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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Northampton's first-base man John Ferrara (14) is picked off by Amherst's pitcher Johnathan Morrison (14) and tagged out by Amherst's short stop Jake Balderston (6) at the second base during the bottom of fourth inning of the Wednesday evening Mickey Mantle playoff baseball action at the Northampton High School in Northampton Wednesday, July 23, 2014.  Northampton fell to Amherst, 0-1.  The game was called off due to the inclement weather during the top of sixth inning.

Mickey Mantle baseball playoffs begin with 4 shutouts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pitching completely dominated the first round of the Mickey Mantle double-elimination tournament on Wednesday evening. The winning team shut out its opponent in all four games, including a pair of 1-0 contests. Amherst 1, Northampton 0 (5) — A pitchers’ duel between Amherst’s Jon Morrison and Hamp’s Hunter Salem was decided on Alex Cantor’s steal of home in the fifth … 0

Former Belchertown schools superintendent Judith Houle reflects on the turmoil, accomplishments that marked her tenure

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Though pressured to leave over her handling of a number of student safety and discipline issues, former School Superintendent Judith Houle said she is happy with the role she played in technology and curriculum development during her five years at the helm. “When I was hired, the schools had no articulated … 0

Belchertown tops South Hadley for Koufax B state championship

Monday, July 21, 2014

PALMER — The Belchertown River Rats captured the Sandy Koufax WMABC B Division state championship on Monday night, defeating the South Hadley Tigers in a mercy rule-shortened 11-3 victory at Legion Field. Nolan Vogal spearheaded Belchertown’s offense, going 2 for 3, scoring four runs and stealing four bases. “He’s a nuisance (on the … 0

Pettengill Insurance sweeps doublerheader with Northampton Post 28

Sunday, July 6, 2014

After a come-from-behind win in eight innings in game one, Pettengill Insurance kept its momentum going for a rout in game two as it swept Northampton King & Cushman Post 28, 4-3 and 19-4 in American Legion action Sunday at Arcanum Field. The teams played a doubleheader after … 0

The camaraderie is evident South Hadley Falls resident helps promote her neighborhood

Sunday, July 6, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — The South Hadley Falls neighborhood has a distinctive camaraderie that Gillian Woldorf wants to celebrate not only because she was smitten by it when she and her wife bought a house there four years ago … 0

Coming up

Friday, June 14, 2013

Information on events, classes and workshops offered by area community senior centers is available on their respective websites, listed below. Amherst Senior Center/ Council On Aging Bangs Center, 70 Boltwood Walk Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone: 259-3060 www.amherstma.gov/seniorcenter Belchertown Senior Center 60 State St. Hours: … 0

Powerful storms again move through Pioneer Valley, downing trees and power lines

Friday, July 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Charles and Marie Thieme were enjoying a quiet night of television in their Florence home Thursday when a powerful, fast-moving storm barreled through the region, snapping off the top half of an 80-foot tree in their … 0

Local baseball: Gateway unloads in the first, wins Senior Little League District 2 title

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Jonny Haskell didn’t need a lot of run support in the Senior Little League District 2 championship game, but his Gateway teammates gave it too him anyway. Haskell had a five-run lead before throwing a pitch and led Gateway to an 11-0 mercy-rule shortened win in five innings … 0

Local baseball/softball: Northampton Junior All-Stars rally in championship, force deciding game with Agawam

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Three outs from elimination in the Little League District 2 Tournament, the Northampton Junior All-Stars came through with two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 12-11 win over Agawam at St. John Field in Agawam. … 0

Monday’s local baseball: Easthampton Post 225 rallies past Agawam

Monday, June 30, 2014

Nick Grise’s RBI single capped a three-run rally for the Easthampton Post 224 American Legion baseball team in the seventh inning of a 3-2 win at Agawam Monday evening. Erik Fickett (run) hit a two-run triple to tie the game, scoring Justin Edinger and Noah Batchelder, who each … 0

Weekend baseball/softball: Scott Jablon’s walk-off grand slam gives Northampton Post 28 win over Agawam

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Pinch hitter Scott Jablon kept King & Cushman Northampton Post 28’s winning streak going in grand fashion Saturday. Jablon smacked a walk-off grand slam on a 3-2 pitch as Post 28 beat Agawam 8-7 at Arcanum Field. It was the third straight win for Northampton. Ben O’Connor drew … 0

A total of 130 acres in Amherst, Belchertown and Hatfield added to the list of conservations lands in the area

Friday, June 27, 2014

A total of 130 acres of newly conserved land in three Valley towns will support outdoor recreation while protecting wildlife and natural resources in the Pioneer Valley. Kristin DeBoer, executive director of the Amherst-based Kestrel Land Trust, announced … 0

Around Belchertown: Paramedic layoffs raise questions

Friday, June 27, 2014

A recent decision by the town’s fire chief to abruptly lay off four paramedics as a cost-cutting move has raised questions for at least one town resident. Paul Fenn, a firefighter and emergency medical technician in Agawam, said the layoffs undermine public safety and go against past assurances … 0