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Weekend summer baseball: Northampton Cal Ripken teams earn district titles

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Alex Houck and Nate Kelleher-Mochak combined on a complete-game two-hit shutout as the Northampton Cal Ripken 11-and-under baseball team beat Frontier 4-0 Saturday to win the District 2 championship. Houck started and gave up one hit while striking out three. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third. Kelleher-Mochak allowed one hit with four Ks over the final three innings and picked up the win. A four-run bottom of the …

Calvin Theatre staff report $1,000 in damage to marquee caused by passing truck — and other area police news

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Amherst ∎ Thomas Charles Crossman, 32, of 10 Gatehouse Road, Apartment 320, was arrested at 1:18 a.m. Friday on Snell Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and speeding. Belchertown ∎ Police are investigating numerous break-ins during the past several days near the Granby town line as well …

Friday’s summer baseball: Amherst Little Leaguers blank Easthampton

Friday, July 3, 2015

Four players had two hits apiece and Will Luschen-Miskovsky tossed a two-hit shutout as the Amherst Little League 11-and-12 All-Stars topped Easthampton 10-0 in four innings in District 2 tournament pool play Friday evening at Mill River Park in Amherst. Luschen-Miskovsky struck out eight and walked three in the victory for Amherst (2-2). …

Keith Truehart, suspect on Massachusetts State Police ‘most wanted’ list, arrested in Belchertown

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — A Belchertown man on the Massachusetts State Police “most wanted” list for an alleged November assault that left a 9-month-old girl with broken ribs was taken into custody Wednesday morning. Police found him hiding under a …

Solar advocates seek to end caps on sales of sun-generated electricity to Massachusetts utilities

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Solar advocates want the Legislature to preserve the right of larger solar electricity producers to get paid by electric companies for excess power the solar arrays produce through a process called “net metering.” Tired of the “solar-coaster” of up-and-down incentives and disincentives for the renewable solar energy, solar …

Belchertown residents object to cell phone tower proposed by Verizon Wireless for Aldrich Street

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Thirty-five people who live near the Aldrich Street site of a cell phone tower proposed by Verizon Wireless packed a Planning Board meeting in Town Hall to oppose the project which they fear would decrease property values and pose potential health risks. Planning Board Chairman Christopher …

Frontier junior Kat Miner takes lead at WMass Heptathlon Championships

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Frontier Regional junior Kat Miner will take her high jump skills to the New England championship meet this weekend. In the meantime, Miner is in the lead at the Western Massachusetts Heptathlon Championships, held at Northampton High School. Miner had 2,400 points after four events Tuesday. The remaining …

Monday’s WMass baseball: Hopkins Academy shuts down Lenox in quarterfinals

Monday, June 8, 2015

Jon Morrison held Lenox in check and John Jacques closed the door on the Millionaires as the Hopkins Academy baseball team advanced to the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament semifinal round following a 2-1 win in Hadley Monday. …

Monday’s WMass Tennis: Undefeated Belchertown rolls past Lee and into girls Division 3 semifinal round

Monday, June 8, 2015

The undefeated and top-seeded Belchertown girls tennis team advanced to the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament semifinal round with a 4-1 win over No. 6 Lee, Monday in Belchertown. Belchertown (20-0) will host No. 5 Monument (14-2) at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Wildcats finished 11-6. The Orioles advanced …

Local briefs: South Hadley football coach Scott Taylor to run player safety clinic for local coaches

Monday, June 8, 2015

Player safety clinic for local football coaches Scott Taylor, the defensive coordinator for the South Hadley High School football team and a USA Football Master Trainer, will hold a clinic for youth and high school football coaches that will focus on player safety. The clinic is a part …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, June 8, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Hip and knee pain Orthopedic surgeon Daniel Sage will give a talk on relieving arthritic hip and knee pain Monday at 6 p.m. in the Dakin Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital on Locust Street, Northampton. Sage will discuss commons types of arthritis …

Area police news

Monday, June 8, 2015

Amherst ∎ A break-in at the University Motor Lodge, 345 North Pleasant St., reported at 8:32 a.m. Tuesday is being investigated. No additional details were available. ∎ Gary M. Aprile, 55, of 1040 North Pleasant St., Apartment 38, was arrested on a warrant at 1:42 p.m. Monday at …

Belchertown High School class of 2015 begins journey into the unknown

Sunday, June 7, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Parents, friends, siblings and faculty stood as the 170-strong Belchertown High School Class of 2015 marched in twos down the gymnasium. They filed neatly into a set of bleachers, buzzing with excitement as thousands of camera …