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Officer Epaphras Hoit writes letter describing Shays' Rebellion to his brother Seth in Deerfield.

Unpublished letter written by Deerfield militiaman describing Shays’ Rebellion battle sells for $35,000

Saturday, April 18, 2015

DEERFIELD — An unpublished letter describing an account by a Deerfield militiaman of the principal battle of Shays’ Rebellion sold at auction last week for $35,000. An unidentified private collector bid on the 228-year-old letter written by Epaphras Hoyt to his brother, Seth, in Deerfield. According to Swann Auction Galleries in New York, Hoyt “was a longtime officer in the …

Friday’s high school softball: Hampshire’s Brian McGan named MIAA coach of year as Raiders stay perfect

Friday, April 17, 2015

The MIAA announced its 2014-15 coaches of the year and awarded Hampshire Regional softball coach Brian McGan with his sport’s honor on Friday. “I’m very humbled by it. It’s a great honor,” McGan said. “The kids from my past teams have obviously helped me get there. They made Hampshire what Hampshire is. I’ve just tried to guide them to the right point.” McGan …

Friday’s high schools: Belchertown boys lacrosse routs Monson

Friday, April 17, 2015

Alex Wordsworth’s seven goals and an assist powered the Belchertown boys lacrosse team to a 14-1 home blowout over Monson Friday afternoon. Ben Magarian (four goals, assist) and Grant Irving (two goals, three assists) each posted five points for the Orioles (4-1, 3-0 Suburban). Jack Medina picked up four assists, Jack Kenney added his first career varsity tally, and Connor Hughes and Adam …

Friday’s high school baseball: Freshman Jonathan Morrison fans 17 in one-hitter for Hopkins Academy

Friday, April 17, 2015

Jonathan Morrison gave the Hopkins Academy baseball team two outstanding outings in its run to the state final last season. On Friday Morrison dominated in his first start as a permanent member of the rotation. The freshman struck out 17 in a one-hit shutout as the Golden Hawks …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton boys tennis takes down Belchertown

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Northampton boys tennis team was quick to dismiss Belchertown, 4-1, at JFK Middle School on Friday. The Blue Devils (2-1) didn’t drop a game in the singles matches. Francios Venne led the charge at first singles, beating Trent Zulkiewicz in straight sets. The Orioles (1-4) picked up …

Daily Hampshire Gazette Girls Track & Field Player of the Year: Sierra Loomis, Northampton

Friday, April 17, 2015

Player of the Year: Sierra Loomis, junior, Northampton Season highlights: The versatile junior posted seven top-eight finishes over three postseason meets. She won long jump titles at the PVIAC championship meet (16 feet, 10 inches) and the state …

Veterans Voice: News of interest to local veterans

Friday, April 17, 2015

Announcements ELECTION: DAV Chapter 92 will be conducting their nominations and elections of chapter officers for 2015-2016 Thursday, 7 p.m., at VFW Post 8006, 18 Meadow St., Florence. There will be a collation following the meeting. All active chapter 92 members are welcome to attend and vote. ASSISTANCE: …

Area volunteer opportunities

Friday, April 17, 2015

HOSPICE OF THE FISHER HOME — Seeking volunteers for weekend visits at the hospice, 1165 North Pleasant St., Amherst, to help with welcoming guests, providing support for residents, family and friends, meal preparation, gardening and running errands. Next training April 24 and 25, noon to 4:30 p.m. Contact …

Mmmm Mmmm Maple: Savoring the first crop of the season

Friday, April 17, 2015

Is it possible to think of maple syrup as a vegetable? It’s a bit of a stretch, yet it’s a plant food, and plant foods are classified as vegetables, fruits, legumes and cereals. It’s definitely not a legume …

Archaeology event in South Deerfield showcases artifacts from 2013 industrial park dig

Friday, April 17, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Over 12,000 years ago, the land at the base of Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield is believed to have been the site of one of the largest Paleolithic encampments in North America. According to Dr. Richard Michael Gramly, a Harvard-educated archaeologist from North Andover, the …

Patriots’ Day Revolutionary Muster and Parade at Historic Deerfield Saturday

Friday, April 17, 2015

DEERFIELD — Ready! Aim! Fire! Ordered by that cry, the crack of muskets and the boom of cannons will be a common sound in Old Deerfield during Historic Deerfield’s Patriots’ Day Revolutionary Muster and Parade Saturday. At the event, held from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors will …

Thursday’s high school tennis/track: Belchertown girls ace Central to remain perfect

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Belchertown girls tennis team continued its hot start to the season, cruising to a 5-0 sweep of Central at home Thursday. The Orioles (4-0, 4-0 Pioneer) surrendered nine games across five matches. Sophomore Meghan Bernard led the charge with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Kim Huymh at …

Thursday’s high school lacrosse: Northampton girls roll past Belchertown

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Abby Baldwin scored four times and Emily Biggs (two goals, three assists) had five points for the Northampton girls lacrosse team in a 16-1 home victory over Belchertown Thursday afternoon. Megan McCarthy had a hat trick, while Kerry …