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A late-night fire Monday damaged the Platinum Pony nightclub on Cottage Street in Easthampton.

Cause of Platinum Pony fire determined to be electrical

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A fire that started in the basement of the Platinum Pony late Monday night was electrical in origin, the state Fire Marshal’s office said Wednesday. The fire caused about $175,000 in damage to the 30 Cottage Street bar and two other nearby businesses: Platterpus Records at 28 Cottage St. and Rene’s TV Service at 26 Cottage St, according …

Tuesday’s high school soccer: Lexi Turgeon saves a point for Hampshire Regional

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Lexi Turgeon snatched a point away from defeat with three seconds remaining Tuesday. The Hampshire Regional junior scored 39 minutes, 57 seconds into the second half of a 3-3 girls soccer tie with Central in Springfield. The Raiders scored three of the five second-half goals, including two in the game’s final two minutes. Sienna Caron collected a goal and an assist for Hampshire …

Easthampton candidates for City Council and School Committee make their pitches at forum

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The impact of school choice and charter school tuition on the city’s budget and the need to preserve open space coupled with “smart growth” were among the issues discussed by candidates running for at-large City Council and School Committee seats at a forum Tuesday night. The hour-long event was hosted by the Easthampton Democratic Committee and limited to candidates who are …

Trial begins for Heather Whitley, accused of stealing deposits by prospective buyers of Easthampton condominiums

Monday, September 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The jury which will decide the much-delayed larceny trial of Heather P. Whitley heard opening statements Monday, as well as brief testimony from the first witness. Whitley, 49, of Newburyport, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of larceny over $250, denying that in 2007 she …

Emily Williston Memorial Library Director Tamsen Conner to leave in move to California

Monday, September 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Emily Williston Memorial Library Director Tamsen Conner will leave her position next month to move to California. Conner is moving to Los Angeles with her partner, who has found new work as a voice actor. Her last day will be on Oct. 16 after less than …

Around Easthampton: Celebrity bartender fundraiser, Public Safety open house, New City Brewery party

Monday, September 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A local politician and television personalities will be pouring pints at Opa Opa Steakhouse and Brewery on Oct. 19 to help spread some holiday cheer. The Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce will host its Celebrity Bartending fundraiser at Opa Opa, at 169 College Highway in Southampton, …

Area police news

Monday, September 28, 2015

Amherst ∎ Gates Barnard Larson, 52, of 143 Stanley St., was arrested at 1 a.m. Saturday on Belchertown Road on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes and failure …

Weekend preps: Williston football opens 2015 with 40-30 loss to Governor’s Academy

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Williston Northampton football team dropped a shootout with Governor’s Academy, 40-30, in its season opener in Easthampton Saturday. The Wildcats led 22-19 in the third before the Govs scored three straight touchdowns to pull away. Nick Garofano had 1-yard touchdowns run, a 28-yard TD reception from quarterback …

Weekend high schools: Northampton field hockey shuts out Amherst Regional

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Megan McCarthy and Georgie Lellman each scored as the Northampton field hockey team shut out Amherst Regional, 2-0, Saturday in Amherst. Kiana Matakanski and Ursa Heidinger each had one assist, while Danielle Parent was unchallenged in goal for the Blue Devils (5-1-1). Katherine Cornell made 25 saves for …

Easthampton breaks in new field with thrilling 16-12 win over Cathedral

Saturday, September 26, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — After unveiling its new confines at White Brook Middle School, the Easthampton High School football team beat Cathedral, 16-12, in dramatic fashion Saturday afternoon. A Hunter Leveille 25-yard interception return gave the Eagles (2-1) the lead with 2:19 left to play in the game. “Our coverage …

Friday’s high schools: Jordyn Roberts, Frontier Regional field hockey pull away from Southwick

Friday, September 25, 2015

Jordyn Roberts had a hand in both goals as the Frontier Regional field hockey team shut out Southwick, 2-0, on the road Friday. Tied at halftime, the Red Hawks (5-1) pulled away thanks to Roberts. Mackenzie Patterson scored off a Roberts assist, while Camille Alli assisted Roberts’ goal. …

Friday’s high school boys soccer: Harry George nets winner as Hampshire nips Frontier, 1-0

Friday, September 25, 2015

Harry George scored the game-winning goal with an assist by Anthony Nardi as the Hampshire Regional boys soccer team beat Frontier Regional, 1-0, in Westhampton on Friday. The Raiders (3-2-1) defense played well as Nick O’Hare earned the clean sheet with four saves. Dylan Husted finished with eight …

Samantha LeBlanc & Jonathan Fehling

Friday, September 25, 2015

Samantha LeBlanc and Jonathan Fehling, both of Virginia Beach, Virginia, were married March 21, 2015, in Virginia Beach. The bride is the daughter of Linda Lehman of Westminster and Steve and Sue LeBlanc of Ashburnham. The bridegroom is …