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BRIEFS: Granby High School coach Tom Burke to replace Florence Bank CEO John Heaps Jr. as chairman of WMass Sports Commission

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday that Tom Burke will serve as chairman of the Western Massachusetts Sports Commission. Burke replaces John F. Heaps Jr., president and CEO of Florence Bank, who served a two-year term as chairman. Burke, a longtime area coach, has served has Granby High School’s golf and girls varsity basketball coach for the last nine years. The Springfield native has been or is involved in a variety of civic organizations, including the Jimmy Fund Council of Western Mass., the Spirit of Springfield, the Springfield Parking Authority, the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Springfield Youth Commission. …

Red Fire Farm holds its annual Tomato Festival in Granby

Monday, August 24, 2015

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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 …

Around Granby: Superintendent search committee being formed, members wanted

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The School Committee has launched a search for a permanent schools superintendent to replace Judith Houle, whose tenure as interim superintendent will run through June 30, 2016. The committee, working with Glenn Koocher, a consultant from the Massachusetts …

Virtual High School online classes offered for first time at Granby Junior-Senior High School

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

GRANBY — Online classes are coming to the Granby Junior-Senior High School for the first time through a program called Virtual High School. “We are really excited about offering that to our students,” said Principal Jonathan Cavallo. “Possible courses, to name a few, include criminology, oceanography, anthropology, and …

A ‘new approach’ to teaching computer science: Get rid of the computer

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HOLYOKE — This fall, a dozen area high schools will take a new approach to computer classes — sometimes by ditching the computer. While much of the Exploring Computer Science program does in fact feature computer work, the …

Equipment stolen from roof construction site at Leeds Elementary School — and other area police news

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Granby ∎ Courtney Jones, 25, of Shelburne, was arrested on Amherst Street at 2:02 p.m. Aug. 12 on a warrant. ∎ Justin Shaida, 26, of Greenfield, was arrested on Amherst Street at 1:59 p.m. Aug. 12 on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. …

Dispute over future of Aldrich Hall in Granby takes a turn

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

GRANBY — A running dispute between the Select Board and the Granby Historical District Commission over whether to tear down Aldrich Hall took another turn Monday night when the Select Board vacated the appointments it made in June …

Eat up

Friday, August 14, 2015

Tomatoes galore We’re coming up on Tomato Fest time at Red Fire Farm in Granby. Ryan and Sarah Voiland will be offering tastings of over 100 varieties of tomatoes Aug. 22 at their farm at 7 Carver St. …

Health events: Area support groups, other resources

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ GRIEF BEREAVEMENT — Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst periodically offers eight-week bereavement support groups open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. There is no fee; a phone interview is required. Call …

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 …

Area police news

Monday, August 10, 2015

Amherst ∎ Montrell L. Parker, 38, of 38 Olympia Drive, Apt. 20, was arrested on a warrant at 1:51 a.m. Sunday on Olympia Drive. ∎ Eric S. Fair, 50, of 275 East Pleasant St., was arrested on two warrants at 5:31 p.m. Friday at his home. Belchertown ∎ …

Local students solve mock murder, bank robbery cases as part of Holyoke Community College criminal justice camp

Monday, August 10, 2015

HOLYOKE — It was up to a group of teenagers to solve both a murder case and a bank robbery in the same week. Armed with knowledge provided by local law enforcement and other experts during “Cops, Crime …