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KEVIN GUTTING
Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, left, Public Safety Communications Center Director Kelly Banister and Fire Chief Brian Duggan refine the text of a "robocall" the mayor was about to make to the city Monday afternoon in advance of the extreme winter storm.

CLOSED! Valley communities urge residents to stay home in response to storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Long before the first snowflakes fell Monday night, groundwork was laid to keep people safe from one end of Hampshire County to the other. With plenty of time to prepare for what has been predicted as a storm of historic proportions, municipal, hospital, college and other officials held multiple emergency management meetings throughout Monday. By day’s end, “closed” or “cancelled” became the operative words. From public schools to municipal and state offices, colleges and universities, courthouses, public and private bus transportation and dozens of businesses all ordered non-essential employees to settle in at home for the duration of the storm. The two utility companies that …

Plow crews in Valley will be sorely tested by heavy snowfall, officials warn

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In company with 4,000 pieces of state-owned equipment and about 50 from the city of Northampton, Florence resident Kate Towles will be out with her own little snowblower clearing her patch of road Tuesday — her driveway. At the Northampton Department of Public Works facilities Monday, Towles filled up two buckets …

Gazette Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Alex Laraja, Amherst Regional

Monday, January 26, 2015

FIRST TEAM Joe Afflitto, senior, Smith Academy Billy Aldrich, senior, Belchertown Isamu Bix, senior, Amherst Regional Jamie Blinder, senior, Frontier Regional Bryan Brasil, senior, Hampshire Regional Steve Bruscoe, senior, Smith Academy Brendan Bzdel, senior Hampshire Regional Connor Curtain, junior, Belchertown Evan Delaney, senior, Hopkins Academy Keith Dixon, senior, Amherst Regional Tom Heavren, senior, …

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, January 16, 2015

Amherst Zoe X. Tessler, daughter of Patricia Gorman and Richard Tessler, has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York. Chesterfield Keith Cotnoir was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Springfield College. Florence Allie Grace Martinea was placed on the …

Thursday’s high school skiing: Charlie Denhart finishes fifth on giant slalom

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Two local boys skiers finished two-hundredths of a second apart Thursday afternoon in the PVIAC giant slalom race at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Charlie Denhart of Northampton came in fifth overall with a time of 23.63 seconds. Gateway Regional’s Austin Herman was sixth in 23.65 as the Gators …

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, January 9, 2015

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. Amherst Justin Carey was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Dean College in Franklin. Hadley …

Amherst Regional storms back to ice Easthampton, 5-4

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The undefeated start by the Amherst Regional hockey team has shown the Hurricanes have the talent to beat anybody in western Massachusetts. A victory Wednesday night over Easthampton was a strong indication that Amherst also brings the necessary character and will to win. The Hurricanes scored …

Hadley chooses Sgt. Michael Mason as new police chief

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

HADLEY — Hadley Police Sgt. Michael Mason will be the town’s new police chief. The Select Board unanimously chose Mason, 36, over two other finalists from outside of town — Lt. John E. Dunn of the Guilford, Connecticut, …

Wednesday’s high schools: Amherst’s John Leonard scores 100th career point for Cathedral hockey

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cathedral junior forward and Amherst resident John Leonard reached and surpassed the career 100-point plateau Wednesday night in the Panthers’ 12-1 win over St. John’s Shrewsbury in Marlborough. “It feels really good,” Leonard said. “I probably should have …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Granby pins down Mahar

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Granby wrestling team recorded six straight pins to beat Mahar, 49-24, in Orange Wednesday night. The Rams got going when Victor Magalhaes pinned Dylan Castine in 1 minutes, 15 seconds at 132 pounds. Ben Rokowski (138), Collin Mick (145), Clayton Yanosky (152), Tyler Dudek (160) and Jack …

High school notebook: Taj-Amir Torres honored to play in Semper Fi All-American Bowl

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Most area high school football players have their careers end on Thanksgiving, while the fortunate ones are able to play in the postseason. But Amherst Regional star Taj-Amir Torres capped his career by playing one final game with …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Concert of Bach suites by cellist Stephen Katz and other arts happenings this week in the Valley

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cello concert “Angels in the Engine Room,” a concert of Bach suites by cellist Stephen Katz, will be presented Sunday at 3 p.m. in Piening Hall at the Hartsbrook School, 193 Bay Road in Hadley. The concert is …

Tuesday’s boys basketball: Gateway Regional jumps on Pathfinder, cruises to win

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Peter Kowal paced four double-digit scorers for the Gateway Regional boys basketball team in a 72-46 road victory over Pathfinder Tuesday night. The junior forward poured in a game-high 22 points to lead the Gators (2-5, 2-3 Tri-County). John Haskell had 17 points for Gateway, which scored 30 …