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Weekend high schools: Sophie Gatzounas, South Hadley hold off Wahconah in overtime

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sophie Gatzounas had 17 points, 11 rebounds and five assists as the South Hadley girls basketball team held off Wahconah, 61-55, in overtime Saturday in Dalton. Marley Medina had nine points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, while Lexi Gawron added 11 points and four assists for the Tigers (2-1). Shepherd Hill 59, Northampton 51 — The Blue Devils (2-1) were within one with 47 seconds left, but Kayla Phillips hit …

Weekend high school wrestling: Granby wrestling places third at Eagles Holiday Bash

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jack Sarnacki won the 170-pound weight class and Nolan Hodgins took first at 220 as the Granby wrestling team finished third at the Eagles Holiday Bash, Saturday at Franklin Tech in Turners Falls. Clayton Yanosky (152) and Nick Roberts (182) were second, while Tre Demers (195) was third for the Rams. Jack Kent (106), Nate Fernandes (120) and Collin Mick (145) each placed …

Average residential tax bill in Hadley to increase by 2.7 percent

Sunday, December 21, 2014

HADLEY — Residential taxpayers will see an average property tax increase of 2.7 percent this year, according to the assessors office. The Select Board on Wednesday approved a tax rate of $10.84 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, an increase of 20 cents or about 1.9 percent. However, property values in town also rose slightly. The average single-family home was assessed at $308,000 for …

Protesters scare customers at Hadley Wal-Mart, no arrests made

Friday, December 5, 2014

HADLEY — A vocal group of about 50 protesters converged inside Wal-Mart about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, scaring some customers by chanting loudly and refusing to disperse. Sgt. John Robitaille of the Hadley Police Department said about six officers and a canine responded to the store at 337 Russell …

Area charter schools accept applications for enrollment

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Area charter schools are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School in South Hadley, Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley and Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke are …

Sherill Pineda of Hadley remains in hospital after SUV rollover

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

HADLEY — A Hadley woman who was injured when the sports utility vehicle she was driving rolled over on Old Bay Road Tuesday night was listed in fair condition at Baystate Medical Center Wednesday night, according to a hospital spokesman. Sherill Pineda, 39, was driving southeast on Old …

Hadley woman seriously injured in rollover crash on Old Bay Road

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

HADLEY — Firefighters and police spent a half hour Tuesday night extricating a 39-year-old Hadley woman from a sport utility vehicle that rolled over on Old Bay Road. Police said the woman, who was the only occupant, suffered …

Area businesses briefed on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dozens of area business owners were briefed Tuesday on the state of natural gas capacity in the region and proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. pipeline project during informational meetings sponsored by chambers of commerce in Hampshire and Franklin …

Smiles prompted by fund plentiful in these parts

Monday, December 1, 2014

HADLEY — For one single mother who uses scholarships to pay for her son’s participation in youth sports and other activities, the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund ensures that he won’t be disappointed with his gifts come Christmas. “Sidney Smith has put a smile on his face on …

Black Friday relatively low key at Valley shopping destinations

Friday, November 28, 2014

HADLEY — Michele Wojtowicz found the deal she was looking for at the Hampshire Mall on Black Friday: a $150 jacket at J.C. Penney, which she bought for her niece for $29.99. But she didn’t have to trample …

State Rep. Ellen Story joins protest in support of workers outside Hadley Wal-Mart

Friday, November 28, 2014

HADLEY — Not everyone who showed up at the Wal-Mart at the Mountain Farms Mall in Hadley on Black Friday was there to shop. About 100 protesters associated with a group called “Western Mass. Jobs with Justice” mounted …

Three Springfield women locked out of car arrested in Hadley after alleged shoplifting spree

Friday, November 28, 2014

HADLEY — Hadley Police arrested three women early Friday morning after finding them locked out of their car at the Mountain Farms Mall with a backpack and car filled with $2,760.46 worth of goods which police allege were …

With pennies, nickels, quarters, Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund launches 82nd year

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Susan Lavallee’s kindergarten class at the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School has already started raising money for the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund. So far, the class has raised 50 cents. Someone found two quarters on the floor, but no one claimed them, so Lavallee decided …