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Anne McKenzie looks at the desktop in her office in Hadley Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.  McKenzie, 46, of South Hadley, is the new Hadley Public School District superintendent.

New superintendent Anne McKenzie leads Hadley schools

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HADLEY — Newly hired School Superintendent Anne S. McKenzie has spent her first month on the job listening and getting to know people, which she plans to continue as the school year gets under way. “That first half of the year, I will be focused on listening to parents and student and faculty, gathering information about the core strengths of … 0

Chinese charter school begins expansion by adding Grade 10

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HADLEY — It’s a big year for the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School. This year begins its expansion into what will be the first kindergarten through 12th grade Chinese immersion school in the country, according to school administration. Its program now serves 320 students in kindergarten through Grade 9. The expansion starts with the addition of Grade 10 in the fall, Richard … 0

Friendly’s restaurant closes on King Street in Northampton

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What was for many people a nostalgic downtown fixture has closed its doors. The Friendly’s restaurant at 63 King St. closed Monday, according to a statement by the chain’s corporate headquarters in Wilbraham. GLG Corporation owned by Gary L. Glenn of Granby operated the restaurant which has been on King Street … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. An immature little blue heron was found at Szot Park in Chicopee, then at the Springfield Plaza in a pond next to the theater … 0

How to Be a Good Detective

Friday, August 8, 2014

It goes without saying that if you could see all 52 cards, you would make more tricks in the long run than if you saw only 26 cards. Nevertheless, the fact is that in the great majority of … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, August 8, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for showtimes; phone numbers and websites are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Alive Inside (NR) Begin Again (R) Boyhood (R) Casablanca (PG) Il Sorpasso (NR) … 0

Coming Up

Friday, August 8, 2014

HADLEY SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTER 46 Middle St. To sign up for programs, outreach or information, call 586-4023 or email coa@hadleyma.org. MEALS — Monday through Friday, 11:45 a.m.; call 586-1910 two days in advance to reserve. EXERCISE — Osteoporosis Exercise, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:15 a.m., Tai Chi practice … 0

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, August 8, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Ashfield Colin Perkins-McCraw was named to the dean’s list at Paul Smith’s College in New York for … 0

Public art viewing platform removed from banks of Connecticut River in Hadley

Thursday, August 7, 2014

HADLEY — Fourteen months after it went up, an artistic viewing structure designed to connect passers-by to the Connecticut River landscape along North Lane has come down. Hadley public works employees this week dismantled the series of wooden … 2

Hadley dairy farm launches online funding campaign

Friday, August 1, 2014

HADLEY — More than two dozen dairy cows live at a Mill Valley Road farm, but they don’t yet provide milk for public consumption. That could change later this year. Their owners hope to make these Brown Swiss cows more productive when they open a store that will … 0

The path less traveled: Pioneer Valley Symphony receives award for ‘adventurous programming’

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Playing in a symphony orchestra ought to be risky business says musical conductor Paul Phillips, who for 20 years has led the Pioneer Valley Symphony along innovative musical paths. Taking those risks is just the thing to keep … 0

Pioneer Valley Symphony: Looking to the future

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Among the Pioneer Valley Symphony’s programs are ones designed to make its music accessible to everyone in the community, says Mandi Jo Hanneke, president of the orchestra’s board of directors. For example, the symphony has a new program … 0

Agencies team up for first ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will pool their efforts Wednesday to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing … 0