Library in Williamsburg

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Susan Snively, poet, essayist, screenwriter and scholar of the life and works of Emily Dickinson, will reading from her new novel entitled “The Heart Has Many Doors” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg. The reading is part of the library’s series “Lives of the Valley,” which celebrates the work, lives and stories of western Massachusetts residents. Published in February by White River Press, Snively’s novel is a fictional account of Emily Dickinson’s romance with Judge Otis Phillips Lord, who was 18 years her elder and her father’s good friend. The story follows the couple as they defy convention, struggling for privacy and meeting in secret rendezvous. “This is a terrific book,” …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton softball enters postseason on five-game win streak

Friday, May 29, 2015

With five games left in the regular season, the Northampton softball team had two ways of qualifying for the postseason — beat Chicopee on May 22, or win their last four games. The Blue Devils beat the Pacers to clinch second place in the Valley Wheel and the ensuing tournament berth. They also …

Developers eye propane as natural gas ban hits

Friday, May 29, 2015

The owners of a new downtown Amherst restaurant specializing in Italian cuisine got an unexpected surprise in March when they discovered that they could not tap into the natural gas supply. Faced with uncertainty over how he would power the kitchen at Fratelli’s Ristorante now that Berkshire Gas has imposed a moratorium on natural gas connections in Amherst, Hadley and Hatfield, owner Joseph …

Wet-weather fishing

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wednesday’s high schools: Kate Sarnacki strikes for 14 goals, 100th of career as Granby girls lacrosse rolls

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kate Sarnacki netted 14 goals, including the 100th of her career, to pace the Granby girls lacrosse team to a 22-10 win over St. Mary in Westfield Wednesday. The sophomore added two assists, while Jess Paturno had four …

Rain takes down tree, wires in Amherst as storms move through region; scattered power outages

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hard rain Wednesday night from thunderstorms that moved through the region took down wires and a tree on two Amherst streets, though police said the roads remained open. Amherst Police Sgt. Gabriel Ting said police received two reports …

Memorial ride for the late Dorie Goldman to help introduce Holyoke children to bicycles

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

AMHERST — A Holyoke program designed to introduce children to bicycles is just the type of thing the late Dorie Goldman would have wanted to support. That’s why it’s fitting that a benefit bicycle ride next month in …

Area police news

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Amherst ∎ A 19-year-old Pelham man will be summoned to court on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger after the vehicle he was driving on Lincoln Avenue sideswiped several other vehicles at 11:18 …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Filmmaker to teach in Vietnam Right on the heels of the screening May 27 of his new film, “SciTech Band: Pride of Springfield,” Larry Hott of Florence is heading to Vietnam for a month to lead a series …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The next generation of drummers takes the throne

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Describing Joe Fitzpatrick as “a drummer” doesn’t begin to hint at the scope of his dedication: at last check he was a regular member of 12 local bands, he substitutes in countless others, and the 51-year-old has been …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com End of life care Members of area faith communities will gather at the First Baptist Church of Amherst Saturday to discuss how clergy, lay caregivers and hospice and palliative care services work together at the end of an individual’s life. The meeting, which …

Tuesday’s high schools: Sarah Meunier lifts Frontier softball with walkoff win over Taconic in extras

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sarah Meunier hit a walkoff single to lift the Frontier Regional softball team to a 2-1 win over Taconic in 9 innings at home Tuesday. It was her second hit of the game, scoring Courtney Newsome with the …

Tuesday’s high school tennis: Northampton boys beat Amherst in potential postseason preview

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In a potential postseason preview, the Northampton boys tennis team defeated rival Amherst Regional 4-1 Tuesday afternoon at Amherst Middle School. Francois Venne, Alex Zimbalist and Ben Sharpe combined to drop 12 games in three straight-set singles victories for the Blue Devils (12-3). Leon Moore and Xiao Wei …