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Steven Paul of Belchertown admits to firing gun in domestic dispute; agrees to alcohol treatment, batterers’ counseling

Monday, March 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 60-year-old Belchertown man in Hampshire Superior Court Monday admitted to threatening to kill his then-wife and firing a gun during a domestic dispute with her in 2013. Steven W. Paul, 60, of 175 Warner St., pleaded guilty to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over 60, assault, and threatening to commit a crime. Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder agreed with the sentencing …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Seven people arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court on charges related to Blarney Blowout

Monday, March 9, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — On the Monday after Blarney Blowout, seven young people were arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court, mostly on minor charges such as underage possession of alcohol and violating the town’s open container bylaw. Two others who …

Raymond Quatacker of South Hadley held without bail after allegedly stabbing brother, threatening to kill him

Monday, March 9, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — A South Hadley man accused of stabbing his brother in the arm and threatening to murder him Saturday will have a hearing in Eastern Hampshire District Court Friday to determine whether he is too dangerous to be released from jail. Raymond Quatacker, 31, of 13 Hadley …

South Hadley topples Tantasqua, wins 7th WMass Division 2 title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — South Hadley boys basketball coach Jeff Guiel emerged from the locker room on Saturday with an unraveled tie draped around his neck. He was wearing a T-shirt that read “If not now” on the front and …

Belchertown beats Pittsfield in Division 2 girls final, wins school’s first basketball title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — The Belchertown girls basketball team had a six-point lead with 31.5 seconds left in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament final when coach Jay Woodcock told sophomore Cara McKenzie she had made the play of the …

Hoosac ends Granby girls undefeated season in D3 final, 55-29

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — It had been 367 days since the Granby girls basketball team last lost. On Saturday, the No. 2 Rams’ 22-game win streak was snapped by top-seeded Hoosac Valley, 55-29, in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament …

In stunning turnaround, Hopkins wallops top-seeded Monson in D-4 championship

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team made a minor change to its defense at halftime. Sure, the Golden Hawks trailed top-seeded Monson by five, but their defense was working with the exception of Stephen O’Shea, who …

One year later: After Blarney Blowout 2014 revelers paid fines, wrote letters of apology, and met other conditions, all charges against them dismissed

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — Whatever transpires at this year’s Blarney Blowout Saturday, University of Massachusetts senior Ryan Young will not be there. “I kind of don’t want to be anywhere near the school at all, and not because I think …

Undefeated Granby, upset-minded Belchertown seek WMass girls basketball titles

Friday, March 6, 2015

At a preseason practice in December, Granby girls basketball coach Tom Burke worked diligently with his nine varsity players. Learning and running plays was taking longer than in past years as his roster included two sophomores, two freshmen …

Hopkins Academy, South Hadley vie for Western Massachusetts boys basketball titles

Friday, March 6, 2015

One thing the Hopkins Academy and South Hadley boys basketball teams have in common is the Curry Hicks Cage. The Golden Hawks and Tigers are very familiar with the UMass gym and they are both playing there Saturday. …