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Belchertown, Frontier Regional, South Hadley aim to snap Thanksgiving losing streaks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Belchertown, Frontier Regional and South Hadley football teams will all have something in common on Thanksgiving — and it’s not likely poor field conditions. The three squads will all look to snap turkey day losing streaks. “If the kids can’t get up for this game, they should check the reasons why they’re playing,” South Hadley coach Scott Taylor said. The Tigers lead their series with Chicopee Comp 10-4, but …

Easthampton looks to send coach Joe Kocot out on high note

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton football players were seen running plays at practice under the directions of several coaches on Tuesday. But, there is one particular coach, head coach Joe Kocot, who has been giving the main directions since he started the program. Kocot is nearing the end of his 15th and final season. His …

After 69 years in Easthampton, Peter Pan Café seized by state for nonpayment of taxes

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — One of Easthampton’s oldest bars, the Peter Pan Café, is closed after it was seized by the state last week for owing $58,000 in taxes. The bar at 46 Pleasant St., which opened as the Peter Pan Tavern in 1945, was locked up Tuesday and a Department of Revenue sign posted …

Veterans’ portraits

Friday, November 14, 2014

These men were among the veterans who attended services Tuesday in Easthampton and Northampton honoring those who served in the U.S. military. …

What2Watch4: Week 11 high school football previews

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Amherst Regional at Putnam Thursday, at Springfield Central, 7 The Hurricanes (1-8) will look to build off Brandon Rivera’s monster performance (14 carries, 186 yards, four touchdowns) when they try to take down the Beavers (2-7), who have …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Mike Metzger’s collages at Cushman Market and other exhibits, performances this week in the Valley

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cut-ups in Cushman New collages by Chesterfield artist Michael Metzger will be on view through Dec. 31 at the Cushman Market & Cafe, 491 North Pine St., North Amherst. Metzger, an Emmy Award-winning TV producer, now retired, creates …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Local musicians join concert to raise awareness, funds for Epilepsy Foundation

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I didn’t know much about epilepsy; Springfield resident Mary Kelly has had no choice but to become an expert. She started having seizures at age 11, making her unable to continue to pursue her love of gymnastics. Her …

In Easthampton, pilgrimage to memorials honors veterans

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The American Legion Post 224 Tuesday carried forth with a long-standing tradition by hosting a Veterans Day awards ceremony and luncheon for veterans, and their families, friends and supporters. Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Mark Subocz, …

Area briefs

Monday, November 10, 2014

Amherst LIBRARY BRANCH CLOSED: New carpeting being installed at the North Amherst Library will require that the branch of the Jones Library be closed to the public Wednesday. The branch, which is also closed Tuesday for Veterans Day and is normally closed on Thursdays, reopens Friday at 2 …

James Ainsworth denies negligent motor vehicle homicide charges in deaths of father and daughter

Monday, November 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Family and friends of Edward D. and Brittany D. McGrath packed a Hampshire Superior Courtroom on Monday for the arraignment of the man accused in the August deaths of the father and daughter. James Walter Ainsworth, …

Area police news

Monday, November 10, 2014

Amherst ■ Ibrahima Diedhiou, 27, of 13 Arlington St., Easthampton, was arrested at 2:23 a.m. Sunday on South East Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license and operating a motor vehicle that does not meet Registry of Motor Vehicles standards. ■ Jesse Klein, …

Two motorists face charges after allegedly leaving the scene of separate accidents in Easthampton

Monday, November 10, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Police plan to summon two men to court for leaving the scene of single-vehicle accidents during the weekend. Police said they expect to charge Brian M. Alger, 28, of Westfield, with leaving the scene of an accident causing property damage and a marked lanes violation in …

Book celebrates fight for marriage equality

Sunday, November 9, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Ray Drewnowski and his fiancé Andrew Boivin of Holyoke were among the 50 or so people who attended the launch Sunday afternoon of a new book called “Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples …