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Indie Automotive allowed to stay in Hadley until first anniversary of fire that destroyed shop in Hatfield

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

HADLEY — Indie Automotive owner Greg Lawrence will be allowed to operate out of Foreign Auto Haus at 12 Russell St. (Route 9) in Hadley for about 11 months, the Planning Board decided Tuesday. On Aug. 5, 2016, a year after the date of the fire that leveled Lawrence’s Hatfield auto shop, he will have to return to the Planning Board to assess whether he can stay longer. Jeremy Ober, …

Comments sought on Hatfield hazard mitigation plan

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

HATFIELD — Residents are encouraged to provide comments on a proposed final version of the town’s Hazard Mitigation Plan during a public meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. The plan is designed to help the town manage and mitigate risks from natural hazards with the goal of eliminating long-term risks to human life and property, according to the Pioneer Valley Planning …

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 …

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 …

Friends and Neighbors

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Amherst Claire R. Thibodeau was named to the spring semester dean’s list for the spring at Alfred University in Alfred, New York. She is a senior in the School of Art and Design. A graduate of Amherst Regional High School, Thibodeau is the daughter of Paula Russell of …

Naming the baby

Saturday, July 25, 2015

HASTY — Artemis Indiana, daughter of Ginger Galvagni and Joshua Hasty of Pittsfield, was born July 13, 2015 at Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield. The maternal grandparents are Dianne and Gary Galvagni of North Hatfield. The paternal grandparents are Linda and Rodney Hasty of Pittsfield. The maternal great-grandparents are …

Volunteers: Area opportunities

Saturday, July 25, 2015

summer volunteer training for long-term care ombudsman — Ombudsmen serve as advocates for elders and people with disabilities in the community. Next free training July 27 to 29. Contact Trevor at Franklin County Home Care Corporation at 773-5555 ext 2241 or tboeding@fchcc. Visit fchcc.org to learn more. It …

Local baseball: South Hadley slugs past Holyoke in Mickey Mantle tournament

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Evan Levrault and Thomas Shea both went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to power South Hadley to a 12-6 road win over Holyoke in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Mickey Mantle tournament. James Roux walked three and fanned two in the first five innings until Levrault relieved …

New England Basketball Hall of Fame set to induct 12 locals

Monday, July 20, 2015

The New England Basketball Hall of Fame is placing special attention on western Massachusetts with this year’s class and reception. A lengthy list of local high school coaches and former athletes are among the many to be inducted in this year on August 8 at the DCU Center …

Former Smith Academy ace David Longstreeth commits to Quinnipiac

Monday, July 20, 2015

David Longstreeth’s baseball plans for the 2016 season had already been established by the time he concluded a dominant high school pitching career about a month ago. But he also hoped to have the following four years squared …

Shaw’s Motel property in Northampton bought for $750,000

Monday, July 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampden County businessman has purchased the Shaw’s Motel property on the corner of Bridge Street and Pomeroy Terrace for $750,000, five years after the last renter left and it went on the market. Matthew Campagnari …

Health Events: Area support groups, resources

Monday, July 20, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ VISION, SPEECH AND HEARING VISION — A low-vision support group meets regularly from March through December on the first Wednesday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. Transportation provided; …