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To Do List: Family fun

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

FRUIT, Veggies, Fun Spring has sprung, baseball season’s first pitch has been thrown, the black flies are biting, and the farm fields are finally free of snow. The Amherst Farmers’ Market has returned, offering music, a story hour, and local foods every Saturday from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. in the Spring Street parking lot. See www.amherstfarmersmarket.com or call 461-0554 for more information. Look for neighboring markets to sprout up soon in Northampton, Williamsburg, and elsewhere as well. See www.visithampshirecounty.com/eat/farmers-markets for all the delicious details. PAST LIFE Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., children ages 7 to 12 can participate in A Day in …

Gazette Boys Indoor Track & Field Players of the Year: Amherst Regional’s 4x800 relay: Allen Vance, Rob Sailer, Connor Evans, Kelzy Rodrigues, Aiden Foucault-Etheridge

Monday, April 20, 2015

Player of the Year: Amherst 4x800 relay team (senior Allen Vance, senior Rob Sailer, senior Connor Evans, senior Kelzy Rodrigues, freshman Aiden Foucault-Etheridge, alternate) Season highlights: This team excelled at every level at which it competed. The quartet won the title at the PVIAC championships (8 minutes, 37.99 seconds), the state Division 3 …

Former Amherst police officer Mike Kent completes 25th straight Boston Marathon

Monday, April 20, 2015

BOSTON — At the end of the day Monday, Mike Kent will have hung up a famed jacket in his closet. It was not Masters green or medical-coat white. Instead, it’s royal purple with orange detail, and Kent earned it by finishing the 119th Boston Marathon. The addition to Kent’s coat closet also …

Tuesday’s high school baseball: Defense comes through for Northampton in win over Minnechaug

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The middle infield for the Northampton baseball team turned three double plays as the Blue Devils beat Minnechaug, 7-3, in Northampton Tuesday. Leading 6-2 with the bases loaded in the sixth, Cody Cleveland induced a 4-6-3 double play between second baseman Garret Connly, shortstop Tim Horton and first …

Tuesday’s high school softball: Stephanie Start tosses no-hitter for Smith Vocational

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Stephanie Start threw a no-hitter and struck out nine as the Smith Vocational softball team beat Sci-Tech, 17-1 in five innings, in Springfield Tuesday. Avalon Darby scored three runs and drove in a pair, and Miranda Clark had three RBIs for the Vikings (1-1, 1-0 Tri-County). Frontier Regional …

Concerns raised over future of competitive Dolphins team as Hampshire Regional YMCA reviews aquatics program

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Parents and swimmers at the Hampshire Regional YMCA are concerned that the competitive Dolphins swim team program will be eliminated as the result of a review of the aquatics program. “We have been led to believe …

Tuesday’s high school boys volleyball/lacrosse: Smith Vocational debuts, knocks off Southwick for program’s first win

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Smith Vocational boys volleyball team made its first official match an exciting one, edging host Southwick 3-2 on the road Tuesday for the program’s first win. The Vikings won 25-18, 21-25, 25-14, 24-26, 15-12. Jorge Andujar had 13 assists and four kills for Smith Voke (1-0), while …

Annual teaching awards aim to recognize unsung heros

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Though it’s barely been eight months since Michael Berg started his career as a classroom teacher, it would seem that he’s been at it for years. With less than an hour before dismissal, his fourth-grade students at Chestnut …

Iconic windmill at Haber’s Farm in Easthampton makes move to Leeds

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Carole LaValle of Lyman Street had a very vocal reaction Tuesday morning to the commotion across the way at Haber’s Farm — a small windmill being uprooted from its foundation and put on a trailer. “This …

Area police news

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Amherst ∎ Jayson Stinson, 31, of 21 Old Amherst Road, Belchertown, was arrested at 5:25 p.m. Monday on Montague Road on a warrant. Belchertown ∎ Lilliana Nunez, 27, of Leominster, was arrested at 2:15 a.m. Thursday on Franklin Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a …

Greenfield man admits to three drug charges resulting from two arrests last year

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Greenfield man pleaded guilty Monday to three drug charges resulting from two incidents a month apart in 2014. Dwight Belisle, 47, of Greenfield, pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute cocaine in connection with his …

Williston Northampton School faculty member placed on leave amid allegation of sexual misconduct in the late 1970s

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A longtime faculty member at Williston Northampton School has been placed on administrative leave amid an allegation that he or she sexually assaulted a student in the late 1970s, according to school officials. The faculty member …

Monday’s high school track/tennis: Northampton girls chase down Amherst Regional

Monday, April 13, 2015

Alex Dibrindisi won three individual events for the Northampton girls track & field team, which defeated rival Amherst Regional 761/2-641/2 in their season-opening meet Monday afternoon. The senior took first in the long jump (16 feet, 21/2 inches), …