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Blue Marble employee Ciara Kay, right, rings up a figurine for Cate Damon, left, and her daughter Molly Damon-Rush, 13, for Small Business Saturday at Thornes Marketplace in Northampton.

Small Business Saturday draws shoppers to local, independent retailers

Saturday, November 28, 2015

’Twas the Saturday after Thanksgiving, when all through the streets, throngs flocked to small stores, seeking unique holiday treats. Dampened somewhat by drizzly skies, shoppers explored Northampton, Amherst and Easthampton on the day after Black Friday, many purposefully avoiding the mall on a day meant to promote independent retailers. Introduced by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers …

Valley Views: Empty, Full Moon

Friday, November 27, 2015

Empty, Full Moon Park Hill Orchards, Easthampton Bob Solosko, Easthampton On the night of the very bright full moon Oct. 27, my wife, Jean, and I went to Art in the Orchard on Park Hill Road in Easthampton to photograph some of the sculptures by moonlight. While I was photographing another sculpture, Jean …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 27, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Teacher’s work day, no school TUESDAY: Baked potato bar, broccoli, spinach salad, pear, peach cup WEDNESDAY: Meatball hero, romaine salad, peach cup, Empire apple THURSDAY: Pancakes with turkey sausage, baked Tater Tots, veggie dippers, Bartlett pear, applesauce FRIDAY: Cheesy pepperoni pizza, carrot sticks, romaine salad with tomato, sliced peaches, orange Belchertown MONDAY: HS: Chicken ala king, brown rice or Tostitos corn …

Northampton native Hunter Newman signs letter of intent to men’s lacrosse at Bucknell

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hunter Newman went from a potential Division III recruit to Division I prospect seemly overnight. The Northampton native and Suffield Academy senior signed his National Letter of Intent earlier this month to play men’s lacrosse at Division I …

Police assist firefighters when bathtub curtain ignites from nearby candle — and other area police news

Monday, November 23, 2015

Amherst • Kaitlyn L. Vahey, 19, of Marlborough, was arrested at 4:12 p.m. Saturday on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and unsafe operation of a motor vehicle after the vehicle she was driving …

Area business news

Monday, November 23, 2015

Allison Holmberg buys Hampshire Hearing NORTHAMPTON — Allison Holmberg is the new owner of Hampshire Hearing Services, 241 King St., which has been renamed Hampshire Hearing & Speech Services LLC. Holmberg is certified and licensed in both audiology …

Weekend prep schools: Williston field hockey claims conference title in overtime

Sunday, November 22, 2015

It took five overtimes in two days, but the Williston Northampton school field hockey team captured a conference title. The Wildcats won the New England Prepatory School Athletic Council Class B championship with a shootout victory in quadruple overtime over Middlesex on Sunday in Pomfret, Connecticut. Delany Belinskas …

Northampton’s Liam Sullivan places third at state Division 1 cross country championship

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — Liam Sullivan gave everything he had, and then some. Yet it was a bittersweet day for the Northampton cross country standout. Sullivan fell a bit shy of his goal of becoming the first western Massachusetts runner since 2001 to win the state Division 1 cross country …

Northampton places seventh, Sophia Jacobs-Townsley 10th, Taylor Blow 11th at state cross country meet

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — A top-10 finish in the state girls Division 1 cross country championship enabled Northampton to leave Stanley Park with a sense of accomplishment. The Blue Devils placed seventh overall, following up on PVIAC and Western Massachusetts team titles over the last month. A strong pack gave …

With simulator, Easthampton students learn about the dangers of distracted driving

Saturday, November 21, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — As Easthampton students sat down for “Distractology 101: A Crash Course on Distracted Driving,” instructor Nick Prpich told them to make sure they had their cellphones. “Distractology 101” came to Easthampton High School last week in …

Upcoming events for seniors

Friday, November 20, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. Most of the centers will be closed Thursday and Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Amherst will hold a dinner …

Heading outdoors

Friday, September 4, 2015

 Pioneer Valley Women’s Running Club — Weekly runs for women of all ages and abilities Saturdays, 8 a.m., Forest Park, Springfield. pvwrc.org  Boreal Spruce-Fir Forest Late Fall Hike — Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Notchview Reservation, Route 9, Windsor. 532-1631 or pvregion@ttor.org to register.  Trees and Forest …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 20, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, oven baked fries, romaine salad with tomato, veggie dippers, applesauce, banana TUESDAY: Chicken fajita, brown rice, romaine with tomato, carrot sticks, black beans, peach cup, orange Belchertown MONDAY: HS: BBQ rib sandwich, oven fries or sweet and sour chicken, fried rice, carrots, broccoli, applesauce; …