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Debbie Windoloski, foreground, and friends, from left, Donna Paddock, Martha Zigmont and Susan Holden light candles at the entrance to their Hatfield Village neighborhood for Hatfield's 34th annual luminarium on Sunday.

Hatfield’s 34th Luminarium brings lights, music to town

Sunday, December 21, 2014

HATFIELD — Tim Barker will tell you that milk jugs make the best luminaries. “They’re easier and last longer,” he said, comparing them to the traditional paper bags that don’t hold up in inclement weather. Sunday, the Main Street resident was doing something he’s done for the past 20 years — lighting candles set around his front yard for the …

Weekend high schools: Sophie Gatzounas, South Hadley hold off Wahconah in overtime

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sophie Gatzounas had 17 points, 11 rebounds and five assists as the South Hadley girls basketball team held off Wahconah, 61-55, in overtime Saturday in Dalton. Marley Medina had nine points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, while Lexi Gawron added 11 points and four assists for the Tigers (2-1). Shepherd Hill 59, Northampton 51 — The Blue Devils (2-1) were within one with …

Weekend high school wrestling: Granby wrestling places third at Eagles Holiday Bash

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jack Sarnacki won the 170-pound weight class and Nolan Hodgins took first at 220 as the Granby wrestling team finished third at the Eagles Holiday Bash, Saturday at Franklin Tech in Turners Falls. Clayton Yanosky (152) and Nick Roberts (182) were second, while Tre Demers (195) was third for the Rams. Jack Kent (106), Nate Fernandes (120) and Collin Mick (145) each placed …

Friday’s high school swimming: Northampton’s Johnny Williams sets pool, school record in 100 fly

Friday, December 12, 2014

Junior Johnny Williams wasted little time getting acquainted with the Northampton swimming and diving record book. Williams broke the pool and school record in the 100-yard butterfly Friday as the Blue Devils beat Holyoke Catholic, 105-18, in both teams’ season opener at JFK Middle School. Williams’ time broke …

Friday’s high schools: Holyoke Catholic drops opener to Lenox in overtime

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Holyoke Catholic girls basketball team dropped its season opener, falling 42-41 in overtime to Lenox on the road Friday night. The Millionaires used a 3-pointer with six seconds left to force overtime, then made their free throws down the stretch to win. Danielle Easton had 16 points, …

Robert Crowther of Hatfield denies negligent motor vehicle homicide charge in accident that killed Tomas Clark of Florence

Friday, December 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More details about what led to a deadly crash in Williamsburg on Sept. 28 emerged Friday when the 26-year-old driver was arraigned in Northampton District Court on a charge of motor vehicle homicide while negligently. Robert Crowther, of 43 Cronin Hill Road, Hatfield, pleaded not guilty …

school lunch menus

Friday, December 12, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, steamed carrots, pineapple cup, fresh apple TUESDAY: Twin chicken soft tacos, black beans, fresh apple, romaine lettuce, sliced peaches, sweet red pepper strips WEDNESDAY: Hot dog, sweet potato puffs, applesauce, spinach and tomato salad, banana THURSDAY: Roast turkey breast with gravy, peas, …

friends & neighbors

Friday, December 12, 2014

Amherst Sasha Lansky, a 2010 graduate of Amherst High School, was honored by the Association for Africanist Anthropology for her college thesis: “My Brother Before Me: The Role and Experience of Local Humanitarian Aid Workers In Eastern Cameroon.” The essay was based on Lansky’s field work in Cameroon …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, December 12, 2014

northampton first night — Volunteers needed to help out with Northampton First Night — celebrate and participate at the same time. Log on to www.firstnightnorthampton.org and click on the “volunteer” tab. Or call 584-7327 Smith College Botanic Garden — Volunteers needed to provide tours for K-12 classes; staff …

Holly Shed run by Englehardt family in Hatfield a popular seasonal destination

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HATFIELD — The Englehardt family at 129 West St. gets a lot more visitors at this time of year. For some 40 years they have run the seasonal Holly Shed at their property, selling wreaths, evergreen roping, decorative …

Smith Academy Honor Roll

Friday, December 5, 2014

Smith Academy Hatfield First Quarter Honor Roll HIGH HONORS Grade 12 Renee Archambault, Aidan Benoit, Steven Brzozowski, Joshua Hammond, Olivia Hanson, Katherine Hogan, Maxine Kowalski, David Longstreeth, Kelly McDonald, Matthew Muccino, Tanner Natale, Tony Pedruczny, Margot Pollard, Quinn Ricket, Megan Ryan, Kelsey Samson, Will Smiarowski, Sabrina Sparda, Katie …

Gun allegedly stolen from Hatfield home recovered at Hampshire Heights in Northampton

Thursday, December 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police recovered a pistol from a Hampshire Heights apartment Wednesday morning and expect to charge a 17-year-old boy for possessing the gun, which had been reported stolen. Police executed a search warrant at 9:29 a.m. Wednesday at 241 Jackson St., Apt. 7C, based on information provided …

Hatfield special Town Meeting will consider $36,000 shortfall in sewer enterprise fund

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

HATFIELD — For the second time in two months, Hatfield will hold a special Town Meeting, this time to plug a financial shortfall in end-of-year revenues. The special Town Meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 meeting in the Smith Academy cafeteria will consider a $36,000 request to bolster …