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Bird Sightings

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A black tern and a greater scaup have been seen off the Winsor Dam at the south end of the Quabbin Reservoir. A black-crowned night-heron, a great egret, a pectoral sandpiper, a semipalmated sandpiper and a greater yellowlegs were reported in Pittsfield. Two lesser yellowlegs and a semipalmated plover were found in Longmeadow. Olive-sided flycatchers were seen in New Salem and Amherst. American bitterns were reported in Amherst and Northampton. A black vulture was seen in Russell and six black vultures were reported in Westfield. A northern goshawk was found in … 0

Eliza Summers & Stephen Frasier

Friday, August 29, 2014

Stephen J. Frasier, of Amherst, and Eliza A. Summers, of Belchertown, announce their engagement. Stephen is a professor and Elizabeth is a financial aid counselor, both at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A fall wedding is planned. … 0

School lunch menus

Friday, August 29, 2014

Amherst-Pelham TUESDAY: Chicken and cheese quesadilla, corn, black beans, pineapple cup, green grapes WEDNESDAY: French toast sticks, peach cup, hash browns, apple, romaine salad/tomatoes THURSDAY: Mozzarella sticks and marinara, tomato salad, diced pears, banana FRIDAY: Pizza wedge, garden salad, pineapple cup, honeydew melon cup Belchertown TUESDAY: HS: Chicken pot pie with stuffing, corn, fresh fruit, broccoli, pineapple chunks, or taco bar; JB: Waffles, … 0

Springfield man to be summoned on charges related to credit-card fraud, other area police news

Monday, August 18, 2014

Amherst ∎ A 28-year-old Springfield man will be summoned to court on charges of receiving a lost credit card, committing credit-card fraud over $250 and committing credit-card fraud under $250, police said. The charges against the man resulted from a 2013 incident and subsequent investigation that detectives completed … 0

Valley plays host to Special Olympics

Monday, August 11, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — As Special Olympian Corey Cohen waited in anticipation for his team to take over the softball diamond at Sheehan Field in Nonotuck Park Saturday morning, he didn’t hesitate when asked his favorite sport. He pointed to … 0

BelArts Solar Artisan Village makes its pitch with ‘Dr. Suess-quality’ project for former state school land in Belchertown

Sunday, August 10, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Words like “bold,” “innovative,” and “transformational,” flowed freely as proponents of a plan to build the BelArts Solar Artisan Village on the site of the former state school made their pitch to the Belchertown Economic Development … 1

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, August 8, 2014

THREE’S A CROWD Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley “She’s mine. Get your own girl.” That’s what this male wood duck appears to be saying to an interested bachelor. I caught the action … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. An immature little blue heron was found at Szot Park in Chicopee, then at the Springfield Plaza in a pond next to the theater … 0

Area police news

Monday, August 4, 2014

Amherst ∎ Andrew J. Piela, 29, of 580 River Road, Deerfield, was arrested at 7:10 a.m. Monday by Deerfield police on a warrant issued by Amherst police charging him with domestic assault and battery and malicious destruction of property over $250. Piela allegedly broke an apartment window during … 0

Local briefs: youth programs, golf tournaments, road races

Friday, August 1, 2014

Youth programs available at Hamp Recreation Registrations are now being accepted for the Northampton Recreation Department’s field hockey program. This competitive program has a Senior team (seventh and eighth grade) and a Junior team (fifth and sixth). The program begins mid-August and runs until November. Games are mostly … 0

Margaret Shepard & Stephen Orszulak

Friday, August 1, 2014

Kevin and Donna Shepard, of Easthampton, and Paul and Colleen Orszulak, of Ware, announce the engagement of their children, Margaret Shepard and Stephen Orszulak, both of South Hadley. Margaret is a teacher in the Ware public school system. … 0

Around Belchertown: Robert Wojtczak appointed to fill Planning Board opening

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A joint session of the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board named Robert Wojtczak to the Planning Board Monday night. The other candidate was Michael Hofler. The two men were looking to fill the remainder of the … 0

Weekend round: South Hadley, Frontier Mantle; Easthampton Metro advance in tournies

Monday, July 28, 2014

A wild weekend of Mickey Mantle Tournament action concluded with three teams still in the running for the championship. Along with top seed Deerfield are No. 4 South Hadley (16-8) and darkhorse No. 8 Frontier (8-15). The final game on Sunday was postponed due to the morning rain. … 0