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left, Kim Robinson and John Higuera , put up Christmas decorations with other volunteers at the home of Shannon Whidden and her husband Jonathan at their home in Hatfield.

Community rallies to help Hatfield family decorate home for holidays

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

HATFIELD — During every holiday season for as long as Shannon Whidden can remember, her husband and family have adorned their home on Depot Road with decorations that include illuminated reindeer, an igloo and a sculpture of Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster — the villain from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” But this year, the family found itself in need of …

Northampton native Hunter Newman signs letter of intent to men’s lacrosse at Bucknell

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hunter Newman went from a potential Division III recruit to Division I prospect seemly overnight. The Northampton native and Suffield Academy senior signed his National Letter of Intent earlier this month to play men’s lacrosse at Division I Bucknell. The Bison finished 9-6 overall, 5-3 in the Patriot League last season. Their season …

Northampton’s Liam Sullivan places third at state Division 1 cross country championship

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — Liam Sullivan gave everything he had, and then some. Yet it was a bittersweet day for the Northampton cross country standout. Sullivan fell a bit shy of his goal of becoming the first western Massachusetts runner since 2001 to win the state Division 1 cross country championship. He finished third with a time of 15 minutes, 29 seconds. “If you told …

Naming the baby

Friday, November 6, 2015

BAKER — Jake Patrick, son of Matthew and Jill Baker of Agawam, was born Oct. 31 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Thomas and Patricia Patrick of Hatfield. The paternal grandparents are Dennis and Lori Baker of Hamden, Connecticut. The paternal great-grandfather is …

volunteer Opportunities

Friday, November 6, 2015

free medical clinic of the amherst survival center — Assist volunteer physicians and nurses with providing basic medical care in a walk-in clinic. The Amherst Survival Center Free Medical Clinic is seeking to expand its team of volunteer physicians, nurses and medical assistants during clinic hours on Mondays, …

School lunch menus

Friday, November 6, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, pineapple cup, apple TUESDAY: Shepherd’s pie, peas, cauliflower, green grapes WEDNESDAY: Veteran’s Day no school THURSDAY: Beef burger, cheeseburger, vegetarian baked beans, carrot sticks, diced pears, orange FRIDAY: Cheese pizza, spinach salad, carrot sticks, applesauce, apple Belchertown MONDAY: HS: Chicken nuggets, …

WMass girls soccer: Carrie Ellis, Moira Pitrat pace Smith Academy’s dominant win over Pathfinder

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Hatfield — Carrie Ellis and Moira Pitrat turned Smith Academy’s last home game of the year into a showcase. They accounted for six of the No. 7 Falcons’ seven goals — passing to each other for two of them — in a 7-0 win against No. 10 Pathfinder …

What2Watch4: South Hadley, Frontier Regional open Week 9 with playoff football

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Chicopee Comp at South Hadley Friday, 7 This is the second of three meetings this season between the rivals, but it’s certainly the most significant as the winner advances to the WMass Division 4 championship. The No. 2 …

WMass girls volleyball: Frontier assumes familiar No. 1 seed

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Frontier Regional girls volleyball coach Sean MacDonald will have to do some heavy scouting in preparation for the postseason, at least in looking ahead to the first couple matches. The Red Hawks received the top seed Tuesday for …

Where the sidewalk (nearly) ends

Monday, November 2, 2015

Kevin Gutting …

WMass girls soccer: Undefeated Granby lands top seed in Division 3

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Granby girls soccer team took the time Monday to celebrate its regular-season accomplishments: an undefeated record and the top seed for the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament. But for a program that’s played in five sectional finals …

WMass field hockey: Defending champ Frontier No. 1 in Division 2; Northampton No. 2 in Division 1

Monday, November 2, 2015

Defending champion Frontier Regional has one more team to worry about this year. A year after winning a three-team Western Massachusetts Division 2 Field Hockey Tournament, the field expanded to four teams, with the Red Hawks (16-2-0) landing the top seed, followed by No. 2 Greenfield (8-7-3), No. …

WMass boys soccer: Belchertown holds No. 1 seed looking for 5th straight title

Monday, November 2, 2015

No member of the Belchertown boys soccer team knows what it feels like to lose a sectional tournament game. The Orioles will chase their fifth consecutive Western Massachusetts Division 3 title as the No. 1 seed after the …