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Belchertown

Valley Views

Friday, September 4, 2015

Cowbirds Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley I seem to be seeing an abundance of brown-headed cowbirds this year, but maybe I’ve just never paid that much attention before. While driving through Quabbin Reservoir I captured these two sparring males from my car window using a hand held DSLR camera with a medium length …

Bird sightings

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A black-crowned night-heron has been seen for several days at Forest Park in Springfield. Two olive-sided flycatchers were reported in Belchertown and another two were seen in Tyringham. An upland sandpiper was found in the Honeypot section of Hadley. …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, September 4, 2015

Amherst Gabriel Killough-Hill has joined AmeriCorps for a term of national service on a Maine Conservation Corps field team. Gabriel is a 2015 graduate of Amherst Regional High School and the son of Bill and Ruthie Killough-Hill. The MCC conducts conservation projects throughout the State of Maine, including extensive recreational trail construction and …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, September 4, 2015

jones library volunteer tutor training — Jones Library English as a Second Language Center is looking for volunteers to teach English to newcomers in the Amherst area. Tutors meet twice weekly with an adult immigrant at a time and location convenient for both. Training, materials, ongoing assistance and …

Surrounded by beauty: Belchertown artist’s yard is filled with gardens of all kinds

Thursday, September 3, 2015

From the beginning, when she built her contemporary house in Belchertown 17 years ago, Karen Chrisman knew she wanted to surround her home with gardens. “I had the plan in my head, I knew what it would look …

Valley Views: Waiting raindrops

Friday, August 28, 2015

Waiting Raindrops Springfield Road, Belchertown, Photograph and text by Julius Lester, Belchertown Walking from the house to the garage in mid-June I saw this remnant of the previous night’s rain. When I came back a couple of hours …

Upcoming events at area senior centers

Friday, August 28, 2015

Seminar on scammers set for September A free seminar aimed at protecting senior citizens from scams and other financial crimes will be held Sept. 11 at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan and the …

Belchertown planners reject 135-foot cellphone tower

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — The Planning Board on Tuesday rejected a controversial bid by Verizon Wireless to erect a 135-foot cellphone tower on Aldrich Street in an area zoned for agricultural use but which has become a residential neighborhood in …

Belchertown police investigating break-ins at Main Street businesses; antique cash register worth $10,000 smashed in one incident

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Recent nighttime burglaries at two Main Street businesses are prompting police to increase patrols and to advise business owners not to leave cash behind overnight. In each of two incidents — reported on Aug. 15 and …

Roxanne Tubolino of Belchertown sentenced to serve 3 years and 3 months in federal prison, pay restitution for embezzling $1.5 million from Northampton Internal Medicine Associates

Monday, August 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — At Monday’s sentencing of Roxanne Tubolino, who admitted in January to embezzling more than $1.5 million from a Northampton medical practice, staff members still in their scrubs shook their heads as defense attorney Andrew G. Levchuk …

Bird sightings

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two Virginia rails, a merlin and a summer tanager were reported in Belchertown. Nighthawks are beginning to show up across the region. Look in …

Upcoming events at area senior centers

Friday, August 21, 2015

Seminar on scammers set for September A free seminar aimed at protecting senior citizens from scams and other financial crimes will be held Sept. 11 at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan and the …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend …