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Friends and neighbors

Friday, July 31, 2015

Amherst Zoe Tessler, the daughter of Patricia Gorman and Richard Tessler and a rising senior at Hamilton College, is part of a research group at Hamilton studying the invasive garlic mustard plant. Tessler, an art and biology major, is a graduate of Amherst Regional High School. Belchertown Gabriel Norwood, a freshman majoring in history, was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. …

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two great egrets and a snowy egret were reported in the Northampton-Hadley area. A Bonaparte’s gull was found in North Adams, and a lesser yellowlegs was seen in Pittsfield. A sora was reported in Belchertown, and an eastern screen-owl …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 1 WP - Harley; LP - Cousland Records: A/D (6-11) Southwick (9-6) Baseball Easthampton SB …

Gazette Baseball player of the year: Jamie Carey, Amherst Regional

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Jamie Carey, senior, Amherst Regional Season highlights: The senior pitcher/second baseman excelled in all facets of the game and helped guide the Hurricanes to their first sectional final appearance since 2010. Carey went 33 for 78 at the …

Softball Player of the Year: Alexis Ferris, Hampshire Regional

Friday, July 10, 2015

Alexis Ferris, pitcher, junior, Hampshire Regional Season highlights: The junior pitcher finished the season 18-4 and 209 strikeouts, with a season-high of 18 against Belchertown and hit double-digits in eight others. Ferris threw nine shutouts and allowed 30 …

Coming up

Friday, July 10, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk 259-3060 LYME AND OTHER TICK-BORNE ILLNESS — Thursday, 1:30 p.m. Presented …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, July 10, 2015

GROW FOOD NORTHAMPTON’S GIVING GARDEN TEAM — Help grow food that is donated to a local soup kitchen, or help deliver fresh organic produce to the soup kitchen, the Northampton Survival Center and the Northampton Senior Center. Email volunteer@growfoodnorthampton.com horizons for homeless children — Fun-loving, dependable people needed …

Area Volunteer Opportunities

Friday, July 10, 2015

Highland valley elder services ombudsmen — New ombudsmen needed to cover Hampshire County and Westfield facilities. Ombudsmen help ensure the quality of life for nursing and rest home residents. Volunteers are trained to assist residents with benefits, rights and entitlements guaranteed under federal, state and local laws. Three-day …

Holyoke Catholic Honor Roll

Friday, July 10, 2015

Holyoke Catholic High School Fourth Quarter BELCHERTOWN Honorable Mention Grade 9 Emily Gilbert Grade 11 Aidan Cassidy-Payson, Joseph Kervick EASTHAMPTON First Honors Kelly O’Connor GRANBY First Honors Grade 9 Aryann Mercado-Santana Grade 10 Lauren Brill, Michael Dirkes Grade 11 Nathan Laprade Grade 12 Mary Dirkes, Gabrielle Powell SOUTH …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, July 10, 2015

Amherst Parker Cowls Jones has been named to the spring semester president’s list at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. Jones’s major is mechanical engineering. Daniel Mendez graduated from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, with a master’s degree in philosophy. Belchertown Zachery Smith, an aviation meteorology major, earned a …

Local baseball: Northampton’s Connor McLindon no hits Holyoke in Mickey Mantle

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Connor McLindon tossed a five-inning no-hitter for Northampton as it dominated Holyoke, 10-0, Thursday in Mickey Mantle action at Northampton High School. Jesse Carlino-Threlfall had a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth that invoked the …

Gazette Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year: South Hadley senior Sam Duda

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year Sam Duda, senior, South Hadley Season highlights: The senior attack was one of five western Massachusetts players to be named an All-American by US Lacrosse. He joined Chris Menard, Evan Marcus and …

Local baseball: Max Wojcik homers in the 8th to lift Belchertown over Southampton in the District 2 Little League (11-12) Tournament

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Max Wojcik’s walk-off two-run home in the bottom of the eighth inning capped a classic in the final game of pool play in the District 2 Little League (11-12) Tournament as Belchertown edged Southampton, 8-7. After the teams were tied 6-6 after six, neither team scored in the …