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Divided Hadley Planning Board rejects Five Colleges library annex; appeal likely

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

HADLEY — A divided Planning Board on Tuesday rejected a proposed 74,000-square-foot Five Colleges Inc. library annex on vacant farmland between North Maple Street and Rocky Hill Road. However, a building nearly twice as large might be approved if the decision is appealed in court. The board voted 3-2 against the proposal after Five Colleges attorney Peter W. MacConnell submitted requested color samples of the building and a plan to …

Tuesday’s high school soccer: Lexi Turgeon saves a point for Hampshire Regional

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Lexi Turgeon snatched a point away from defeat with three seconds remaining Tuesday. The Hampshire Regional junior scored 39 minutes, 57 seconds into the second half of a 3-3 girls soccer tie with Central in Springfield. The Raiders scored three of the five second-half goals, including two in the game’s final two minutes. Sienna Caron collected a goal and an assist for Hampshire …

Tuesday’s high school field hockey/girls volleyball: Northampton, Frontier qualify for postseason

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Megan McCarthy scored three goals as the Northampton field hockey team qualified for the postseason with a 4-1 victory over Smith Academy in Northampton Tuesday. McCarthy has 13 goals on the season to lead the Blue Devils (8-1-1). Ursa Heidinger scored unassisted, while Hazel Ethier and junior varsity call-up Abby Pelis each had one assist. The point was Pelis’ first of her career. …

Coolidge Bridge crash sends 2 drivers to hospital

Friday, September 25, 2015

HADLEY — A four-vehicle crash on the Coolidge Bridge Friday afternoon sent two drivers to the hospital and caused a traffic backup that stretched nearly to downtown Northampton. The crash was reported at 2:30 p.m. on Route 9, …

What to watch for: Week 3 high school football previews

Thursday, September 24, 2015

South Hadley at Chicopee Comp Friday, 7 The Tigers (1-1, 0-0 Suburban) are coming off a big win over three-time sectional champion Wahconah. After falling to rival Holyoke in Week 1, the Tigers get rival No. 2 in …

Thursday’s high school girls soccer: Gateway Regional edges Easthampton

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Samantha Belardo scored the eventual game-winning goal in the opening seconds of the second half to lift the unbeaten Gateway Regional girls soccer team to a 2-1 home win over Easthampton Thursday evening. Nina Iglesias converted an assist from Jessica Van Heynigen to tie the game for the …

Thursday’s high school golf/gymnastics: Amherst sinks Northampton in ‘Battle of the Bridge’ links version

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Two days before Amherst Regional and Northampton will play in three sports, the Hurricanes golf team claimed the “Battle of the Bridge” on the course with a 195-199 win Thursday at Hickory Ridge. Liam Kelly shot a match-best …

Thursday’s high school volleyball/field hockey: Frontier aces Medfield

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Emily Woodward had 26 of the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team’s 27 assists as the Red Hawks swept Medfield, 3-0, in South Deerfield on Thursday. Frontier (7-1) won 25-16, 25-13, 25-22. The Red Hawks collected 20 aces. Remi Quesnelle had nine kills, nine aces and 12 digs, while …

Berkshire Gas files with DPU for 13 percent rate decrease for winter

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Last winter’s record cold saw gas heating bills of many area residents soar, but Berkshire Gas has asked the state for a 13 percent rate decrease for the coming winter from last year’s prices. If approved by the Department of Public Utilities, the new rate is expected to …

Wednesday’s high school cross country/golf: Course records fall at Granby

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A pair of course records fell at Dufresne Park in Granby Wednesday. Palmer’s Henry Domnarski broke an eight-year-old mark by two seconds in winning the boys 3.1-mile race in 18 minutes, 13 seconds. Granby went 3-1 in the meet, beating Palmer, McCann Tech and Hopkins Academy. The Rams …

Wednesday’s high schools: Smith Vocational girls soccer nets win over Commerce

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A.J. Mitchell scored five goals as the Smith Vocational girls soccer team beat Commerce, 10-0, Wednesday in Springfield. Tasha Ding added two tallies, while Maddison Atkinson, Shannon Ryan and Gabby Petlock each had one for the Vikings (4-1-1, …

Music review: Harpsichord concert is grand season opener for Arcadia Players

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Arcadia Players opened its new season Saturday with a program of works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi, a fitting combination as the two composers were contemporaries, born, respectively, in 1685 and 1678. Bach knew and transcribed some of Vivaldi’s music. Vivaldi was a violinist, and the …

Most Hadley Select Board members give Town Administrator David Nixon passing grades in annual evaluation

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

HADLEY — Town Administrator David G. Nixon received scores mostly in the range of 50 to 70 points out of 100 in evaluations completed in August, which Select Board Chairman Guilford Mooring said was good. That is the …