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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 …

Forrest Proper of Hatfield denies charges after police chase beginning at Castaway Lounge

Monday, November 2, 2015

WHATELY — A Hatfield man Monday denied charges of drunken driving and failing to stop for police after an incident last week that started at a local club. Whately police received a call about 4:30 p.m. Thursday from an employee of the Castaway Lounge about an intoxicated patron …

Two local firefighters among three finalists for Hatfield fire chief

Monday, November 2, 2015

HATFIELD — There are three candidates to be the next fire chief after a screening panel recommended four finalists — one of whom withdrew over the weekend — to the Select Board. The finalists are Hatfield Fire Department veterans Robert W. Flaherty Jr. and Stephen P. Gaughan, as …

Liam Sullivan, Northampton rule PVIAC boys cross country championships

Saturday, October 31, 2015

WESTFIELD — Liam Sullivan could not quite catch his cousin, Aidan Gilson, in last year’s boys PVIAC cross country championship race. He knew that hard work added to his experience could push him over the top this year. …

Taylor Blow, Hampshire Regional leave mark on PVIAC girls cross country championship; Northampton repeats

Saturday, October 31, 2015

WESTFIELD — In a race dominated by Division 2 runners, Hampshire Regional’s Taylor Blow stood a cut above the rest. Blow was the individual winner Saturday in the PVIAC cross country championships at Stanley Park. Her time of …

Friday’s high schools: Granby outlasts Gateway Regional in battle of unbeaten girls soccer squads

Friday, October 30, 2015

In a battle of unbeaten girls soccer teams, Division 3 outlasted Division 4. Alicia Frappier scored the go-ahead goal in the second half as Granby beat Gateway Regional, 2-1, in Huntington in both teams’ regular-season finale. Nora Young also scored for the Rams (16-0-2), with the helper from …

PVIAC Championship kicks off postseason cross country schedule at Stanley Park

Friday, October 30, 2015

For the next four weekends, high school cross country teams are going to make Stanley Park in Westfield their home. The postseason starts Saturday with the PVIAC Championships. Then, following an unusual weekend off, teams return to the …

Upcoming events for senior citizens

Friday, October 30, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk 259-3060 AROMATHERAPY — Anne Marie Martineau will be demonstrating how to …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, October 30, 2015

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst Paige Darby was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the College of William & …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, October 30, 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 Lunches

Friday, October 30, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Crispy chicken patty sandwich, Tater Tots, cucumber coins, applesauce, orange TUESDAY: Mozzarella sticks and marinara, carrots, celery sticks, peaches, Bartlett pear WEDNESDAY: Cheeseburger, corn, vegetarian baked beans, pineapple cup, banana THURSDAY: Two soft tacos, brown rice, black beans, diced pears, orange FRIDAY: Cheese pizza, broccoli florets, …