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Area briefs

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Amherst FARMERS MARKET WORKSHOP: A free workshop focused on how residents can become more resilient and less reliant on external resources for water, food and warmth will be held during the Winter Farmers Market on Saturday at the Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut St. The workshop run by Gabor Lukacs will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Professional Development Room. It is part of an educational …

Kate Sullivan nets 21 points, pulls within four of 1K for Hopkins Academy

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kate Sullivan scored 21 points to move within four of 1,000 for her career as the Hopkins Academy girls basketball team defeated Turners Falls 63-40 at home Friday night. The senior hit five 3-pointers and also had eight rebounds and three assists. Hopkins (2-1) plays at home against Lenox at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. …

Commuter rail options next step in improved rail service along ‘Knowledge Corridor’

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Now that the decades-long dream of a high-speed train zooming along the Connecticut River is a lock, the region’s leaders expect to turn their attention to the next significant game-changer — a commuter rail system shuttling passengers up and down the Valley many times a day. From the Valley’s northern reaches …

Scholarship program seeks volunteers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The nonprofit scholarship program Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton is looking for student volunteers to help with next year’s program. Volunteers would help with weekly rehearsals that are set to begin Jan. 30 and run through the weekend of show, which is set for March …

Monday’s high school basketball: Courtney Urban, Easthampton beat Turners Falls for first win

Monday, December 15, 2014

Courtney Urban led all scorers with 12 points as the Easthampton girls basketball team beat Turners Falls, 43-34, Monday at home. Karina Volpe scored eight points, grabbed 10 rebounds, made six steals and had five assists for the Eagles (1-1). Sharp also had eight points with seven boards, …

Monday’s high school swimming: Belchertown sweeps South Hadley

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Belchertown boys and girls swimming teams each won their second straight meet to start the season, beating South Hadley on the road Monday afternoon. The boys won 53-27, the girls by a score of 60-33. Ben LaClair (200-yard free, 100 fly) and Matt Quinney (200 IM, 100 …

Police allege Ann Fisher posed as nurse without a license, stole prescription drugs

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton woman facing charges that she stole drugs and personal items from three elderly people in her care posed fraudulently as a licensed practical nurse, according to police. A police investigation reportedly found no record …

Overheating car battery charger starts fire that destroys Easthampton shed

Monday, December 15, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A fire caused by an overheating car battery charger destroyed a shed in the backyard of a Pine Street home, causing $15,000 worth of damage Saturday morning, according to Jason Dunham, an Easthampton firefighter who was at the scene. Someone at the home at 20 Pine …

Area police news

Monday, December 15, 2014

Amherst ■ Steven P. Cuoco, 50, who listed an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 3:11 p.m. Saturday on Main Street on a warrant. Belchertown ■ Donald Phillip Santor, 43, of Keene, New Hampshire, was arrested at 5:46 p.m. Wednesday on North Main Street on …

Kathleen Guertin donates to Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund in honor of parents who taught her value of giving

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Donations to the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund sometimes offer a bittersweet glimpse into the lives of the people who make them. Many local residents give annually to the Gazette-sponsored fund that provides certificates redeemable at …

Guild Art Supply owners open Big Wheel Press stationery store

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Handwritten notes are often overlooked in the age of the Internet and emails. But William Muller and his wife, Alexandra Geller, on Friday opened Big Wheel Press, a store that stocks their homemade stationery, other stationery made around the world and greeting cards. The store is …

Let's get Whovinated! Grinch can't stop Easthampton filling children's stockings

Sunday, December 14, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Holly Pastrana had one goal in mind when she decided to attend Sunday night’s “Whobilation” event, featuring a green Grinch mingling with townspeople outside the gazebo at Pulaski Park. “We wanted to get Whovinated!” shouted Pastrana, …

Weekend high school recaps: Cam Earle lifts South Hadley over rival Granby in Pioneer Valley Tip-Off

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Each side had a 20-point scorer, but Cam Earle’s 28 lifted South Hadley over Granby, 64-61, in the Pioneer Valley Tip-Off at the Curry Hicks Cage on Saturday. Jesse Molin had 23 points for the Rams (0-1). Granby …