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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Hopkins Academy's Spencer Butterfield strokes his drive during the Wednesday afternoon high school golf action at the Hickory Ridge Country Course Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.

Wednesday’s high school golf/cross country: South Hadley fends off Belchetown

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Brian Bak shot a 1-over-par 37 and Mike Miele added a 42 as the South Hadley boys golf team held off Belchertown, 173-180, at the Ledges Golf Club in South Hadley Wednesday. Ryan Chrabascz had a 40 to pace the Orioles. South Hadley 173, Belchertown 180 at The Ledges, par 36 South Hadley (4-7): Brian Bak, 37; Mike Miele, 42; Corey Calkins, 44; Jake Allard, 50 Belchertown (5-8): Ryan Chrabascz, 40; Frankie Murray, 44; Jason Krasinkiewicz, 46; Carl Teschke, 50 Agawam 156, Amherst 185 at Hickory Ridge GC, par 36 Amherst (3-10): John Noonan, 40; Alex Cantor, 47; Stephen McCudden, 48; Dani Miller-Grossman, 50 Cathedral …

Wednesday’s high schools: Frontier Regional, Amherst Regional return from long road trips with victories

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Frontier Regional and Amherst Regional girls volleyball teams each travelled to a different county Wednesday evening, but returned home with 3-0 sweeps. The Red Hawks went to Berkshire County and took down Lee, while the Hurricanes went the other direction and earned a victory over Tantasqua in Worcester County. Frontier Regional 3, Lee 0 — The Red Hawks (12-0) kept their perfect …

Wednesday’s high school soccer: Christiano Marconi nets lone goal as Holyoke Catholic beats Putnam for first win

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Christiano Marconi scored in the 44th minute as the Holyoke Catholic boys soccer team won for the first time, beating Putnam 1-0 Wednesday in Springfield. Collin Neffinger had the assist, while Tom Heavren made four saves for the Gaels (1-4-4). Amherst Regional 1, Agawam 0 — Alex LaRaja scored from Luke Webb roughly midway through the second half to lift the Hurricanes (8-0-1) …

Thomas and Jeannine Clark of Florence share memories of son killed in car crash

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Twenty five years ago, Tomas Clark was born two months prematurely to an impoverished mother in Peru. Although the hospital staff advised Thomas and Jeannine Clark to adopt a healthier child, they fell in love with …

Consumer watchdog group sponsoring funeral planning forum in Northampton

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Western Massachusetts will sponsor an education forum Oct. 15 on the legal and financial aspects of funeral planning. Called “Dispelling the Myths about Funeral Prepayments,” the event is being held in the community room of the Rockridge Retirement Community from 1 …

CHART Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton reports no enterovirus D-68 cases

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While at least three hospitals in Massachusetts, including Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield, have reported treating children with a viral respiratory illness that has spread throughout the country, Cooley Dickinson Hospital said the virus has not …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital, nurses agree on contract after 10 months of negotiations

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital and the association that represents its registered nurses reached a tentative agreement on a new contract Monday, canceling a picket planned Tuesday by nurses in front of the hospital. David Schildmeier, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Nurses Association, said Monday the two sides …

State regulator proposes end to consumers prepaying funeral homes

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A state funeral industry regulator is proposing reforms he says would “shut the door” on the kinds of alleged financial fraud at the former Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley and elsewhere in the commonwealth. One proposal would stop consumers paying funeral directors or funeral homes …

Area police news

Friday, September 26, 2014

Northampton ∎ A 44-year-old Ashland woman was stopped by police Sunday at 10:44 a.m. at 300 N. Main St. after police observed her driving erratically and almost hitting a guardrail. Police said the woman appeared groggy and lethargic. They took prescription medications that were in the car and …

Area police news

Monday, September 29, 2014

Amherst ∎ A Hallock Street resident reported at 4:57 p.m. Tuesday a break-in to the home that likely happened Saturday or Sunday. Police are still determining what was taken and whether there was forced entry to the home. ∎ Mitchell Aaron Strojny, 21, of 5 Laurie Drive, Southampton, …

Zoo closed this week at Look Memorial Park in Florence

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Visitors to Look Memorial Park at 300 North Main St. , Florence, this week will have to skip a visit to the zoo. The Christenson Zoo is closed all week while workers reconstruct fencing, according to …

Easthampton says farewell to Tim Luce, retiring Maple School principal, welcomes Judith Averill, whom he mentored

Monday, September 29, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — It could be said that Maple School Principal Thomas “Tim” Luce began his education career as a high school student in Connecticut, when as a member of the “Future Teachers” club, he tutored children at local …

Memorial service to remember family members of PVPA teacher ‘Bisko’ draws standing-room only crowd in Northampton Sunday

Sunday, September 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Near the end of a two-hour memorial service Sunday to remember his mother and two other family members who died this month in Guinea from Ebola, Alpha Kabinet Kaba pointed first to a picture of his …