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left, Kim Robinson and John Higuera , put up Christmas decorations with other volunteers at the home of Shannon Whidden and her husband Jonathan at their home in Hatfield.

Community rallies to help Hatfield family decorate home for holidays

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

HATFIELD — During every holiday season for as long as Shannon Whidden can remember, her husband and family have adorned their home on Depot Road with decorations that include illuminated reindeer, an igloo and a sculpture of Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster — the villain from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” But this year, the family found itself in need of …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Hatfield fourth-grader, friends collect 1,183 pounds of food for Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

HATFIELD — If there’s one thing a 9-year-old knows, it’s a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Just ask Lavery Greenfield, a fourth-grader at Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School who has turned the childhood staple into a crusade. For …

Hatfield Select Board reports no criminal misconduct behind town’s money problems

Monday, November 9, 2015

HATFIELD — Town officials and a former treasurer met with Select Board members in closed session in September to review long-standing money-management problems — and to examine whether any criminal conduct was involved, according to executive session minutes …

Hatfield officials could choose next fire chief Thursday

Monday, November 9, 2015

HATFIELD — The Select Board will meet Thursday to discuss hiring the town’s next fire chief and could make an offer to one of three candidates for the job. The public session begins at noon at Town Hall, and follows interviews board members held with finalists last week. …

WMass girls soccer: Granby, Gateway advance to semifinals; 4 local teams knocked out in quarters

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Granby girls soccer team walked off its home field for the final time Sunday with its unbeaten record still intact after a 4-0 victory over Athol in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinals. Summer Molin scored twice, while the top-seeded Rams (17-0-2) were the beneficiaries of …

Weekend prep schools: Williston football rolls on senior night

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Ian Ostberg threw four touchdown passes and ran for another in the first half alone as the Williston Northampton football team romped over Pomfret 48-16 on senior night Saturday in Easthampton. The junior signal caller from Florence tossed scores of 51 and 39 yards to Michael Dereus, then …

WMass field hockey: Goalies shine as Greenfield tips Smith Academy in double overtime

Saturday, November 7, 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD — For 85 minutes and 30 seconds, the game belonged to the goalkeepers. Smith Academy’s Kayla Miastkowski and Greenfield’s Sam Smith took turns making stellar save after stellar save and neither field hockey team would budge. …

Friday’s high school boys soccer: Granby rallies to down Mount Everett, reach Division 4 semifinals

Friday, November 6, 2015

Trailing at halftime, the Granby boys soccer team rallied to reach the semifinal round for the first time since 2010. The fourth-seeded Rams came back to beat No. 5 Mount Everett, 3-2, in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinal round, Friday in Granby. “They’re very excited,” coach …

Upcoming events for senior citizens

Friday, October 30, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. The centers will be closed Wednesday in observance of Veteran’s Day. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk …

Bird Sightings

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Four red-headed woodpeckers were reported along the Bark Haul and West Road trails in the Longmeadow flats. A green-tailed towhee was seen briefly in …