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Northampton senior Johnny Williams wins the 100-yard butterfly in 50.4 seconds at the WMass Boys Swimming & Diving Championships held in the Art Linkletter Natatorium at Springfield College on Saturday.

Northampton, Belchertown break records during WMass boys swimming championship

Sunday, February 14, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Bob Hagberg can call himself a state record holder for at least another week. Northampton senior Johnny Williams failed to beat the South Hadley native’s 30-year-old 100-yard butterfly mark of 49.14 seconds in his first opportunity at Saturday’s Western Massachusetts Boys Swimming Championships. He still won the sectional title in 50.4 seconds, edging his closest competitor by more …

Northampton can’t catch Longmeadow at WMass girls swimming championship

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Last season at the Western Massachusetts Girls Swimming championships, Northampton defeated Longmeadow in a thrilling, down-to-the-wire event, winning by 11/2 points. Northampton entered Saturday’s meet as the defending champ, but Longmeadow, with better depth and senior Jerrica Li, was the favorite. At the Art Linkletter Natatorium at Springfield College, Li won the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200 individual medley, and spearheaded …

United Way of Hampshire County offers ‘text to give’ option to aid children’s programs

Saturday, February 13, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Generous Valley residents inspired by the spirit of Valentine’s Day can use their phones to strengthen local programs for children. The United Way of Hampshire County is joining with its peers in Franklin and Hampden counties to offer a mobile giving campaign called “Show the Love for Kids.” This “text to give” effort allow people to contribute to programs that impact …

Northampton swimmer Johnny Williams on the cusp of 100 butterfly state record

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Northampton — Johnny Williams seeks out quiet places to focus before he races. The Northampton High School swimmer will take a stretching mat to a corner or even into the locker room to meditate and relax. He sees …

Area police news

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Amherst • An Amherst woman called police at 11:13 p.m. Wednesday to report returning home and finding fresh spackle on the ceiling. Police said there was no evidence that anyone entered the residence, and it was not clear if the spackle was recently applied. • Police are investigating …

Gov. Charlie Baker names Northampton lawyer John Pucci to commission that will screen applicants for Supreme Judicial Court

Thursday, February 11, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Lawyer John P. Pucci, of Northampton, is one of 12 people named by Gov. Charlie Baker to recruit and screen candidates to fill three vacancies this year on the state Supreme Judicial Court. “The SJC has …

Wednesday’s high schools: Belchertown hockey qualifies with win over Chicopee

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Nate Pachecho gave the Belchertown ice hockey team two points and a postseason spot Wednesday. He scored a goal in the first period as the Orioles beat Chicopee, 1-0, at Smead Arena in Springfield. Cam Cass and Ben Magarian added assists for Belchertown (8-4-2, 7-3-2 Fay-Wright). St. Mary …

South Hadley rallies to tie Mahar for Tri-County League wrestling title

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

From a 37-16 hole, the South Hadley wrestling team rallied back. The Tigers won the final four matches of their dual Wednesday in South Hadley to force a 37-37 tie with Mahar and share the Tri-County League championship …

Area police news

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Amherst • Police took a report of two teenagers carrying a door while walking along Route 9 near the Hadley town line at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday. The youths were not found and police said no one reported a door theft. Easthampton • Jason E. Tingley, 39, of Holyoke, …

Belchertown mother continues to fight for autistic son’s release from jail after alleged attempt to kill her

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hands raised, with his mother’s blood staining his clothes, arms and feet, Zachary Holmes emerged from his Belchertown home in the dark. That night, Sept. 3, 2015, the 21-year-old man — described by his family as …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Watercolor landscapes “New England Landscapes,” an exhibit by Ashfield painter Walter Cudnohufsky, will be on view through April 30 in the second-floor waiting-area gallery at 22 Atwood Drive in Northampton. Cudnohufsky paints seasonal, New England landscapes, in watercolor. …

Music review: The Miro Quartet Plays Beethoven

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Miró Quartet made a welcome return to Music in Deerfield Sunday, after an absence of several years. The performance, before a large and enthusiastic audience, was in Smith College’s Sage Hall in Northampton. The program was devoted to Beethoven’s Opus 59, the three quartets dedicated to (and …

Thrills and chills: Northampton readies for 6th annual ‘Ice Art Festival’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

It got off to a slow start, but winter’s finally here, just in time for the 6th annual “Northampton Ice Art Festival.” On Friday, experienced and neophyte ice sculptors will spend the day decorating the streets in the …