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Bird Sightings

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A black tern and a greater scaup have been seen off the Winsor Dam at the south end of the Quabbin Reservoir. A black-crowned night-heron, a great egret, a pectoral sandpiper, a semipalmated sandpiper and a greater yellowlegs were reported in Pittsfield. Two lesser yellowlegs and a semipalmated plover were found in Longmeadow. Olive-sided flycatchers were seen in New Salem and Amherst. American bitterns were reported in Amherst and Northampton. A black vulture was seen in Russell and six black vultures were reported in Westfield. A northern goshawk was found in … 0

Eliza Summers & Stephen Frasier

Friday, August 29, 2014

Stephen J. Frasier, of Amherst, and Eliza A. Summers, of Belchertown, announce their engagement. Stephen is a professor and Elizabeth is a financial aid counselor, both at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A fall wedding is planned. … 0

School lunch menus

Friday, August 29, 2014

Amherst-Pelham TUESDAY: Chicken and cheese quesadilla, corn, black beans, pineapple cup, green grapes WEDNESDAY: French toast sticks, peach cup, hash browns, apple, romaine salad/tomatoes THURSDAY: Mozzarella sticks and marinara, tomato salad, diced pears, banana FRIDAY: Pizza wedge, garden salad, pineapple cup, honeydew melon cup Belchertown TUESDAY: HS: Chicken pot pie with stuffing, corn, fresh fruit, broccoli, pineapple chunks, or taco bar; JB: Waffles, … 0

When ‘middle man’ is a badge of honor For 40-plus years, Squash Inc. delivers food around the Valley

Sunday, July 20, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — By recognizing Squash Inc., a food distributor in the Pioneer Valley since 1973, as a Local Hero this summer, CISA also recognized the importance of what Squash co-owner Eric Stocker calls “the dreaded middle man” in … 0

Northampton Cal Ripken baseball cruises in opener of state tournament

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Three pitchers combined on a 2-hitter as the Northampton Cal Ripken 9-and-under team began the state tournament with a 10-3 victory over Marlboro Friday afternoon in Westminster. Otis Follet (three innings, five strikeouts), Dominic Badorini (two innings, three … 0

VOLUNTEERS

Friday, July 18, 2014

special olympics — American International College Lions Club seeking volunteers to help with Special Olympics Sat., Aug. 9, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Bocce Court of Nonotuck Park, Easthampton. Follow this link to register: http://soma.vsyshost.com/vsys/app/SXQP6XKN30A8XWX6 hospice volunteer training — Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice holds 20-hour training program … 0

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, July 18, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst The U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C, has awarded Ella “Kippie” Douglas one of 65 … 0

Local baseball: Amherst Legion claims pair of playoff wins

Friday, July 18, 2014

After waiting roughly three days to extend its season, the Amherst Post 148 American Legion team then only needed hours to get off to a strong start in the next round of the Western District playoffs. Amherst defeated … 0

Local talent finds offseason home on IAS lacrosse team

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The high school lacrosse season grinds along with a shifting focus as the goal changes from making the postseason to winning the championship. But for athletes wanting to play at the next level, a winning season … 0

Gazette Girls Track & Field Player of the Year: Northampton senior Lauren McGrath

Thursday, July 17, 2014

When Lauren McGrath first came out for the Northampton girls track & field team, she had no idea what she was doing. Fast forward a year and a half, and she had no idea just how much she … 0

Belchertown ZBA approves Surner request despite heavy opposition

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Despite opposition from about two dozen residents and a petition signed by more than 100, the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday approved a request from a heating company to install two 30,000-gallon propane tanks on Route … 0

Baseball Player of the Year: Andrew Omer of Hopkins

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Andrew Omer took the role of pitching ace for the Hopkins Academy baseball team quite literally. The senior righthander earned the win in nine of 14 victories for the Golden Hawks, including seven of nine during the regular … 0

Leave no man behind: Belchertown veteran fights VA for crewmates after peacetime Agent Orange exposure at Westover, other bases

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — One lesson retired Air Force Col. Archer Battista says he learned in his six years in Vietnam was never to leave anyone behind. This explains why Battista, 68, has since 2010 thrown his energy into an effort … 2