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A National Grid crew member works to restore power on lines in Revere, Mass. Monday, July 28, 2014, after a tornado touched down. Revere Deputy Fire Chief Mike Viviano says the fire department in that coastal city has received dozens of calls reporting partial building and roof collapses, and downed trees and power lines. Viviano says there are no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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, a more than 40 percent decrease, starting …

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 …

Health events: Workshops, support groups, resources

Monday, March 23, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING GENTLE MOVEMENT —and Yoga classes for Parkinson’s Disease with Donna Brooks. Improves coordination, dexterity, strength, balance, motor control and rapidity. Fun filled classes: Wednesdays: 9:30 to 10:30 emphasizes Yoga and relaxation. 11 a.m. to noon emphasizes movement, rhythm, voice. Fee associated. First class free. Call 230-1260 or visit originalbodywisdom.com. BLOOD PRESSURE …

All-State Wrestling: Quartet qualifies for regionals

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Four local wrestlers qualified for the New England Tournament based on their performance over the weekend at the All-State meet in Salem, but only one wrestled for a title Saturday. Hampshire Regional’s Brandon Weyant came up a match short of an all-state championship, losing 9-2 in the 160-pound …

Division 2 Girls Basketball: Belchertown breaks through to semis, beats Ludlow 52-35

Friday, February 27, 2015

LUDLOW — For three consecutive seasons, the Belchertown girls basketball team saw its season end in the quarterfinal round of the sectional tournament. With their seniors having one final shot to play at the Curry Hicks Cage, the Orioles put an emphatic stop to that trend Friday night. …

Strong second half boosts Hopkins Academy past Holyoke Catholic in D4 quarterfinals

Friday, February 27, 2015

CHICOPEE — The Hopkins Academy girls basketball team will return to the Curry Hicks Cage. The fifth-seeded Golden Hawks overcame a sluggish first half and pulled away from No. 4 Holyoke Catholic, 48-34, Friday at Chicopee Comp in …

Division 3 Girls Basketball: Undefeated Granby gets past Monument, 64-56, in quarterfinals

Friday, February 27, 2015

GRANBY — The Granby girls basketball team’s undefeated season continues. The Rams defeated No. 7 Monument Mountain, 64-56, in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinals on Friday night. No. 2 Granby (21-0) will face No. 6 Athol (18-4) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the semifinals at the …

Friday’s high schools/preps: Amherst Regional boys win 4x800 at New England track championships

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Amherst Regional boys 4x800-meter relay is the best in New England. Kelzy Rodrigues anchored the Hurricane team of Allen Vance, Connor Evans and Rob Sailer to a first-place finish in 7 minutes, 53.85 seconds to win at …

Area School Lunch Menus

Friday, February 27, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Crispy chicken sandwich, mixed fruit, carrot sticks, apple slices, baked Tater Tots TUESDAY: Baked potato bar, spinach salad, fresh orange, peach cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Meatball hero, romaine salad with tomato, baby carrots and celery, peach cup, banana THURSDAY: Pancakes with turkey sausage, baked Tater Tots, …

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, February 27, 2015

To submit an item to Friends and Neighbors email newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst Michal Goderez was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Emerson College, Boston. Goderez is majoring in directing narrative fiction. …

Veterans Voice

Friday, February 27, 2015

Announcements MEETING: DAV Chapter 92 will hold its next meeting March 12 at 7 p.m. at the VFW Post 8006 in Florence. Nominations for officers will take be held. All disabled veterans who would like to join are welcomed. FUND RAISER: The annual DAV Chapter 92 Forget-Me-Not Fundraiser …

Area volunteer opportunities

Friday, February 27, 2015

Historic Deerfield — Historic Deerfield will soon be interviewing candidates for the guiding proghram. Looking for people who enjoy working with the public, learning about history, art and museums, and have a flexible schedule. Contact Lill Miskinis, 775-7132. Franklin County Home Care Corporation — Volunteer open house Wednesday, …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Smith Academy falls 70-42 to top-seeded Monson

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Smith Academy boys basketball team trailed by six points at halftime to top-seeded Monson in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 quarterfinal Thursday night. But the Falcons picked a bad time to go ice cold from the field, scoring only two points in the third quarter of the …