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Wedding: Cynthia Rauch & Daniel Willard

Friday, September 4, 2015

Daniel H. Willard and Cynthia Englehardt Rauch, both of Northampton, were married May 23 at 11 a.m. at Willard Riverfront Park in the Northampton Meadows by the Connecticut River, by retired judge, Justice of the Peace Lillian Miranda. The groom is the son of Doris and Harold Willard of Northampton. The bride is the daughter of Mary Englehardt of West Hatfield and the late Francis W. Englehart. The groom’s granddaughters, Amanda Rae Willard and Caitlin Jean Willard, served as maid of honor and flower girl. The Best man was Todd Willard, the groom’s son. Groomsman Bill Englehardt, brother of the bride, gave her away. Daniel, …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, September 4, 2015

Amherst Gabriel Killough-Hill has joined AmeriCorps for a term of national service on a Maine Conservation Corps field team. Gabriel is a 2015 graduate of Amherst Regional High School and the son of Bill and Ruthie Killough-Hill. The MCC conducts conservation projects throughout the State of Maine, including extensive recreational trail construction and …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, September 4, 2015

jones library volunteer tutor training — Jones Library English as a Second Language Center is looking for volunteers to teach English to newcomers in the Amherst area. Tutors meet twice weekly with an adult immigrant at a time and location convenient for both. Training, materials, ongoing assistance and meeting space provided. Tutors should have strong English communication skills and an interest in cross-cultural …

Loan from Common Good Finance boosts completion of Northeast Biodiesel plant in Greenfield

Friday, September 4, 2015

Long in the planning to ensure it is locally owned, the Northeast Biodiesel plant nearly ready at the Greenfield Industrial Park is getting a final boost from a 160-member, community-based nonprofit finance system. The $200,000, seven-year loan is provided by Ashfield-based Common Good Finance to Co-op Power, a …

Indie Automotive allowed to stay in Hadley until first anniversary of fire that destroyed shop in Hatfield

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

HADLEY — Indie Automotive owner Greg Lawrence will be allowed to operate out of Foreign Auto Haus at 12 Russell St. (Route 9) in Hadley for about 11 months, the Planning Board decided Tuesday. On Aug. 5, 2016, a year after the date of the fire that leveled …

Comments sought on Hatfield hazard mitigation plan

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

HATFIELD — Residents are encouraged to provide comments on a proposed final version of the town’s Hazard Mitigation Plan during a public meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. The plan is designed to help the town manage and mitigate risks from natural hazards with the goal …

Hatfield seeks new fire chief, hiring process under way

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HATFIELD — Local officials have launched a search for the town’s next fire chief, a post that becomes vacant in late November when longtime Fire Chief William Belden retires. After advertising the position this month, the Select Board Wednesday named a five-member screening panel that includes Easthampton Fire …

Indie Automotive, shop burned in Aug. 5 fire, announces temporary quarters in Hadley

Monday, August 24, 2015

HADLEY — Indie Automotive, one of the Hatfield repair shops destroyed in a fire earlier this month, has secured temporary quarters in Hadley. Starting Monday, the Volvo and Saab repair business will be operating at 12 Russell St. …

Engagement: Melanie Hentz & Collin Laurin

Friday, August 21, 2015

Patty and John Hentz of Hatfield are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Melanie Hentz, to Collin Laurin, son of Becky and Jamie Laurin of Hatfield. The couple met while performing together in the school musical …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend …

Smith Academy in tune for coming school year; Hatfield Elementary focused on writing

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HATFIELD — Smith Academy ended the most recent school year as champions, taking the 2015 Western Massachusetts Division 4 baseball title. Heading into the new school year, students can look forward to the school’s continued commitment to providing first-class programs in athletics and the arts. Over the summer, …

Hearing postponed after defendant takes bus, ferry, and more buses on nine-hour trip from Staten Island to Northampton court

Monday, August 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A hearing in the case of a New York man charged with two firearms offenses was postponed Monday because two state troopers who were supposed to testify could not attend. But unfortunately for defendant Anthony Brundage, …

At expanded West Hatfield facility, Alternative Recycling Systems recycles and composts — and they’ll take your trash too

Sunday, August 16, 2015

HATFIELD — When it started in 1996, Alternative Recycling Systems’ operation consisted of a 40-year-old truck that picked up the recyclables from a dozen businesses once a week. After the weekly run, owner Patrick Kennedy would park the …