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Local briefs: Easthampton High to hold charity softball game for Make A Wish

Friday, May 29, 2015

Easthampton High to hold charity softball game for Make A Wish The inaugural Hit & Run for a Wish charity softball game between the Easthampton High School softball teams and EHS faculty will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Williston Northampton softball fields. Proceeds to benefit Make A Wish Massachusetts-Rhode Island. Western Mass FC to hold tryouts at Smith Voke The Northampton-based Western Mass FC will hold soccer …

Moose that prowled Amherst streets, school grounds darted for move to rural area

Friday, May 29, 2015

AMHERST — Though taming a moose is not part of her job description, Superintendent Maria Geryk was among the first on the scene Friday morning assisting Carol Hepburn, the town’s animal welfare officer, in shepherding a 350- to 400-pound female moose into an area where the animal could be tranquilized and removed by …

Search for Amherst economic development director draws national interest with about 16 applicants

Friday, May 29, 2015

AMHERST — About 16 people from around the country have expressed interest in becoming the first economic development director in Amherst. Human Resources Director Deborah Radway said this week that since the job opening was posted in late April, the town has received around 16 applications and resumes. Many applicants are from western Massachusetts and New England, but some are from as far …

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 …

Tuesday’s high school baseball: South Hadley qualifies for postseason with win at Easthampton

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The South Hadley baseball team qualified for the postseason for the 16th consecutive season by beating Easthampton 8-3 on the road Tuesday afternoon. Brian Bak went 3 for 3 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored for the Tigers (10-9). Mario Olivera added two hits, two …

Fort River Elementary School students sound off to local, state and federal officials

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

AMHERST — Local legislators heard from a different crowd this month. Last Friday and again on Tuesday, 49 sixth-grade students at Fort River Elementary School had the chance to share with their school, town, state and federal officials …

Northampton and Amherst firefighters graduate from state training program

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two members of the Northampton Fire Department and one from the Amherst Fire Department graduated from the Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program in Stow last week. The 228th class of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy included Bryan G. Davis and Jeffrey J. Jasinski, both Northampton firefighters, and …

Congressman James McGovern touts Amherst as regional destination

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

AMHERST — Niche locally owned stores with one-of-a-kind items, including pottery, hand-crafted furniture and jewelry, are an increasing element of Amherst’s business community that hold the potential to attract shoppers from throughout Massachusetts. For U.S. Congressman James McGovern, …