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ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER
Robert Wojtczak

Around Belchertown: Robert Wojtczak appointed to fill Planning Board opening

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A joint session of the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board named Robert Wojtczak to the Planning Board Monday night. The other candidate was Michael Hofler. The two men were looking to fill the remainder of the term left when Louis Faassen resigned last May. The vote was 7-2 with Planning Board Chairman Christopher Lorenzo and Selectman Kenneth Elstein … 0

Weekend round: South Hadley, Frontier Mantle; Easthampton Metro advance in tournies

Monday, July 28, 2014

A wild weekend of Mickey Mantle Tournament action concluded with three teams still in the running for the championship. Along with top seed Deerfield are No. 4 South Hadley (16-8) and darkhorse No. 8 Frontier (8-15). The final game on Sunday was postponed due to the morning rain. Saturday South Hadley 13, Easthampton 10 — Trailing by seven runs going into the last … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. An Acadian flycatcher continues to be seen down from Gate 22 at the Quabbin Reservoir. Two young Orchard orioles were found in the East Meadows of Northampton. A solitary sandpiper and eight least sandpipers were reported at Paradise Pond … 0

Gazette Boys Tennis Players of the Year: Northampton’s Ian Fishman and Francois Venne

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Junior Francois Venne chose doubles over singles, but freshman Ian Fishman was just hoping to get into the lineup as a newcomer to the Northampton boys tennis team. In preseason competition, their styles of play meshed and what … 0

Local baseball: Northampton Cal Ripken 10U run ends in state championship

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The teams combined for 27 runs and 23 hits, but when the dust settled, the run for the Northampton Cal Ripken 10U team ended one win short of the state title as Hamp fell to Groton, 15-12, Tuesday … 0

Jesse Crepeau of Belchertown pleads guilty to raping 12-year-old girl; sentenced to 7 to 9 years in state prison

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Belchertown man was sentenced to state prison Tuesday after admitting he raped a girl multiple times, beginning when she was 12 years old. Tuesday afternoon, Jesse Crepeau, 38, of 121 North Main St., pleaded guilty … 2

McCann takes 2 postseason titles

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls tennis team has a legacy of having someone in the driver’s seat. For the last two seasons, it’s been senior Nicole McCann at first singles. This year, she capped her Hurricane career with two … 0

Local baseball: Hamp dismisses Frontier in the Cal Ripken 10U state semifinals

Monday, July 7, 2014

So far it seems like nothing can derail the Northampton in Cal Ripken 10U Tournament play. Hamp dispatched Frontier, 12-1 in a mercy-rule shortened four-inning state semifinal game, Monday in Sutton. Northampton will face Groton in the final, … 0

Gazette Boys Track & Field Player of the Year: Amherst Regional’s Taj-Amir Torres

Monday, July 7, 2014

Taj-Amir Torres wasn’t going to sneak up on anybody this year. The Amherst Regional sprinter finished his sophomore year with 100-meter dash victories at every postseason outdoor track & field championship through New Englands. With a bull’s-eye on … 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