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DAN LITTLE
Nicole Hamer, of Northampton, tosses her daughter Tali Cohen-Hamer, 6, in the swim area Tuesday at the D.A.R. State Forest in Goshen.

DAR State Forest to close for season Sept. 8 because of dam repairs

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

GOSHEN — The DAR State Forest will close to the public for the season Sept. 8 while repairs are made to the dam on Highland Lake. The price tag for the project, which includes both engineering and construction, is $2.55 million. “The entire park will be closed to everybody,” said Goshen Conservation Commission member Norene Roberts. “I know this will …

Hilltown Voices: Chesterfield blueberry farm wraps up season after battling invasive fly

Saturday, August 29, 2015

For the last couple of years Bruce Roberts, owner of Roberts Blueberry Farm at 220 South Street in Chesterfield, has had to end his season early due to damage done by a newly introduced fruit fly. This year the farm has made a bit of a come back and is offering a good selection of blueberries still ready for picking. “I would say …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend will be hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Massachusetts …

Hampshire Regional School District adds Worthington students at high school, new staff and facilities

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Hampshire Regional High School and Middle School will be welcoming a dozen new students from Worthington when school is back in session, and the district’s four elementary schools are adding new staff, technology and recreational facilities. …

Hiker injured in fall at Chapel Brook reservation in Ashfield

Saturday, August 15, 2015

ASHFIELD — A 13-year-old boy was taken to Baystate Medical Center by helicopter after an 80-foot slide down a steep slope at Chapel Brook reservation on Williamsburg Road Saturday afternoon. Deputy Chief Adam Baker of the Conway Fire …

High school notebook: Local ultimate players shine at Under-19 Club National Championships

Monday, August 10, 2015

Yet another example of Hampshire County’s influence in the sport of ultimate at the state and national level was on display over the weekend. Several local boys competed for the Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance all-star team, which won …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Art Walk in Amherst and a whole lot more, this week in the Valley

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Easthampton arts Easthampton’s Art Walk will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., and includes gallery shows, performances, demonstrations and a celebration of the final restoration of the 1869 Old Town Hall lobby project (6 to 6:30). …

Wedding: Heidi McGuire & Mark Chereski

Friday, July 31, 2015

Heidi Lynn McGuire and Mark J. Chereski, both of Goshen, were married July 18 at Nonotuck Park in Easthampton by Justice of the Peace Maureen Lee. Heidi was escorted and given in marriage by her brothers, Sean and …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 …

Goshen Board of Health begins process of developing regulations for keeping pigs

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

GOSHEN — The Board of Health is in the process of developing the town’s first piggery regulations after the board received a complaint about pigs — owned by a man ordered in 2012 to move his livestock out …

Heavy rains briefly close sections of Route 9 in Williamsburg

Monday, July 27, 2015

GOSHEN — Monday’s heavy storm produced plenty lightning bolts, one of which struck the Goshen Fire Department, according to Capt. Bob Labrie. At about 4 p.m. smoke was discovered in the building by Drew Morse, a paramedic with …

Amherst beats Northampton to advance to Pioneer Valley Mickey Mantle Championship

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Amherst Mickey Mantle team had to play in back-to-back games to punch its ticket to the Pioneer Valley championship on Sunday. After knocking out Frontier, 12-0, Amherst beat Northampton 11-3 in the semifinals of the double elimination …

Hilltown Voices: Goshen Board of Health to discuss piggery permit for Hilltown Grazers

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Goshen’s Board of Health on Monday will discuss the possibility of issuing a piggery permit to Hilltown Grazers owner Cosmo Ferrante. Hilltown Grazers is currently located at 86 Spruce Corner Rd. on a 1200-acre farm owned by siblings Timothy and Laura Barrus, who rent the land to Ferrante. …