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Olandzo Smith of Amherst jailed after exposing himself to two women in Amherst

Monday, December 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 26-year-old Amherst man was ordered to serve two years in the Hampshire County House of Correction and register as a sex offender after he admitted in court Monday to exposing himself to two women in Amherst in September. Olandzo Smith, a Boston native who spent most of his life in the Amherst area, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to two counts of open and gross lewdness, …

Weekend high schools: Sophie Gatzounas, South Hadley hold off Wahconah in overtime

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sophie Gatzounas had 17 points, 11 rebounds and five assists as the South Hadley girls basketball team held off Wahconah, 61-55, in overtime Saturday in Dalton. Marley Medina had nine points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, while Lexi Gawron added 11 points and four assists for the Tigers (2-1). Shepherd Hill 59, Northampton 51 — The Blue Devils (2-1) were within one with …

Weekend high school wrestling: Granby wrestling places third at Eagles Holiday Bash

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jack Sarnacki won the 170-pound weight class and Nolan Hodgins took first at 220 as the Granby wrestling team finished third at the Eagles Holiday Bash, Saturday at Franklin Tech in Turners Falls. Clayton Yanosky (152) and Nick Roberts (182) were second, while Tre Demers (195) was third for the Rams. Jack Kent (106), Nate Fernandes (120) and Collin Mick (145) each placed …

Monday’s high school swimming: Belchertown sweeps South Hadley

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Belchertown boys and girls swimming teams each won their second straight meet to start the season, beating South Hadley on the road Monday afternoon. The boys won 53-27, the girls by a score of 60-33. Ben LaClair (200-yard free, 100 fly) and Matt Quinney (200 IM, 100 …

Victim of deadly Belchertown car accident identified as Keely Walsh of Lancaster

Monday, December 15, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A single-car accident Sunday morning on Route 202 that claimed the life of an 18-year-old Lancaster woman remains under investigation. The victim was identified Monday as Keely Walsh, by Mary Carey, a spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Walsh was a passenger in a 1993 …

Area police news

Monday, December 15, 2014

Amherst ■ Steven P. Cuoco, 50, who listed an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 3:11 p.m. Saturday on Main Street on a warrant. Belchertown ■ Donald Phillip Santor, 43, of Keene, New Hampshire, was arrested at 5:46 p.m. Wednesday on North Main Street on …

Weekend high school recaps: Cam Earle lifts South Hadley over rival Granby in Pioneer Valley Tip-Off

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Each side had a 20-point scorer, but Cam Earle’s 28 lifted South Hadley over Granby, 64-61, in the Pioneer Valley Tip-Off at the Curry Hicks Cage on Saturday. Jesse Molin had 23 points for the Rams (0-1). Granby …

UPDATED: Police identify woman who died in Sunday accident in Belchertown

Sunday, December 14, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Police have identified the victim in a single-car fatal crash on Route 202 in Belchertown as Keely Walsh, 18, of Lancaster, Massachusetts. The crash occcurred early Sunday morning on Route 202 near the town’s police station, police reported. The accident occurred shortly after 6 a.m. when …

Meghan Sullivan gains acceptance to Amherst, leads Granby past Monson in opener

Saturday, December 13, 2014

GRANBY — Just a few hours before her final high school basketball season began, Meghan Sullivan gained assurance of where she’ll be spending the next four years of her athletic and academic life. After applying early decision, the …

Friday’s high school swimming: Northampton’s Johnny Williams sets pool, school record in 100 fly

Friday, December 12, 2014

Junior Johnny Williams wasted little time getting acquainted with the Northampton swimming and diving record book. Williams broke the pool and school record in the 100-yard butterfly Friday as the Blue Devils beat Holyoke Catholic, 105-18, in both teams’ season opener at JFK Middle School. Williams’ time broke …

Friday’s high schools: Holyoke Catholic drops opener to Lenox in overtime

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Holyoke Catholic girls basketball team dropped its season opener, falling 42-41 in overtime to Lenox on the road Friday night. The Millionaires used a 3-pointer with six seconds left to force overtime, then made their free throws down the stretch to win. Danielle Easton had 16 points, …

Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A snowy owl was seen for a day in downtown Springfield. Three long-eared owls were found in the honeypot section of Hadley, and a …

school lunch menus

Friday, December 12, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, steamed carrots, pineapple cup, fresh apple TUESDAY: Twin chicken soft tacos, black beans, fresh apple, romaine lettuce, sliced peaches, sweet red pepper strips WEDNESDAY: Hot dog, sweet potato puffs, applesauce, spinach and tomato salad, banana THURSDAY: Roast turkey breast with gravy, peas, …