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Weekend colleges: Amherst men’s hockey earns point on initial road swing

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Amherst College men’s hockey team earned just one of a possible four points over the weekend on a road trip to upstate New York. The Jeffs tied Nazareth 1-1 Sunday, following a 6-3 loss to Elmira Saturday. Phil Johansson scored his first collegiate goal on the power play Sunday for No. 6/7 Amherst (2-1-1). Theo Hannah and Chris Roll each picked up an assist, with Dave Cunningham making 36 …

Heading outdoors

Friday, September 4, 2015

Gorge Apres Gorge 5K Run and 3-Mile Walk — Trail run and walk to benefit Hilltown Land Trust Saturday, Chesterfield Gorge, Ireland Street, Chesterfield. Run, 9:30 a.m.; Walk, 11 a.m. $10 advance; $15 day of; $35 family. www.runreg.com  Hike in Belchertown — Kestrel Land Trust sponsors hike with naturalist Charley Eiseman Dec. 6, 1 to 3 p.m. Pre-registration required. kestreltrust.org, 549-1097. Items for …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 27, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Teacher’s work day, no school TUESDAY: Baked potato bar, broccoli, spinach salad, pear, peach cup WEDNESDAY: Meatball hero, romaine salad, peach cup, Empire apple THURSDAY: Pancakes with turkey sausage, baked Tater Tots, veggie dippers, Bartlett pear, applesauce FRIDAY: Cheesy pepperoni pizza, carrot sticks, romaine salad with tomato, sliced peaches, orange Belchertown MONDAY: HS: Chicken ala king, brown rice or Tostitos corn …

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 …

Alex DeSantis, UMass men’s soccer look to continue run in A-10 Tournament

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

AMHERST — No matter what happens in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, the UMass men’s soccer team has already exceeded expectations. Picked 12th among the league’s 13 teams in the preseason, the Minutemen, under first-year coach Fran O’Leary, will …

Environmental news briefs

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

IN THE NEWS Litter gatherers honored as ‘Heroes of the Ocean’ BOSTON — Volunteers who remove plastic bags, bottles and other litter from Massachusetts’ beaches are being honored this week as “Heroes of the Ocean.” The environmentalist group Women Working for Oceans and the Massachusetts Sierra Club, in …

WMass boys soccer: Frontier shocks 4-time defending champ Belchertown in the semifinals

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Chicopee — An early Frontier Regional counterattack knocked the crown off the Belchertown boys soccer team’s head. Red Hawks senior Connor Hamilton finished a ball from Andy Habel with 7 minutes, 4 seconds remaining in the first half …

Wmass girls volleyball: Belchertown pushes Chicopee to distance, but falls in Division 2 quarterfinals

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Chicopee and Belchertown were rather familiar with each other. Playing in the Southern League, the Pacers and the Orioles split during the regular season. Both teams earned their victories on the road as Belchertown won in four sets on Sept. 30. Chicopee then returned the favor …

Massachusetts releases PARCC exam data by school district

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As the state determines what to do about standardized testing, data released Tuesday offers a look at how individual school districts performed on the spring 2015 PARCC exam. Overall, students in grades 3 through 8 who took the PARCC math and English exams last spring were …

Belchertown Select Board appoints nine-member committee to review police chief applicants

Monday, November 9, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — The Select Board on Monday named a nine-member search committee charged with reviewing applications for a new police chief. So far, 22 people have applied for the job, and the review process is expected to last at least until February. The town is seeking to replace …

WMass girls soccer: Granby, Gateway advance to semifinals; 4 local teams knocked out in quarters

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Granby girls soccer team walked off its home field for the final time Sunday with its unbeaten record still intact after a 4-0 victory over Athol in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinals. Summer Molin scored twice, while the top-seeded Rams (17-0-2) were the beneficiaries of …