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Easthampton High School teacher Nancy Dunn, left, chats with some of her summer Health and Physical Education class students just before they began a project to install plantings of mountain laurel, gem rhododendron and spirea in an area of Daley Park formerly known as "smokers' corner".

Drug awareness, with focus on smoking, gets big push in Easthampton schools

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Officials in Easthampton are making a strong effort to get illegal drugs out of the hands of minors — starting by converting a former “smokers’ corner” by the high school into a garden. The addition comes after a change in the student handbook that no longer allows smoking on the parcel of Nonotuck Park bordering the school parking … 0

Long-awaited new digs boost excitement for Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School’s opening day

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — When the new school year begins, the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will officially open the doors of its new building at 1 Industrial Parkway in Easthampton. “It’s thrilling to be here in the new school,” said Dan Klatz, the education coordinator. “There is a lot to do to get everything … 0

MAP:E. coli bacteria levels high in Connecticut, Mill rivers; Health officials warn against swimming, boating following storm

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The deluge of rain last Wednesday has elevated levels of E. coli bacteria at select spots on the Connecticut and Mill rivers, prompting health officials to warn people not to swim or boat there. Water samples taken Thursday in Northampton at a Connecticut River boat dock, in the Elwell Recreation Area … 0

B2B ID: Gabe Ripley, owner, Off the Map Tattoos, Easthampton

Saturday, July 26, 2014

NAME: Gabe Ripley TITLE: Owner, Off the Map Inc., 112 Cottage St., Easthampton WEBSITE: OfftheMapTattoo.com AGE: 39 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: Essentially 1996, officially in 2000 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: More than 30 WHAT YOU DO: Off … 0

Friday’s local baseball: Easthampton Savings Bank falls to PeoplesBank

Friday, July 25, 2014

PeoplesBank scored six runs with two outs in the first inning and rolled to an 11-1 win over Easthampton Savings Bank in Game 2 of their best-of-three Tri-County League semifinal series. Game 3 is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at MacKenzie Field in Holyoke. Mike Farrell struck out … 0

Deaf and hard of hearing children find their story at Clarke Schools camp in Easthampton

Friday, July 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — In a classroom on The Williston Northampton School campus Thursday, six children clapped, hopped and boogied while singing backup along with a recording of “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors while Jordan Gatewood, 13, … 0

Judge: Gary Couchon of Easthampton is too dangerous to be released after alleged attack on two women

Friday, July 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In tears during a Northampton District Court hearing Friday, an Easthampton woman testified that the man arrested after a weekend assault at her home was her best friend and someone she only feared when he was drinking. She said he has been sober for three months … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. An Acadian flycatcher continues to be seen down from Gate 22 at the Quabbin Reservoir. Two young Orchard orioles were found in the East … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, July 25, 2014

HUMMINGBIRD River Valley Way, Easthampton Photograph and text by Bob Solosko of Easthampton I’ve been watching this hummingbird since it discovered some red flowers in a field on River Valley Way in Easthampton. It’s been visiting these flowers … 0

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, July 25, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst Alyssa Kayser-Hirsh graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College as a double major in American studies … 0

Veterans Voice

Friday, July 25, 2014

Announcements Reunion: The USS Missouri (BB-63) Association is a nonprofit organization made up of sailors, Marines, officers and midshipmen who have served aboard this famous battleship. Shipmates who served aboard the USS Missouri will hold their 41st annual reunion at the Ramada Gateway Hotel in Kissimmee, Fla., from … 0

Ryan, Vishaway lead Easthampton over Amherst in Mickey Mantle playoff

Thursday, July 24, 2014

AMHERST — Jamie Ryan didn’t expect to take the mound for his Easthampton Mickey Mantle baseball team in Thursday evening’s playoff game. But an injury to scheduled starter Brandon Bennett forced Ryan into duty and he responded with … 0

Mickey Mantle baseball playoffs begin with 4 shutouts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pitching completely dominated the first round of the Mickey Mantle double-elimination tournament on Wednesday evening. The winning team shut out its opponent in all four games, including a pair of 1-0 contests. Amherst 1, Northampton 0 (5) — … 0