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State Rep. Stephen Kulik cites his emphasis on ‘rural issues’ in bid for re-election from 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eleven-term incumbent state Rep. Stephen Kulik, who is seeking re-election to his 1st Franklin District seat in Tuesday’s election, maintains that even though he has risen to a leadership position on Beacon Hill, “Small town and rural values are at the heart of every decision that I make.” Kulik, 64, served for 11 years as a Select Board member in Worthington and was president of the Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association and the Massachusetts Municipal Association before being elected to the House in 1993 to represent what is a 19-town district including Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Plainfield, Williamsburg, Worthington, Deerfield, Leverett, Shutesbury, Sunderland and Whately. As …

Political newcomer Dylan Korpita challenges veteran legislator Stephen Kulik in 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Political newcomer Dylan E. Korpita of Deerfield in Tuesday’s election is trying to unseat veteran 1st Franklin District state Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington, saying, “It’s time for a change.” Korpita, 35, a Republican and former bond trader for Morgan Stanley in New York, moved back to his hometown in Franklin County last …

Wednesday’s high school and preps: Amherst girls soccer shut out Cathedral, 3-0, on senior night

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jamie Staples scored a goal and had two assists as the Amherst Regional girls soccer team enjoyed a successful senior night by beating Cathedral 3-0. Izzy Tripp and Sage DeChiara each added a goal, while senior Kailey Tobin earned an assist for the tournament-bound Hurricanes (6-9-3, 5-2-1 Central). April Weintraub and Antriese Suarez shared the shutout by making three saves apiece. Smith Academy …

Tuesday’s high schools: Belchertown girls volleyball beats Chicopee for Southern League title.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Belchertown girls volleyball team rallied after dropping the first set to beat Chicopee 3-1 Tuesday and clinch the Southern League title. The Orioles (12-2, 7-0) won 20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-18. Emily Woodford posted team highs for Belchertown in kills (seven) and aces (five). Cara McKenzie had six …

After Huntington home break and Northampton chase, two Springfield men — including one who allegedly escaped from the back of a Northampton Police cruiser — held on $10,000 bail

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It was an alert neighbor who called police Saturday to report that a car had left a home on Norwich Lake with two televisions in plain view. That call led to a police chase during which …

Monday’s high schools: Gateway Regional shuts out Smith Academy in girls soccer

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jessica Van Heynigen scored early and Joanna Arkoette scored late as the Gateway Regional girls soccer team shut out Smith Academy, 2-0, Monday in Huntington. Caroline Booth assisted the first goal 10 minutes into the game, and Van Heynigen helped Arkoette put one home with one minute left …

Debates set for contested Franklin House seats

Monday, October 13, 2014

Debates are scheduled this week in two House districts where there are contests in the Nov. 4 election. 1st Franklin state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, a 12-term incumbent, and Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, a political newcomer from Deerfield, will participate in a “conversation” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at …

Weekend high schools/prep schools: Orioles blank Rams to seal postseason berth

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Belchertown girls soccer team clinched a tournament berth by winning a border battle against Granby, 2-0 at home Saturday evening. Kelsey Shea and Lauryn Parent each scored a goal for the Orioles (8-3-2). Téa Spellacy and Kayla Henry picked up an assist apiece for Belchertown, while Ashley …

Friday’s high school soccer: Amherst, Ludlow battle to 1-1 tie

Friday, October 10, 2014

One week later, the Amherst Regional and Ludlow boys soccer teams still couldn’t determine a winner on the field. The Hurricanes and Lions finished in a 1-1 tie Friday in Amherst. The game was Ludlow’s first since forfeiting nine games due to an ineligible player. Alex LaRaja scored …

Friday’s high schools: South Hadley senior Brian Bak ties for 8th at PVIAC Golf Championship

Friday, October 10, 2014

South Hadley senior Brian Bak finished tied for eighth to lead local golfers at the PVIAC Golf Championship at Franconia Golf Course on Friday. Bak shot a 5-over-par 76, while teammate Mike Miele finished tied for 11th with a 78. Noah Peterson, of East Longmeadow, successfully defended his …

Thursday’s high school golf: Shane Hollenbeck enters PVIAC championship on heels of 1-under 35 for Granby

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Shane Hollenbeck is ready for Friday’s PVIAC Golf Championship. Hollenbeck shot a 1-under-par 35 at the Country Club of Greenfield to lead Granby to an 18-6 win over Smith Academy on Thursday. The PVIAC championship will start at 9 a.m. at Franconia Golf Course in Springfield. Other local …

What2Watch4 — A look into Week 6 of the high school football season

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Agawam at Northampton, 7 Friday This is a big game for the Blue Devils (1-3, 0-1 Suburban), who are coming off their first win and are just on the outside in the Division 4 playoff race. Hamp is …

Wednesday’s high schools: Granby beats Mahar for third straight boys soccer win

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Matt Bleakley netted two goals and added an assist for the Granby boys soccer team, which won its third straight game by beating Mahar 4-0 in Orange Wednesday. Joe Desormier (assist) and Conor O’Shea both added a goal for the Rams (4-3-4). Doug L’Abbee made two saves to …