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Suffield Academy senior Hunter Newman, of Northampton, signs his National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Bucknell.

Northampton native Hunter Newman signs letter of intent to men’s lacrosse at Bucknell

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hunter Newman went from a potential Division III recruit to Division I prospect seemly overnight. The Northampton native and Suffield Academy senior signed his National Letter of Intent earlier this month to play men’s lacrosse at Division I Bucknell. The Bison finished 9-6 overall, 5-3 in the Patriot League last season. Their season ended in the conference tournament semifinal round. …

Northampton’s Liam Sullivan places third at state Division 1 cross country championship

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — Liam Sullivan gave everything he had, and then some. Yet it was a bittersweet day for the Northampton cross country standout. Sullivan fell a bit shy of his goal of becoming the first western Massachusetts runner since 2001 to win the state Division 1 cross country championship. He finished third with a time of 15 minutes, 29 seconds. “If you told …

Northampton places seventh, Sophia Jacobs-Townsley 10th, Taylor Blow 11th at state cross country meet

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — A top-10 finish in the state girls Division 1 cross country championship enabled Northampton to leave Stanley Park with a sense of accomplishment. The Blue Devils placed seventh overall, following up on PVIAC and Western Massachusetts team titles over the last month. A strong pack gave Northampton the depth it needed to place among the state’s elite teams. “They’re awesome,’’ coach …

Wedding: Kara Merz & Joseph Szawlowski

Friday, November 20, 2015

Kara Merz and Joseph Szawlowski, both of Hatfield, were married June 13, 2015 at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Hatfield by Rev. Robert Coonan. The bride, 33, is the daughter of John and Irene Merz of Hatfield. …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 20, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, oven baked fries, romaine salad with tomato, veggie dippers, applesauce, banana TUESDAY: Chicken fajita, brown rice, romaine with tomato, carrot sticks, black beans, peach cup, orange Belchertown MONDAY: HS: BBQ rib sandwich, oven fries or sweet and sour chicken, fried rice, carrots, broccoli, applesauce; …

Health events: Area support groups, resources and more

Monday, November 16, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ MISCELLANEOUS DEBTORS ANONYMOUS — Area groups for those dealing with credit card debt, overspending or underearning. Meetings are Saturdays at 8 a.m. at the Holyoke Medical Center. For more information go to www.danewengland.org or call 617-728-1426. UNDEREARNERS ANONYMOUS …

WMass girls cross country: Northampton reigns again; Sophia Jacobs-Townsley, Taylor Blow take top individual honors

Saturday, November 14, 2015

WESTFIELD — The bus taking the Northampton High School girls cross country team to Stanley Park was filled with laughter, singing and words of encouragement. Coach Ashley Krause told the Blue Devils to “run a race that will …

Northampton’s Liam Sullivan, Frontier Regional make history at WMass cross country championships

Saturday, November 14, 2015

WESTFIELD — Northampton senior Liam Sullivan joined an elite list Saturday, while Frontier Regional made history at the Western Massachusetts Boys Cross Country championships. Sullivan became just the seventh runner since 1963 to win back-to-back Division 1 individual …

Area volunteer opportunities

Friday, November 13, 2015

Kitchen Table travel: Cross-Cultural Opportunity — The International Language Institute in downtown Northampton is looking for nearby homes to host adult international students in its full-time intensive English program. Stipend provided. Monthly start dates. One to six-month stays. Seeking: friendly interested hosts, private furnished bedroom, meals or kitchen …

Area School Lunch Menus

Friday, November 13, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato salad, orange TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Roast turkey and gravy, peas, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, spinach salad, apple cobbler, Bartlett pear THURSDAY: Hamburger, sweet potato …

Friends & neighbors

Friday, November 13, 2015

Amherst Nick Benfey has been honored as a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. Benfey is majoring in art history and visual arts. Easthampton Brett Pyser has been selected to a 2015 All-Liberty League Men’s Soccer Team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New …

What2Watch4: Week 10 football previews

Friday, November 13, 2015

Northampton at Putnam Friday, 7 The Blue Devils (4-5) will look to snap a two-game losing streak when they face the Beavers (3-6) out of the AA Conference. Putnam has dropped five straight. Hamp will look to contain …

Hatfield Select Board names Stephen Gaughan as next fire chief

Thursday, November 12, 2015

HATFIELD — Veteran Hatfield firefighter Stephen P. Gaughan was chosen Thursday to be the town’s next fire chief in a unanimous decision by the Select Board. Gaughan, 38, is a deputy fire chief and has served with the Hatfield Fire Department for nearly 20 years. He will succeed …