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Hopkins Academy clamps down on Turners Falls, advances to WMass Division 4 final

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team had an eight-point lead but took firm control of the game without adding points on the board. The second-seeded Golden Hawks, led by Joe Yusko, Zach Kelley and Jon Morrison, imposed their will on the interior and wore Turners Falls down in the second half …

Soldiering along in creative economy Three Valley artists talk about how they make ends meet while pursuing their muse

Monday, March 2, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: Making a living in the arts is always a challenge. In this story, Gazette arts writer Steve Pfarrer speaks with three members of the “creative economy” about the ways they make a living while making art. The artists are Kim Carlino, an Easthampton painter and independent curator; musician Jim Henry; and …

Credit card security will benefit from latest technological advances

Thursday, February 26, 2015

How easy is it for a defrauder to steal your credit card information? Consider this recent case of a Florence Bank customer, as told by John Heaps, the bank’s chief executive officer. Sometime last year, the customer used …

Eric Poulin of South Hadley denies soliciting sexual conduct for a fee at Easthampton hair salon

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A South Hadley man denied charges Thursday stemming from a police sting in the back room of an Easthampton hair salon that police say was prompted by a Craigslist notice advertising “Head to Toe Body Care …

St. Patrick’s groups in Northampton and Easthampton have awards dinners Saturday

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Francis Whalen, 85, of Northampton has marched in more parades than he can count over the past 35 years, but still, he admits he’s a tad nervous about next month’s Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade. Whalen has been named …

Wednesday prep roundup: Jake Ross scores 30 to power Williston boys hoop

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Northampton’s Jake Ross scored 30 points to lead the Williston boys basketball team to a 68-53 win at Westminster Wednesday. Ryan Richmond added 12 points for the Wildcats (18-3). Girls basketball Williston 57, Miss Porters 19 — Natalia Baum scored 15 points and Gracie Simpson (South Hadley) added …

Gary Couchon of Easthampton released, charges against him dismissed, after judge rules him incompetent to stand trial

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — All charges against an Easthampton man accused of an attack on two women were dismissed and he was released to the care of his alleged victims after a Northampton District Court judge found him incompetent to stand trial. Gary Couchon, 59, of 21 Morin Drive, had …

Heather Whitley faces May trial on charges of embezzling deposits for failed condominium project in Easthampton

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The trial of Heather P. Whitley, accused of embezzling funds that were intended as deposits on a condominium project she was pitching, will be held in May unless she and the prosecution reach a plea agreement earlier. Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jayme Parent told Judge Mary-Lou …

Division 4 Girls Basketball: Holyoke Catholic races past Franklin Tech in first-round win

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — A slow start could not hold back No. 4 Holyoke Catholic as it knocked out No. 13 Franklin Tech, 39-22, Tuesday in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Girls Basketball Tournament at Holyoke Community College. With the win, the Gaels (14-7) will face …

Gateway Regional’s Austin Hermon finishes 10th on giant slalom at state alpine championship

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gateway Regional senior Austin Hermon had the lone top-10 finish at the state alpine championships, Tuesday at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton. Hermon placed 10th on the boys giant slalom in 51.77 seconds. Hermon’s time of 37.97 seconds in the slalom positioned him outside the top 10. Georgina von …

Area police news

Monday, February 23, 2015

Amherst ■ Two people told police they were assaulted in the area of Fearing and McClure streets at 3 a.m. Sunday. Although one of the victims had blood on his shirt, both declined medical attention. The incident remains under investigation. ■ Police are investigating an alleged mugging on …

Division 3 boys basketball: Dakota Wheeler, No. 8 Easthampton knock down No. 9 Palmer

Monday, February 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Behind a balanced offensive attack led by Dakota Wheeler, No. 8 Easthampton defeated No. 9 Palmer on Monday night in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament, 72-59. The Eagles (12-8) advance to the quarterfinals and will face No. 1 Hampshire Regional (17-4) …