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Around Southampton: Congregational Church welcomes new pastor; holiday toy drive; photo contest; library events

Thursday, November 26, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Though she has led the First Congregational Church of Southampton for nearly three months, the Rev. Jennie Valentine says she’s still making a big effort to meet people. “When a new pastor comes in, the first year is about getting to know the community, getting to know the culture, beginning to understand the mechanisms and what psychologists call the family systems that operate within any community,” Valentine said …

Future shines for Northampton football as Blue Devils run past Easthampton on Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Northampton — Future and present met in the end zone for the Northampton football team in its first Thanksgiving Day game against Easthampton. Junior running backs Elijah Davis and Nik Smith both topped 100 yards and scored in a dominating 44-6 win over the Eagles on Thursday. Smith finished the game with 125 …

Pleasant Street mills get new parking lot as part of $7.5 million improvement project in Easthampton

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The parking lot behind the Pleasant Street mills received a fresh coat of pavement this week as part of the $7.5 million improvements to the mill corridor. The surfaced parking lot is just a minor step in the major public-private project that began in 2011, and is scheduled to wrap up …

Pioneer Valley residents and colleges react to terrorist attacks in Paris

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Shock, horror, anger — local residents had plenty of emotional responses to the attacks by terrorists in Paris on Friday night. But those who had some connection to people in France said they were heartened to learn that …

Easthampton football thumps Pathfinder in final home game

Saturday, November 14, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — An old Tri-County rivalry couldn’t revive itself Saturday afternoon, as the Easthampton High School football team breezed past Pathfinder 42-10 in non-playoff action at White Brook Middle School. It was the final home game for 12 seniors for the Eagles (7-3), who finish their season at …

WMass girls cross country: Northampton reigns again; Sophia Jacobs-Townsley, Taylor Blow take top individual honors

Saturday, November 14, 2015

WESTFIELD — The bus taking the Northampton High School girls cross country team to Stanley Park was filled with laughter, singing and words of encouragement. Coach Ashley Krause told the Blue Devils to “run a race that will …

Northampton’s Liam Sullivan, Frontier Regional make history at WMass cross country championships

Saturday, November 14, 2015

WESTFIELD — Northampton senior Liam Sullivan joined an elite list Saturday, while Frontier Regional made history at the Western Massachusetts Boys Cross Country championships. Sullivan became just the seventh runner since 1963 to win back-to-back Division 1 individual …

Keith Loiselle of Easthampton faces drug manufacturing charges after marijuana, cultivation equipment seized from his home

Friday, November 13, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man is facing drug manufacturing charges after police seized some five ounces of marijuana from his Ferry Street home. Keith E. Loiselle, 61, of 76 Ferry St., was arraigned Monday in Northampton District Court on charges of possession to manufacture a Class D drug …

Area police news

Friday, November 13, 2015

Amherst • A resident reported at 3:45 a.m. Friday the possible theft of between $4,000 and $5,000 after he attempted to exchange Bitcoin with a person in the Philippines, who appears to have set up fake PayPal accounts. • An 18-year-old Amherst woman was issued a $300 ticket …

Upcoming events for area seniors

Friday, November 13, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk 259-3060 NAME THAT TUNE — Sing-along with Steve is held on …

Area School Lunch Menus

Friday, November 13, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato salad, orange TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Roast turkey and gravy, peas, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, spinach salad, apple cobbler, Bartlett pear THURSDAY: Hamburger, sweet potato …

Friends & neighbors

Friday, November 13, 2015

Amherst Nick Benfey has been honored as a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. Benfey is majoring in art history and visual arts. Easthampton Brett Pyser has been selected to a 2015 All-Liberty League Men’s Soccer Team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New …

Photos: Easthampton printmaker Lyell Castonguay visits Northampton High School art class

Friday, November 13, 2015

Easthampton printmaker and woodcut artist Lyell Castonguay recently visited Sheryl Jaffe’s art class at Northampton High School to assist students with a wood-block printing project. Castonguay has exhibited his work at galleries and museums around Massachusetts and beyond, …