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CAROL LOLLIS
A fast moving fire early Saturday morning displaced a family of four from their 167 Main St. home in Leeds. Fire officials have not yet determined the cause of the fire. Two adults at home got themselves out of the house, while firefighters rescued several animals.

Early morning fire Saturday destroys family home in Leeds

Saturday, September 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A stubborn, fast-moving fire displaced two adults, two children, and their pets at a Leeds home Saturday morning. Nobody was hurt in the blaze. A cause has not yet been determined. Firefighters from Northampton, Easthampton, Westhampton and Williamsburg responded after a 911 call from a resident of the home reported smoke and fire at 167 Main St. at …

Friday night football: With starting quarterback, Smith Vocational struggles in 41-2 loss to Pathfinder

Friday, September 19, 2014

Northampton — Playing without its starting quarterback, the Smith Vocational football team struggled against Pathfinder in a 41-2 loss at home Friday night. Jared Pease missed the game with concussion-like symptoms. Without Pease, the offense failed to move the ball effectively. Cameron Van Buren, playing at times under center, ran for 44 yards on 19 carries to lead the Vikings (0-3). Troy Benedict …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton takes down Agawam in girls soccer

Friday, September 19, 2014

Alex Bertuch-Wallace scored twice as the Northampton girls soccer team knocked down Agawam, 4-0, Friday in Northampton. Abby Springfield and Lily Glading-DiLorenzo each had one goal for the Blue Devils (5-1-1, 3-1-1 Kurty-Fielding). Olivia Pruett had two assists, while Charlotte Maurer and Bailey Maurer each had one. Sydney White had 13 saves for the Blue Devils. Holyoke 1, Amherst 1 — Shira Yeskel-Mednick …

Easthampton High, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts and Mosier Elementary in South Hadley show improved MCAS rankings

Friday, September 19, 2014

Three area schools moved up in state rankings for meeting achievement gaps in Friday’s release of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test results. Meanwhile, most area school districts, including Amherst and Northampton, remained steady, and many either met or …

Fire in bucket holding cigarette butts quickly extinguished at Northampton home

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Alert passersby helped make quick work of extinguishing a fire Friday morning outside a home on Westhampton Road. Fire officials said cigarettes were the cause of the blaze, which was quickly put out on the deck of the home at 383 Westhampton Road. The fire was …

Hampshire Superior Court judge approves injunctiion preventing William Ryder from selling funeral home business

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A judge Friday granted a request from the state attorney general’s office prohibiting William W. Ryder from selling his embattled funeral home business or any of its assets until victims are compensated. The decision may give some hope to the 63 people who say they gave …

Area court news

Friday, September 19, 2014

■ Michael Tomasella, whose address is listed as the streets of Windsor Locks, Connecticut, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Thursday to three counts of violating an abuse prevention order and intimidation of a witness. According to court documents, Tomasella was arrested at 5:14 p.m. Wednesday at …

Area police news

Friday, September 19, 2014

Amherst ■ Elody Y. Ramirez Jr., 22, of Lawrence, was arrested at 1:42 a.m. Friday on East Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes and failure …

‘The Very Busy Spider’

Friday, September 19, 2014

Heading Outdoors

Friday, September 19, 2014

∎■ Skinner State Park — Department of Conservation and Recreation sponsors free programs at Joseph Allen Skinner State Park, Route 47, Hadley: Sept. 20 and 21: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m., Summit House Tour (meet at Summit House); Sept. 22: 10 a.m., Advanced Hike for Seniors (meet at …

On the horns of a dilemma

Friday, September 19, 2014

It is certainly possible to stumble into a good result by accident. For example, consider this deal from a pair championship where North responded to his partner’s opening one-heart bid with one spade. This fancy footwork was intended …

School Lunch Menus

Friday, September 19, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Chicken nuggets, mixed fruit, carrot sticks, apple slices, oven-baked fries TUESDAY: Pancakes with turkey sausage, hash browns, carrot sticks, apple, peach cup WEDNESDAY: Cheesey stuffed breadsticks, marinara sauce, romaine salad with tomato, baby carrots and celery, diced pears, banana THURSDAY: Oven-roasted chicken, vegetarian baked beans, veggie …

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, September 19, 2014

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. The Northampton High School class of 1954 will hold its 60th reunion on the weekend of Oct. …