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New Salem police charge Tyrone Ulmer Jr. of Belchertown with breaking into two homes

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW SALEM — After a three-week investigation, the New Salem Police Department has filed charges against Tyrone G. Ulmer Jr., 43, of Belchertown for allegedly breaking into two homes. Lt. Marcy Helems and Detective John Bonafini responded to reports of break-ins at homes on North Main Street and Crowl Road on July 29. Working together with Officer Adam Sokoloski of the Deerfield Police Department, who had encountered similar break-ins, police … 0

Two finalists for school superintendent named in Belchertown

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Two educators working elsewhere in Massachusetts were named finalists for superintendent of schools in Belchertown after a third candidate withdrew hours before the announcement was made Tuesday evening. Karen Zaleski, director of pupil services for the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, and Karol Coffin, a middle school principal in Attleboro, are … 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 Industrial Corporation last week. The Town Hall session drew about 70 residents as well as … 0

When ‘middle man’ is a badge of honor For 40-plus years, Squash Inc. delivers food around the Valley

Sunday, July 20, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — By recognizing Squash Inc., a food distributor in the Pioneer Valley since 1973, as a Local Hero this summer, CISA also recognized the importance of what Squash co-owner Eric Stocker calls “the dreaded middle man” in … 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