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Crocker Farm School librarian Susan McQuaid and paraprofessional Cedric Gonnet read to each other during a "Read Across America Day" presentation in the school cafeteria on Wednesday.

‘The Cat in the Hat’ and other Dr. Seuss characters entertain students at Crocker Farm Elementary School

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — “The Cat in the Hat” and company paid a visit to Crocker Farm Elementary School on Wednesday. To celebrate “Read Across America,” a nationwide event sponsored by the National Education Association, Crocker Farm librarian Susan McQuaid invited the famous Dr. Seuss character and some of his companions to the school cafeteria Wednesday morning to inspire the student body. Over the course of the day, classrooms were visited by Amherst College athletes and Amherst Police officers who read students their own favorite Dr. Seuss stories. “It’s been a long winter, and it’s just an opportunity to have fun together,” McQuaid said. During the morning …

South Hadley books trip to WMass Division 2 finals with 62-50 win over Pittsfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — The South Hadley boys basketball team couldn’t contain itself following its Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament semifinal against Pittsfield. The Tigers’ locker room went from a room full of teenagers to a collection of preschoolers singing a show tune: “We’re going on a trip in our favorite rocket ship, zooming through …

Bruce Bennett of Leeds held on $50,000 bail for charges related to theft of jewelry, other items worth nearly $10,000

Thursday, March 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Leeds man denied burglary charges in Hampshire Superior Court on Wednesday during his 105th arraignment on “larceny-type offenses,” according to court records. Bruce V. Bennett, 62, of 421 North Main St., Apt. 6, was ordered held on $50,000 bail after he pleaded not guilty to charges of breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony while a habitual …

After gun threat on Plain Street, Easthampton man taken to hospital for mental evaluation; nobody hurt

Thursday, March 5, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Police detained a distraught Plain Street resident Thursday afternoon after he threatened to kill himself and anyone who tried to enter his house at 12 Plain St. Nobody was hurt in the incident, according to Police …

Williston boys hoop top Exeter, girls fall to Promfet in NEPSAC tournament

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A strong second half from Jake Ross led the Williston boys basketball team to a 61-56 win over No. 7 Phillips Exeter Academy in the NEPSAC Class A tournament quarterfinals Wednesday night. “It was a great playoff atmosphere,” Williston coach Mike Shelton said. “We knew that …

Former employees André and Devon Boulay take ownership of downtown icon A2Z Science & Learning

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Florence resident André Boulay remembers trips to Northampton when he was around 7 from his Blandford home — they invariably involved stops at a place he adored, A2Z Science & Learning Store in Thornes Marketplace. Extra …

Granby breaks through to finals, beats Athol 54-43 in Division 3 semis

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Senior Meghan Sullivan and the Granby girls basketball team played at the Curry Hicks Cage the past two seasons, but walked off the floor each time with a sectional semifinal loss. Facing an Athol team with …

Busy Wednesday for Williston as it hosts three NEPSAC quarterfinals

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Williston-Northampton School will send three teams into NEPSAC postseason tournaments on Wednesday, as boys basketball, girls basketball and girls ice hockey host quarterfinal games. The No. 2-seeded boys basketball team (20-3) hosts No. 7 Phillips Exeter (14-9) in a Class A tilt at 5:45 p.m. Williston defeated …

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to host Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A conference Saturday will showcase some of the best conservation and ecological preservation work in the Pioneer Valley. The Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary at 127 Combs Road will host its first Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference Saturday. Free and open to the public, the conference will highlight …

Hopkins Academy clamps down on Turners Falls, advances to WMass Division 4 final

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team had an eight-point lead but took firm control of the game without adding points on the board. The second-seeded Golden Hawks, led by Joe Yusko, Zach Kelley and Jon Morrison, …

Soldiering along in creative economy Three Valley artists talk about how they make ends meet while pursuing their muse

Monday, March 2, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: Making a living in the arts is always a challenge. In this story, Gazette arts writer Steve Pfarrer speaks with three members of the “creative economy” about the ways they make a living while making art. …

Area court news

Monday, March 2, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Matthew J. Ivory, 44, of 181 Pleasant St., pleaded not guilty Monday in Northampton District Court to charges of assault and battery on a family or household member and intimidation of a witness. According to court documents, Ivory was arrested at a friend’s house Sunday afternoon …