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Friday’s high school basketball: Mary Whalen’s putback seals win for Smith Academy

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sophomore Mary Whalen pulled down her 10th rebound on the offensive end and scored the game-winner with 12.1 seconds left as the Smith Academy girls basketball team beat Pioneer Regional, 48-46, Friday in Hatfield. to go to put the Falcons ahead of Pioneer Valley (6-10) for good. Whalen finished with seven points for the Falcons (7-9, 2-4 Franklin South). Senior Ashley Higgins had a game-high 21 points, while sophomore Hannah …

Area police news

Friday, February 5, 2016

Amherst • Francisco Barros, 19, of 81 Belchertown Road, Unit 67, was arrested at 3:03 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Main and South East streets on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Police said the vehicle Barros …

Gazette Field Hockey Player of the Year: Jordyn Roberts, Frontier Regional

Friday, February 5, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY Player of the Year Jordyn Roberts, senior, Frontier Regional 2015-16 season highlights: Roberts, who finished with 17 goals and 10 assists, scored in 15 of Frontier’s 21 games. She had at least a point in both of the Red Hawks’ postseason wins. Her three points in the Western Massachusetts …

Weekend high schools: Granby’s Nolan Hodgins, Hampshire’s Brandon remain undefeated after Mountie Invitational wrestling tournament

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Granby wrestler Nolan Hodgins remained undefeated, reaching 18-0. He pinned Matt Carrier of Hampshire in 1 minute, 40 seconds in 220-pound final at the 2016 Mountie Invite on Saturday in Williamstown. Brandon Weyant of Hampshire improved to 16-0 on the season when he defeated Devin Pelletier of Mount …

South Hadley edges Granby, 57-52, in memorable girls basketball showdown

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Two star players turned into a memorable showdown in a battle of Central Division heavyweights, Friday in South Hadley. South Hadley held off Granby 57-52, to stay undefeated in league play. Sophie Gatzounas had 35 points for the Tigers (11-1, 2-0) while Mikhaila Edge added 10. Kate Sullivan …

Friday’s prep schools: Olivia Bonavita helps lead Williston girls basketball comeback

Friday, January 29, 2016

Three double-digit scorers helped the Williston Northampton girls basketball team erase a 10-point deficit in the second half Saturday. Olivia Bonavita led the way with 13 points, and the Wildcats beat Wilbraham and Monson 41-36. Sarah Sullivan put up 12 points, and Sarah Marion scored 10 for Williston …

Most area educators get good grades in state-mandated evaluation

Friday, January 29, 2016

Area educators again received high marks in ratings released this week by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, with statistics indicating that in most districts there is satisfaction with how most are teaching students and how schools are being managed. The 2014-2015 school year marked the …

Heading outdoors

Friday, December 11, 2015

∎   Emergency Survival and Self-Sufficient Skills Workshop — Earthwork Programs sponsors workshop in Conway Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon. $50. www.earthworkprograms.com, 522-0338.  ∎   Trapping: The Sacred Harvest — Earthwork Programs sponsors a workshop in Conway Sunday, …

Events for area seniors citizens

Friday, January 29, 2016

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. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk 259-3060 TAX PREPARATION — AARP tax-aide volunteers will be providing free …

School lunch menus

Friday, January 29, 2016

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Crispy chicken patty sandwich, baked Tater Tots, cucumber coins, applesauce, orange TUESDAY: Mozzarella sticks, marinara, carrots, celery sticks, peaches, Barlett pear WEDNESDAY: Cheeseburger, corn, vegetarian baked beans, pineapple cup, banana THURSDAY: Two soft tacos, brown rice, black beans, diced pears, orange FRIDAY: Cheese pizza, broccoli florets, …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, January 29, 2016

Easthampton Aleksander Joseph Kochapski and Joshua J. Picard were named to the fall semester dean’s list at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Florence Bridget Melinda Keefe has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. Holyoke Community College The following local students …

Cheering squads

Friday, January 29, 2016

Registry of Motor Vehicles expands service options for seniors through partnership with councils on aging

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Senior citizens in Easthampton and other communities across the state no longer have to wait in line at the local Registry of Motor Vehicles branch to renew their driver’s licenses or car registrations. Through a new initiative announced Thursday, the state Department of Transportation and RMV have partnered …