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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 later, the raindrops still clung to the blades of grass as if waiting for me to get my camera. So I did. The photograph was taken with a macro lens on a digital SLR. Julius Lester is affiliated with the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery, 2 East St., Southampton. Other images are on view there Sundays and Tuesdays, 1 to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. …

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 sheriffs of Hampshire and Franklin counties, it is open to anyone who is interested. Breakfast …

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 recent years. Though a majority of the Planning Board voted for the tower, the proposal …

Bird Sightings

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A little blue heron was found at Wild Acres Park in Pittsfield. A lesser yellowlegs and a pectoral sandpiper were on Silver Lake in …

Photographer Les Campbell to cut ceremonial ribbon at new Amherst physical therapy office

Thursday, August 13, 2015

AMHERST — As he turns 90, Belchertown photographer Les Campbell is among the oldest members of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, and also one of its newest. Campbell will be recognized with a birthday cake and have the opportunity to cut a ribbon for the ceremonial opening …

Tri-Lakes Watershed Association to host fourth-annual pig roast in Belchertown

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Belchertown PIG ROAST: A pig roast sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Watershed Association will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Swift River Sportsman’s Club, 350 Cold Spring St. There will also be hamburgers, hot dogs, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, salad and dessert. Entertainment includes …

Health events: Area support groups, other resources

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ GRIEF BEREAVEMENT — Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst periodically offers eight-week bereavement support groups open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. There is no fee; a phone interview is required. Call …

High school notebook: Local ultimate players shine at Under-19 Club National Championships

Monday, August 10, 2015

Yet another example of Hampshire County’s influence in the sport of ultimate at the state and national level was on display over the weekend. Several local boys competed for the Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance all-star team, which won …

Area police news

Monday, August 10, 2015

Amherst ∎ Montrell L. Parker, 38, of 38 Olympia Drive, Apt. 20, was arrested on a warrant at 1:51 a.m. Sunday on Olympia Drive. ∎ Eric S. Fair, 50, of 275 East Pleasant St., was arrested on two warrants at 5:31 p.m. Friday at his home. Belchertown ∎ …

Local students solve mock murder, bank robbery cases as part of Holyoke Community College criminal justice camp

Monday, August 10, 2015

HOLYOKE — It was up to a group of teenagers to solve both a murder case and a bank robbery in the same week. Armed with knowledge provided by local law enforcement and other experts during “Cops, Crime …

Ellie’s Oils in Northampton offers many tastes of oil and vinegar

Monday, August 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For people who believe the choices for olive oil and balsamic vinegar are only “extra-virgin” and “traditional,” business partners Barbara Goldstein and Matthew Wirth in July opened a store to prove otherwise — and they will …

Valley Views: Pileated Family

Friday, August 7, 2015

Pileated Family Winsor Park, Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley As I was driving near the small Winsor Park, on my way out of Quabbin Reservoir in June, something caught my eye. …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎  Arcadia Invasive Plant Removal — Volunteers welcome Saturday and Aug. 15, 22 and 29, 9 a.m. to noon, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton. 584-3009. ∎  Walking Tour of African-American Heritage in 19th-Century Florence — Wendy …