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KEVIN GUTTING
Joseph Rex, left, and Wade Vandoloski of Four Rex Farm in Hadley prepare a dusty field near Hopkins Academy to prepare fields for growing watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers on Friday.

After dry start to spring, area farmers hoping for turnaround — while meteorologists predicts persisting drought throughout summer

Friday, May 29, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — In a field at Pepin Farm on East Street Thursday, Ken Pepin knelt to grab a handful of clay-like dirt and squeezed it in his palm. He said he is lucky to have soil that holds moisture well. Even though April and May have been abnormally dry — through Wednesday, only .68 inches of rain had been recorded …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton softball enters postseason on five-game win streak

Friday, May 29, 2015

With five games left in the regular season, the Northampton softball team had two ways of qualifying for the postseason — beat Chicopee on May 22, or win their last four games. The Blue Devils beat the Pacers to clinch second place in the Valley Wheel and the ensuing tournament berth. They also …

Developers eye propane as natural gas ban hits

Friday, May 29, 2015

The owners of a new downtown Amherst restaurant specializing in Italian cuisine got an unexpected surprise in March when they discovered that they could not tap into the natural gas supply. Faced with uncertainty over how he would power the kitchen at Fratelli’s Ristorante now that Berkshire Gas has imposed a moratorium on natural gas connections in Amherst, Hadley and Hatfield, owner Joseph …

Granby girls complete turnaround, seeded eighth in Division 2 lacrosse tournament

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Granby girls lacrosse team pulled a 180 in its second varsity season. After going winless a year ago, the Rams finished 9-4-1 and earned the eighth seed in the West/Central Division 2 Tournament. Seeds for the boys …

Local briefs: Easthampton High to hold charity softball game for Make A Wish

Friday, May 29, 2015

Easthampton High to hold charity softball game for Make A Wish The inaugural Hit & Run for a Wish charity softball game between the Easthampton High School softball teams and EHS faculty will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Williston Northampton softball fields. Proceeds to benefit …

Thursday’s high schools: Emergency JV sub plays key role as Northampton earns 6-5 extra-inning win over South Hadley

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Northampton softball team got a little help from across the field in its 6-5 come-from-behind eight-inning win over South Hadley Thursday. While the Tigers scored the tying run in the seventh inning, shortstop Zoe Driscoll-Sbar was injured and had to leave the field. Stuck without a replacement …

Gov. Charlie Baker hails new Registry of Motor Vehicle services at Pioneer Valley AAA office in Hadley

Thursday, May 28, 2015

HADLEY — Standing in front of the new counter that offers Registry of Motor Vehicles services at the Pioneer Valley AAA office in Hadley, Gov. Charlie Baker emphasized Thursday that continued partnerships between state offices and private businesses …

Hopkins Academy downs Smith Academy 1-0 in matchup between Division 4 baseball contenders

Thursday, May 28, 2015

HADLEY — In a pitchers’ duel worthy of a postseason game, the defending Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament baseball champions edged their archrival and biggest threat to their throne. Hopkins Academy scored the game’s only run in the …

MIAA votes to delay change to middle school eligibility rule

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association backpedaled on its recent rule change in regards to the eligibility of middle school students on high school teams. Earlier this month, the MIAA voted to change Rule 53 for the 2015-2017 handbook. Currently, middle school students are eligible for high school teams …

Man accused of shoplifting vacuum cleaners from Wal-Mart at Mountain Farms Mall arrested in Amherst

Thursday, May 28, 2015

HADLEY — A man who allegedly stole two vacuum cleaners from the Wal-Mart at Mountain Farms Mall was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Amherst, according to Hadley Police. Officers caught the suspect after he allegedly tried to steal several boxes of toothpaste from the CVS Pharmacy on University Drive …

Wednesday’s high schools: Kate Sarnacki strikes for 14 goals, 100th of career as Granby girls lacrosse rolls

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kate Sarnacki netted 14 goals, including the 100th of her career, to pace the Granby girls lacrosse team to a 22-10 win over St. Mary in Westfield Wednesday. The sophomore added two assists, while Jess Paturno had four …

Hadley asks voters for $107,000 debt exclusion override for school bus, police cruiser

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

HADLEY — Voters will be asked next month whether they approve of spending $107,000 in a debt exclusion override for two vehicles — a school bus and a police cruiser. Borrowing the money via a debt exclusion vote means that the money is in addition to the budget …

Tuesday’s high schools: Sarah Meunier lifts Frontier softball with walkoff win over Taconic in extras

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sarah Meunier hit a walkoff single to lift the Frontier Regional softball team to a 2-1 win over Taconic in 9 innings at home Tuesday. It was her second hit of the game, scoring Courtney Newsome with the …