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Friends and neighbors

Friday, July 31, 2015

Amherst Zoe Tessler, the daughter of Patricia Gorman and Richard Tessler and a rising senior at Hamilton College, is part of a research group at Hamilton studying the invasive garlic mustard plant. Tessler, an art and biology major, is a graduate of Amherst Regional High School. Belchertown Gabriel Norwood, a freshman majoring in history, was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. …

Residents group files suit over pipeline

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — A group of Franklin County residents whose property would be crossed by the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline has filed a civil lawsuit against the federal government in U.S. District Court in Springfield. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, asks the government to halt all activity of any federal agency related to …

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 1 WP - Harley; LP - Cousland Records: A/D (6-11) Southwick (9-6) Baseball Easthampton SB …

Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield celebrates centennial with tours, food and other activities Sunday

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

DEERFIELD — Clarkdale Fruit Farms is turning 100 this year and the apple, cherry and peach farm in Deerfield will hold a celebration at 1 p.m. Sunday to mark the occasion. Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture Executive Director Philip Korman, state Department of Agriculture Commissioner John Lebeaux, state …

Tuesday’s summer baseball/softball: Amherst Mantle slips past Frontier

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Trevor Fil was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded to score Ian McNamara as the Amherst Mickey Mantle baseball team squeezed past Frontier, 6-5, Tuesday in Amherst. Stephen McCudden tossed …

Deerfield River drowning victim identified as UMass Lowell student Oluwatoni Onikeku

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

DEERFIELD — The man who drowned in the Deerfield River Sunday has been identified as 20-year-old Deerfield resident Oluwatoni Onikeku, a top student at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he was a member of the track team. …

Monday’s summer baseball: Belchertown stays alive in 11-12 Little League tournament

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Belchertown Little League baseball team plated five runs in two separate innings to stay alive in the double-elimination District 2 11-12 Tournament with a 10-5 victory over Westfield National Monday evening at Hulmes-Warner Park in Belchertown. Colby Masse (2 for 3, run, RBI), Max Wojcik (two RBIs, …

Springfield men arrested on drug charges after high-speed chase on Interstate 91

Monday, July 13, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two Springfield men were arrested on drug-related charges following a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 91 that ended when the vehicle was abandoned in the area of Plain and Settright roads in Deerfield Monday evening. Childlove Gelin, 23, and John Jones Jr., 29, were both arrested on …

Theresa Coe and daughter Toni Lobdell of Easthampton plead not guilty in alleged prescription drug scheme

Monday, July 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton woman facing 195 charges for allegedly writing false prescriptions for painkillers did so to feed her daughter’s addiction, and she lied to police in an attempt to take the fall for her daughter, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Theresa Coe, 48, and …

Nigerian student drowns in Deerfield River

Monday, July 13, 2015

DEERFIELD — A 20-year-old Nigerian student from the University of Massachusetts Lowell drowned while swimming in the Deerfield River near Stillwater Bridge on Sunday evening, according to Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. Multiple agencies reported to the …

Local baseball: American Legion playoffs open, Northampton sweeps into second round

Monday, July 13, 2015

Northampton Post 28 swept the first round of American Legion playoffs with two wins over Springfield Post 21, winning 4-1 on Saturday and 8-5 on Sunday. Northampton, and other best-of-3 winners, advance to an eight-team double elimination tournament that starts Wednesday. Three series are still in action, with …

Gazette Baseball player of the year: Jamie Carey, Amherst Regional

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Jamie Carey, senior, Amherst Regional Season highlights: The senior pitcher/second baseman excelled in all facets of the game and helped guide the Hurricanes to their first sectional final appearance since 2010. Carey went 33 for 78 at the …

Zoning Board of Appeals grants variance for six-megawatt solar-energy farm near East Deerfield Quarry

Saturday, July 11, 2015

EAST DEERFIELD — The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday night granted a variance to the company that wants to build a six-megawatt solar energy farm on 18 acres of a 200-acre property near the East Deerfield Quarry. The variance permits the facility in a zoning district where …