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South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

The week in photos: Hampshire County scenes from June 29 to July 4, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Time seems to slow as the Pioneer Valley slips into the heart of summer, and the Independence Day holiday week brings the timeless routines of fireworks and parades. It’s a time of long days in a season that, in a matter of weeks, will feel like it was all too short. Above, scenes from around Hampshire County captured by Gazette …

Amherst fireworks: ‘On like Donkey Kong,’ despite rain

Saturday, July 4, 2015

AMHERST — Despite a stretch of mid-day Fourth of July rain, the town’s Independence Day celebration and fireworks display will proceed as planned Saturday evening. “Today’s event is in fact on like Donkey Kong,” reads a post to the celebration’s Facebook page published around noon Saturday. A follow-up post reads: “Everyone, the celebration and fireworks are on as planned! The rain will clear …

Northampton Fourth of July citizenship ceremony celebrates 48 new Americans

Saturday, July 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Seated beside her five-year-old son outside the Hampshire County Courthouse, Erika Calderon watched as her husband, Jose Serratos, became a naturalized United States citizen on Saturday, July 4. “It’s a good opportunity to show people that we are here and we are legal now and we can vote,” Calderon, 42, of …

Monday, June 29, 2015

Adjustments to traffic signal may be first improvement at North Amherst intersection

Monday, June 29, 2015

AMHERST — Adjustments to the traffic signal at the intersection of North Pleasant, Pine and Meadow streets could be the first improvement to reduce periodic vehicular congestion in North Amherst center. Less than a week after a forum focused on gathering opinions about how to make the intersection …

Justin King sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison in UMass gang-rape case

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Justin A. King wiped his eyes with a tissue as he was sentenced Monday to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst …

Amherst police investigate fight outside Jones Library

Monday, June 29, 2015

AMHERST — A fight outside the Jones Library early Saturday evening that left one man bleeding from his head, nose and mouth remains under investigation by Amherst Police. Police officers and Amherst Fire Department paramedics responded to the gardens and paths behind the building at 43 Amity St. …

Weekend summer baseball: Hadley Cal Ripken opens state tournament with two wins

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The reigning state 12-and-under Cal Ripken tournament champion Hadley baseball team opened this year’s event with two wins in Marlborough Saturday afternoon. Noah Scanlon-Dean struck out seven and allowed seven hits over five innings for the win in Hadley’s 15-7 victory over Uxbridge. Justin Masteralexis went 3 for …

Two future UMass defensemen picked in the NHL draft

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A pair of future UMass defensemen were taken Saturday on the second day of the NHL draft. It’ll be a year before Jake Massie, who played for Kimball Union Academy and the Boston Jr. Bruins last year, joins the Minutemen, but the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman was draft eligible …

Valley businesses prepare for state’s new earned sick time law which takes effect Wednesday

Saturday, June 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Coming down with an illness often leads to a laundry list of expenses — visits to a doctor and medicine among them. Missing a day of work, however, has often been the most expensive part of …

Friday’s summer baseball: Northampton Post 28 shuts out Amherst Post 148

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sam Walker allowed two hits and struck out eight over six shutout innings in earning a 4-0 road win for Northampton Post 28 over Amherst Post 148 Friday night. Ian Ostberg went 3 for 4 and scored a run for Hamp (5-3), while Will O’Connor had two hits …

Legislators at Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast discuss budget, initiatives on student debt, reforming zoning

Friday, June 26, 2015

While they were not able to talk about the details of a finished state budget as they have in years past, state legislators at Friday’s annual Franklin County Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast did highlight several initiatives taking shape on Beacon Hill — including addressing the student debt …

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program awards certificates to 29 graduates

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The 29 members of the Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program class of 2015 graduated Friday afternoon. The ceremony was held on the main campus for the 23rd graduating class of the 10-month program, which prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Graduates are now eligible …