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Area churches announce Holy Week, Easter services

Monday, March 30, 2015

The following is the schedule of Holy Week services in the area provided by churches that responded to a Gazette request for listings: AMHERST First Congregational Church, 165 Main St. March 29, 10:30 a.m., Palm/Passion Sunday, worship with communion April 1, 7 p.m., A service of foot washing April 2, 6 p.m., Simple supper in the dining room; 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday service in the chapel April 5, 10:30 a.m., …

CISA names Squash Inc., Maple Corner Farm and Adams Farm as ‘Local Heroes’

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three local businesses start the 2015 growing season as heroes of local agriculture. At a gathering in Northampton, the nonprofit Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture bestowed “Local Hero” awards on Squash Inc. of Belchertown, Maple Corner Farm of Granville and Adams Farm of Athol. The awards were presented Friday at CISA’s annual meeting at the Northampton Senior Center. “We give our …

Six senators, including Elizabeth Warren, urge VA to cover stateside Agent Orange exposure

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Six U.S. senators, including Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat representing Massachusetts, have sent a letter imploring the federal government to allow pilots and crews who flew Agent Orange-contaminated plans on stateside missions to qualify for benefits. The letter could push the four-year quest of a retired pilot from Belchertown closer to his goal of …

Residents recount need for improved public transportation serving East Hadley Road neighborhood in Amherst

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — As visually impaired people who don’t drive, Shawn and Saphon Prak depend on public transportation, smooth and continuos sidewalks and easy access to the Norwottuck Rail Trail. Like others who have lived in the East Hadley …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, March 13, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, pineapple cup, apple TUESDAY: Shepherd’s pie, peas, apple, sweet red pepper strips, green grapes WEDNESDAY: Hot dog, sweet potato puffs, carrot sticks, applesauce, spinach and tomato salad, banana THURSDAY: Beef burger, cheeseburger, vegetarian baked beans, carrot sticks, diced pears, orange FRIDAY: …

Sarah Moomaw: Saying goodbye isn’t so tough with a bright future ahead

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The high school basketball season is coming to an end and a majority of teams have said goodbye to their seniors. Watching 1,000-point scorers and multi-year starters depart isn’t easy for coaches, underclassmen or their fans. Even for …

Historic Belchertown runs ends with state Division 2 semifinal loss to Medfield

Thursday, March 12, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Belchertown girls basketball coach Jay Woodcock said anyone could have turned a four-game losing skid entering the postseason into a tournament run with the right attitude, he’s just glad it was his team. Unfortunately, the Orioles’ …

Shooting woes end Hopkins Academy’s Division 4 state title run in semifinals

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WORCESTER — After guiding the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team to a Western Massachusetts title, coach Angelo Thomas hoped Tuesday night’s loss will prepare his program to win at the state level. The Golden Hawks ran into an …

South Hadley goes cold in 65-58 loss to Marlborough in state Division 2 semifinal

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Cam Earle stood at the free-throw line with just over two minutes remaining Tuesday in the state Division 2 semifinal against Marlborough. The Panthers had cut the Tigers’ lead down to one, but the South Hadley …

Eric Bertrand expected to remain at mental hospital after arraignment on charges related to Forbes Library arson and Whole Foods cayenne pepper attack

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The former Easthampton man accused of lighting a fire in Forbes Library and throwing cayenne pepper on shoppers at Whole Foods last July is likely to remain committed at a Worcester mental health hospital, his attorney …

Belchertown girls basketball team looking to raise the bar in state semifinal

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Belchertown girls basketball team has given future squads something to strive for after claiming the school’s first Western Massachusetts basketball championship on Saturday. On Wednesday, the Orioles can push the bar higher with a Division 2 state …

Area police news

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Amherst ■ A 22-year-old Amherst woman will be summoned to court on charges of failure to stop for police and obstructing an emergency vehicle following a brief, low-speed pursuit on Belchertown Road that ended at 8:12 p.m. Monday. ■ Police investigated two assaults reported during the weekend, and …

Sports briefs: Locals shine at youth championships, spring and summer league registrations open

Monday, March 9, 2015

Local shines as Trinity College captures first NESCAC Championship The Trinity College women’s ice hockey team captured its first ever NESCAC Championship with a 3-2 overtime win against Middlebury College on Sunday. Jessie Stowell of Hadley had her shot tipped into the goal with 5 minutes, and 12 …