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Poor weather sacked the local high school football schedule on Thanksgiving.

Update: Snow sacks Thanksgiving Day high school football schedule

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Day meals will taste a little different this year. Inclement weather postponed five high school football games on Thursday. The games will be played either Friday or Saturday with turkey day leftovers for post-game feasts. The Battle of the Bridge between Northampton and Amherst will be played Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at McGuirk Stadium. Amherst athletic director Rich Ferro …

Long-awaited asbestos cleanup to begin at Belchertown State School

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Work on removing contaminants from areas of the former Belchertown State School will begin as soon as next week. Bay State Contracting of Springfield has been awarded a contract for $40,800 to remove asbestos debris from the administration building of the former state school, according to Mark Sternman, a spokesperson for …

When son knows best A Belchertown couple turns to their eldest to design their modern home

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Architect Uwe Brandes has designed everything from a military museum in Buffalo, New York, to an elementary school in Berlin, Germany. Currently the founding executive director of Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Urban Planning in Urban Planning in Washington. D.C., Brandes, 50, has another design on his resume that hits closer …

Second brother from Springfield sentenced to probation in Belchertown sex assault case

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 25-year-old Springfield man was sentenced to two years probation Wednesday after accepting a plea agreement and avoiding a trial on child rape and indecent assault and battery charges. Robert D. Edwards Jr. pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to committing unnatural and lascivious acts with …

Belchertown navigates penalty kicks again, beats Oakmont to reach state final

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WESTFIELD — In Sunday’s sectional title game, the Belchertown boys soccer team survived through a scoreless regulation and 12 rounds of penalty kicks. In Tuesday night’s state Division 3 semifinal, a dominant but desperate Orioles squad needed a …

Springfield man sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to committing unnatural act with a child

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man was sentenced to probation when he accepted a plea agreement Tuesday and avoided a trial on charges including child rape. Michael R. Edwards, 27, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to committing an unnatural act with a child under 16 between 2002 and …

Amherst Regional, Belchertown set sights on state boys soccer semifinals

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Belchertown and Amherst Regional are set to make their trips to the state boys soccer tournament Tuesday night. The Orioles (14-3-4) will play Oakmont (13-3-4) in the Division 3 semifinals at 7 p.m. at Westfield State University. …

Belchertown prevails in penalty kicks, wins 4th straight boys soccer sectional title

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — In his first varsity season, junior goalie Connor Curtin led the Belchertown boys soccer team to its fourth consecutive Western Massachusetts Division 3 title, but not without working for it. The Orioles survived 100 minutes of …

Northampton boys fifth, girls seventh at state cross country championship

Saturday, November 15, 2014

BOSTON — For the first time this season, neither the Northampton boys or girls cross country teams finished first in a non-invitational meet. But this was no ordinary meet and neither team was expected to win. It was the state Division 1 championship and the competition was fierce. …

Friday night football: Belchertown responds, beats Ware 28-22

Friday, November 14, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — It’s been a season of adversity for the Belchertown football team, but Friday proved to be a night of character for the Orioles. Belchertown allowed a touchdown on its first defensive play and then surrendered the lead late in the fourth quarter, but rebounded to claim …

Valley Views: Prayer flags in autumn

Friday, November 14, 2014

Prayer Flags and Autumn Colors Springfield Road, Belchertown Photograph and text by Julius Lester, Belchertown Although I am not a Buddhist, I like the idea of the flags sending prayers for peace into the world whenever the wind …

school lunch menus

Friday, November 14, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, pineapple cups, fresh apple TUESDAY: Twin chicken soft tacos, black beans, fresh apple, romaine lettuce, sliced peaches, sweet red pepper strips WEDNESDAY: Hot dog, sweet potato puffs, carrot sticks, applesauce, spinach and tomato salad, banana THURSDAY: Roast turkey breast with gravy, …

Veterans Voice

Friday, November 14, 2014

Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between Oct. 30 and Nov. 13. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary. John F. Murphy Jr., 87, Milton, formerly Northampton, d. Oct. 25; he enlisted in the …