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Basement fire causes $15,000 damage to Easthampton home

Saturday, February 6, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — A fire tore up an Easthampton basement early Friday morning, causing $15,000 in damage, Fire Capt. Dennis Peck said. No one was injured in the fire, which was reported at 1:31 a.m. Friday at 6 Valley Lane. Easthampton sent two engines to the scene, and the Northampton Fire Department assisted with one engine. They wrapped up shortly before 4:30 a.m., Peck said. The fire, which began in the …

Valley Views

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Barred Owl Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton Photograph and text by Dot Barnard, North Hatfield A friend and I visited the Arcadia Sanctuary recently in search of several different birds that had been seen there by local birders in the area. It was a perfect winter day to walk the trails. With binoculars in …

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 …

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 …

Area police news: Skinny Easthampton dog checked out by animal control; traffic stop results in PCP charges

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Amherst • Mychal George Carter, 24, of 277 Riverglade Drive, Apt. 6, was arrested at 2:46 a.m. Thursday on Grantwood Drive on a charge of breaking and entering during the nighttime to commit a felony. Police said Carter was seen outside a vacant home and then was found …

Joy of reading

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mayors take issue with education funding in Gov. Charlie Baker’s $39.6 billion budget

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday filed what he called a fiscally responsible $39.6 billion state budget that calls for no increases in state taxes or fees and shrinks a structural deficit between the growth in annual …

Wednesday’s high schools: Amherst hockey skates past Greenfield and into postseason

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Junior Max Hopley scored three goals and dished out two assists as the Amherst Regional ice hockey team beat Greenfield, 8-2, at Orr Rink Wednesday. The Hurricanes (9-1-3, 8-1-1 Fay-Wright), who scored five goals in the third to break a 2-2 tie, qualified for the postseason with the …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Hampshire beats Gateway in battle of undermanned teams

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Two undermanned wrestling teams met at Gateway Regional High School on Wednesday. Hampshire Regional proved the stronger of the two, defeating the Gators 40-15 with just 10 of the 14 weight classes featuring competitors. Brandon Daniels and Dylan Berthume picked up Gateway’s two pin victories against Max Abel …

Wednesday’s prep schools: Williston girls skate past Westminster, 2-0

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Morgan Fisher recorded her eighth shutout of the season as the Williston Northampton girls hockey team beat Westminster, 2-0, Wednesday in Simsbury, Connecticut. Meg Rickard and Delaney Belinskas each scored for the Wildcats (12-2). Boys Ice Hockey Williston 4, Millbrook 3 — JT Chamberlain scored twice as the …

Green tea: Its antioxidant benefits are steeped in controversy

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It’s easy to find stories trumpeting the health benefits of antioxidant-rich green tea. Seems simple enough. To keep the cells healthy, go to the grocery store, head to the tea aisle, grab something marked “green tea” and drink …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Stephanie Start’s triple-double powers Smith Voke

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Stephanie Start’s triple-double paved the way as the Smith Vocational girls basketball team cruised past Westfield Tech, 54-9, in Westfield Tuesday. Start had 27 points, including 25 in the first half, 12 rebounds and 10 steals as the Vikings (6-6, 3-1 Tri-County South) took control early and ran …