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Basement fire causes $15,000 damage to Easthampton home

Saturday, February 6, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — A fire tore up an Easthampton basement early Friday morning, causing $15,000 in damage, Fire Capt. Dennis Peck said. No one was injured in the fire, which was reported at 1:31 a.m. Friday at 6 Valley Lane. Easthampton sent two engines to the scene, and the Northampton Fire Department assisted with one engine. They wrapped up shortly before 4:30 a.m., Peck said. The fire, which began in the …

Valley Views

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Barred Owl Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton Photograph and text by Dot Barnard, North Hatfield A friend and I visited the Arcadia Sanctuary recently in search of several different birds that had been seen there by local birders in the area. It was a perfect winter day to walk the trails. With binoculars in …

Friday’s high school basketball: Mary Whalen’s putback seals win for Smith Academy

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sophomore Mary Whalen pulled down her 10th rebound on the offensive end and scored the game-winner with 12.1 seconds left as the Smith Academy girls basketball team beat Pioneer Regional, 48-46, Friday in Hatfield. to go to put the Falcons ahead of Pioneer Valley (6-10) for good. Whalen finished with seven points for the Falcons (7-9, 2-4 Franklin South). Senior Ashley Higgins had …

Area police news

Friday, February 5, 2016

Amherst • Francisco Barros, 19, of 81 Belchertown Road, Unit 67, was arrested at 3:03 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Main and South East streets on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, operating …

Gazette Field Hockey Player of the Year: Jordyn Roberts, Frontier Regional

Friday, February 5, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY Player of the Year Jordyn Roberts, senior, Frontier Regional 2015-16 season highlights: Roberts, who finished with 17 goals and 10 assists, scored in 15 of Frontier’s 21 games. She had at least a point …

Thursday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy boys basketball becomes last unbeaten boys hoops team

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Only one boys basketball team remains undefeated in western Massachusetts. Hopkins Academy beat Turners Falls 94-56 on Thursday in Hadley to earn that distinction. The Golden Hawks (16-0, 13-0 Hampshire) used strong defense and hot shooting to cruise past the Indians (6-8, 3-7). Jon Morrison made some defensive …

Williston Northampton School launches Williston Aquatics Club, a USA Swimming program

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Another USA Swimming Club program is headed to western Massachusetts. The Williston Northampton School on Thursday announced the creation of the Williston Aquatics Club, a USA Swimming program based on the school’s Easthampton campus. It will be a year-round team for all ages and will launch this spring. …

New Emily Williston Memorial Library director Nora Blake sees it as a place for knowledge, entertainment

Thursday, February 4, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — Newly hired Emily Williston Memorial Library Director Nora Blake said when she was an undergraduate sociology student at Boston College, she discovered that she loved doing research. “I loved this idea that there was all this …

Wednesday’s high school basketball: Granby boys edge Belchertown

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Granby boys basketball team held off rival Belchertown and is one step closer to the postseason. The Rams edged the Orioles, 60-59, in Belchertown Wednesday to move within one victory of qualifying for the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament. Junior forward Zach Gorham led all scorers with …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Granby takes down Franklin Tech

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Granby wrestling team pinned down Franklin Tech, 47-28, Wednesday. Five grapplers earned pins for the Rams (11-3-3, 5-1-1 Suburban). Jack Kent (106 pounds), Phil Roberts (160), Jack Sarnacki (170), Clayton Yanosky (182) and Nolan Hodgins (220) guided …

Wednesday’s prep schools: Williston girls ice Taft, 1-0

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tori Palumbo scored as the Williston Northampton girls hockey team edged Taft, 1-0, Wednesday at Lossone Rink in Easthampton. Goaltender Morgan Fisher earned her ninth shutout of the season for the Wildcats (13-2-1). Boys Basketball Williston 67, Pomfret 50 — The Wildcats (13-4) defense held Pomfret to six …

Easthampton City Council eyes online distribution of documents

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — A majority of city councilors agreed Wednesday that they favor a move to digital documentation for council meetings. No vote was taken at the meeting Wednesday after the councilors discussed the merits of receiving City Council documents via email, rather than in the current paper form. …

More than half the homes in Easthampton without power after strong winds, rain Wednesday evening

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

More than half the homes in Easthampton were left without power Wednesday night after a “potent weather system” suddenly brought warm temperatures, rain and strong winds through the area. Some parts of the Valley experienced wind gusts of up to 35 mph Wednesday evening that brought down power …