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Pathfinder blanks undermanned Belchertown, takes turkey day series lead

Thursday, November 26, 2015

PALMER — An undermanned Belchertown football team went into its Thanksgiving game against Pathfinder with a nothing-to-lose mentality. The Orioles, who were missing 18 players, sent out a team of mostly sophomores and freshman against an experienced Pathfinder team. The defense was opportunistic, forcing three turnovers, but the offense couldn’t move the ball as the Orioles lost 16-0 at St. Joseph’s Field. “We put in a brand new defense in …

Northampton native Hunter Newman signs letter of intent to men’s lacrosse at Bucknell

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hunter Newman went from a potential Division III recruit to Division I prospect seemly overnight. The Northampton native and Suffield Academy senior signed his National Letter of Intent earlier this month to play men’s lacrosse at Division I Bucknell. The Bison finished 9-6 overall, 5-3 in the Patriot League last season. Their season …

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 championship. He finished third with a time of 15 minutes, 29 seconds. “If you told …

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 …

Upcoming events for seniors

Friday, November 20, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. Most of the centers will be closed Thursday and Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Amherst will hold a dinner …

Valley Views

Friday, November 20, 2015

White-Throated Sparrow Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, Amherst My usual thoughts on sparrows are that they are everywhere and are all brown and look alike. Lately I have been trying to photograph them …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 20, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, oven baked fries, romaine salad with tomato, veggie dippers, applesauce, banana TUESDAY: Chicken fajita, brown rice, romaine with tomato, carrot sticks, black beans, peach cup, orange Belchertown MONDAY: HS: BBQ rib sandwich, oven fries or sweet and sour chicken, fried rice, carrots, broccoli, applesauce; …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, November 20, 2015

Amherst Brendan O’Connor and Zachary Tobin, both students at Union College in Schenectady, New York, will travel during the college’s holiday break. O’Connor, a member of the class of 2018 majoring in physics, will travel to Cuba, studying the history, politics and culture through a series of lectures …

Belchertown Police will charge two drivers with negligent operation following overdose incidents

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Two drivers who were hospitalized in separate incidents Thursday night after police found them overdosing on heroin while behind the wheel will be charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, according to Sgt. Kevin Pacunas. Additional charges may be brought once police receive toxicology reports. …


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Pioneer Valley hospitals report roughly 50 heroin overdoses in past week

Monday, November 16, 2015

SPRINGFiELD — A medical expert at Baystate Medical Center said Monday that a purer form of heroin circulating in the region is likely behind dozens of suspected heroin overdoses in recent days. Dr. Niels K. Rathlev, chairman of …

Health events: Area support groups, resources and more

Monday, November 16, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ MISCELLANEOUS DEBTORS ANONYMOUS — Area groups for those dealing with credit card debt, overspending or underearning. Meetings are Saturdays at 8 a.m. at the Holyoke Medical Center. For more information go to www.danewengland.org or call 617-728-1426. UNDEREARNERS ANONYMOUS …

WMass girls cross country: Northampton reigns again; Sophia Jacobs-Townsley, Taylor Blow take top individual honors

Saturday, November 14, 2015

WESTFIELD — The bus taking the Northampton High School girls cross country team to Stanley Park was filled with laughter, singing and words of encouragement. Coach Ashley Krause told the Blue Devils to “run a race that will …