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Gazette Boys Cross Country Player of the Year: Liam Sullivan, Northampton

Friday, January 30, 2015

Gazette Boys Cross Country All-Stars FIRST TEAM Kyle Bressette, senior, Gateway Regional Bill Carroll, freshman, Holyoke Catholic Dylan Cross, junior, Hampshire Regional Connor Evans, senior, Amherst Regional Tim Foldy-Porto, senior, Northampton Aidan Gilson, senior, Northampton Abe Herzog-Arbeitman, senior, Northampton Ben Hill, senior, Northampton Nevin Murray, junior, Amherst Regional Mike Sears, senior, Hampshire Regional Liam Sullivan, junior, Northampton Michael Tetrault, junior, …

Thursday’s high schools: Northampton, Belchertown, South Hadley qualify for WMass girls basketball tournament

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Three girls basketball teams assured their spot in the postseason with victories Thursday night. Northampton, Belchertown and South Hadley each earned their 10th wins. Northampton 49, Holyoke 39 — Lauraine Joensen (14 points, 10 rebounds) posted a double-double for the Blue Devils (10-3, 2-1 Valley) in the home win. Lily Glading-DiLorenzo had 12 points, Charlotte Maurer 10 and six assists, while Megan McCarthy …

Thursday’s high school swimming: South Hadley girls clinch Patriot League title

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The South Hadley girls swim team clinched a perfect Patriot League title with a 97-82 road victory over Agawam Thursday. Cailey Newton and Shannon Mitchell each won a pair of individual events, while Jade Thomas took first in another event for the Tigers (12-1, 7-0). All three contributed to three winning relay teams. Girls swimming & diving South Hadley 97, Agawam 82 at …

Emergency pothole repair on Interstate 91 backs up traffic in downtown Northampton

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An emergency pothole repair on Interstate 91 southbound near Exit 18 clogged downtown Northampton streets with traffic during the late afternoon, according to Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Tom Ryan. The work resulted in backed-up traffic for three miles on I-91 because the southbound right travel lane …

Retired Air Force Col. Archer Battista believes new report backs effort to extend Agent Orange benefits

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Belchertown man believes he has nearly won his campaign to see that pilots who flew planes contaminated by Agent Orange on domestic missions qualify for benefits in the same way as their peers who served in Vietnam. …

Construction of new cancer center to begin at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The first highly visible sign that a new era in cancer treatment is dawning at Cooley Dickinson Hospital will roll onto the hospital grounds Monday morning in the form of a 200-ton crane. Over a seven-day …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Art at Smith College “Watercolors,” an exhibit by Olwen O’Herlihy Dowling, will be on view through April 22 at the Smith College Alumnae House, 33 Elm St., Northampton. “As a very young painter, watercolors came naturally to me. …

‘The Araboolies’: A musical tale of acceptance

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Students at the Smith College Campus School in Northampton, in collaboration with the Smith College music department, will perform “The Araboolies of Liberty Street,” a family-friendly opera written by Smith professor emeritus Ronald Perera that he based on …

Weekend Planner — Kids’ opera: ‘The Araboolies of Liberty Street’ at Smith College

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In the children’s book “The Araboolies of Liberty Street” by Sam Swope and Barry Root, General Pinch and his wife live on Liberty street, where all the houses are white and look the same. Modern-day fascists, the Pinches …

Weekend planner — Film: ‘Badpuss: A Popumentary’ at Smith College

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

“A total romp” as well as “artful, smart, clever and sometimes shocking,” says Indieflix CEO Scilla Andreen of “Badpuss: A Popumentary,” a feature-length, “This Is Spinal Tap”-type satire centering on the rise and fall of an all-girl rock …

Area court news

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hatfield ■ Michael Osley, 24, of 68 Main St., Hatfield, pleaded not guilty Monday in Northampton District Court to charges of strangulation or suffocation and assault and battery on a family or household member. According to court records, Osley was arrested at his home Saturday after allegedly strangling …

Gazette Girls Volleyball Player of the Year: Emily Woodward, Frontier Regional

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gazette Girls Volleyball All-Stars FIRST TEAM Justine Bohl, senior, Amherst Regional Rachel Cialek, junior, Frontier Regional Cassidy Ciesluk, senior, Frontier Regional Remi Quesnelle, junior, Frontier Regional Erin Reed-Coates, senior, Belchertown Shaya Shally-Jensen, senior, Amherst Regional Shelby Telega, senior, …