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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 47 seconds left, but Kayla Phillips hit …

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 …

Kate Sullivan nets 21 points, pulls within four of 1K for Hopkins Academy

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kate Sullivan scored 21 points to move within four of 1,000 for her career as the Hopkins Academy girls basketball team defeated Turners Falls 63-40 at home Friday night. The senior hit five 3-pointers and also had eight rebounds and three assists. Hopkins (2-1) plays at home against Lenox at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, December 12, 2014

northampton first night — Volunteers needed to help out with Northampton First Night — celebrate and participate at the same time. Log on to www.firstnightnorthampton.org and click on the “volunteer” tab. Or call 584-7327 Smith College Botanic Garden — Volunteers needed to provide tours for K-12 classes; staff …

Belchertown girls hoop loses halftime lead, drops opener

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD ­— With a chance to open the season on a high note, the Belchertown girls basketball team had a nine-point halftime lead slip away in a game of runs as the Orioles fell 51-38 to West …

Grantham Group seeks Community Preservation Act money to help finance assisted-living project in Belchertown

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The firm selected to build an 83-unit, assisted-living facility on four acres of the former Belchertown State School will seek $250,000 from the town’s Community Preservation Act to help finance construction, according to town administrator Gary Brougham. The Grantham Group, which MassDevelopment and the Belchertown Economic …

Area police news

Monday, December 8, 2014

Amherst ■ A teenage girl reported at 5:24 p.m. Friday that she was struck in the face by another teenage girl outside Rao’s Coffee, 17 Kellogg Ave. ■ Timothy G. Stahl, 35, of 43 Center St., Northampton, was arrested at 11:16 a.m. Friday on North Pleasant Street on …

Belchertown sets tax rate with 1 percent increase

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The property tax rate for next year will be $17.89 per $1,000 of assessed value, according to John Whelihan, the director of assessments. That is a 1 percent increase in the current rate of $17.72. Coupled with variations in property values, the owner of an average single-family home …

Valley Views: Sunrise at Hank’s Meadow, Quabbin Park, Belchertown

Friday, December 5, 2014

Sunrise at Quabbin, Hank’s Meadow, Quabbin Park, Belchertown Photo and text by Pete Miller of East Longmeadow I woke up early Oct. 14 and drove through the dark to situate myself and camera equipment to create a dramatic …

Bird sightings this week in western Massachusetts

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A lark sparrow was found in the Honey Pot section of Hadley. Also seen in the Honey Pot and along Aqua Vita Road were …

Special Town Meeting approves new zoning for former Belchertown State School property

Monday, December 1, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Voters at a special Town Meeting on Monday overwhelmingly ratified a new set of zoning bylaws governing land once occupied by the Belchertown State School. The zoning changes, creating a “business neighborhood center district,” passed with no discussion from the floor and just a smattering of …

Lifeline: Irina Ukrainets is hired to help Harriet Vageline of Belchertown with her personal care but their bond goes deep

Monday, December 1, 2014

Saying, “Good morning. I love you. It’s time to get up,” is not part of Irina Ukrainets’ job description. As a personal care assistant her duties include helping Harriet Lee Vageline bathe and dress. Ukrainets washes dishes, vacuums, …

Last-second field goal sinks Belchertown in 3-0 loss to Pathfinder

Saturday, November 29, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — More than anything, the conditions dictated that this game would be a defensive struggle. Thanks to a slippery field, it was hardly a surprise that Belchertown and Pathfinder were locked in a scoreless high school football game with less than four seconds remaining. Both teams tried …