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Area police news: Loose lizard prompts police response in Amherst, and more

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Amherst ∎ A loose leopard gecko created a frightening situation for a Main Street woman Tuesday night when it got into her downtown apartment and hid beneath her bed, police said. Officers responded at 9:12 p.m. to the residence, where they found the lizard and placed it into a bag. The pet was later returned to its owners, who came …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 1 WP - Harley; LP - Cousland Records: A/D (6-11) Southwick (9-6) Baseball Easthampton SB …

Motorcycle flees police, crashes -- and other area police news

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Amherst ∎ Two males fighting outside an apartment at The Boulders, 188 East Hadley Road, at 3:53 p.m. Monday ended their scuffle when police got there. They were advised they could pursue their own assault-and-battery complaints in court. Hadley ∎ Police responded to a two-car crash on Route 9 at 8:48 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection with Mill Valley Road. A 53-year-old woman …

Local baseball: American Legion playoffs open, Northampton sweeps into second round

Monday, July 13, 2015

Northampton Post 28 swept the first round of American Legion playoffs with two wins over Springfield Post 21, winning 4-1 on Saturday and 8-5 on Sunday. Northampton, and other best-of-3 winners, advance to an eight-team double elimination tournament that starts Wednesday. Three series are still in action, with …

Gazette Baseball player of the year: Jamie Carey, Amherst Regional

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Jamie Carey, senior, Amherst Regional Season highlights: The senior pitcher/second baseman excelled in all facets of the game and helped guide the Hurricanes to their first sectional final appearance since 2010. Carey went 33 for 78 at the …

Softball Player of the Year: Alexis Ferris, Hampshire Regional

Friday, July 10, 2015

Alexis Ferris, pitcher, junior, Hampshire Regional Season highlights: The junior pitcher finished the season 18-4 and 209 strikeouts, with a season-high of 18 against Belchertown and hit double-digits in eight others. Ferris threw nine shutouts and allowed 30 …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, July 10, 2015

GROW FOOD NORTHAMPTON’S GIVING GARDEN TEAM — Help grow food that is donated to a local soup kitchen, or help deliver fresh organic produce to the soup kitchen, the Northampton Survival Center and the Northampton Senior Center. Email volunteer@growfoodnorthampton.com horizons for homeless children — Fun-loving, dependable people needed …

Area Volunteer Opportunities

Friday, July 10, 2015

Highland valley elder services ombudsmen — New ombudsmen needed to cover Hampshire County and Westfield facilities. Ombudsmen help ensure the quality of life for nursing and rest home residents. Volunteers are trained to assist residents with benefits, rights and entitlements guaranteed under federal, state and local laws. Three-day …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, July 10, 2015

Amherst Parker Cowls Jones has been named to the spring semester president’s list at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. Jones’s major is mechanical engineering. Daniel Mendez graduated from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, with a master’s degree in philosophy. Belchertown Zachery Smith, an aviation meteorology major, earned a …

Veterans Voice

Friday, July 10, 2015

Announcements MEMORIAL SERVICE: A commemorative service honoring the 69th anniversary of the B-17 plane crash on Mount Tom, which occurred July 6, 1946, will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The public is encouraged to assemble at the entrance to the Old Mount Tom Ski Area on Route …

Friday, July 10, 2015

Local baseball: Northampton’s Connor McLindon no hits Holyoke in Mickey Mantle

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Connor McLindon tossed a five-inning no-hitter for Northampton as it dominated Holyoke, 10-0, Thursday in Mickey Mantle action at Northampton High School. Jesse Carlino-Threlfall had a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth that invoked the …

Gazette Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year: South Hadley senior Sam Duda

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year Sam Duda, senior, South Hadley Season highlights: The senior attack was one of five western Massachusetts players to be named an All-American by US Lacrosse. He joined Chris Menard, Evan Marcus and …