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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 …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, August 7, 2015

Amherst Dylan K. Hebert was awarded faculty honors for the spring semester at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. A. Miguel Reda received three awards from the University of Vermont: the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources Emerging Leadership Award, the UVM Ram Vincent-Bryan Community Builders Award and …

Cause undetermined in fire that destroyed two auto repair shops in Hatfield

Thursday, August 6, 2015

HATFIELD — The state fire marshal’s office has determined a fire that destroyed two auto repair shops on Linseed Hill Road on Wednesday started in the attic of one of the shops, but investigators were unable to determine …

Fire heavily damages two auto repair shops on Linseed Hill Road in West Hatfield

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

HATFIELD — Two auto repair shops at 8A and 8B Linseed Hill Road in West Hatfield were heavily damaged by a fire reported at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. All of the employees of Quality Automotive and Indie Auto made …

Fire destroys historic Athol barn, wind damage causes tree to fall on house in Hatfield

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

ATHOL — As she watched firefighters hose down the wreckage caused by a lightning strike that destroyed the family’s 200-year-old barn Tuesday afternoon, Maria Vitello said she knew the barn was a goner as soon as she saw the flames. “I heard it and I felt it and …

Health Events: Area support groups, resources

Monday, August 3, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS/DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES — Tuesdays, 5:15 p.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank, 325A King St., Northampton. Call Robin at 917-533-5691 or Ro at 250-3050 AGING GRACEFULLY — A support group focusing on issues of …

Truck fire briefly delays I-91 traffic

Sunday, August 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A small truck that caught fire Sunday night near the Northampton-Hatfield line delayed southbound traffic on Interstate 91 for around half an hour. According to state police, the incident occurred at about 7:30 p.m. in the southbound lane of I-91, just south of where Elm Street …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, July 31, 2015

Amherst Zoe Tessler, the daughter of Patricia Gorman and Richard Tessler and a rising senior at Hamilton College, is part of a research group at Hamilton studying the invasive garlic mustard plant. Tessler, an art and biology major, is a graduate of Amherst Regional High School. Belchertown Gabriel …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 …

Valley observers see positives in Boston 2024’s failure

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HATFIELD — Judy Strong, who competed as a field hockey player in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, said she was torn Monday on learning that Boston would not be the host in 2024. Strong, now 55 and an umpire, was 24 when her team won the bronze, …

Amherst beats Northampton to advance to Pioneer Valley Mickey Mantle Championship

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Amherst Mickey Mantle team had to play in back-to-back games to punch its ticket to the Pioneer Valley championship on Sunday. After knocking out Frontier, 12-0, Amherst beat Northampton 11-3 in the semifinals of the double elimination …