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ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER
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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 term left when Louis Faassen resigned last May. The vote was 7-2 with Planning Board Chairman Christopher Lorenzo and Selectman Kenneth Elstein … 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. Saturday South Hadley 13, Easthampton 10 — Trailing by seven runs going into the last … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. An Acadian flycatcher continues to be seen down from Gate 22 at the Quabbin Reservoir. Two young Orchard orioles were found in the East Meadows of Northampton. A solitary sandpiper and eight least sandpipers were reported at Paradise Pond … 0

Northampton Cal Ripken baseball cruises in opener of state tournament

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Three pitchers combined on a 2-hitter as the Northampton Cal Ripken 9-and-under team began the state tournament with a 10-3 victory over Marlboro Friday afternoon in Westminster. Otis Follet (three innings, five strikeouts), Dominic Badorini (two innings, three … 0

VOLUNTEERS

Friday, July 18, 2014

special olympics — American International College Lions Club seeking volunteers to help with Special Olympics Sat., Aug. 9, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Bocce Court of Nonotuck Park, Easthampton. Follow this link to register: http://soma.vsyshost.com/vsys/app/SXQP6XKN30A8XWX6 hospice volunteer training — Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice holds 20-hour training program … 0

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, July 18, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst The U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C, has awarded Ella “Kippie” Douglas one of 65 … 0

Local baseball: Amherst Legion claims pair of playoff wins

Friday, July 18, 2014

After waiting roughly three days to extend its season, the Amherst Post 148 American Legion team then only needed hours to get off to a strong start in the next round of the Western District playoffs. Amherst defeated … 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