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Hunter Salem pitches Monday against Agawam at Northampton.

Monday’s high schools: Northampton baseball, Amherst softball pull out 1-0 wins; Holyoke Catholic qualifies for baseball tournament

Monday, May 25, 2015

A pair of local ballclubs ended their seasons with thrilling 1-0 victories on Memorial Day. Another made sure its season kept on going. The Northampton High School baseball team beat Agawam, 1-0, in its season finale at home Monday. The Amherst Regional softball team knocked off tournament-bound Agawam, 1-0, in Agawam. And the Holyoke Catholic baseball team beat Smith Vocational, 13-4, in Chicopee to qualify for the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament. Baseball Northampton 1, Agawam 0 — Hunter Salem struck out eight and walked four in his five consecutive complete-game for the Blue Devils (5-13). Hamp collected only three hits off Cam Rivest, but …

Traditional Memorial Day observances in Florence and Easthampton draw large crowds

Monday, May 25, 2015

Despite a misty and overcast beginning to Memorial Day, large crowds turned out for parades and other events Monday in Florence and Easthampton. In Florence, spectators lined Main Street applauding contingents of veterans and veterans service agencies, as well as city officials, civic organizations, regiments of Civil War re-enactors and musicians, the Florence …

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary earns spot in Yankee Magazine ‘Best of New England’ travel guide

Monday, May 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Yankee Magazine has named Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to its annual list of New England’s best travel destinations. The sanctuary, listed in the category of “Best Birdwatching” in Massachusetts, is featured in the magazine’s Best of New England 2015 Editors’ Choice travel guide. The guide appears in the magazine’s May / June …

Refunds possible for electricity customers hit by bill recalculation

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Hundreds of area utility customers socked with retroactive charges on their electric bills this winter after switching to a competitive supplier might not be out of the money after all. That’s because the state Senate Tuesday …

Northampton boys, Amherst girls win Steele Relay titles; Hamp takes top program award

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Northampton track & field program got the best of rival Amherst Regional on Sunday, when it took the home the inaugural Steele Cup from the George Steele Relays, held at Northampton High School. The Steele Cup was awarded to the school with the best combined finish. Northampton …

Tuesday’s high school baseball recaps: Hopkins Academy scores in the seventh to win pitchers’ duel

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pat Knightly’s two-out RBI single up the middle drove home Drew Castronovo with the game’s only run as the Hopkins Academy baseball team beat Frontier Regional in a 1-0 pitchers’ duel in South Deerfield. John Jacques spun a …

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) …