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Valley Views: Blue Heron in Flight

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Blue Heron in Flight Old Springfield Road, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton Photograph and text by Larry Cadorette, Florence Every spring, toward the beginning of April, the blue herons return to the hatchery of the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton. Located within a wetland area adjacent to Old Springfield Road, a dozen or so pairs of herons can be seen within …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, February 13, 2015

∎ Mount Toby Hike — New England Wildflower Society sponsors hike Saturday, Mount Toby, Sunderland. Jessica Nugent, jnugent@newenglandwildflower. ∎  Birds and Bird Songs — Trustees of Reservations sponsor bird hike Saturday, 6 to 10 a.m., Notchview Reservation, Route 9, Windsor. Pre-registration required. $5. 532-1631 or westregion@ttor.org to register. ∎ Celebrate Birds: Valley Family Bird Festival — Day of activities and demonstrations about the bird …

Coming up

Friday, June 14, 2013

Amherst Senior Center/ Council On Aging Bangs Center, 70 Boltwood Walk Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone: 259-3060 www.amherstma.gov/seniorcenter Belchertown Senior Center 60 State St. Hours: Mon., 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Tues.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: 323-0420 www.belchertown.org Chesterfield Senior Center 400 Main Road Hours: Mon., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs., 10 a.m. to 1 …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Katie Martin, Jake Meginsky performance at A.P.E.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The week-long residency of choreographer Katie Martin and composer Jake Meginsky at A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton comes to fruition Friday and Saturday with a concert of contemporary dance and music. Martin (pictured) will present new solo and group …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com End of life care Members of area faith communities will gather at the First Baptist Church of Amherst Saturday to discuss how clergy, lay caregivers and hospice and palliative care services work together at the end of an individual’s life. The meeting, which …

Tuesday’s high schools: Sarah Meunier lifts Frontier softball with walkoff win over Taconic in extras

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sarah Meunier hit a walkoff single to lift the Frontier Regional softball team to a 2-1 win over Taconic in 9 innings at home Tuesday. It was her second hit of the game, scoring Courtney Newsome with the …

Tuesday’s high school tennis: Northampton boys beat Amherst in potential postseason preview

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In a potential postseason preview, the Northampton boys tennis team defeated rival Amherst Regional 4-1 Tuesday afternoon at Amherst Middle School. Francois Venne, Alex Zimbalist and Ben Sharpe combined to drop 12 games in three straight-set singles victories for the Blue Devils (12-3). Leon Moore and Xiao Wei …

Tuesday’s high school baseball: South Hadley qualifies for postseason with win at Easthampton

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The South Hadley baseball team qualified for the postseason for the 16th consecutive season by beating Easthampton 8-3 on the road Tuesday afternoon. Brian Bak went 3 for 3 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored for the Tigers (10-9). Mario Olivera added two hits, two …

Organizers of Northampton Family Fourth Celebration seek donations for fifth annual event

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Organizers of the annual Northampton Family Fourth Celebration are seeking donations to make the free event possible for a fifth year. “Hopefully enough people will support it so we can have a really good event this year,” said Mayor David J. Narkewicz, an individual sponsor of …

State Rep. Peter Kocot backs legislation to update Massachusetts Public Record Law

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Advocacy groups, individuals and even the Massachusetts secretary of state blasted the state’s open Public Records Law at a hearing Tuesday, with some saying it had not been substantively changed since it was established in 1973. Northampton state …

Northampton and Amherst firefighters graduate from state training program

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two members of the Northampton Fire Department and one from the Amherst Fire Department graduated from the Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program in Stow last week. The 228th class of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy included Bryan G. Davis and Jeffrey J. Jasinski, both Northampton firefighters, and …

Faustino Sanchez Jr. denies sexually assaulting South Hadley teenager, paying her for nude photographs

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 47-year-old Springfield man on Tuesday denied charges resulting from accusations that he paid a South Hadley teenager to take naked photographs and gave her $500 after he sexually assaulted her, allegedly telling her things had gone “too far.” Faustino Sanchez Jr. pleaded not guilty in …

‘What are you?’ ‘Where are you from?’: Members of multiracial families face harsh moments, but mostly find acceptance in the Valley

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Charisse Pickron of Amherst recalls once filling out a questionaire for a product her family purchased and being asked to identify her race by checking a box either for white or for black. Neither was accurate. Her mother …