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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 Chief David Mottor. Other members of the panel are former town officials Sanford Belden and Darryl Williams, former school superintendent Francis Gougeon, …

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. (Route 9), Indie Automotive co-owner Greg Lawrence said Sunday night. Indie Automotive, previously at 8B …

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 “Fiddler on the Roof” at their alma mater, Smith Academy High School in Hatfield. He …

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 …

CRD Metalworks considers relocating to Northampton as deadline for ceasing operations in Williamsburg nears

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — CRD Metalworks has signaled to the city of Northampton its interest in eventually relocating to River Road in Leeds, days before it will have to stop operations at its 17 Hyde Hill Road property due to a cease-and-desist order. Louis Hasbrouck, the Northampton building inspector, said …

Mechanics work to rebuild Quality Automotive and Indie Automotive after devastating fire in Hatfield

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

HATFIELD — Greg Lawrence is willing to fix cars on the dirt parking lot by the charred remains of his shop, Indie Automotive, while he waits to secure temporary garage space. But thanks to the support of longtime …

Health events: Area support groups, other resources

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ GRIEF BEREAVEMENT — Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst periodically offers eight-week bereavement support groups open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. There is no fee; a phone interview is required. Call …

High school notebook: Local ultimate players shine at Under-19 Club National Championships

Monday, August 10, 2015

Yet another example of Hampshire County’s influence in the sport of ultimate at the state and national level was on display over the weekend. Several local boys competed for the Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance all-star team, which won …

Whately to restore gravestones of residents who fought in Civil War

Sunday, August 9, 2015

WHATELY — Over 120 men from Whately fought in the American Civil War, according Ena Cane’s 1972 history of the town, and 23 of them gave their lives to it. Some of those soldiers found their final resting …

Naming the baby

Friday, August 7, 2015

MOTYKA — Alyssa Marie, daughter of Shawn Motyka and Sarah Scott of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, was born June 24 at Holmes Regional Medical Center, Florida. The maternal grandparents are Barbara and David Scott of LaHabra, California. The paternal grandparents are John and Lynda Motyka of Indian Harbour …