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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 …

Some voters to consider stronger anti-corruption measures for politicians, legalization of marijuana

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Strengthening anti-corruption laws for politicians and taking a step toward full legalization of marijuana are public policy questions on Tuesday’s ballot in two area legislative districts. With state Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, expected to become president of the Massachusetts Senate next year, voters in the 24 communities that make up his Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester District will consider a non-binding public policy …

Monday’s high school soccer: Amherst Regional girls punch postseason ticket

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls soccer team qualified for the postseason again. After snapping a 10-year drought last season, the Hurricanes didn’t wait nearly as long this time around. With a 2-1 win over Holyoke on the road Monday, Amherst clinched second place in the Central Division and earned …

Weekend high school recaps: Amherst Regional boys soccer remain undefeated, shut out Northampton 3-0

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Three Hurricanes scored as the Amherst Regional boys soccer team knocked off crosstown rival Northampton, 3-0, at home on Saturday. Gabe Fontes, Alex Mangels, and Luke Webb each netted a goal in the victory that also kep the Hurricanes (13-0-2) undefeated. Jon Brodeur tallied 15 saves and allowed …

Chicopee Comp pulls away from Amherst Regional, 26-13

Sunday, October 19, 2014

AMHERST — One untimely mistake and a few missed plays cost the Amherst Regional football team in its 26-13 loss to Chicopee Comp Saturday night. Downfield passes were incomplete by inches, others were dropped by receivers. In the fourth quarter the Hurricanes trailed by seven, but a critical …

Friday’s high school soccer: Easthampton boys keep tournament hopes alive with win over Sabis

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Easthampton boys soccer team kept their postseason hopes alive with a 6-0 win over Sabis on Friday in Easthampton. The Eagles (4-9-1, 3-3 Schmid) need to win their final two league games for chance at second place. Anthony Redfern had two goals, while Dominic Laszczkowski (assist), Jay …

Friday’s high schools: Frontier Regional field hockey earns important victory

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Frontier Regional field hockey team picked up two of the three points it needed Friday. The Red Hawks shut out host Turners Falls 5-0 to move within a point of qualifying for the postseason with two games left. The Red Hawks (8-7-1) earned a shutout on the …

Dakin Humane Society offers cats for adoption at $5 on Saturday

Friday, October 17, 2014

LEVERETT — The Dakin Humane Society is offering all of its adult cats for adoption for $5 at its Leverett and Springfield locations Saturday afternoon. Lee Chambers, marketing and communications manager for Dakin, said $5 feline events ensures that cats at the shelters are going to good homes. …

Challenger Dylan Korpita and incumbent 1st Franklin state Rep. Stephen Kulik engage in ‘spirited debate’

Friday, October 17, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Sparks flew this week during a debate between Republican challenger Dylan Korpita and incumbent Democratic state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, in what has been an otherwise low-key race in the 1st Franklin District. The forum …

Thursday’s high schools: Frontier Regional spikes Division 2 state champ Mansfield

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team continued its season domination, taking down the reigning Division 2 state champion Mansfield on the road, 3-1, 25-12, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23 Thursday. The Red Hawks (16-1) combined for 128 digs, with 28 coming from Rachel Cialek (15 kills). Shelby Telega had 27 …

High school notebook: Hopkins Academy, Granby eye Division 3 golf titles

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Hopkins Academy golf team has been on a title defense all season. On Monday, the Golden Hawks will take to Franconia Golf Course with notes from a practice round to hopefully shoot their lowest scores of the …

Wednesday’s high schools: Gateway Regional girls soccer secures Pioneer South league title

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jessica Van Heynigen’s hat trick led the Gateway Regional girls soccer team to the Pioneer South title as it remained undefeated in league play behind in a 6-1 win over Ware on Wednesday. Smith Academy’s win over Holyoke Catholic gave the Gators (10-3, 7-0) the championship with one …