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Belchertown

Timothy R. Latoka

Belchertown man faces charges in connection with Amherst vehicle break-ins, thefts

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — A Belchertown man allegedly responsible for break-ins to at least three vehicles and the theft of packages from doorsteps of Amherst homes was arrested on Newell Court early Friday morning. Timothy R. Lakota, 26, of 121 North Main St., Unit 5, was arrested at 6:27 a.m. on three counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle to commit a felony, two counts of larceny under $250, and charges of larceny over $250 and possession of burglary tools, police said. Lakota was located after police got a report of a suspicious man possibly entering vehicles. All of the items allegedly stolen by Lakota, both …

Thursday’s high school track/swimming: Northampton girls take down Chicopee, Comp

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Northampton girls track team beat Chicopee Comp 64-30 and Chicopee 61-30 during the early session of the second PVIAC meet Thursday at Smith College. The Blue Devils 4x200 team of Sophie Sharp, Alex Dibrindisi, Sierra Loomis and Abigail Springfield won with over a minute to spare, taking first place in 1 minute, …

Thursday’s high school sports

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Granby boys basketball team needed overtime, but picked up its first win of the season thanks to a 3-pointer from Lucas Monaco with 1.7 seconds left to beat Easthampton, 65-62, Thursday. Each team had a shot at the win prior to overtime. The Rams (1-2) missed a shot at the regulation buzzer after tying the game 50-50 with 11 seconds to go. …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 21, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs and sauce, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Home macaroni and cheese, carrots, spinach salad, red pepper strips, strawberry cup, pear Belchertown MONDAY: HS: Chicken nuggets, or …

Volunteer opportunities in the Valley

Friday, November 21, 2014

invasive species removal — Volunteers needed to help remove bittersweet vines at Graves Farm Sanctuary in Williamsburg Saturdays, Nov. 22 and Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the sanctuary parking lot on the south side of Adams Road to carpool to the site. Bring work gloves …

Different Belchertown team on state title defense

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It took a combined 200 minutes of play and 17 rounds of penalty kicks, but the Belchertown boys soccer team is in position to defend what the program earned last season. Within a span of just over 48 …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Holiday bash at ECA+ and other arts events this week in the Valley

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Black-and-white bash The “Light Up the Arts Holiday Bash,” an evening that includes a small works show, an auction and awards announcements, will take place Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, 43 …

Second brother from Springfield sentenced to probation in Belchertown sex assault case

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 25-year-old Springfield man was sentenced to two years probation Wednesday after accepting a plea agreement and avoiding a trial on child rape and indecent assault and battery charges. Robert D. Edwards Jr. pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to committing unnatural and lascivious acts with …

Belchertown navigates penalty kicks again, beats Oakmont to reach state final

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WESTFIELD — In Sunday’s sectional title game, the Belchertown boys soccer team survived through a scoreless regulation and 12 rounds of penalty kicks. In Tuesday night’s state Division 3 semifinal, a dominant but desperate Orioles squad needed a …

Springfield man sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to committing unnatural act with a child

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man was sentenced to probation when he accepted a plea agreement Tuesday and avoided a trial on charges including child rape. Michael R. Edwards, 27, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to committing an unnatural act with a child under 16 between 2002 and …

Amherst Regional, Belchertown set sights on state boys soccer semifinals

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Belchertown and Amherst Regional are set to make their trips to the state boys soccer tournament Tuesday night. The Orioles (14-3-4) will play Oakmont (13-3-4) in the Division 3 semifinals at 7 p.m. at Westfield State University. …

Belchertown prevails in penalty kicks, wins 4th straight boys soccer sectional title

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — In his first varsity season, junior goalie Connor Curtin led the Belchertown boys soccer team to its fourth consecutive Western Massachusetts Division 3 title, but not without working for it. The Orioles survived 100 minutes of …

Northampton boys fifth, girls seventh at state cross country championship

Saturday, November 15, 2014

BOSTON — For the first time this season, neither the Northampton boys or girls cross country teams finished first in a non-invitational meet. But this was no ordinary meet and neither team was expected to win. It was the state Division 1 championship and the competition was fierce. …