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Maddie Grabowski, center, of Easthampton, moves the ball against Alex Temple, of Mahar, Monday in Easthampton. Andie Hall looks on.

Monday’s high schools: Maddie Grabowski paces Easthampton past Mahar in girls soccer

Monday, October 12, 2015

Maddie Grabowski’s two tallies guided the Easthampton girls soccer team back over the .500 mark with a 2-1 home victory over Mahar on Monday afternoon. The junior midfielder scored in the 41st minute, assisted by Courtney Urban, and in the 62nd minute, assisted by Brenna Mottor. Mahar tied the match with a goal in the 49th minute. Gabby Downer stopped …

Amherst Select Board declines to have Town Meeting consider state legislation requiring payment from nonprofits

Monday, October 12, 2015

AMHERST — Town officials are considering lending support to proposed state legislation that would require private schools and other nonprofits to contribute more, both financially and with in-kind services, to their host communities. But the Select Board Oct. 5 opted against bringing a resolution in support of the bill to Town Meeting next month. Town Meeting member Vincent O’Connor requested that the 15-article …

Area business briefs

Monday, October 12, 2015

Valley Wed plans event at Quonquont Farm WHATELY — Valley Wed will hold its first event from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at Quonquont Farm in Whately showcasing Pioneer Valley vendors for couples who value local wedding products and professionals. Admission is free. Show coordinators Hannah Grace and Tiffany Hilton have included …

Head-on collision shuts down Route 9 in Hadley

Sunday, October 11, 2015

HADLEY — Route 9 was shut down for about 45 minutes in both directions Sunday afternoon after a head-on collision involving two vehicles. No one was seriously injured in the crash that involved five occupants and occurred at …

Weekend high schools: Smith Academy field hockey goes 2-0 to claim Columbus Day Classic

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Smith Academy field hockey team beat Palmer, 2-1, to win the Columbus Day Classic, Sunday at Smith College. Vanessa Skawski scored at one post to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead in the first half. Santana Dubois then scored at the other post, taking a one-time pass …

Hadley police: Alleged Hadley shoplifters tossed $500 in stolen purses from car window

Saturday, October 10, 2015

HADLEY — A getaway attempt by three alleged shoplifters — who were arrested after throwing stolen purses out their car window — was foiled by Hadley police and a store’s loss prevention employee Saturday afternoon. Carlos Cruz, 34, of Springfield; Matthew Atchison, 27, of Holyoke; and Madeline Lopez, …

Friday’s high schools: Granby pulls away from South Hadley in girls soccer match

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Granby girls soccer team exploded in the second half and stayed unbeaten with a 4-2 win over South Hadley, Friday in Granby. The Rams (10-0, 4-0 Pioneer North) scored three second-half goals to pull away from a 1-1 halftime draw. Erin Mikalchus had three goals and one …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, October 9, 2015

Amherst-Pelham TUESDAY: Shepherd’s pie, peas, orange, sweet red pepper strips, green grapes WEDNESDAY: Hot dog, sweet potato puffs, carrot sticks, applesauce, spinach and tomato salad, banana THURSDAY: Beef burger, cheeseburger, vegetarian baked beans, carrot sticks, pears, orange FRIDAY: Cheese pizza, spinach salad, carrot sticks, applesauce, apple Belchertown TUESDAY: …

coming up

Friday, October 9, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. The centers will be closed on Monday for the Columbus Day holiday. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, October 9, 2015

gaylord library — South Hadley library looking for a friendly person who can volunteer on the first Friday of each month from 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. at the library’s circulation desk. Basic computer skills needed; training provided. 538-5047 or shgaylord@gmail.com Botanic Garden of Smith College — Volunteers needed …

Heading outdoors

Friday, September 4, 2015

 Pioneer Valley Women’s Running Club — Weekly runs for women of all ages and abilities Saturdays, 8 a.m., Forest Park, Springfield. pvwrc.org  Guided Exploration of the Fort River Nature Trail — Hitchcock Center sponsors a program with naturalist Reeve Gutsell, Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon, Silvio O. Conte …

What to Watch for: Week 5 high school football previews

Friday, October 9, 2015

Northampton at South Hadley Friday, 7 Both teams are coming off blowout wins last week and are fighting for position in the Suburban League. Joe Allard leads the Tigers (2-2, 1-1 Suburban) with seven passing touchdowns, while Nik …

Thursday’s high school girls volleyball/field hockey: Belchertown prevails in battle of unbeatens

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Two unbeaten girls volleyball teams entered Ware High School on Thursday night. Belchertown left with a 3-1 (25-17, 13-25, 25-11, 26-24) victory in non-league action. The Orioles (11-0) lost a set for just the fourth time this season, but responded with a dominant 25-11 third-set win before outlasting …