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Edwin Lynch at his home in Hatfield.

Art Maker: Edwin Lynch | Sculptor

Monday, November 30, 2015

Forty-one years ago, sculptor Edwin Lynch carried a hunk of alabaster back to his loft and began to bang away — untaught but confident, he says, that he could discover a head within. “I was happy, doing what I dreamed of at age 12,” said Lynch, 77, of Hatfield. And then, a single hammer blow on the chisel split the …

Area business briefs

Monday, November 30, 2015

Florence Bank hosts calendar artist FLORENCE — Florence Bank invites the public to meet artist/photographer Ellen Augarten at a reception from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the bank’s main branch at 85 Main St. Augarten is a Northampton photographer and artist whose Pioneer Valley images are shown through the prism of double-exposure …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 27, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Teacher’s work day, no school TUESDAY: Baked potato bar, broccoli, spinach salad, pear, peach cup WEDNESDAY: Meatball hero, romaine salad, peach cup, Empire apple THURSDAY: Pancakes with turkey sausage, baked Tater Tots, veggie dippers, Bartlett pear, applesauce FRIDAY: Cheesy pepperoni pizza, carrot sticks, romaine salad with tomato, sliced peaches, orange Belchertown MONDAY: HS: Chicken ala king, brown rice or Tostitos corn …

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 …

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 …