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The appetizer Holyoke restaurant Slaint created last year during the 12-Mile Meal chef challenge

‘12-Mile Meal’ battle of the chefs heats up at Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chefs from three local restaurants, including defending champion The Sierra Grill, will take part in a cooking throw-down as they battle to create three-course meals using ingredients from within a 12-mile radius of Northampton. “The 12-Mile Meal” will take place as part of the “Northampton Jazz Festival” on Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chef Tent behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton. “It fits in pretty well because jazz is an art form and so is cooking,” said the program’s director and host, Rick Gifford, in a phone interview. “The 12-Mile Meal” is an annual event that is open to the public; … 0

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Storytelling in the Orchard,’ new series in Easthampton

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

“Storytelling in the Orchard,” a new Saturday series for children made possible by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council, begins Aug. 30 with a performance by storyteller and puppeteer Gail N. Herman (pictured). Shows are at 2 and 3 p.m. in Park Hill Orchard at 82 Park St. in Easthampton. The series … 0

Area police news

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Amherst ∎ Samuel Webb, 20, of Westborough, was arrested at 11:43 p.m. Monday at Puffton Village on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw and possession of a fake identification. Webb was arrested after officers responded to the 1040 North Pleasant St. apartment complex for shouting and loud music and he identified himself to officers with a fake Connecticut driver’s license, police said. … 0

Stars onstage: TV and movie dancers to perform at Academy of Music as part of Generation IV Dance workshop

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Generation IV Dance, a weeklong dance intensive workshop for dancers of all ages, will conclude its fifth season with performances on Aug. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Featured onstage will … 0

Contact information for Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Hitchcock Center and Earthwork Programs

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and Earthwork Programs all continue summer camps that have open slots for August. Here is contact information to learn more about these organizations and what they offer. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary 127 Combs Road, Easthampton massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/arcadia 413-584-3009 Hitchcock Center for … 0

SLIDESHOW: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Hitchcock Center, Earthwork Programs connect children and environment

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

On a hot summer day in mid-July, Rainier Jewett, 8, of Florence rose up from the underbrush in the woods of Conway covered in mud and forest debris and sporting a broad, sly smile. Then several more young … 0

Fire destroys artists’ work and equipment at Paragon Arts and Industry Building in Easthampton

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — As she stood next to a soot-covered, 5-foot-tall abstract painting Tuesday afternoon, artist Marlene Rye bemoaned the loss of her work. “This painting is worth $4,000 and it’s definitely gone,” she said. That painting and perhaps … 0

Fire damages Paragon Arts & Industry Building in Easthampton

Monday, August 4, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A small fire inside a fitness studio on the top floor of the Paragon Arts & Industry Building caused minor smoke and fire damage to the building, but more than $90,000 in artwork may have been … 1

Around Easthampton: City readies for boardwalk project, welcomes new Licensing Board member

Monday, August 4, 2014

The newest member of the Easthampton Licensing Board is a veteran volunteer in the city. Kelly Richey, 54, of 84 Highland Ave., was chairwoman of the Conservation Commission for 14 years before stepping down last fall. “I was looking for something else to do for the community and … 0

Haunted house under construction in Easthampton mill building not for children, faint of heart

Sunday, August 3, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A man in a lab coat embroidered with the name BioMedCorp greeted a Gazette reporter Thursday at a door off the lobby of the Button Building on Union Street. If you haven’t heard of BioMedCorp, that’s … 0

Card holders’ information continues to be stolen; all mum on local businesses affected by suspected data breach

Sunday, August 3, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — City resident Elizabeth Hildebrandt said she has had her debit card information stolen twice, once at the end of May and again at the end of June, after shopping at stores in Easthampton. It has been … 3

Local briefs: youth programs, golf tournaments, road races

Friday, August 1, 2014

Youth programs available at Hamp Recreation Registrations are now being accepted for the Northampton Recreation Department’s field hockey program. This competitive program has a Senior team (seventh and eighth grade) and a Junior team (fifth and sixth). The program begins mid-August and runs until November. Games are mostly … 0

Area briefs

Friday, August 1, 2014

Amherst ROAD WORK: Pine Street is the latest Amherst road where a resurfacing project is commencing. Lane Construction is expected to be at the North Amherst road lowering road structures for the next several weekdays, starting at 7 a.m. Driveways will be accessible, though delays are expected for … 0