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Ally Jenks, right, of Hopkins Academy, looks to pass against Turners Falls defenders Emma Miner, left, and Jade Linscott, center, Friday at Hopkins.

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. Twin sister Mackenzie Sullivan (five boards) led all scorers with 22 points, while Erin Tudryn added 13. Ally Jenks posted a team-high nine rebounds and Leah Picard grabbed six. Northampton 55, Chicopee Comp 52 — Lauraine Joensen had 22 points and 18 rebounds, while Megan McCarthy added 13 points and 12 rebounds …

Upcoming events at local senior centers

Friday, October 31, 2014

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are listed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk 259-3060 HEALTH SERVICES — Monday, 1:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Clinic —Tuesday , 9 to 10 a.m. FREE BREAD — Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP — …

Area volunteer opportunities

Friday, December 19, 2014

volunteer drivers — American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is in need of volunteers from Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden counties to drive local cancer patients to and from their chemotherapy and /or radiation treatments. Volunteers use their own vehicles and set their own schedules. Treatment appointments take place weekdays, primarily during business hours. Michele Dilley, 508-270-4644 or michele.dilley@cancer.org northampton first night — …

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 …

Update: Snow sacks Thanksgiving Day high school football schedule

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Day meals will taste a little different this year. Inclement weather postponed five high school football games on Thursday. The games will be played either Friday or Saturday with turkey day leftovers for post-game feasts. The Battle …

Long-awaited asbestos cleanup to begin at Belchertown State School

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Work on removing contaminants from areas of the former Belchertown State School will begin as soon as next week. Bay State Contracting of Springfield has been awarded a contract for $40,800 to remove asbestos debris from …