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Pathfinder blanks undermanned Belchertown, takes turkey day series lead

Thursday, November 26, 2015

PALMER — An undermanned Belchertown football team went into its Thanksgiving game against Pathfinder with a nothing-to-lose mentality. The Orioles, who were missing 18 players, sent out a team of mostly sophomores and freshman against an experienced Pathfinder team. The defense was opportunistic, forcing three turnovers, but the offense couldn’t move the ball as the Orioles lost 16-0 at St. Joseph’s Field. “We put in a brand new defense in …

Northampton native Hunter Newman signs letter of intent to men’s lacrosse at Bucknell

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hunter Newman went from a potential Division III recruit to Division I prospect seemly overnight. The Northampton native and Suffield Academy senior signed his National Letter of Intent earlier this month to play men’s lacrosse at Division I Bucknell. The Bison finished 9-6 overall, 5-3 in the Patriot League last season. Their season …

Northampton’s Liam Sullivan places third at state Division 1 cross country championship

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — Liam Sullivan gave everything he had, and then some. Yet it was a bittersweet day for the Northampton cross country standout. Sullivan fell a bit shy of his goal of becoming the first western Massachusetts runner since 2001 to win the state Division 1 cross country championship. He finished third with a time of 15 minutes, 29 seconds. “If you told …

Northampton’s Liam Sullivan, Frontier Regional make history at WMass cross country championships

Saturday, November 14, 2015

WESTFIELD — Northampton senior Liam Sullivan joined an elite list Saturday, while Frontier Regional made history at the Western Massachusetts Boys Cross Country championships. Sullivan became just the seventh runner since 1963 to win back-to-back Division 1 individual …

Belchertown police used Narcan to revive drivers in two overdose incidents

Friday, November 13, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Police officers and paramedics used Narcan to revive drivers believed to be overdosing on heroin while behind the wheel in two separate incidents Thursday. Sgt. Kevin Pacunas said Friday that police had yet to determine whether …

Friday night football: Mohawk runs over Belchertown, 46-0

Friday, November 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail football team’s rushing attack was on point Friday night as the Warriors rushed for six touchdowns in a 46-0 blowout over Belchertown in an independent football game at Pollard Field. The Warriors (2-8) racked up 405 yards on the ground, led by junior …

Bird sightings

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A pair of redheads was found in an open area of Cheshire Lake. A long-tailed duck was seen for two days on the Connecticut …

Valley Views: Enfield Lookout Autumn

Friday, November 13, 2015

Enfield Lookout, Autumn Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E, Ely, Amherst The Quabbin Reservoir has many wonderful spots. One of my favorites is the Enfield Lookout, so called because it overlooks the place of the …

Upcoming events for area seniors

Friday, November 13, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk 259-3060 NAME THAT TUNE — Sing-along with Steve is held on …

Area School Lunch Menus

Friday, November 13, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato salad, orange TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Roast turkey and gravy, peas, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, spinach salad, apple cobbler, Bartlett pear THURSDAY: Hamburger, sweet potato …

What2Watch4: Week 10 football previews

Friday, November 13, 2015

Northampton at Putnam Friday, 7 The Blue Devils (4-5) will look to snap a two-game losing streak when they face the Beavers (3-6) out of the AA Conference. Putnam has dropped five straight. Hamp will look to contain …

Local briefs: Northampton wins WMass Fall Baseball League championship

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Northampton wins fall baseball championship Northampton won the Western Massachusetts High School Fall Baseball League Varsity Division championship last month. Northampton finished 8-1 in the regular season and went 3-0 in the playoffs, beating East Longmeadow, Springfield and Holyoke. Hamp beat Holyoke 6-5 in eight innings for its …

Air Force Lt. Col James Bishop describes deployment to Afghanistan during Veterans Day address in Belchertown

Thursday, November 12, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — War stories from his recent deployment to Afghanistan were central to the keynote address delivered by U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. James Bishop to more than 350 people who packed Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium at the high …