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JERREY ROBERTS
David Longstreeth of Smith Academy pitches to Granby Monday in Granby.

Weekend high school & preps recaps: Smith Academy’s David Longstreeth moves closer to 400-strikeout milestone in 7-2 win Saturday

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Senior pitcher David Longstreeth moved within eight strikeouts of 400 in his career with six in Smith Academy’s 7-2 win over Taconic in Hatfield on Saturday. Longstreeth struck out six to earn the win, while allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks for the Falcons (3-1). Joe Afflitto went 3 for 3 with two RBIs. Kevin Banas (double, run), Tony Redruczny (two RBIs, double) and Austin Rogers (run) each had two hits. Christian Simarowski added a hit, an RBI and two runs scored. Hopkins Academy 4, Mohawk 3 — John Jacques, Brett Morrison (two hits), Evan Delaney (two hits) and Zach Kelly each …

Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman tells Franklin County Chamber of Commerce of ‘critical need’ for Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DEERFIELD — Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell made a case last week with the region’s business leaders for what he called the “critical need” for the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline. Farrell said it is needed not only to grow the economy, but to keep businesses from leaving. Having Tennessee Gas Pipeline as the only supplier for Berkshire …

Sunderland Town Meeting adopts lower Frontier Regional budget, backs anti-pipeline resolution

Friday, April 24, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland has become the first of the Frontier Regional School District towns to approve Superintendent Martha Barrett’s original, no-increase budget for next year. The vote at Friday night’s annual Town Meeting was a stand against the regional School Committee’s decision in March to restore funding for six positions that would have been cut under the original budget. That would have increased …

Unpublished letter written by Deerfield militiaman describing Shays’ Rebellion battle sells for $35,000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DEERFIELD — An unpublished letter describing an account by a Deerfield militiaman of the principal battle of Shays’ Rebellion sold at auction last week for $35,000.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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …