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KEVIN GUTTING
Joseph Rex, left, and Wade Vandoloski of Four Rex Farm in Hadley prepare a dusty field near Hopkins Academy to prepare fields for growing watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers on Friday.

After dry start to spring, area farmers hoping for turnaround — while meteorologists predicts persisting drought throughout summer

Friday, May 29, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — In a field at Pepin Farm on East Street Thursday, Ken Pepin knelt to grab a handful of clay-like dirt and squeezed it in his palm. He said he is lucky to have soil that holds moisture well. Even though April and May have been abnormally dry — through Wednesday, only .68 inches of rain had been recorded …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton softball enters postseason on five-game win streak

Friday, May 29, 2015

With five games left in the regular season, the Northampton softball team had two ways of qualifying for the postseason — beat Chicopee on May 22, or win their last four games. The Blue Devils beat the Pacers to clinch second place in the Valley Wheel and the ensuing tournament berth. They also …

Stoneleigh-Burnham School student speaker at graduation celebrates diversity of class

Friday, May 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — In her student address at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School graduation Friday, Grace Powers shared a vision she had of her fellow classmates someday running the United Nations. Powers, of Northfield, was one of 28 students from eight countries to receive diplomas in a packed Stoneleigh-Burnham gymnasium. Among the graduates were Francesca Eremeeva …

Mayor declines to identify four Northampton police chief ‘semifinalists’; Connecticut chief in the mix

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A screening committee has concluded its work and recommended four candidates for police chief to Mayor David J. Narkewicz, who declined to reveal the applicants on Thursday, calling them semifinalists. One of the four candidates is …

Special Olympics participants enjoy the spotlight at Northampton High School track

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Bridge Street School student Mason Cruz looked nothing short of heroic as he sprinted down the Northampton High School track Thursday wearing a Superman tank top. Running alongside him was Craig Murdock, Bridge Street School physical …

Jury deliberates child sexual assault charges against Leo Fugler III of Granby

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury began deliberating Thursday morning to decide if Leo E. Fugler sexually assaulted three children in the mid-1990s — or if, as he contends, the three now-adults made up the allegations out …

Kulwinder Singh of Florence cited in collision that injured bicyclist

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man was cited for failing to yield after a collision that injured a bicyclist Wednesday night. According to police, Kulwinder Singh, 41, of 20 Park Hill Road, was driving a truck that struck a bicyclist as he was turning from North Main Street onto …

Wednesday’s high schools: Kate Sarnacki strikes for 14 goals, 100th of career as Granby girls lacrosse rolls

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kate Sarnacki netted 14 goals, including the 100th of her career, to pace the Granby girls lacrosse team to a 22-10 win over St. Mary in Westfield Wednesday. The sophomore added two assists, while Jess Paturno had four …

Northampton YouthWorks will provide summer jobs to 25 eligible young people

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton YouthWorks program again will provide summer jobs to 25 eligible youths between the ages of 14 and 21. The deadline to apply is Saturday. This is the fourth year of the state program aimed at reducing teen unemployment. Youths must be from families which …

Restoration of Smith College’s Grécourt Gates part of a six-month renovation at West  and Elm streets

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A $1.5 million project is underway at Smith College to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility at West and Elm streets, and to refurbish the college’s historic Grécourt Gates. The construction project — expected to last six …

Bicyclist struck by vehicle near Florence Civic Center taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Leeds man was cited after striking a bicyclist with his GMC pickup truck in Florence on Wednesday evening. The cyclist, Dominique Thiebaut, 58, of Northampton, was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries, according to Northampton Police Lt. Craig …

Area briefs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Northampton BLUE DEVIL DIRTY DASH: The second annual Blue Devil Dirty Dash, or “Dirty Devil Dash,” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday on the Northampton High School athletic fields. The event is a non-competitive, obstacle-style 5-kilometer run that starts on the school athletic fields, heads …

Area police news

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Amherst ∎ A 19-year-old Pelham man will be summoned to court on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger after the vehicle he was driving on Lincoln Avenue sideswiped several other vehicles at 11:18 …