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Justin Griswold  of Amherst, walks to his car in the Whole Foods parking lot Wednesday afternoon.

UPDATED: First storm of season comes in as predicted: a whopper on Thanksgiving eve

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Carla Tettah-Kpodar’s first brush with snow — in her lifetime — turned out to be an eventful one Wednesday. The Smith College first-year student, who hails from Ghana in West Africa and had only seen snow on television, maintained a cheery attitude despite having a flight to Washington out of Hartford’s Bradley International Airport canceled due to Mother Nature’s insistence on launching the season’s first snowstorm on the busiest travel day of the year. In the Valley and beyond, police and public works crews responded Wednesday to mishaps and snow accumulation from the nor’easter. Wet snow began falling late morning and the accumulation …

Peter Pan Café reopens in Easthampton after agreement on tax payment reached with state

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The doors of the Peter Pan Café were unlocked at noon Wednesday and the neon Miller Lite sign in the window invited patrons back to the bar, eight days after it was shuttered by the state for nonpayment of taxes. Behind the bar, co-owner Robert LaBombard said happily that he and his partner, Sandra Wheeler, worked out an agreement with the …

Judge denies bail reduction for Fabian Williams, charged with raping two girls at Northampton residential treatment program for teens

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Wednesday denied a request to reduce the bail of Fabian Williams, a 27-year-old Springfield man who is accused of raping two girls when he was an overnight staff member at a former residential treatment program for children in Northampton. Williams’ attorney, Myles Jacobson of Northampton, argued for his bail be reduced from $50,000 to $10,000 because …

Naming the baby

Friday, November 14, 2014

HOTZ — Gabriel Francis, son of Lauren Carmichael Hotz and Spencer Hotz of Easthampton, was born Oct. 13 at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield. The maternal grandparents are Mikkie Alves and Jerry Carmichael of Southampton. The paternal grandparents are Robert Hotz of Watertown and the late Donna Duprey. The …

Wedding Cheryl Royea Campbell & Thomas Marhefka

Friday, November 14, 2014

Cheryl Royea Campbell and Thomas Michael Marhefka, both of Easthampton, were married Sept. 13 at the band shell in Millside Park in Easthampton, with Easthampton Mayor Karen Cadieux officiating. Cheryl is the daughter of Susan Ceckowski Royea of …

school lunch menus

Friday, November 14, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, pineapple cups, 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, carrot sticks, applesauce, spinach and tomato salad, banana THURSDAY: Roast turkey breast with gravy, …

Veterans Voice

Friday, November 14, 2014

Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between Oct. 30 and Nov. 13. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary. John F. Murphy Jr., 87, Milton, formerly Northampton, d. Oct. 25; he enlisted in the …

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 …