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Holiday shoppers crowd into Thornes Marketplace for Small Business Saturday in Northampton.

Small Business Saturday draws shoppers to local, independent retailers

Saturday, November 28, 2015

’Twas the Saturday after Thanksgiving, when all through the streets, throngs flocked to small stores, seeking unique holiday treats. Dampened somewhat by drizzly skies, shoppers explored Northampton, Amherst and Easthampton on the day after Black Friday, many purposefully avoiding the mall on a day meant to promote independent retailers. Introduced by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers …

Matt Vautour: Marquis Young gives UMass a glance at future

Friday, November 27, 2015

AMHERST, N.Y. Coming out of nearby Fairport, New York, Marquis Young got some recruiting interest from Buffalo, but the Bulls never made him an offer despite 1,381 yards and 12 touchdowns as a high school senior. He didn’t forget and he didn’t forgive. While Young was celebrating and taking congratulations from anyone and …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 27, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Teacher’s work day, no school TUESDAY: Baked potato bar, broccoli, spinach salad, pear, peach cup WEDNESDAY: Meatball hero, romaine salad, peach cup, Empire apple THURSDAY: Pancakes with turkey sausage, baked Tater Tots, veggie dippers, Bartlett pear, applesauce FRIDAY: Cheesy pepperoni pizza, carrot sticks, romaine salad with tomato, sliced peaches, orange Belchertown MONDAY: HS: Chicken ala king, brown rice or Tostitos corn …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, November 23, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Oncologist joins CDH Deborah Smith, a medical oncologist, has joined Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Hematology Oncology. She is now seeing patients in the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton and has closed her …

Amherst police field over 215 calls on weekend before Thanksgiving break

Monday, November 23, 2015

AMHERST — Police took 215 calls for service on the weekend before some Five College students head home for Thanksgiving break as other college-age people return to town, making arrests for offenses ranging from noise violations to assault and battery on a police officer. The assault charge followed …

Stephanie O’Keeffe starts Hoop Joy in Amherst to get adults moving to improve fitness and have fun

Monday, November 23, 2015

AMHERST — Ruth Wade of Florence hadn’t twirled a hula hoop since she was a child before she picked one up during a demonstration on the Amherst Town Common last summer. Now 68, Wade discovered, along with several …

Area business news

Monday, November 23, 2015

Allison Holmberg buys Hampshire Hearing NORTHAMPTON — Allison Holmberg is the new owner of Hampshire Hearing Services, 241 King St., which has been renamed Hampshire Hearing & Speech Services LLC. Holmberg is certified and licensed in both audiology …

The Mercantile in Northampton likely to close unless buyer comes forward

Monday, November 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After more than three years of putting their time, energy and a whole lot of love into The Mercantile of Amherst and Northampton, owners Dan and Elizabeth Neville are looking to sell the eclectic gift shops. And unless a buyer comes forward before the new year, …

UMass to hold 2nd issue forum

Sunday, November 22, 2015

AMHERST — A second campus forum addressing diversity issues will be held Dec. 3 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. The session will run from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. at Mahar Auditorium where Provost Katherine Newman and other leaders in academic affairs are expected to engage students …

Zach Coleman and Seth Berger help UMass basketball to 3-0 start ahead of Las Vegas tournament opener vs. Clemson

Sunday, November 22, 2015

LAS VEGAS — As he took stock of his team three games into the season, UMass coach Derek Kellogg said the play of redshirt sophomore forwards Zach Coleman and Seth Berger had played a big part of why …

Northampton’s Liam Sullivan places third at state Division 1 cross country championship

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — Liam Sullivan gave everything he had, and then some. Yet it was a bittersweet day for the Northampton cross country standout. Sullivan fell a bit shy of his goal of becoming the first western Massachusetts runner since 2001 to win the state Division 1 cross country …

Northampton places seventh, Sophia Jacobs-Townsley 10th, Taylor Blow 11th at state cross country meet

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — A top-10 finish in the state girls Division 1 cross country championship enabled Northampton to leave Stanley Park with a sense of accomplishment. The Blue Devils placed seventh overall, following up on PVIAC and Western Massachusetts team titles over the last month. A strong pack gave …

UMass football notebook: ‘Private matters’ explanation for missing corner; senior day stirs emotions

Saturday, November 21, 2015

AMHERST — UMass was without senior corner Randall Jette for the second straight game Saturday, a 20-13 loss to Miami (Ohio) at McGuirk Stadium. Jette isn’t injured, but no reason has been given for his absence. When asked …