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Poor weather sacked the local high school football schedule on Thanksgiving.

Update: Snow sacks Thanksgiving Day high school football schedule

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Day meals will taste a little different this year. Inclement weather postponed five high school football games on Thursday. The games will be played either Friday or Saturday with turkey day leftovers for post-game feasts. The Battle of the Bridge between Northampton and Amherst will be played Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at McGuirk Stadium. Amherst athletic director Rich Ferro …

Lavery Greenfield of Hatfield collects 1,009 pounds of peanut butter and jelly for Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HATFIELD — For the entire month of October, Lavery Greenfield, 8, came home from school to find several jars of peanut butter and jelly on her front steps. Sometimes, the third-grader at Hatfield Elementary School recalls, there would even be shopping bags with peanut butter and jelly hanging on her doorknob. By the …

Belchertown, Frontier Regional, South Hadley aim to snap Thanksgiving losing streaks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Belchertown, Frontier Regional and South Hadley football teams will all have something in common on Thanksgiving — and it’s not likely poor field conditions. The three squads will all look to snap turkey day losing streaks. “If the kids can’t get up for this game, they should check the reasons why they’re playing,” South Hadley coach Scott Taylor said. The Tigers lead …

Weekend high schools: Hampshire shuts out Monument, reaches Division 3 semifinals

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sienna Caron and Vissi Rizos each scored in the first half as the Hampshire Regional girls soccer beat Monument Mountain, 2-0, in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinal round, Saturday in Westhampton. The second-seeded Raiders (10-2-5) earned a semifinals rematch with No. 6 Granby (14-4-2), Wednesday at …

Hampshire Regional finishes third at WMass, punches ticket to girls cross country state meet

Saturday, November 8, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The Hampshire Regional girls cross country team kept its season alive with a third-place finish in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Championships at Northfield Recreation Center on Saturday. “We really thought we had a pretty good …

Friday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy holds off Gateway in Division 4 boys soccer quarterfinals

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Hopkins Academy boys soccer ran into Gateway Regional for the second straight year in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament. And much like last season, the Golden Hawks held on for a one-goal win. The second-seeded Golden Hawks jumped out to a three-goal lead and held on …

Justin Rising of West Springfield pleads guilty to breaking into safe at Hatfield home while working there

Friday, November 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A West Springfield man admitted in Hampshire Superior Court on Thursday to breaking into a safe in a Hatfield home and taking $100 while he was working there as a contractor in March. As part of a plea agreement, Justin S. Rising, 25, pleaded guilty to …

school lunch menus

Friday, November 7, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Baked chicken nuggets, baked Tater Tots, carrot sticks, diced pears, fresh apple TUESDAY: Veterans Day, no school WEDNESDAY: Beefburger, carrot sticks, sliced peaches, banana, oven baked fries, garden salad THURSDAY: Loaded beef nachos, carrot sticks, chickpea salad, bartlett pear, applesauce FRIDAY: Cheesey pepperoni pizza, romaine lettuce, …

Prosecutors seek five-year prison term for William Burke of Hatfield in probation rigged-hiring case

Thursday, November 6, 2014

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors on Thursday recommended that former state probation commissioner John O’Brien be sentenced to nearly six years in prison for orchestrating a rigged hiring system that ensured jobs in the agency went to applicants sponsored by powerful state lawmakers. In a sentencing memorandum filed in …

Removing hazardous materials first step in demolishing old Center School in Hatfield

Thursday, November 6, 2014

HATFIELD — Town Administrator Paul Boudreau said he plans to hire an environmental consulting firm to help begin removing hazardous materials from the vacant Center School building. Voters at an Oct. 21 special Town Meeting approved spending $300,000 to demolish the century-old structure, which is in need of …

Non-binding questions on political corruption, legalizing marijuana approved Tuesday

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Non-binding ballot questions on strengthening anti-corruption laws for politicians and moving toward legalizing marijuana were approved Tuesday in two local legislative districts. Question 5 in most of the Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester District represented by state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, instructed him to support legislation to “prohibit state …

Benjamin Gormely of Florence charged with drunken driving after truck rolls over while exiting I-91 in Hatfield

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man was arrested Tuesday on a drunken driving charge after the vehicle he was driving rolled over while he was attempting to exit Route 91 northbound in Hatfield. Benjamin J. Gormely, 26, of 38 Autumn Drive in Florence, was arrested shortly after 6:40 p.m. …

Smith Academy shuts out Pioneer Christian to advance to boys soccer Division 4 quarterfinals

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The fourth-seeded Smith Academy boys soccer team routed No. 13 Pioneer Christian, 5-0, Tuesday in Hatfield to advance in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament on Tuesday. The Falcons (15-4) will host No. 5 Westfield Vocational (17-0-1) at …