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Matthew Cavanaugh
Commencement speaker Brad Hall '75 addressing (and singing to) the Class of 2015 at Williston's graduation

Former Saturday Night Live actor Brad Hall brings levity to Williston Graduation ceremony

Sunday, May 24, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — With the sound of bagpipes, applause and cheers in the air, 139 graduates took their seats under the big tent outside the Reed Campus Center for the Williston Northampton School’s 174th commencement ceremony Sunday morning. Giving this year’s commencement address was actor, writer, and director Brad Hall, who kept graduates, family, friends and faculty laughing as he delivered …

Weekend high schools: Hamp softball slugs past Belchertown

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Northampton softball team exploded for 10 runs in the third inning and went on to a 15-3 home victory over Belchertown in 6 innings Saturday afternoon. Zoe Driscoll-Sbar went 3 for 4, including a double and a triple, scored three runs and knocked in a pair for the Blue Devils (8-9, 5-3 Valley Wheel). Rachel Sheehan (double, two RBIs, two runs), Emilie …

Frontier Regional wins District F&G Girls Track Championship

Friday, May 22, 2015

BUCKLAND — Track & field is usually a measure of individual success but on Friday night, the Frontier Regional girls team flexed its individual muscles, as well as that of the entire team. The Red Hawks had a pair of individual champions and also captured the team title during the District F&G Division …

Tuesday’s high school softball recaps: Northampton softball slugs past Belchertown on the road

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Zoe Driscoll-Sbar had three hits and three runs scored to lead the Northampton softball team to a 12-7 win in Belchertown Tuesday. Emilie Baldwin added two hits, two RBIs and two runs of her own for the Blue Devils (6-8, 3-3 Valley Wheel). Lily Glading-DiLorenzo finished the day …

Tuesday’s high school lacrosse recaps: Amherst Regional girls lacrosse holds off Granby

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

After the teams were tied at halftime, the Amherst Regional girls lacrosse team held off Granby, 15-13, Tuesday. Meghan Sharick led Amherst (4-13) with eight goals and three assists. Clover Ulrich added six goals and one assist, while Malia MacDonald scored the other. Kate Sarnacki had five goals …

Tuesday’s tennis and track recaps: Amherst Regional boys tennis sweeps Chicopee to qualify for postseason

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Amherst boys tennis team used a 5-0 win over Chicopee to qualify for the postseason on Tuesday at home. Andy Zyskowski led the way at first singles with a 6-1, 6-1 dismissal of Brian Turnbull for the …

Local banks report increase in fraudulent debit card activity

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

HATFIELD — A spike in fraudulent debit card activity this month left several residents’ bank accounts compromised, including one woman who discovered over $5,000 in fraudulent charges. Hatfield resident Sally Winings said that when her husband went online …

Eric Bertrand committed for mental health treatment, delaying proceedings on charges of arson at Forbes Library and throwing cayenne pepper at Hadley shoppers

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Court cases against Eric Bertrand, the former Easthampton man accused of lighting a fire at Forbes Library and throwing cayenne pepper on Whole Foods shoppers, will be delayed after he was committed to a Worcester hospital for one year. There is a chance the court case …

Area police news

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating two minor accidents Monday night involving the same vehicle operated by a possibly intoxicated driver. At 8 p.m., a resident at Ann Whalen Apartments, 33 Kellogg Ave., reported that a 2014 Ford Mustang struck a tree, causing no damage, before leaving. About 45 …

Monday’s high school tennis/track: Belchertown edges South Hadley, 3-2

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Belchertown boys tennis team picked up a key Valley Wheel win with a 3-2 decision at South Hadley on Monday. Jon Vinagre put the Orioles (8-7, 5-2) on the board with a 6-0, 6-0 dismissal of Matt Loughrey at third singles. The Tigers (7-7, 4-3 Valley Wheel) …

Monday’s high school lacrosse: South Hadley beats Amherst Regional, qualifies for postseason

Monday, May 18, 2015

Three players posted six points apiece as the South Hadley boys lacrosse team qualified for the postseason with an 18-4 home victory over Amherst Regional Monday night. Sam Duda scored six goals, Griffin Fitzell had five with an assist, and Jason Fernandes added three of each for the …

Monday’s high school baseball/volleyball: Devin Kellogg delivers walk-off as Northampton downs Holyoke

Monday, May 18, 2015

Devin Kellogg delivered a walk-off single as the Northampton baseball team beat Holyoke, 2-1, at home Monday. Kellogg had two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Charlie Ferrera added an RBI single for the Blue Devils (4-11, 3-7 Valley Wheel). Hunter Salem struck out 13 in the …

Monday’s high school softball: Hampshire senior Savannah Waters inches closer to 150 career hits

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior Savannah Waters moved closer to 150 softball hits in her career with two singles in a 3-1 win at Chicopee Comp on Monday. Waters (three stolen bases) singled in the first and third, flied out to center field in the fourth and reached on an …