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Belchertown

DAN LITTLE
Zachary Holmes, 21, center, during a hearing to determine his release from jail Friday at Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton.

Prosecutor reveals details of alleged attack on mother in dangerousness hearing of autistic Belchertown man

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — By the time the police arrived at the Belchertown home last September, the mother — covered in her own blood — was standing outside with her youngest son. Joann Holmes’ face, stomach, back, wrists and neck were all slashed, according to the prosecutor’s account in court. Two knives used in the alleged attack lay on the bloodied kitchen …

Adam Mattingly strikes late as Belchertown skates past South Hadley

Friday, February 5, 2016

AMHERST — One team cheered wildly in celebration, the other went to the locker room wondering if a last-second goal should have counted. A goal by Adam Mattingly counted in the scorebook and the Belchertown ice hockey team beat South Hadley, 3-2, Friday night at the Mullins Center Practice Rink. “It came down …

Friday’s high school basketball: Mary Whalen’s putback seals win for Smith Academy

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sophomore Mary Whalen pulled down her 10th rebound on the offensive end and scored the game-winner with 12.1 seconds left as the Smith Academy girls basketball team beat Pioneer Regional, 48-46, Friday in Hatfield. to go to put the Falcons ahead of Pioneer Valley (6-10) for good. Whalen finished with seven points for the Falcons (7-9, 2-4 Franklin South). Senior Ashley Higgins had …

Golden Girls

Friday, January 29, 2016

School lunch menus

Friday, January 29, 2016

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Crispy chicken patty sandwich, baked Tater Tots, cucumber coins, applesauce, orange TUESDAY: Mozzarella sticks, marinara, carrots, celery sticks, peaches, Barlett pear WEDNESDAY: Cheeseburger, corn, vegetarian baked beans, pineapple cup, banana THURSDAY: Two soft tacos, brown rice, black beans, diced pears, orange FRIDAY: Cheese pizza, broccoli florets, …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, January 29, 2016

Easthampton Aleksander Joseph Kochapski and Joshua J. Picard were named to the fall semester dean’s list at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Florence Bridget Melinda Keefe has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. Holyoke Community College The following local students …

Wednesday’s high schools: Amherst hockey skates past Greenfield and into postseason

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Junior Max Hopley scored three goals and dished out two assists as the Amherst Regional ice hockey team beat Greenfield, 8-2, at Orr Rink Wednesday. The Hurricanes (9-1-3, 8-1-1 Fay-Wright), who scored five goals in the third to break a 2-2 tie, qualified for the postseason with the …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Hampshire beats Gateway in battle of undermanned teams

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Two undermanned wrestling teams met at Gateway Regional High School on Wednesday. Hampshire Regional proved the stronger of the two, defeating the Gators 40-15 with just 10 of the 14 weight classes featuring competitors. Brandon Daniels and Dylan Berthume picked up Gateway’s two pin victories against Max Abel …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Stephanie Start’s triple-double powers Smith Voke

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Stephanie Start’s triple-double paved the way as the Smith Vocational girls basketball team cruised past Westfield Tech, 54-9, in Westfield Tuesday. Start had 27 points, including 25 in the first half, 12 rebounds and 10 steals as the Vikings (6-6, 3-1 Tri-County South) took control early and ran …

Tuesday’s alpine skiing: Frontier Regional duo races girls to second

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Alli Zera and Coriann Delaney are helping the Frontier Regional girls skiing team knock on the winner’s door. The Red Hawks finished second in the South Division at the fifth PVIAC alpine ski race of the season, Tuesday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Zera took fourth place on …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Belchertown’s Ben LeClair breaks 23-year-old school record in 50 freestyle

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Belchertown sophomore Ben LaClair had two individual wins and anchored two winning relays in an 87-79 boys swimming & diving victory over Westfield Tuesday. And that wasn’t the most impressive thing he did at Chestnut Hill Community School. LaClair broke a 23-year-old school record in the 50-yard freestyle. …

Belchertown police union decries chief selection process

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — A nine-member committee charged with winnowing approximately 30 applications for chief of police down to between three and five finalists to forward to the Select Board has not included the only internal candidate for the job …

Monday’s high school basketball: ‘Dumpster dog’ Justin Farrick leads Frontier’s dominant rebounding effort in win over Greenfield

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The advantage on the scoreboard mirrored the advantage on the backboards. The Frontier Regional boys basketball team outrebounded Greenfield 51-31 in a 62-40 victory Monday in Greenfield. “Our guys were very active on both ends of the glass,” Frontier coach Ben Barshefsky said. Justin Farrick paved the way …