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South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

The week in photos: Hampshire County scenes from June 29 to July 4, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Time seems to slow as the Pioneer Valley slips into the heart of summer, and the Independence Day holiday week brings the timeless routines of fireworks and parades. It’s a time of long days in a season that, in a matter of weeks, will feel like it was all too short. Above, scenes from around Hampshire County captured by Gazette …

Friday’s summer baseball: Amherst Little Leaguers blank Easthampton

Friday, July 3, 2015

Four players had two hits apiece and Will Luschen-Miskovsky tossed a two-hit shutout as the Amherst Little League 11-and-12 All-Stars topped Easthampton 10-0 in four innings in District 2 tournament pool play Friday evening at Mill River Park in Amherst. Luschen-Miskovsky struck out eight and walked three in the victory for Amherst (2-2). …

Memories of Debra Tautznik shared with much emotion in Easthampton

Friday, July 3, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Surely it’s a sign of a life well lived when people are laughing while crying — and sometimes sobbing while smiling — at a person’s memorial service. That was what happened during many of the stories told by speakers at a gathering to remember Debra Tautznik, who died June 13. Many …

Volunteers make light work of insulating Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity project in Easthampton

Friday, July 3, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A long line of vehicles stretched down the road outside 246-248 East St. on Friday morning as nearly 50 volunteers gathered for Pioneer Valley Habitat For Humanity’s “Super Insulation-Installation Day” for the two homes they are …

Gazette Girls Track & Field Player of the Year: Frontier Regional junior Katherine Miner

Friday, July 3, 2015

Player of the Year Katherine Miner, junior, Frontier Season highlights: When the postseason came around, no one performed quite like Miner. She clearned 5-feet, 73/4 inches in the high jump to place seventh in the championship division at …

Thursday’s summer baseball/softball: Amherst edges Easthampton in Mickey Mantle action

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Owen Macphee drove in the winning run and scored an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning as Amherst edged Easthampton, 5-3, in Mickey Mantle action, Thursday in Easthampton. Trevor Edwards shut Easthampton down in the bottom of the inning to seal the win. The teams …

Gazette Girls Tennis Player of the year: Amherst Regional junior Allison McCann

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Player of the Year Allison McCann, junior, Amherst Regional Season highlights: McCann led the Hurricanes to their second consecutive Western Massachusetts Division 1 team title, beating longtime rival Longmeadow, 4-1. After falling to her sister, Nicole, in the …

Jurors in Justin King trial discuss evidence, verdict in UMass gang-rape case

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kenneth F. Bushey II, one of a dozen jurors who on June 24 found Justin King guilty of raping a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012, said he went back to court Monday …

Despite court ruling, Valley parents, experts disagree with spanking as an option for discipline

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sitting at the child-friendly Cup and Top Café with her 3-year-old twin daughters, Jenny Boas acknowledged that parenting isn’t always easy. But, the Florence resident said, she has never used physical discipline on her girls, Ella …

Valley Venture Mentors, Franklin County Community Development Corp. help propel entrepreneurs

Thursday, July 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — Jane Janovsky of South Hadley likes to jam. To make it, that is — the type you spread on your morning toast. A jamming hobbyist for years, Janovsky found two years ago that the spreads she …

Wednesday’s summer baseball: Northampton Juniors advance to District 2 title game

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Northampton Little League Junior team assured itself a spot in the District 2 championship game with a 14-3 victory over Westfield in five innings Wednesday evening. Noah Brink went 3 for 3, drove in four runs and scored two more for Hamp (3-0), which will play for …

Petition to name Nashawannuck Pond boardwalk for Debra and Michael Tautznik circulates in Easthampton

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Several city residents are organizing a petition calling on city officials to name the Nashawannuck Pond boardwalk for Debra and Michael Tautznik. The text of the petition states that people who sign it want to honor the “dedicated service” of former mayor Michael Tautznik, who worked …

David Ewing takes out nomination papers for at-large City Council seat as election season begins in Easthampton

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON —At least one new candidate may run for the four at-large City Council seats in November as former mayoral candidate David G. Ewing took out nomination papers Wednesday. Two incumbents, Mayor Karen L. Cadieux and at-large City Councilor Joseph P. McCoy, also took out papers for their …