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Hilltown Voices: Chesterfield blueberry farm wraps up season after battling invasive fly

Saturday, August 29, 2015

For the last couple of years Bruce Roberts, owner of Roberts Blueberry Farm at 220 South Street in Chesterfield, has had to end his season early due to damage done by a newly introduced fruit fly. This year the farm has made a bit of a come back and is offering a good selection of blueberries still ready for picking. “I would say that if people can come before Labor Day, they will be guaranteed a fair quantity of blueberries,” Roberts said on Thursday afternoon after showing his fields. “Towards the end of the season there is also a more universal sweetness to the berries.” The destructive fly in question is the Spotted Wing Drosophila …

Seth Isman looking at months of recovery after Cummington accident, wife says

Monday, August 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Erika Hollister of Hadley said her husband’s breathing tube prevented him from speaking when he woke up in the Intensive Care Unit at Baystate Medical Center after his Aug. 5 car accident on Route 9. He started writing notes, she said, and one of the first was, “thank the fire chief.” …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend will be hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Massachusetts …

Hampshire Regional School District adds Worthington students at high school, new staff and facilities

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Hampshire Regional High School and Middle School will be welcoming a dozen new students from Worthington when school is back in session, and the district’s four elementary schools are adding new staff, technology and recreational facilities. …

Stephen Young of Cummington charged in Route 9 crash; Seth Isman of Hadley recovering from injuries

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Two weeks after a head-on collision on Route 9, one driver is still hospitalized and recovering from serious injuries and the other is facing criminal charges. State Police said Tuesday that while the cause of the Aug. 5 crash is still under investigation, charges have been …

High school notebook: Local ultimate players shine at Under-19 Club National Championships

Monday, August 10, 2015

Yet another example of Hampshire County’s influence in the sport of ultimate at the state and national level was on display over the weekend. Several local boys competed for the Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance all-star team, which won …

Naming the baby

Friday, August 7, 2015

MOTYKA — Alyssa Marie, daughter of Shawn Motyka and Sarah Scott of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, was born June 24 at Holmes Regional Medical Center, Florida. The maternal grandparents are Barbara and David Scott of LaHabra, California. The paternal grandparents are John and Lynda Motyka of Indian Harbour …

Fire destroys historic Athol barn, wind damage causes tree to fall on house in Hatfield

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

ATHOL — As she watched firefighters hose down the wreckage caused by a lightning strike that destroyed the family’s 200-year-old barn Tuesday afternoon, Maria Vitello said she knew the barn was a goner as soon as she saw the flames. “I heard it and I felt it and …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 …

Amherst beats Northampton to advance to Pioneer Valley Mickey Mantle Championship

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Amherst Mickey Mantle team had to play in back-to-back games to punch its ticket to the Pioneer Valley championship on Sunday. After knocking out Frontier, 12-0, Amherst beat Northampton 11-3 in the semifinals of the double elimination …

Police chiefs retire from Chesterfield and Cummington

Friday, July 24, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — The towns of Chesterfield and Cummington will have interim police chiefs until officials can fill the positions left open by the mandatory retirements of longtime police chiefs Gary Wickland in Chesterfield and Dennis Forgea in Cummington. Both towns had secured special legislation allowing each chief to …

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 …