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KEVIN GUTTING
Easthampton High School teacher Nancy Dunn, left, chats with some of her summer Health and Physical Education class students just before they began a project to install plantings of mountain laurel, gem rhododendron and spirea in an area of Daley Park formerly known as "smokers' corner".

Drug awareness, with focus on smoking, gets big push in Easthampton schools

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Officials in Easthampton are making a strong effort to get illegal drugs out of the hands of minors — starting by converting a former “smokers’ corner” by the high school into a garden. The addition comes after a change in the student handbook that no longer allows smoking on the parcel of Nonotuck Park bordering the school parking … 0

Long-awaited new digs boost excitement for Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School’s opening day

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — When the new school year begins, the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will officially open the doors of its new building at 1 Industrial Parkway in Easthampton. “It’s thrilling to be here in the new school,” said Dan Klatz, the education coordinator. “There is a lot to do to get everything … 0

MAP:E. coli bacteria levels high in Connecticut, Mill rivers; Health officials warn against swimming, boating following storm

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The deluge of rain last Wednesday has elevated levels of E. coli bacteria at select spots on the Connecticut and Mill rivers, prompting health officials to warn people not to swim or boat there. Water samples taken Thursday in Northampton at a Connecticut River boat dock, in the Elwell Recreation Area … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Joshua Crane releases CD, ‘King Catalpa,’ at Easthampton show

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Joshua Crane and I are not sports-minded guys. But in the search for a quiet place for an interview last weekend, we ended up on a dusty bench behind home plate at an empty diamond at Northampton’s Sheldon … 0

Stars onstage: TV and movie dancers to perform at Academy of Music as part of Generation IV Dance workshop

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Generation IV Dance, a weeklong dance intensive workshop for dancers of all ages, will conclude its fifth season with performances on Aug. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Featured onstage will … 0

Contact information for Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Hitchcock Center and Earthwork Programs

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and Earthwork Programs all continue summer camps that have open slots for August. Here is contact information to learn more about these organizations and what they offer. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary 127 Combs Road, Easthampton massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/arcadia 413-584-3009 Hitchcock Center for … 0

SLIDESHOW: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Hitchcock Center, Earthwork Programs connect children and environment

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

On a hot summer day in mid-July, Rainier Jewett, 8, of Florence rose up from the underbrush in the woods of Conway covered in mud and forest debris and sporting a broad, sly smile. Then several more young … 0

Fire destroys artists’ work and equipment at Paragon Arts and Industry Building in Easthampton

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — As she stood next to a soot-covered, 5-foot-tall abstract painting Tuesday afternoon, artist Marlene Rye bemoaned the loss of her work. “This painting is worth $4,000 and it’s definitely gone,” she said. That painting and perhaps … 0

Fire damages Paragon Arts & Industry Building in Easthampton

Monday, August 4, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A small fire inside a fitness studio on the top floor of the Paragon Arts & Industry Building caused minor smoke and fire damage to the building, but more than $90,000 in artwork may have been … 1

Around Easthampton: City readies for boardwalk project, welcomes new Licensing Board member

Monday, August 4, 2014

The newest member of the Easthampton Licensing Board is a veteran volunteer in the city. Kelly Richey, 54, of 84 Highland Ave., was chairwoman of the Conservation Commission for 14 years before stepping down last fall. “I was looking for something else to do for the community and … 0

Haunted house under construction in Easthampton mill building not for children, faint of heart

Sunday, August 3, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A man in a lab coat embroidered with the name BioMedCorp greeted a Gazette reporter Thursday at a door off the lobby of the Button Building on Union Street. If you haven’t heard of BioMedCorp, that’s … 0

Card holders’ information continues to be stolen; all mum on local businesses affected by suspected data breach

Sunday, August 3, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — City resident Elizabeth Hildebrandt said she has had her debit card information stolen twice, once at the end of May and again at the end of June, after shopping at stores in Easthampton. It has been … 3

Local briefs: youth programs, golf tournaments, road races

Friday, August 1, 2014

Youth programs available at Hamp Recreation Registrations are now being accepted for the Northampton Recreation Department’s field hockey program. This competitive program has a Senior team (seventh and eighth grade) and a Junior team (fifth and sixth). The program begins mid-August and runs until November. Games are mostly … 0