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South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

The week in photos: Hampshire County scenes from June 29 to July 4, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Time seems to slow as the Pioneer Valley slips into the heart of summer, and the Independence Day holiday week brings the timeless routines of fireworks and parades. It’s a time of long days in a season that, in a matter of weeks, will feel like it was all too short. Above, scenes from around Hampshire County captured by Gazette …

Friday’s summer baseball: Amherst Little Leaguers blank Easthampton

Friday, July 3, 2015

Four players had two hits apiece and Will Luschen-Miskovsky tossed a two-hit shutout as the Amherst Little League 11-and-12 All-Stars topped Easthampton 10-0 in four innings in District 2 tournament pool play Friday evening at Mill River Park in Amherst. Luschen-Miskovsky struck out eight and walked three in the victory for Amherst (2-2). …

Gazette Girls Track & Field Player of the Year: Frontier Regional junior Katherine Miner

Friday, July 3, 2015

Player of the Year Katherine Miner, junior, Frontier Season highlights: When the postseason came around, no one performed quite like Miner. She clearned 5-feet, 73/4 inches in the high jump to place seventh in the championship division at New Balance Nationals. Jumped a school record 5-9 to win the All-State championship and New …

Hadley Police Chief Michael Mason floats plan to reduce overtime expenses

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

HADLEY — Faced with out-of-control overtime costs, Police Chief Michael Mason plans to present a contract change to the Select Board that he hopes will reduce the need for overtime dollars. Mason’s plan involves using part-time officers to …

Department of Transportation warns of delays on Route 9 in Hadley during paving Thursday and Friday

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

HADLEY — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is advising motorists to expect delays on Route 9 as paving work is completed on Thursday and Friday. The paving will be done between 4 a.m. to noon from the intersection of East Street to the Lowe’s Plaza. Alternating traffic will …

Hadley police warn of bear sighting near elementary school

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

HADLEY — Police received reports of a black bear wandering around Hadley Place, south of the Hadley Elementary School, on Monday evening and are telling residents to be on alert. “Use caution and common sense if you see a bear in your yard,” Hadley Police posted on their …

Closed-door session scheduled on status of Hadley Department of Public Works water division employee

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

HADLEY — For the second time this month, the Select Board has scheduled a closed session to discuss alleged wrongdoing by an employee in the Department of Public Works’ water division, according to its posted agenda for the …

Astronomers to mark year’s longest day Sunday at UMass Sunwheel

Monday, June 15, 2015

AMHERST — Astronomers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will celebrate the bookends of the longest day of the year by gathering at sunrise and sunset Sunday at the UMass Amherst Sunwheel. Located south of McGuirk Alumni Stadium and just off Rocky Hill Road in Hadley, the Sunwheel …

Mount Greylock mows down Hampshire Regional in WMass Division 3 baseball final

Saturday, June 13, 2015

AMHERST — The big inning. Seventh-seeded Hampshire Regional couldn’t produce one — or prevent No. 1 Mount Greylock of Williamstown from having one. Jesse Dilego delivered a two-run single to key a six-run third inning Saturday that carried …

Hampshire Regional tops Wahconah in Western Massachusetts Division 2 Softball Final

Saturday, June 13, 2015

AMHERST — At the end of Saturday’s Western Massachusetts Division 2 softball final, Hampshire Regional second baseman Chelsea Moussette carefully climbed onto shortstop Savannah Waters’ shoulders. She didn’t need help walking — she was clutching the championship trophy …

Community shredding event in Hadley aims at protecting against identity theft

Friday, June 12, 2015

HADLEY — Local police are giving residents the opportunity to protect themselves from fraud by publicly shredding documents with private information. The Hadley Police Department is co-sponsoring a free community shred event with other local organizations, including the Hadley Council on Aging, Valley Green Shredding, the Seniors and …

Rev. Charles Kuzmeski to celebrate 40 years in priesthood with Mass at Hadley church

Friday, June 12, 2015

HADLEY — A Granby pastor and Hadley native will return Sunday to the Russell Street parish where he was ordained in 1975 to deliver a Mass of Thanksgiving marking his 40 years in the priesthood. The Rev. Charles …

Engagement: Dana Egan-Sherry & David Skelly

Friday, June 12, 2015

Nancy Egan and Michael Sherry of Easthampton announce the engagement of their daughter, Dana Egan-Sherry of Bronx, New York, to David Skelly of Northampton. David is the son of Deb and Kevin Skelly of Hadley. Dana is currently …