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JERREY ROBERTS
Belchertown players Jordan Henault, from left, Tommy Daley, Alex Bachand and Ryan Dupont celebrate Daley's goal against Easthampton in the first period Wednesday in Easthampton. Bachand made the assist.

Belchertown rebounds from opening loss, skates past Easthampton 8-1

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — After a disappointing result in its season opener Saturday, the Belchertown hockey team was eager to respond Wednesday night. The Orioles dominated play from the opening faceoff and put nearly 50 shots on goal in an 8-1 victory over Easthampton at Lossone Rink. “I thought we played a good, solid three periods,” Belchertown coach Matt Crutch said. “We …

Wednesday’s high schools: Katie Yagodzinski powers Smith Academy to win over Gateway

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Katie Yagodzinski scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half to help Smith Academy cruise to a 42-25 win over Gateway in Hatfield on Wednesday. Yagodzinski added seven rebounds, three steals and a block. Mary Whalen recorded her first double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Falcons (1-1). Hannah Rickert (four points) had 10 rebounds and five steals in …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Hampshire pins Granby in dual-meet opener

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Hampshire Regional wrestling team opened its dual-meet season with a take down of Granby, 39-36, in Westhampton on Wednesday Six Raiders earned pins on the night. DJ Willard (132 pounds), Brendan Weir (138) and Jacob Gray (152) each took down their opponent in less than 2 minutes. Nick Hoskin (145), Brandon Weyant (170) and Matt Carrer (285) also recorded pins. Nolan Hodgins …

High school indoor track: Amherst boys, girls open season with pair of wins

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls indoor track and field team opened with two wins in the first PVIAC meet of the season, topping Chicopee Comp 67-28 and Chicopee 63-31, at Smith College on Friday. The Hurricanes took first place in six events. Kanya Brown won in the 55-meter dash, …

Area briefs

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Florence ANNUAL FLORENCE LUMINARY DISPLAY: Luminaries are now available from local businesses for the Florence Civic and Business Association’s 13th annual Luminary Display on Saturday in downtown Florence. The event will feature a dessert social and public gathering at the Civic Center on Park Street from 6 to …

Scholarship program seeks volunteers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The nonprofit scholarship program Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton is looking for student volunteers to help with next year’s program. Volunteers would help with weekly rehearsals that are set to begin Jan. 30 and run through the weekend of show, which is set for March …

Monday’s high school basketball: Courtney Urban, Easthampton beat Turners Falls for first win

Monday, December 15, 2014

Courtney Urban led all scorers with 12 points as the Easthampton girls basketball team beat Turners Falls, 43-34, Monday at home. Karina Volpe scored eight points, grabbed 10 rebounds, made six steals and had five assists for the Eagles (1-1). Sharp also had eight points with seven boards, …

Monday’s high school swimming: Belchertown sweeps South Hadley

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Belchertown boys and girls swimming teams each won their second straight meet to start the season, beating South Hadley on the road Monday afternoon. The boys won 53-27, the girls by a score of 60-33. Ben LaClair (200-yard free, 100 fly) and Matt Quinney (200 IM, 100 …

Police allege Ann Fisher posed as nurse without a license, stole prescription drugs

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton woman facing charges that she stole drugs and personal items from three elderly people in her care posed fraudulently as a licensed practical nurse, according to police. A police investigation reportedly found no record …

Overheating car battery charger starts fire that destroys Easthampton shed

Monday, December 15, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A fire caused by an overheating car battery charger destroyed a shed in the backyard of a Pine Street home, causing $15,000 worth of damage Saturday morning, according to Jason Dunham, an Easthampton firefighter who was at the scene. Someone at the home at 20 Pine …

Area police news

Monday, December 15, 2014

Amherst ■ Steven P. Cuoco, 50, who listed an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 3:11 p.m. Saturday on Main Street on a warrant. Belchertown ■ Donald Phillip Santor, 43, of Keene, New Hampshire, was arrested at 5:46 p.m. Wednesday on North Main Street on …

Kathleen Guertin donates to Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund in honor of parents who taught her value of giving

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Donations to the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund sometimes offer a bittersweet glimpse into the lives of the people who make them. Many local residents give annually to the Gazette-sponsored fund that provides certificates redeemable at …

Guild Art Supply owners open Big Wheel Press stationery store

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Handwritten notes are often overlooked in the age of the Internet and emails. But William Muller and his wife, Alexandra Geller, on Friday opened Big Wheel Press, a store that stocks their homemade stationery, other stationery made around the world and greeting cards. The store is …