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Hadley residents, farms lose water after two breaks in water main on Bay Road

Monday, December 22, 2014

HADLEY — Two sections of a water main broke along Bay Road on Monday and were expected to keep public works crews busy through the evening, according to the Department of Public Works. “It’s one of the oldest water mains we have in Hadley,” said Highway and Water Superintendent Michael Klimoski. “It’s very old pipe, it’s brittle and it’s just breaking.” The first break occurred at around 5:30 a.m. near …

Weekend high schools: Sophie Gatzounas, South Hadley hold off Wahconah in overtime

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sophie Gatzounas had 17 points, 11 rebounds and five assists as the South Hadley girls basketball team held off Wahconah, 61-55, in overtime Saturday in Dalton. Marley Medina had nine points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, while Lexi Gawron added 11 points and four assists for the Tigers (2-1). Shepherd Hill 59, Northampton 51 — The Blue Devils (2-1) were within one with …

Weekend high school wrestling: Granby wrestling places third at Eagles Holiday Bash

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jack Sarnacki won the 170-pound weight class and Nolan Hodgins took first at 220 as the Granby wrestling team finished third at the Eagles Holiday Bash, Saturday at Franklin Tech in Turners Falls. Clayton Yanosky (152) and Nick Roberts (182) were second, while Tre Demers (195) was third for the Rams. Jack Kent (106), Nate Fernandes (120) and Collin Mick (145) each placed …

Average residential tax bill in Hadley to increase by 2.7 percent

Sunday, December 21, 2014

HADLEY — Residential taxpayers will see an average property tax increase of 2.7 percent this year, according to the assessors office. The Select Board on Wednesday approved a tax rate of $10.84 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, an increase of 20 cents or about 1.9 percent. However, property …

Kate Sullivan joins 1K-point club at Hopkins Academy

Saturday, December 20, 2014

HADLEY — Completing the journey to 1,000 points is an amazing accomplishment for a high school basketball player. For Kate Sullivan of Hopkins Academy, it was more. After tearing her ACL last season, Sullivan faced a long, arduous …

Kate Sullivan nets 21 points, pulls within four of 1K for Hopkins Academy

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kate Sullivan scored 21 points to move within four of 1,000 for her career as the Hopkins Academy girls basketball team defeated Turners Falls 63-40 at home Friday night. The senior hit five 3-pointers and also had eight …

Family of recently deceased Peter Wanczyk Sr. offers free Christmas trees in tribute to beloved family member

Friday, December 19, 2014

HADLEY — The holiday season did not bring tidings of joy to the Wanczyk family, owners of the Wanczyk Evergreen Nursery on Route 9 in Hadley. But the family is responding by trying to spread happiness themselves. Peter …

Solstice sessions honor Judith Young, astronomer who created UMass Sunwheel

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — On Sunday the sun will rise and set over the shortest day of the year. It will be the first winter solstice in more than 15 years when Judith Young, an astronomy professor, will not be …

Upcoming events at local senior centers

Friday, October 31, 2014

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are listed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk 259-3060 HEALTH SERVICES — Monday, 1:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Clinic —Tuesday …

Happy 102nd: Helen Kowal of Hadley celebrates her birthday at Calvin Coolidge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Northampton

Friday, December 19, 2014

Submitted Photo Happy 102nd Helen Kowal of Hadley, a resident of Calvin Coolidge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Northampton turned 102 Dec. 3. She celebrated with a cake and a spin on a Nustep Cycle exercise machine in …

Area volunteer opportunities

Friday, December 19, 2014

volunteer drivers — American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is in need of volunteers from Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden counties to drive local cancer patients to and from their chemotherapy and /or radiation treatments. Volunteers use their own vehicles and set their own schedules. Treatment appointments take …

Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A black-headed gull was found Sunday in Hadley. A Barrow’s goldeneye, three canvasbacks and a red-necked grebe were seen at Turners Falls. Another red-necked …

School lunch menus

Friday, December 19, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, golden baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato salad, fresh orange, strawberry cup TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs and sauce, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks, Easthampton MONDAY: HS: Chicken tenders, spicy or plain, brown rice, tossed salad; WBMS: Creamy …