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Poor weather sacked the local high school football schedule on Thanksgiving.

Update: Snow sacks Thanksgiving Day high school football schedule

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Day meals will taste a little different this year. Inclement weather postponed five high school football games on Thursday. The games will be played either Friday or Saturday with turkey day leftovers for post-game feasts. The Battle of the Bridge between Northampton and Amherst will be played Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at McGuirk Stadium. Amherst athletic director Rich Ferro …

Belchertown, Frontier Regional, South Hadley aim to snap Thanksgiving losing streaks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Belchertown, Frontier Regional and South Hadley football teams will all have something in common on Thanksgiving — and it’s not likely poor field conditions. The three squads will all look to snap turkey day losing streaks. “If the kids can’t get up for this game, they should check the reasons why they’re playing,” South Hadley coach Scott Taylor said. The Tigers lead …

Health briefs: A listing of area programs, suppport groups

Monday, November 24, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING Falls Prevention — The Strength in Numbers six-week class on Falls Prevention, sponsored by Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, is on now available on area cable TV networks. It will be aired on Northampton Cable TV, with the following schedules starting this week, with week one: NCTV Channel 12: Monday, Wednesday, …

Non-binding questions on political corruption, legalizing marijuana approved Tuesday

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Non-binding ballot questions on strengthening anti-corruption laws for politicians and moving toward legalizing marijuana were approved Tuesday in two local legislative districts. Question 5 in most of the Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester District represented by state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, instructed him to support legislation to “prohibit state …

Following the feet of 10 siblings, Holyoke Catholic senior Gina Powell is giving Northfield Mountain one last run for her family

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

HOLYOKE — Gina Powell had a difficult time remembering the ages of her siblings after a recent Holyoke Catholic cross country practice. With 11 older brothers and sisters, it can be challenging. What the senior from Granby does …

Ellen Story and Donald Humason re-elected, Eric Lesser wins 1st Hampden & Hampshire Senate seat, Susannah Whipps Lee unseats Denise Andrews

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Two incumbent legislators who represent Hampshire County, state Rep. Ellen Story and state Sen. Donald Humason Jr., were re-elected Tuesday, and Democrat Eric Lesser of Longmeadow won the open 1st Hampden & Hampshire Senate seat. In the 2nd …

Division 4 boys soccer: Gateway jumps on Granby, moves on to quarterfinals

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

HUNTINGTON — The defense-oriented Gateway Regional boys soccer team scored at least three goals in just a handful of games during the regular season. But in their tournament opener Tuesday evening, the Gators had that many in the first half of a 3-0 win over Granby in the …

Granby Police Department approves policies governing use of social media, medical marijuana

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

GRANBY — The Police Department has enacted new policies about social media and medical marijuana — and is advocating for a policy that would let police officers carry Narcan, the nasal spray that dramatically reverses potentially fatal effects of a heroin or other opioid drug overdose. The Select …

Monday’s high schools: Smith Academy cruises into quarterfinals, shuts out Franklin Tech

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Smith Academy girls soccer team made a slight halftime adjustment and it powered the Falcons into the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinal round. No. 7 Smith Academy exploded for four goals in 14 minutes early in the second half to beat No. 10 Franklin Tech, 5-0, …

Citing pipeline capacity, natural gas companies poised to turn away new customers in Valley

Monday, November 3, 2014

A natural gas pipeline that feeds much of the Pioneer Valley is nearly at capacity, a development that will force at least one gas company to turn away new customers in its Franklin County territory by the end of this year and extend the moratorium to Hampshire County …

Playoff matchups announced for high school football

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A trio of local football teams officially learned their postseason matchups on Sunday. Unlike Easthampton and Frontier Regional in Division 5, South Hadley avoided a trip to the Berkshires but must reverse its worst loss of the season. The Tigers (5-3) edged out Chicopee Comp for the No. …

Northampton girls dominate top 10 en route to PVIAC championship

Saturday, November 1, 2014

WESTFIELD — No one was going to catch Agawam’s Megan Dustin and no one knew that better than Northampton’s Mariel Lutz. Dustin left the rest of the field in her dust, but Lutz had another goal in mind. …

Aidan Gilson, Northampton boys take cross country titles at PVIAC championship

Saturday, November 1, 2014

WESTFIELD — With the finish line in sight, three cross country runners all had their eyes on the prize. Northampton’s Aidan Gilson trailed Connor Evans of Amherst and teammate Liam Sullivan when he heard a familiar voice calling …