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A Plainfield firefighter holds the newly acquired Argus Mi-Thermal Imaging Camera. The compact heat-sensing device is used to detect unseen fire within walls and to help locate missing people in the dark.

Hilltown Voices: Plainfield Volunteer Fire Association buys new thermal imager

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Plainfield Volunteer Fire Association has purchased a new thermal imaging camera for the Plainfield Fire Department. The new Argus Mi-Thermal Imaging Camera cost the association $9,500. The Fire Department’s previous imaging camera had been purchased with funds from a state grant that was offered to all fire departments in the state after six firefighters lost their lives battling a fire in an abandoned warehouse in Worcester in December of 1999. Because Plainfield’s imager was over 10 years old, with an unreliable battery life and aging technology, the Plainfield fire association conducted a fund drive to purchase a new unit. “The addition of this important …

National Grid to lower rates May 1

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Valley home and business owners can expect some relief from high electric bills this spring. On Monday, National Grid announced that, pending Department of Public Utilities approval, the cost of power is expected to drop from the current rate of more than 16 cents per kilowatt-hour to just above 9 cents per kilowatt-hour, …

Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings win first New England championship

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Greater Holyoke YMCA swim team made history and ended a dynasty this weekend at MIT. Greater Holyoke took home its program’s first New England YMCA championship en route to ending the YMCA of the North Shore’s 15-year reign. The Holyoke Y, which trains a large number of local swimmers, finished with 1,667 …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Hopkins Academy runs away from Hampden Charter, 80-48

Thursday, February 26, 2015

HADLEY — Once the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team took the lead, it never let it go, as it defeated No. 7 Hampden Charter 80-48 in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday night. The No. 2 Golden Hawks (19-2) advanced to the semifinals to face …

Division 1 Boys Basketball: Devonte’ McCall, Amherst snack on Holyoke in 76-53 quarterfinal victory

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — During his first break from the game Thursday, Devonte’ McCall turned around on the bench and reached for a large bag of Skittles. The Amherst Regional junior ripped it open, grabbed a handful and tasted the rainbow with 2 minutes, 36 seconds left in the third …

Wednesday prep roundup: Jake Ross scores 30 to power Williston boys hoop

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Northampton’s Jake Ross scored 30 points to lead the Williston boys basketball team to a 68-53 win at Westminster Wednesday. Ryan Richmond added 12 points for the Wildcats (18-3). Girls basketball Williston 57, Miss Porters 19 — Natalia Baum scored 15 points and Gracie Simpson (South Hadley) added …

Families helping families: Volunteer night offers lessons for kids at the Food Bank in Hatfield

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

As Lori Peters of Goshen packed a plastic bag with apples at The Food Bank in Hatfield on a recent Tuesday evening, she kept an eye on her son, Eldon, 7, and daughter, Desi, 3, who were filling …

Division 4 Girls Basketball: Holyoke Catholic races past Franklin Tech in first-round win

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — A slow start could not hold back No. 4 Holyoke Catholic as it knocked out No. 13 Franklin Tech, 39-22, Tuesday in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Girls Basketball Tournament at Holyoke Community College. With the win, the Gaels (14-7) will face …

Gateway Regional’s Austin Hermon finishes 10th on giant slalom at state alpine championship

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gateway Regional senior Austin Hermon had the lone top-10 finish at the state alpine championships, Tuesday at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton. Hermon placed 10th on the boys giant slalom in 51.77 seconds. Hermon’s time of 37.97 seconds in the slalom positioned him outside the top 10. Georgina von …

Division 4 boys basketball: Lenox eliminates Holyoke Catholic

Monday, February 23, 2015

LENOX — The Holyoke Catholic boys basketball team watched up-and-down season come to an end Monday as Lenox pulled away in the second half for an 82-67 win in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 tournament. “It’s tough, but everybody on this team gave everything …

Amherst Regional earns No. 3 seed for WMass Division 3A Hockey Tournament

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Despite owning the best record in Western Massachusetts Division 3A hockey, Amherst Regional missed out in claiming one of two byes for the sectional tournament. With only six teams in the field, top-seeded Chicopee (13-5-2) and No. 2 Chicopee Comp (11-5-4) move right into the semifinal round. The …

Hampshire’s Brendan Weir, Brandon Weyant, Granby’s Nolan Hodgins place second at state Division 3 wrestling tournament

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior Brendan Weir had a perfect season and was one win shy of making history at the state Division 3 wrestling tournament, Saturday at Wakefield High School. Looking to become the 12th grappler statewide and the first from western Massachusetts to win four divisional titles, Weir …

4x800 leads Amherst Regional to third-place showing at All-States

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BOSTON — Entering the final event of the day, the Amherst Regional boys indoor track team still had a title within its grasp. All the Hurricanes needed to do was overcome long odds to win the 4x400-meter relay and the All-State indoor track championship could have belonged to …