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Weekend high schools: Sophie Gatzounas, South Hadley hold off Wahconah in overtime

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sophie Gatzounas had 17 points, 11 rebounds and five assists as the South Hadley girls basketball team held off Wahconah, 61-55, in overtime Saturday in Dalton. Marley Medina had nine points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, while Lexi Gawron added 11 points and four assists for the Tigers (2-1). Shepherd Hill 59, Northampton 51 — The Blue Devils (2-1) were within one with 47 seconds left, but Kayla Phillips hit …

Weekend high school wrestling: Granby wrestling places third at Eagles Holiday Bash

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jack Sarnacki won the 170-pound weight class and Nolan Hodgins took first at 220 as the Granby wrestling team finished third at the Eagles Holiday Bash, Saturday at Franklin Tech in Turners Falls. Clayton Yanosky (152) and Nick Roberts (182) were second, while Tre Demers (195) was third for the Rams. Jack Kent (106), Nate Fernandes (120) and Collin Mick (145) each placed …

Area briefs

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Amherst FARMERS MARKET WORKSHOP: A free workshop focused on how residents can become more resilient and less reliant on external resources for water, food and warmth will be held during the Winter Farmers Market on Saturday at the Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut St. The workshop run by Gabor Lukacs will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Professional Development …

Second annual ‘Whobalation’ to take over Pulaski Park in Easthampton on Sunday

Friday, December 12, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton’s second annual celebration of the legend that the city inspired Whoville in the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is returning to Pulaski Park on Sunday. The “Whobalation” will feature music, singing, hot chocolate and “holiday cheer,” according to its Facebook event page. …

school lunch menus

Friday, December 12, 2014

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

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, December 12, 2014

northampton first night — Volunteers needed to help out with Northampton First Night — celebrate and participate at the same time. Log on to www.firstnightnorthampton.org and click on the “volunteer” tab. Or call 584-7327 Smith College Botanic Garden — Volunteers needed to provide tours for K-12 classes; staff …

Area police news

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Amherst ■ Police issued a $300 ticket for violating the town’s noise bylaw to a Crestview Apartments resident playing loud music at 1001 North Pleasant St. at 1:48 p.m. Thursday. Police said the man was issued a warning about the loud music and screaming at 10:57 a.m., but …

Easthampton Savings Bank announces plan to acquire Citizens National Bank

Thursday, December 11, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton Savings Bank announced Thursday that it plans to merge with a small Connecticut bank. Under the agreement, which needs regulatory approval, the bank’s parent company, ESB Bancorp, will acquire Citizens National Bancorp, the holding company for the Citizens National Bank, in a transaction valued at …

Ruptured gas main causes brief evacuation of 1 Cottage Street in Easthampton

Thursday, December 11, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — About 200 people, including artists and clients of Riverside Industries at 1 Cottage St. in Easthampton, were forced out into the cold Thursday morning as emergency workers attended to a broken gas main. The evacuation started about 9:20 a.m. when an excavator working on the construction …

Valley Gives 24-hour fundraiser brings in $2.66M for nonprofits in three counties

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In its third year, Valley Gives Day brought more than $2.6 million to nonprofit organizations in Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties with around 14,000 donors. “I’m absolutely exhausted. It has been a long exciting day,” said Valle Dwight, …

Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund: Charitable friends meet to discuss books and give back

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Carole Lafleur of Florence chokes up when she tells the story of her Christmases growing up in the 1930s. Walking home on Bridge Street after a party one December during a year when her family could not afford a tree, they watched as an evergreen fell …

Keeping tabs on the arts: ‘Sing for Shelter’ art openings and more

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cash and carry Easthampton City Arts+ hosts its sixth annual “Small Works Show & Sale,” a cash-and-carry salon-style exhibit that will include more than 140 works by some 75 artists from the Pioneer Valley and beyond. The exhibit, …

Slippery conditions Tuesday send some 50 people to Cooley Dickinson Hospital with injuries

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Looking out the window Tuesday morning, Bridge Street School teacher Jed Dion said he was not sure why there was a two-hour delay. There was no snow on the ground, and there did not appear to …