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South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

The week in photos: Hampshire County scenes from June 29 to July 4, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Time seems to slow as the Pioneer Valley slips into the heart of summer, and the Independence Day holiday week brings the timeless routines of fireworks and parades. It’s a time of long days in a season that, in a matter of weeks, will feel like it was all too short. Above, scenes from around Hampshire County captured by Gazette …

Friday’s summer baseball: Amherst Little Leaguers blank Easthampton

Friday, July 3, 2015

Four players had two hits apiece and Will Luschen-Miskovsky tossed a two-hit shutout as the Amherst Little League 11-and-12 All-Stars topped Easthampton 10-0 in four innings in District 2 tournament pool play Friday evening at Mill River Park in Amherst. Luschen-Miskovsky struck out eight and walked three in the victory for Amherst (2-2). …

Memories of Debra Tautznik shared with much emotion in Easthampton

Friday, July 3, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Surely it’s a sign of a life well lived when people are laughing while crying — and sometimes sobbing while smiling — at a person’s memorial service. That was what happened during many of the stories told by speakers at a gathering to remember Debra Tautznik, who died June 13. Many …

Retired New Jersey police officer Bruce Singer of Southampton denies charges of possessing, distributing child pornography

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A retired New Jersey police officer living in Southampton was held in jail over the weekend after he appeared in Northampton District Court and denied child pornography charges. Bruce Singer, 68, of 36 Hillside Meadow Drive, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of distributing material depicting …

Community gathering to remember Debra Tautznik to be held Friday morning at Eastworks

Monday, June 29, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Community members grieving the loss of artist and local booster Debra Tautznik are being invited to gather Friday to remember her life. “It’s been a tremendous shock to the whole community,” Seth Lepore, one of the …

Weekend summer baseball: Hadley Cal Ripken opens state tournament with two wins

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The reigning state 12-and-under Cal Ripken tournament champion Hadley baseball team opened this year’s event with two wins in Marlborough Saturday afternoon. Noah Scanlon-Dean struck out seven and allowed seven hits over five innings for the win in Hadley’s 15-7 victory over Uxbridge. Justin Masteralexis went 3 for …

Easthampton Congregational Church concert to support South Carolina church where nine were fatally shot

Saturday, June 27, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton Congregational Church will host a concert to benefit the South Carolina church where nine people were fatally shot earlier this month. The concert will feature nearly 20 acts in the church at 112 Main St. at 4 p.m. July 5. Donations are voluntary, and …

Friday’s summer baseball: Northampton Post 28 shuts out Amherst Post 148

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sam Walker allowed two hits and struck out eight over six shutout innings in earning a 4-0 road win for Northampton Post 28 over Amherst Post 148 Friday night. Ian Ostberg went 3 for 4 and scored a run for Hamp (5-3), while Will O’Connor had two hits …

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program awards certificates to 29 graduates

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The 29 members of the Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program class of 2015 graduated Friday afternoon. The ceremony was held on the main campus for the 23rd graduating class of the 10-month program, which prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Graduates are now eligible …

Family, friends of Edward and Brittany McGrath ask public to attend expected guilty plea, sentencing for James Ainsworth

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — James W. Ainsworth is expected to admit in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday that he was high on heroin when the SUV he was driving struck a motorcycle on Route 5 last August, killing a father …

Area volunteer opportunities

Friday, June 26, 2015

GAYLORD LIBRARY — Gaylord Library in South Hadley is looking for two friendly people who would enjoy volunteering at the library’s circulation desk one afternoon a month. Basic computer skills needed. Training provided. One year commitment preferred. 538-5047 or email shgaylord@gmail.com volunteer english tutors — The International Landguage …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, June 26, 2015

Amherst Sarah Winter Kulp graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Spanish from McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland. Tori Juster, daughter of Emily Juster and granddaughter of Norton and Jeanne Juster, all of Amherst, graduated from …

Beach Eats in our own backyard: No need to head to the ocean for fresh seafood

Friday, June 26, 2015

Under a hot sun, a subtle breeze carries the scent of fried seafood out to the lot outside Captain Jack’s Roadside Shack on Route 10 in Easthampton where customers are dining on the fresh fish at picnic tables …