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Valley Views: Waiting raindrops

Friday, August 28, 2015

Waiting Raindrops Springfield Road, Belchertown, Photograph and text by Julius Lester, Belchertown Walking from the house to the garage in mid-June I saw this remnant of the previous night’s rain. When I came back a couple of hours later, the raindrops still clung to the blades of grass as if waiting for me to get my camera. So I did. The photograph was taken with a macro lens on a digital SLR. Julius Lester is affiliated with the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery, 2 East St., Southampton. Other images are on view there Sundays and Tuesdays, 1 to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. …

Upcoming events at area senior centers

Friday, August 28, 2015

Seminar on scammers set for September A free seminar aimed at protecting senior citizens from scams and other financial crimes will be held Sept. 11 at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan and the sheriffs of Hampshire and Franklin counties, it is open to anyone who is interested. Breakfast …

Belchertown planners reject 135-foot cellphone tower

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — The Planning Board on Tuesday rejected a controversial bid by Verizon Wireless to erect a 135-foot cellphone tower on Aldrich Street in an area zoned for agricultural use but which has become a residential neighborhood in recent years. Though a majority of the Planning Board voted for the tower, the proposal …

Friends and Neighbors

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Amherst Claire R. Thibodeau was named to the spring semester dean’s list for the spring at Alfred University in Alfred, New York. She is a senior in the School of Art and Design. A graduate of Amherst Regional High School, Thibodeau is the daughter of Paula Russell of …

Volunteers: Area opportunities

Saturday, July 25, 2015

summer volunteer training for long-term care ombudsman — Ombudsmen serve as advocates for elders and people with disabilities in the community. Next free training July 27 to 29. Contact Trevor at Franklin County Home Care Corporation at 773-5555 ext 2241 or tboeding@fchcc. Visit fchcc.org to learn more. It …

One taken to hospital by helicopter after Belchertown crash Friday

Friday, July 24, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — One person was taken to the hospital by helicopter Friday afternoon after being involved in a single-car crash. Police received a 911 call at 12:30 p.m. Friday that a car had flipped over onto its roof on George Hannum Street, trapping the driver inside. The driver, …

Local baseball: South Hadley slugs past Holyoke in Mickey Mantle tournament

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Evan Levrault and Thomas Shea both went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to power South Hadley to a 12-6 road win over Holyoke in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Mickey Mantle tournament. James Roux walked three and fanned two in the first five innings until Levrault relieved …

New England Basketball Hall of Fame set to induct 12 locals

Monday, July 20, 2015

The New England Basketball Hall of Fame is placing special attention on western Massachusetts with this year’s class and reception. A lengthy list of local high school coaches and former athletes are among the many to be inducted in this year on August 8 at the DCU Center …

Health Events: Area support groups, resources

Monday, July 20, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ VISION, SPEECH AND HEARING VISION — A low-vision support group meets regularly from March through December on the first Wednesday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. Transportation provided; …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ Fitzgerald Lake Invasive Plant Removal — Broad Brook Coalition sponsors removal of water chestnut Sunday, 10 a.m., Fitzgerald Lake, Northampton. No experience required. Meet at North Farms Road entrance. bhart2000@aol.com, 584-4176. ∎ Northampton Cross-Country Races — 5K …

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A pair of common gallinules with five chicks, a sora, and 10 marsh wrens were found at the Konkapot-Agawam marshes in Stockbridge and Great …

Senior events coming up

Friday, July 17, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk 259-3060 TICK-BORNE ILLNESS — Presentation by nurse Lisa White, Thursday, 1:30 …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, July 17, 2015

summer volunteer training for long-term care ombudsman — Ombudsmen serve as advocates for elders and people with disabilities in the community. Next free training July 27 to 29. Contact Trevor at Franklin County Home Care Corporation at 773-5555 ext 2241 or tboeding@fchcc. Visit fchcc.org to learn more. meals …