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Around Easthampton: Citywide tag sale set for May 16; EHS freshman to skip 16th birthday party, hold food and clothing drive

Saturday, April 18, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Three city residents are organizing Easthampton’s first citywide tag sale to be held May 16 beginning at 9 a.m. Joan LaRose, Nancy Wagner and Gail Croake are encouraging anyone interested in having a tag sale this spring to join their efforts and schedule their own sale for May 16. So far 25 people from all sections of Easthampton have agreed to hold a tag sale at their own …

Friday’s high school softball: Hampshire’s Brian McGan named MIAA coach of year as Raiders stay perfect

Friday, April 17, 2015

The MIAA announced its 2014-15 coaches of the year and awarded Hampshire Regional softball coach Brian McGan with his sport’s honor on Friday. “I’m very humbled by it. It’s a great honor,” McGan said. “The kids from my past teams have obviously helped me get there. They made Hampshire what Hampshire is. I’ve just tried to guide them to the right point.” McGan …

Friday’s high schools: Belchertown boys lacrosse routs Monson

Friday, April 17, 2015

Alex Wordsworth’s seven goals and an assist powered the Belchertown boys lacrosse team to a 14-1 home blowout over Monson Friday afternoon. Ben Magarian (four goals, assist) and Grant Irving (two goals, three assists) each posted five points for the Orioles (4-1, 3-0 Suburban). Jack Medina picked up four assists, Jack Kenney added his first career varsity tally, and Connor Hughes and Adam …

Area baseball, softball teams ready to get outside, play ball

Friday, April 10, 2015

Four weeks after preseason workouts began March 16, the high school baseball and softball seasons should get underway in full force Monday afternoon. Many of this past week’s games had already been postponed due to poor field conditions. …

Local golf courses in tough shape as season gets off to slow start

Friday, April 10, 2015

A snowy winter and a cold, wet start to spring has delayed local country clubs from opening its golf courses in time for the upcoming season. Many clubs looked to have their courses ready and playable by late March, early April, but the weather over the last few …

Thursday’s high schools: Northampton girls lacrosse hammers West Springfield

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Northampton girls lacrosse team opened the season with a 21-6 blowout at West Springfield Thursday afternoon. Megan McCarthy and Missie Maiewski (assist) each scored four goals, while Kerry Fleming (assist) added three for the Blue Devils (1-0). Ursa Heidinger and Sophie Melcher had two tallies apiece, while …

Literature to take over Easthampton at first citywide BookFest Saturday

Thursday, April 9, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The city will be taken over by written word Saturday as literary communities of all kinds come together for Easthampton’s first BookFest. Seven venues across the city will host nearly 20 events aimed at highlighting the …

Wednesday’s high schools: Kat Minor paces Frontier track past Belchertown

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Kat Miner won three individual events and two of her teammates each won a pair as the Frontier Regional girls track & field team opened the season by beating Belchertown 133-12 Wednesday in South Deerfield. Miner earned victories …

Ninth annual ‘Mr. Easthampton’ mock male beauty pageant Friday

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Down to the last few tickets, “Mr. Easthampton” organizer and Easthampton High School health teacher Nancy Dunn is expecting crowds to enjoy lots of laughs at the ninth annual mock male beauty pageant. In the competition, …

‘On Hurricane Island’: War on Terror at center of local novelist’s new thriller

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Since a fateful day in September 2001, going through airport security has been quite the drill. Show your ID along with your ticket. Empty your pockets and get your carry-on baggage ready to be sent through an electronic …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

At Amherst Cinema “Antonio Gaudí,” a film by director Hiroshi Teshigahara, will be shown Monday at 7 p.m. at Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St. in Amherst. The movie is part of the cinema’s “The City As a Work …

Healthy grassland ecosystem at Arcadia among tasks for Tom Lautzenheiser, regional scientist for Massachusetts Audubon Society

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tom Lautzenheiser covers a lot of territory as one of three regional scientists who work for the Massachusetts Audubon Society. He is responsible for 30 Aububon properties totaling about 17,000 acres west of Route 495. “Primarily, I study …

Public hearing on proposal to limit size of retailers in Easthampton to continue April 14

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — With both sides nearing compromise, the public hearing on the measure to limit the size of new retail stores will continue next week after City Planner Jessica Allan further refines the proposal’s language reflecting comments from Tuesday’s hearing. Allan read her recommended changes to a gathering …