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KEVIN GUTTING
Joseph Rex, left, and Wade Vandoloski of Four Rex Farm in Hadley prepare a dusty field near Hopkins Academy to prepare fields for growing watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers on Friday.

After dry start to spring, area farmers hoping for turnaround — while meteorologists predict persisting drought through summer

Friday, May 29, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — In a field at Pepin Farm on East Street Thursday, Ken Pepin knelt to grab a handful of clay-like dirt and squeezed it in his palm. He said he is lucky to have soil that holds moisture well. Even though April and May have been abnormally dry — through Wednesday, only .68 inches of rain had been recorded …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton softball enters postseason on five-game win streak

Friday, May 29, 2015

With five games left in the regular season, the Northampton softball team had two ways of qualifying for the postseason — beat Chicopee on May 22, or win their last four games. The Blue Devils beat the Pacers to clinch second place in the Valley Wheel and the ensuing tournament berth. They also …

Developers eye propane as natural gas ban hits

Friday, May 29, 2015

The owners of a new downtown Amherst restaurant specializing in Italian cuisine got an unexpected surprise in March when they discovered that they could not tap into the natural gas supply. Faced with uncertainty over how he would power the kitchen at Fratelli’s Ristorante now that Berkshire Gas has imposed a moratorium on natural gas connections in Amherst, Hadley and Hatfield, owner Joseph …

Thursday’s high school baseball: Frontier Regional keeps postseason hopes alive with tight win over South Hadley

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Brandon Bryant enjoyed a perfect day, going 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs as the Frontier Regional baseball team kept its postseason hopes alive with a 10-9 road win at South Hadley Thursday. Nolan Muzyka …

Thursday’s high school tennis: South Hadley qualifies for WMass boys tournament

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The South Hadley boys tennis team clinched a tournament berth by sweeping Holyoke, 5-0, Thursday afternoon at Mount Holyoke College. The Tigers (9-8) lost two or fewer games in nine of their 10 set victories. Boys tennis South Hadley 5, Holyoke 0 At Mount Holyoke First singles: Mikey …

Wednesday’s high schools: Amherst girls lacrosse rolls past Cathedral

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Clover Ulrich scored six goals with an assist in her final home game as the Amherst Regional girls lacrosse team earned an 18-10 victory over Cathedral on senior night. Fellow seniors Anna Hayes had a goal and Chelby …

Wednesday’s high school tennis: Belchertown boys qualify for postseason

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Belchertown boys tennis team qualified for the postseason with a 3-2 win at East Longmeadow on Wednesday. Ryan Kearney beat Matt Donovan 6-3, 7-6 (3) at second singles for the lone singles point for the Orioles (9-7). The first doubles match went three sets as Dennis Lelic …

Northampton boys, Amherst girls win Steele Relay titles; Hamp takes top program award

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Northampton track & field program got the best of rival Amherst Regional on Sunday, when it took the home the inaugural Steele Cup from the George Steele Relays, held at Northampton High School. The Steele Cup was awarded to the school with the best combined finish. Northampton …

Edward Lesko Jr. unseated from Select Board, Board of Health in Hatfield

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

HATFIELD — Patrick J. Gaughan unseated incumbent Select Board Chairman Edward W. Lesko Jr. who finished last in a three-way race for the seat in Tuesday’s town election. Lesko also lost his seat on the Board of Health. Gaughan received 315 votes to 273 for Jan Joseph Adamski, …

Tuesday’s high school baseball recaps: Hopkins Academy scores in the seventh to win pitchers’ duel

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pat Knightly’s two-out RBI single up the middle drove home Drew Castronovo with the game’s only run as the Hopkins Academy baseball team beat Frontier Regional in a 1-0 pitchers’ duel in South Deerfield. John Jacques spun a …

Tuesday’s high school softball recaps: Northampton softball slugs past Belchertown on the road

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Zoe Driscoll-Sbar had three hits and three runs scored to lead the Northampton softball team to a 12-7 win in Belchertown Tuesday. Emilie Baldwin added two hits, two RBIs and two runs of her own for the Blue Devils (6-8, 3-3 Valley Wheel). Lily Glading-DiLorenzo finished the day …

Tuesday’s high school lacrosse recaps: Amherst Regional girls lacrosse holds off Granby

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

After the teams were tied at halftime, the Amherst Regional girls lacrosse team held off Granby, 15-13, Tuesday. Meghan Sharick led Amherst (4-13) with eight goals and three assists. Clover Ulrich added six goals and one assist, while Malia MacDonald scored the other. Kate Sarnacki had five goals …

Tuesday’s tennis and track recaps: Amherst Regional boys tennis sweeps Chicopee to qualify for postseason

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Amherst boys tennis team used a 5-0 win over Chicopee to qualify for the postseason on Tuesday at home. Andy Zyskowski led the way at first singles with a 6-1, 6-1 dismissal of Brian Turnbull for the …