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Justin Griswold  of Amherst, walks to his car in the Whole Foods parking lot Wednesday afternoon.

UPDATED: First storm of season comes in as predicted: a whopper on Thanksgiving eve

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Carla Tettah-Kpodar’s first brush with snow — in her lifetime — turned out to be an eventful one Wednesday. The Smith College first-year student, who hails from Ghana in West Africa and had only seen snow on television, maintained a cheery attitude despite having a flight to Washington out of Hartford’s Bradley International Airport canceled due to Mother Nature’s insistence on launching the season’s first snowstorm on the busiest travel day of the year. In the Valley and beyond, police and public works crews responded Wednesday to mishaps and snow accumulation from the nor’easter. Wet snow began falling late morning and the accumulation …

Peter Pan Café reopens in Easthampton after agreement on tax payment reached with state

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The doors of the Peter Pan Café were unlocked at noon Wednesday and the neon Miller Lite sign in the window invited patrons back to the bar, eight days after it was shuttered by the state for nonpayment of taxes. Behind the bar, co-owner Robert LaBombard said happily that he and his partner, Sandra Wheeler, worked out an agreement with the …

Judge denies bail reduction for Fabian Williams, charged with raping two girls at Northampton residential treatment program for teens

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Wednesday denied a request to reduce the bail of Fabian Williams, a 27-year-old Springfield man who is accused of raping two girls when he was an overnight staff member at a former residential treatment program for children in Northampton. Williams’ attorney, Myles Jacobson of Northampton, argued for his bail be reduced from $50,000 to $10,000 because …

Update: Snow sacks Thanksgiving Day high school football schedule

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Day meals will taste a little different this year. Inclement weather postponed five high school football games on Thursday. The games will be played either Friday or Saturday with turkey day leftovers for post-game feasts. The Battle …

Belchertown, Frontier Regional, South Hadley aim to snap Thanksgiving losing streaks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Belchertown, Frontier Regional and South Hadley football teams will all have something in common on Thanksgiving — and it’s not likely poor field conditions. The three squads will all look to snap turkey day losing streaks. “If the kids can’t get up for this game, they should …

Easthampton looks to send coach Joe Kocot out on high note

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton football players were seen running plays at practice under the directions of several coaches on Tuesday. But, there is one particular coach, head coach Joe Kocot, who has been giving the main directions since he …

After 69 years in Easthampton, Peter Pan Café seized by state for nonpayment of taxes

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — One of Easthampton’s oldest bars, the Peter Pan Café, is closed after it was seized by the state last week for owing $58,000 in taxes. The bar at 46 Pleasant St., which opened as the Peter …

Area court news

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Easthampton ∎ Andrea M. Biladeau, 31, of 41 Franklin St., Apt. 4, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Monday to charges of strangulation or suffocation, assault and battery on a person who is disabled or over 60, and intimidation of a witness. According to court documents, …

Health briefs: A listing of area programs, suppport groups

Monday, November 24, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING Falls Prevention — The Strength in Numbers six-week class on Falls Prevention, sponsored by Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, is on now available on area cable TV networks. It will be aired on Northampton Cable TV, …

Area briefs

Friday, November 21, 2014

Easthampton ARTS BENEFIT: Off the Map Tattoo at 112 Cottage St. is offering select art-themed tattoos for $50 Saturday, with all the proceeds going to the Flywheel Community Arts Center. The event, called Tattoos for the Arts, is the fifth charity tattoo day sponsored by the shop in …

Valley Views: Deerfield Valley seen from atop the Eaglebrook School’s ski slope

Friday, November 21, 2014

Eaglebrook Autumn View Deerfield Valley, Deerfield Photograph and text by Bob Solosko, Easthampton While hiking up Mount Pocumtuck in Deerfield on the last day in October, I made this image of the Deerfield Valley from the top of …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, November 21, 2014

■  Gas Pipeline Walk — 1.5-mile walk with Franklin Land Trust naturalist Joshua Morgan on land in Ashfield that stands in the path of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline Saturday, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Meet at the intersection of Baptist Corner Road and North Bear River Road in …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 21, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs and sauce, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Home macaroni and cheese, carrots, spinach salad, red pepper strips, strawberry cup, pear Belchertown MONDAY: HS: Chicken nuggets, or …