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Two injured, cars damaged in Belchertown crash after driver suffers medical trouble

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Two people were hospitalized and a section of Route 202 was closed Thursday night after a man experienced what police believe to be a medical emergency while driving and sideswiped several cars on Main Street. At 8:10 p.m., Police Sgt. Bruce Jenks said, a vehicle stopped in the road before accelerating and sideswiping three moving cars and two … 0

Firm picked to build 83-unit housing complex on old Belchertown State School property; state releases $4M to clean land

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The Grantham Group of Boston has been chosen to build an 83-unit assisted living complex on a portion of the land formerly occupied by the Belchertown State School. At the same time, the state has released a $4 million grant to clean up contaminants at the site. The announcement was made … 0

Mickey Mantle baseball playoffs begin with 4 shutouts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pitching completely dominated the first round of the Mickey Mantle double-elimination tournament on Wednesday evening. The winning team shut out its opponent in all four games, including a pair of 1-0 contests. Amherst 1, Northampton 0 (5) — A pitchers’ duel between Amherst’s Jon Morrison and Hamp’s Hunter Salem was decided on Alex … 0

Local talent finds offseason home on IAS lacrosse team

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The high school lacrosse season grinds along with a shifting focus as the goal changes from making the postseason to winning the championship. But for athletes wanting to play at the next level, a winning season … 0

Gazette Girls Track & Field Player of the Year: Northampton senior Lauren McGrath

Thursday, July 17, 2014

When Lauren McGrath first came out for the Northampton girls track & field team, she had no idea what she was doing. Fast forward a year and a half, and she had no idea just how much she … 0

Belchertown ZBA approves Surner request despite heavy opposition

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Despite opposition from about two dozen residents and a petition signed by more than 100, the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday approved a request from a heating company to install two 30,000-gallon propane tanks on Route … 0

Baseball Player of the Year: Andrew Omer of Hopkins

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Andrew Omer took the role of pitching ace for the Hopkins Academy baseball team quite literally. The senior righthander earned the win in nine of 14 victories for the Golden Hawks, including seven of nine during the regular … 0

Leave no man behind: Belchertown veteran fights VA for crewmates after peacetime Agent Orange exposure at Westover, other bases

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — One lesson retired Air Force Col. Archer Battista says he learned in his six years in Vietnam was never to leave anyone behind. This explains why Battista, 68, has since 2010 thrown his energy into an effort … 2

UMass prof: farmland, solar arrays can co-exist

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — What if you could use open space to generate solar electricity and farm it at the same time? Stephen Herbert, a professor of agronomy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, says this is more than … 0

Local baseball & softball: Caelin Mottor keeps Easthampton Metro undefeated

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Caelin Mottor used her arm and bat to ensure the Easthampton Metro Softball team remained perfect Tuesday evening. Mottor fired a 6-hitter with five strikeouts, and went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored as Easthampton (15-0) defeated Springfield 9-2 at home. Gabby Downer (two … 0

Local baseball: South Hadley Sandy Koufax wins Division B title

Monday, July 14, 2014

The South Hadley Sandy Koufax team run-ruled Ludlow for the NEYSA Division B title on Tuesday, 16-5, in five innings. The Tigers scored six runs in the first and eight in the fourth to put the game out of reach. Jarrett Sudyka had RBI triple in the first, … 0

Gazette Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year: South Hadley’s TJ Fitzell

Monday, July 14, 2014

Whenever the South Hadley lacrosse team needed a play this past season, TJ Fitzell was typically the man to supply it. The senior midfielder led the Tigers in assists and finished two points off the team lead, while … 0

Weekend baseball/softball: Northampton advances to Sandy Koufax final

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Northampton Sandy Koufax baseball team remained undefeated with a 2-0 win over Frontier in the semifinals of the New England Youth Sports Association Division A playoffs at home on Sunday. Jordan Washburn earned the win for top-seeded Hamp (21-0), striking out six while holding Frontier to two … 0