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KEVIN GUTTING
Jim Brooks of Northampton takes a recreational shell out for a row on the Connecticut River. The oars are fixed into the oar locks so the blade is "square," the best angle to power through the water, but this immobilization also keeps the blade from being "feathered," or turned parallel to the surface, during the return stroke out of the water.

Northampton High School InventTeam designs special oar for rowers with disabilities

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was 17 years ago when Jim Brooks became disabled due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Then, nine years ago, a chance encounter in a grocery store introduced the former multi-sport athlete to the world of rowing, which would soon become his main source of exercise. He had run into Stephanie Moore, the director of Holyoke Rows, while …

Pride on parade at chilly Holyoke St. Patrick’s celebration

Sunday, March 22, 2015

HOLYOKE — Nicole Ruszala, a senior at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, came to the 64th Annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade as part of the Northampton contingent to show the world how awesome her school is. While on the route that stretched almost three miles from the Holyoke Shopping Center to Lyman …

Bill Rodgers returns for 40th St. Patrick’s Road Race

Saturday, March 21, 2015

HOLYOKE — Bill Rodgers came just to have fun. So did most of the more than 6,000 participants who ran in Saturday’s 40th St. Patrick’s 10-kilometer Road Race. But Haile Mengesha came to win. Mengesha became the second Ethiopian runner to claim the race when he crossed the finish line in 29 minutes, …

Holyoke man who hid in snow arrested for alleged theft of car rims from Lia Honda in Northampton

Friday, February 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old Holyoke man who police say buried himself in snow to elude officers was arrested early Friday in a wooded area near Industrial Drive for allegedly stealing car rims from the nearby Lia Honda dealership. Mark Alan Peltier was charged with larceny over $250 and …

Richard Orozco of Chicopee admits breaking into Easthampton home, crashing car in Northampton

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Chicopee man who admitted that he stole $1,000 worth of quarters from an Easthampton man will likely go to state prison for three to five years, although a judge postponed his sentencing so he can see his terminally ill mother. Richard J. Orozco, 40, of …

UPDATED: National review board declines to ban Randall Smith from coaching swimming; lawyer says ruling “vindicates” Smith

Saturday, January 10, 2015

In a 2-1 vote revealed this week, an independent panel ruled there was not enough evidence to ban Randall Smith, 61, from coaching in the wake of allegations he raped a teenage swimmer on the Greater Holyoke YMCA …

‘Registration express’ Saturday at Holyoke Community College

Thursday, January 8, 2015

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community Collge will hold a “registration express” on campus from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday during which people can apply, take the computerized college placement test, meet with an academic adviser and register for classes. The event is held outside the HCC admissions office, on …

Christmas night car crash victim was aspiring chef

Monday, December 29, 2014

HOLYOKE — The victim of a fatal car crash on Christmas night was remembered Monday as a young and aspiring chef who loved his job and went out of his way to help people. James R. Kelly, 24, …

Holyoke man, 24, killed in motor vehicle crash on Route 5 Christmas night

Friday, December 26, 2014

HOLYOKE — A 24-year-old Holyoke man was killed Christmas night when the motor vehicle he was driving crashed on Route 5 near the Delaney House, according to Holyoke police. The single-vehicle accident that occurred around 10:20 p.m. remains under investigation. Holyoke police Friday said they will not release …

Patrick Bousquet of Chicopee gets 2½ years in jail for slashing man with bottle in Westhampton

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old Chicopee man was jailed Tuesday after admitting in court that he smashed a bottle over another man’s head and slashed his neck at a party in Westhampton in May. Patrick Bousquet pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to two counts of assault and battery …

Claim of rapes roils swim community

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sitting in a coffee shop in Southampton, Monica Strzempko of Westfield recalled when her now 20-year-old daughter, Anna, was a happy, popular 13-year-old who was good at most everything — especially swimming. She had Olympic aspirations and was …

Glenna O’Connell gets 18 months in jail after pleading to drug distribution charges

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Vermont woman was sentenced to 18 months in the county jail and two years probation after pleading guilty in Hampshire Superior Court on Thursday to drug distribution charges. Glenna O’Connell, 34, of Chester, Vermont, was sentenced after reaching a plea agreement on two cases against …

Is USA Swimming taking sexual abuse allegations seriously?

Friday, December 19, 2014

HOLYOKE — Indianapolis attorney Jonathan Little has represented many athletes who said they were sexually abused by their coaches or fellow athletes in sports, including swimming and track and field. After hearing Anna Strzempko’s account about being raped repeatedly by her former Greater Holyoke YMCA swimming coach, Little …