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Northampton runners Aidan Gilson, from left, Liam Sullivan and Tim Foldy-Porto run ahead Bill Carroll, of Holyoke Catholic, Thursday at Smith College.
Sullivan placed first, Gilson finished second, Foldy-Porto took third, and Carroll finished fourth.

Thursday’s high school track/swimming: Northampton girls take down Chicopee, Comp

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Northampton girls track team beat Chicopee Comp 64-30 and Chicopee 61-30 during the early session of the second PVIAC meet Thursday at Smith College. The Blue Devils 4x200 team of Sophie Sharp, Alex Dibrindisi, Sierra Loomis and Abigail Springfield won with over a minute to spare, taking first place in 1 minute, 52.44 seconds, ahead of Amherst Regional (1:53.5). Dibrindisi won the long jump in 15 feet, 111/2 inches, while Loomis won the 300-meter dash in 44.25 seconds for Northampton. Amherst beat Minnechaug 58-36 as the Hurricanes picked up four first-place finishes by Valdimira Fernandes (55 dash), Juliana Brissette (600), Jessie Rietkerk (1,000) and …

Thursday’s high school sports

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Granby boys basketball team needed overtime, but picked up its first win of the season thanks to a 3-pointer from Lucas Monaco with 1.7 seconds left to beat Easthampton, 65-62, Thursday. Each team had a shot at the win prior to overtime. The Rams (1-2) missed a shot at the regulation buzzer after tying the game 50-50 with 11 seconds to go. …

Belchertown rebounds from opening loss, skates past Easthampton 8-1

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — After a disappointing result in its season opener Saturday, the Belchertown hockey team was eager to respond Wednesday night. The Orioles dominated play from the opening faceoff and put nearly 50 shots on goal in an 8-1 victory over Easthampton at Lossone Rink. “I thought we played a good, solid three …

Friday’s high schools: Holyoke Catholic drops opener to Lenox in overtime

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Holyoke Catholic girls basketball team dropped its season opener, falling 42-41 in overtime to Lenox on the road Friday night. The Millionaires used a 3-pointer with six seconds left to force overtime, then made their free throws down the stretch to win. Danielle Easton had 16 points, …

CORRECTED: Chloe Rombach released from Baystate Medical Center after being struck by car in Northampton; unclear where

Friday, December 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Chloe Rombach, the 22-year-old Northampton woman struck by a car while crossing Bridge Street earlier this week, was released from Baystate Medical Center in Springfield on Friday, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Rombach was struck by a car driven by Kenzie Kimble-Badgett, 18, of 8 Button …

Second annual ‘Whobalation’ to take over Pulaski Park in Easthampton on Sunday

Friday, December 12, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton’s second annual celebration of the legend that the city inspired Whoville in the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is returning to Pulaski Park on Sunday. The “Whobalation” will feature music, singing, hot chocolate and “holiday cheer,” according to its Facebook event page. …

school lunch menus

Friday, December 12, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, steamed carrots, pineapple cup, fresh apple TUESDAY: Twin chicken soft tacos, black beans, fresh apple, romaine lettuce, sliced peaches, sweet red pepper strips WEDNESDAY: Hot dog, sweet potato puffs, applesauce, spinach and tomato salad, banana THURSDAY: Roast turkey breast with gravy, peas, …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, December 12, 2014

northampton first night — Volunteers needed to help out with Northampton First Night — celebrate and participate at the same time. Log on to www.firstnightnorthampton.org and click on the “volunteer” tab. Or call 584-7327 Smith College Botanic Garden — Volunteers needed to provide tours for K-12 classes; staff …

Area police news

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Amherst ■ Police issued a $300 ticket for violating the town’s noise bylaw to a Crestview Apartments resident playing loud music at 1001 North Pleasant St. at 1:48 p.m. Thursday. Police said the man was issued a warning about the loud music and screaming at 10:57 a.m., but …

Easthampton Savings Bank announces plan to acquire Citizens National Bank

Thursday, December 11, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton Savings Bank announced Thursday that it plans to merge with a small Connecticut bank. Under the agreement, which needs regulatory approval, the bank’s parent company, ESB Bancorp, will acquire Citizens National Bancorp, the holding company for the Citizens National Bank, in a transaction valued at …

Ruptured gas main causes brief evacuation of 1 Cottage Street in Easthampton

Thursday, December 11, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — About 200 people, including artists and clients of Riverside Industries at 1 Cottage St. in Easthampton, were forced out into the cold Thursday morning as emergency workers attended to a broken gas main. The evacuation started about 9:20 a.m. when an excavator working on the construction …

Valley Gives 24-hour fundraiser brings in $2.66M for nonprofits in three counties

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In its third year, Valley Gives Day brought more than $2.6 million to nonprofit organizations in Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties with around 14,000 donors. “I’m absolutely exhausted. It has been a long exciting day,” said Valle Dwight, …

Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund: Charitable friends meet to discuss books and give back

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Carole Lafleur of Florence chokes up when she tells the story of her Christmases growing up in the 1930s. Walking home on Bridge Street after a party one December during a year when her family could not afford a tree, they watched as an evergreen fell …