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Belchertown

ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER
Belchertown Select Board member Kenneth Elstein, left, addresses Surner Heating Co. owner Benjamin Surner during a hearing Monday in which the company was granted a license to install two 30,000-gallon propane storage tanks on its property on Route 9 near North Street.

Belchertown Select Board approves Surner Heating request to install underground propane tanks

Monday, September 15, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The Select Board approved Monday night an application by the Surner Heating Co. to increase its fuel-storage capacity on land it owns on Route 9 near the intersection with North Street. The Planning Board must still consider the site plan. The 4-1 vote came after a hearing that lasted nearly two hours in which about a dozen residents …

Monday’s high school girls volleyball: Amherst falls in five to Ludlow for first loss

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls volleyball team met its match, falling 3-2 to Ludlow to halt its undefeated run on Monday. The Hurricanes (4-1) dropped the final three sets (25-18, 25-16, 15-9) after narrowly winning the first two (25-22, 27-25). Justine Bohl had a career-best 42 assists and five aces. Chapin Duffy had seven kills and eight blocks, while Nina Hayes recorded eight kills …

Monday’s high school field hockey: Northampton blows out Palmer

Monday, September 15, 2014

Kristina Ramsden, Reilly Griffin and Missie Maiewski each scored twice to lead the Northampton field hockey team to a 7-1 home win over Palmer on Monday. Ramsden and Griffin also had an assist apiece for the Blue Devils (2-1, 2-1 Central). Kerry Fleming added a tally, while Emily Biggs, Emily Poehlein and Ursa Heidinger each picked up an assist. Dana Dufour made one …

Monday’s high school soccer: Hampshire boys strike for first win

Monday, September 15, 2014

After opening the season with back-to-back scoreless ties, the Hampshire Regional boys soccer team’s offense woke up and shut out Palmer with an 8-0 win at home Monday. Bryan Brasil (two goals, assist) and Brendan Bzdel (two assists, goal) each collected three points in the blowout for the …

Monday’s golf: Granby rolls past Mahar, stays perfect

Monday, September 15, 2014

Shane Hollenbeck shot a match-best 38 and was one of five Granby golfers to earn individual sweeps in a 201/2-31/2 victory over Mahar Monday at Ellinwood Country Club in Athol. Alex Joao, Tom Rezzani, Jesse Molin and Dominic Rosazza also won their matches 4-0 for the unbeaten Rams …

Area police news

Monday, September 15, 2014

Amherst ∎ Shannon M. Walsh, 22, of Norwood, was arrested at 5:23 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Pine Street and Sand Hill Road on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol after she was found slumped over the steering wheel of …

Former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury arrested on firearms charges after allegedly pointing gun at man outside Belchertown VFW

Monday, September 15, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury was arrested and arraigned last week in Eastern Hampshire District Court on firearms charges after he allegedly pointed a gun at another man outside VFW Post 8428 in Belchertown during …

Weekend high schools/preps: Smith Academy boys soccer stays perfect with win over Hopkins

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Smith Academy boys soccer team scored a pair of goals in the second half off corner kicks to upend Hopkins Academy 2-1 Saturday in Hatfield. With 15 minutes remaining, Kevin Banas converted a Joe Afflitto feed to put the Falcons (4-0) ahead for good. About five minutes …

Belchertown volunteers build Jessica’s Boundless Playground

Saturday, September 13, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Vicky Martins-Auffrey felt like she was in a dream Saturday morning as a crew of volunteers lugged and installed posts, panels, hardware, platforms and other components of Jessica’s Boundless Playground on State Street. “It feels surreal, …

Friday night football: Turners Falls runs over Belchertown, 28-7

Friday, September 12, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — It would be tough to find a better way to launch a defense of a league championship than the performance the Turners Falls football team turned in Friday night. The Indians rode a three-touchdown night from junior Jalen Sanders and a stifling defensive performance to …

Friday’s high schools: Frontier Regional spikes Turners Falls

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball swept Turners Falls 3-0 to give newly minted hall of fame coach Sean MacDonald another win Friday. The Red Hawks won 25-11, 25-20, 25-22 to improve to 5-0 on the season. Cassidy Ciesluk had 16 kills and 15 digs, while Rachel Cialek added …

Thursday’s high school golf: Corey Calkins, Brian Bak lead South Hadley past Chicopee

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Corey Calkins shot a career-low 38 on his home course at the Ledges Golf Club to help lead South Hadley over Chicopee, 164-172, on Thursday afternoon. Brian Bak finished with a 1-over-par 37 to earn medalist honors for …

Thursday’s high schools: Frontier Regional girls volleyball team spikes Chicopee Comp

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cassidy Ciesluk had 13 digs, 11 kills and five aces for the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team in a 3-0 road sweep over Chicopee Comp Thursday. The Red Hawks (4-0) remained perfect by game scores of 25-14, 25-22, 25-12. Rachel Cialek also had 11 kills in the win. …