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Greenfield Community College teams with area high schools to teach about sustainable agriculture

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College has received a grant of almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to start new courses in sustainable agriculture, along with free workshops for local high school teachers who are bringing farm-based components into the curriculum. The initiative is called Educational Networks for Growing an Agricultural Economy, and the community college is teaming up with six area high schools, Smith Vocational and Agricultural High …

Northampton girls soccer misses chance at league title with 1-0 loss to Westfield

Monday, October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It wasn’t the final home game of the season, but on the night it’s seniors were honored, the Northampton girls soccer team just missed out on making it a double celebration Monday. Morgan Sanders scored the game’s lone goal late in the 67th minute as Westfield defeated the Blue Devils 1-0 at David Wright Field. “We’re all pretty disappointed by losing, …

Monday’s high schools: Frontier Regional field hockey qualifies for postseason with 3-0 win over Smith Academy

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Frontier Regional field hockey team shut out Smith Academy, 3-0, in South Deerfield Monday to qualify for the postseason. Emma Wesoloski, Camille Alli and McKenzie Patterson scored for the Red Hawks (9-7-1, 5-3-1 North). Jordyn Roberts had the lone assist. Kelly Moulton had six saves for the Red Hawks. Kayla Miastowski was busy with 15 saves for the Falcons (2-12-2, 1-6-2). Northampton …

Getting ready

Friday, October 17, 2014

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Naming the Baby

Friday, October 17, 2014

BARRY — Maeve Naughton, daughter of Garrett J. Barry and Shannon Naughton Barry of Whately, was born Sept. 30 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Sandra Shields of Westfield and David Horan of Westfield. The paternal grandmother is Bonnie Barry of West Hatfield. The maternal …

Thursday night football: Northampton can’t hold early lead, falls 18-14 to Commerce

Thursday, October 16, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — In a matchup between teams on the outskirts of the postseason race, Northampton enjoyed a dominant first half Thursday night but failed to stretch an early lead on Commerce. The Blue Devils went ahead on the …

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 …

Northampton, Amherst authorities describe training to protect first responders from Ebola

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Paramedics and EMTs are often the first to see very sick people. If the Ebola virus reaches the Valley, these workers need to be protected. Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan said his department has been working …

William Bower of Easthampton sentenced to seven years after admitting he tried to kill woman who offered assistance

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in state prison after he admitted he strangled and threatened to kill a woman who offered him assistance on a sidewalk in October 2012. William Bower, 34, …

Mark Ducharme of South Hadley arraigned on charges including manslaughter in death of passenger

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A South Hadley man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Thursday to four charges, including manslaughter, resulting from a June 14 accident in which a passenger in his car was killed. Mark M. Ducharme, 46, of 141 Amherst Road, denied charges of manslaughter, manslaughter while …

Area police news

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amherst ■ Police responded to the park between the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, and Rao’s Coffee, 17 Kellogg Ave., at 8:06 p.m. Wednesday for a man who reportedly was assaulted and bleeding from the head. Amherst Fire Department paramedics were contacted to treat the man, and …

area briefs

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Harvest supper on tap for Westhampton WESTHAMPTON — The Westhampton Congregational Church’s annual Harvest Supper is set for Saturday, Oct. 25, with two sittings scheduled, one at 5 p.m., and the second at 6:30 p.m. There is a 120-person limit in the hall, so the two settings allow …