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A Plainfield firefighter holds the newly acquired Argus Mi-Thermal Imaging Camera. The compact heat-sensing device is used to detect unseen fire within walls and to help locate missing people in the dark.

Hilltown Voices: Plainfield Volunteer Fire Association buys new thermal imager

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Plainfield Volunteer Fire Association has purchased a new thermal imaging camera for the Plainfield Fire Department. The new Argus Mi-Thermal Imaging Camera cost the association $9,500. The Fire Department’s previous imaging camera had been purchased with funds from a state grant that was offered to all fire departments in the state after six firefighters lost their lives battling a fire in an abandoned warehouse in Worcester in December of 1999. Because Plainfield’s imager was over 10 years old, with an unreliable battery life and aging technology, the Plainfield fire association conducted a fund drive to purchase a new unit. “The addition of this important …

Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings win first New England championship

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Greater Holyoke YMCA swim team made history and ended a dynasty this weekend at MIT. Greater Holyoke took home its program’s first New England YMCA championship en route to ending the YMCA of the North Shore’s 15-year reign. The Holyoke Y, which trains a large number of local swimmers, finished with 1,667 …

Hampshire Regional High School Honor Roll

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hampshire Regional High School Second Semester First Honors GRADE 10 Lindsay Abel, Brody Dean, Amanda Labrie, Marlena Schlerman, Paige Sullivan GRADE 11 Alexander Kubosiak, Nicholas O’Hare, Alexandra Roessling, Samantha Tripp, Christopher Yarmesky GRADE 12 Daniel Baldwin, Maeve Ronan, Lilly Rubeck Second Honors GRADE 9 Amanda Adams, Elizabeth Barcomb, Grayson Bennett, Lillian Bigelow, Olivia Brennan, Brianna Brophy, John Carey, Abbegale Connelly Emma Donais, Collin …

Hilltown Voices: Unnamed donor boosts Plainfield Congregational Church scholarship fund

Saturday, March 14, 2015

For five years, Plainfield Congregational Church has offered scholarships to high school seniors looking ahead to college or vocational school. For two years running, the fund has received a strong boost from what scholarship program board member Alice Schertle called a “generous unnamed benefactor.” Schertle said that this …

Sarah Moomaw: Saying goodbye isn’t so tough with a bright future ahead

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The high school basketball season is coming to an end and a majority of teams have said goodbye to their seniors. Watching 1,000-point scorers and multi-year starters depart isn’t easy for coaches, underclassmen or their fans. Even for …

Thursday’s colleges: Longtime Springfield College coach Naomi Graves named to 2015 Atlantic 10 Legends Class

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Springfield College women’s basketball head coach Naomi Graves was named to the Atlantic 10 Legends Class of 2015. The Legends program was established in 2013 to recognize men’s and women’s basketball players and coaches who have impacted their …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing on legislative committee which issued report on climate change

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A new state Senate report on climate change is a call to action for the new Baker administration, as well as the Legislature, to set policies in the face of deepening environmental impacts, said state Sen. Benjamin Downing, one of six members on the committee which drafted the …

Shooting woes end Hopkins Academy’s Division 4 state title run in semifinals

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WORCESTER — After guiding the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team to a Western Massachusetts title, coach Angelo Thomas hoped Tuesday night’s loss will prepare his program to win at the state level. The Golden Hawks ran into an …

South Hadley goes cold in 65-58 loss to Marlborough in state Division 2 semifinal

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Cam Earle stood at the free-throw line with just over two minutes remaining Tuesday in the state Division 2 semifinal against Marlborough. The Panthers had cut the Tigers’ lead down to one, but the South Hadley …

Sports briefs: Locals shine at youth championships, spring and summer league registrations open

Monday, March 9, 2015

Local shines as Trinity College captures first NESCAC Championship The Trinity College women’s ice hockey team captured its first ever NESCAC Championship with a 3-2 overtime win against Middlebury College on Sunday. Jessie Stowell of Hadley had her shot tipped into the goal with 5 minutes, and 12 …

Northampton heavyweight Nick Day takes fifth at New Englands

Monday, March 9, 2015

Northampton heavyweight Nick Day placed fifth at the New England Championships at North Andover High School on Saturday. “It felt great to end my senior year and career on a victory and against such a high level of competition,” Day said. The senior took fifth by pinning Damon …

South Hadley topples Tantasqua, wins 7th WMass Division 2 title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — South Hadley boys basketball coach Jeff Guiel emerged from the locker room on Saturday with an unraveled tie draped around his neck. He was wearing a T-shirt that read “If not now” on the front and …

Belchertown beats Pittsfield in Division 2 girls final, wins school’s first basketball title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — The Belchertown girls basketball team had a six-point lead with 31.5 seconds left in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament final when coach Jay Woodcock told sophomore Cara McKenzie she had made the play of the …