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Monday’s high school girls volleyball: Amherst falls in five to Ludlow for first loss

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls volleyball team met its match, falling 3-2 to Ludlow to halt its undefeated run on Monday. The Hurricanes (4-1) dropped the final three sets (25-18, 25-16, 15-9) after narrowly winning the first two (25-22, 27-25). Justine Bohl had a career-best 42 assists and five aces. Chapin Duffy had seven kills and eight blocks, while Nina Hayes recorded eight kills and two blocks. Reed Mitchell had 10 …

Monday’s high school field hockey: Northampton blows out Palmer

Monday, September 15, 2014

Kristina Ramsden, Reilly Griffin and Missie Maiewski each scored twice to lead the Northampton field hockey team to a 7-1 home win over Palmer on Monday. Ramsden and Griffin also had an assist apiece for the Blue Devils (2-1, 2-1 Central). Kerry Fleming added a tally, while Emily Biggs, Emily Poehlein and Ursa Heidinger each picked up an assist. Dana Dufour made one …

Monday’s high school soccer: Hampshire boys strike for first win

Monday, September 15, 2014

After opening the season with back-to-back scoreless ties, the Hampshire Regional boys soccer team’s offense woke up and shut out Palmer with an 8-0 win at home Monday. Bryan Brasil (two goals, assist) and Brendan Bzdel (two assists, goal) each collected three points in the blowout for the Raiders (1-0-2, 1-0-2 Holley). Brody Dean and Zeb Lollis-Taylor had a goal and added an …

‘Impact’ zone: 400 college students join third-annual community service day in Valley

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AMHERST — Though whitewashing a fence might not sound like an exciting task, it wasn’t so bad for a group of students at North Cemetery on Saturday. A variety of music played from iPhones placed on the ground …

No injuries in fire that damages Hatfield house built in 1840

Saturday, September 13, 2014

HATFIELD — As firefighters cleared burned items from the attic of his Depot Road home Saturday evening, Bernard Motyka said he was just glad that no one was hurt. “It’s about people,” said Motyka. “Not about stuff.” Motyka, …

Area police news

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Amherst  A 21-year-old Amherst man was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Thursday after he drove into a ditch on Amity Street near Rafters restaurant. Clarke E. Gale of 319 Pine St. was arrested after an Amherst police officer going to work saw him drive his vehicle off the …

Friday night football: Northampton hangs tough but falls to Longmeadow, 34-18

Friday, September 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton football coach Pat Sledzieski has pledged steady improvement throughout this season. After a 38-point home loss in the season opener, immediate progress was quite noticeable Friday night. The Blue Devils hung tough with powerhouse Longmeadow for most of the first half, then showed some late …

Preparations for Northampton’s permanent 'swap shop' move ahead

Friday, September 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As they patched and painted an old garage door Wednesday at what will soon house the city’s new swap shop, Mac Everett and Peter Rackelbusch talked passionately about what the center will mean for residents who …

Friday night football: Smith Voke can’t put out win, falls 6-4 to Dean tech

Friday, September 12, 2014

HOLYOKE — It’s the little thing that can keep you in a football game with a chance to win at the end. For Smith Vocational, a picture-perfect 53-yard punt by Jared Pease pinned Dean Tech at its own …

Andrew Shelffo of Ward 2 resigns from Northampton School Committee

Friday, September 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Andrew Shelffo of Ward 2 has resigned from the Northampton School Committee. “Due to a recent change in personal circumstance, I am no longer domiciled in Northampton,” he wrote Friday in a letter of resignation. “It has been an honor to serve the City of Northampton …

Friday’s high schools: Frontier Regional spikes Turners Falls

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball swept Turners Falls 3-0 to give newly minted hall of fame coach Sean MacDonald another win Friday. The Red Hawks won 25-11, 25-20, 25-22 to improve to 5-0 on the season. Cassidy Ciesluk had 16 kills and 15 digs, while Rachel Cialek added …

Six names added to Eva Trager memorial honoring contributions to downtown Northampton

Friday, September 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Gary Golec touched the monument that now bears the name of his wife, Christina Cavallari, on the way back to his seat from accepting a plaque in her honor Friday evening. Cavallari, the longtime owner of …

Valley Swim School in Northampton to close due to high pool costs

Friday, September 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Rising costs to maintain an indoor pool on the former Clarke School campus in Northampton are leading to the closing of the Valley Swim School next month. That will mean some 300 children, senior citizens and …