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Area briefs

Friday, December 12, 2014

Amherst HOLIDAY GIFT COLLECTION: A collection of children and young adult books and family board games and puzzles at the Amherst Survival Center continues through Friday. The items are needed as part of the center’s holiday gift program, which will benefit families with children up to 18 years old who depend on the food pantry at the 138 Sunderland Road site. During December, families are receiving additional food and holiday …

Rockin’ at the preschool: Award-winning musician brings his tunes into the classroom

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Back in 2000, musician Nick Deysher was on his way to an interview for a job as a preschool teacher when he decided to grab his guitar and take it along. Good decision. Deysher, now of Leeds, got the job, and since then, the award-winning musician has blended his love of music with …

For 25 years, a Florence parade for everyone

Sunday, November 30, 2014

FLORENCE — For more than two decades, raft horses, boy scouts, bagpipers and Santa Claus himself marched through town in the annual Christmas Parade, held on the Saturday afer Thanksgiving. At the head of the parade, now in its 25th year, Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard and Color Guard member Tom Galko, …

Relay participant, cancer survivor, walks for others

Friday, May 30, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fifth in a series of guest articles explaining aspects of Relay For Life of Hampshire County, a yearly American Cancer Society fundraiser. This year’s Relay will be June 13-14 at Look Memorial Park …

Jacqueline Mendonsa of Florence named Shutesbury Elementary School principal

Friday, May 23, 2014

SHUTESBURY — For the second time in a year, Shutesbury Elementary School will have a new principal starting July 1. Jacqueline Mendonsa, 32, of Florence, was hired Wednesday to replace Principal Maureen Ryan, who announced in March that she would resign at the end of this school year. …

Hundreds turn out in Northampton to remember veterans who preserved country’s freedoms

Monday, May 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Veterans Council of Northampton President Brad LeVay says he does not need a special day for remembering his fellow veterans. LeVay, a Marine veteran who fought in the Korean War, says he will always feel the …

Tranquility Day Spa & Salon in Florence offers free services for clients with cancer

Sunday, May 25, 2014

FLORENCE — Tranquility Day Spa & Salon in Florence is offering free services for clients with cancer. They can make a 30-minute appointment for the first Monday of every month, starting June 2, for a service ranging from facial treatments, to manicures to wig styling. Lynn LaFountain, who …

Jacqueline Mendonsa of Florence named Shutesbury Elementary School principal

Friday, May 23, 2014

SHUTESBURY — For the second time in a year, Shutesbury Elementary School will have a new principal starting July 1. Jacqueline Mendonsa, 32, of Florence, was hired Wednesday to replace Principal Maureen Ryan, who announced in March that she would resign at the end of this school year. …

Naming the Baby

Friday, May 23, 2014

Information on events, classes and workshops offered by area community senior centers is available on their respective websites, listed below. Amherst Senior Center/ Council On Aging Bangs Center, 70 Boltwood Walk Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone: 259-3060 www.amherstma.gov/seniorcenter Belchertown Senior Center 60 State St. Hours: …

April Madera & Dustin Sawicki

Friday, May 23, 2014

Heidi and Stanley Sawicki, of Florence, announce the engagement of their son, Dustin M. Sawicki, of San Diego, California, to April R. Madera, also of San Diego. April is the daughter of Francisco and Myrna Madera of Hayward, …

Your Time: Junior Cyclocross Training Camp, Florence

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cyclocross is a fast-growing sport that combines the technical skills of mountain biking and the intensity of traditional road racing. The races — often likened to steeplechase for bicycles — take place over a short loop of a …

Rene Santiago of Florence pleads not guilty to threatening police officer’s family, assault, other charges

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A disturbance at Meadowbrook Apartments Monday night led to the arrest of a Florence man on charges including assault and threatening the lives of a police officer’s family. Rene Santiago, 50, of 491 Bridge Road, Apt. …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, May 9, 2014

■ ∎ Native Wildflowers of the Valley — Walk with Nancy Goodman on Station Road in Amherst, May 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fee: $20. Preregistration required; call 256-6006,or go to hitchcockcenter.org. ■ ∎ Sunderland Bike Maintenance Workshop — Free workshop May 10, from 2 to 3 p.m., Sunderland Public Library, …