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Hadley Highway Department will not sweep town roads this year

Saturday, April 18, 2015

HADLEY — Sweeping of town roads by the Hadley Highway Department will not be done this year because of a change from sand to salt for maintaining winter roads. Residents are advised not to push any lawn sweepings into the road. In the past, these would be removed with the sand. These sweepings are now the responsibility of the homeowner. For more information, contact the Hadley Department of Public Works …

Friday’s high school softball: Hampshire’s Brian McGan named MIAA coach of year as Raiders stay perfect

Friday, April 17, 2015

The MIAA announced its 2014-15 coaches of the year and awarded Hampshire Regional softball coach Brian McGan with his sport’s honor on Friday. “I’m very humbled by it. It’s a great honor,” McGan said. “The kids from my past teams have obviously helped me get there. They made Hampshire what Hampshire is. I’ve just tried to guide them to the right point.” McGan …

Friday’s high schools: Belchertown boys lacrosse routs Monson

Friday, April 17, 2015

Alex Wordsworth’s seven goals and an assist powered the Belchertown boys lacrosse team to a 14-1 home blowout over Monson Friday afternoon. Ben Magarian (four goals, assist) and Grant Irving (two goals, three assists) each posted five points for the Orioles (4-1, 3-0 Suburban). Jack Medina picked up four assists, Jack Kenney added his first career varsity tally, and Connor Hughes and Adam …

Monday’s high school recaps: Amherst Regional girls track opens season with two wins

Monday, April 6, 2015

Amherst Regional girls track & field earned their first two wins of the season in a home tri-meet Monday, topping Agawam, 91-50, and Pittsfield, 91-34. Taylor Lesure, Meg Rhodes, and Frances Duncan led the way, each taking first in two events for the Hurricanes (2-0). Lesure took first …

Dalai Lama’s visit to UMass, colleges confirmed for October

Sunday, April 5, 2015

HADLEY — The Dalai Lama will spend three days in the Pioneer Valley in October, giving talks at Smith College, Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, it was confirmed Sunday. Arthur Zajonc, president of the Mind …

3 experienced hands vie for Hadley’s top board

Sunday, April 5, 2015

HADLEY — Three long-time residents, all of whom have previously served as selectmen, will vie for two spots on the Select Board in an election on Tuesday, April 14. In the other major contested election on the ballot, …

Spring Preview: New coach takes different approach with Northampton boys tennis

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Northampton boys tennis team has a bunch of new faces, but the fresh talent isn’t altering the game plan. The Blue Devils are 15 deep and have a new coach in Chris Deszynski, but the additions have …

Garage fire damages recently unoccupied Hadley home

Saturday, April 4, 2015

HADLEY — A garage fire damaged the recently unoccupied childhood home of a town native in the early hours of Saturday morning. “A lot of great memories,” Jane O’Brien, now of West Springfield, said Saturday. O’Brien inherited the home at 10 East St. from her mother, Marion Shuzdak, …

Friday high schools: Amherst boys lacrosse debuts with win over East Longmeadow

Friday, April 3, 2015

Ben Thompson and Declan Gray-Mullen each had a hat trick as the Amherst Regional boys lacrosse team opened its season Friday with a 10-8 road victory over East Longmeadow. Jonathan Traester scored twice for Amherst (1-0), while Alex LaRaja (assist) and Willy Wright added a tally apiece. Liam …

North Amherst Community Farm nears end to fundraising campaign

Friday, April 3, 2015

AMHERST — North Amherst Community Farm began 10 years ago by paying $1.2 million to preserve the agricultural land at 1089 North Pleasant St. It raised that money in a variety of ways, including a loan, and a …

Spring Preivew: Hopkins Academy baseball focused on repeat

Friday, April 3, 2015

Despite disappointing offseason news, the defending Western Massachusetts Division 4 champion Hopkins Academy baseball team returns seven starting players and has its sights set on a repeat. After winning their first sectional championship since 1988 and reaching the …

Spring Preview: Amherst Regional boys lacrosse seeks a rebound campaign

Friday, April 3, 2015

Amherst Regional had established itself as a prime contender in Western Massachusetts boys lacrosse, but last season marked a significant step backward. The Hurricanes qualified for postseason from 2011-13 and reached the sectional semifinals two straight seasons, but …

Spring Preview: New but familiar coach to lead experienced Belchertown girls lacrosse

Friday, April 3, 2015

Former Belchertown girls lacrosse coach Ashley Ziemba turned the Orioles from a startup varsity program into a league champion in only two seasons. Ziemba took the head coaching job at Chicopee High as the Pacers start their own …