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Allison Johndrow,13, puts on the finishing touches to a snow man she and her brother,   Luke,10 Johndrow of Westhampton,built in their yard Friday morning.

Winter returns

Saturday, February 6, 2016

More snow than forecast results in slippery roads, school closings

Saturday, February 6, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Though many schoolchildren cheered as class was canceled Friday after a sudden drop of snow, the Pioneer Valley faced a less significant impact than eastern parts of the state where the heavy, wet snow caused power outages. Hampshire and Franklin counties saw between 3 and 6 inches of snow, which began …

Friday’s high school basketball: Mary Whalen’s putback seals win for Smith Academy

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sophomore Mary Whalen pulled down her 10th rebound on the offensive end and scored the game-winner with 12.1 seconds left as the Smith Academy girls basketball team beat Pioneer Regional, 48-46, Friday in Hatfield. to go to put the Falcons ahead of Pioneer Valley (6-10) for good. Whalen finished with seven points for the Falcons (7-9, 2-4 Franklin South). Senior Ashley Higgins had …

Train derails in Deerfield early Sunday

Sunday, January 31, 2016

DEERFIELD — A train derailed in Deerfield at 4 a.m. on Sunday. No spills, leaks or any hazardous materials were reported. Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reported the incident to the South Deerfield Police, according to Sgt. Michael …

State Police nab Erving man in Turners Falls after 120 mph chase up I-91

Sunday, January 31, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — After a high-speed chase from Springfield to Turners Falls, police apprehended a man driving without a valid licence on Sunday morning. Authorities cornered the driver, 20-year-old Anthony Fortunato, of Erving after he dodged motor vehicle …

‘Where the rubber meets the road’: Paul Spector reflects on 12-year Northampton City Council career

Saturday, January 30, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Paul Spector was fed up. And it was this “depression,” he said, that launched his Northampton City Council career. Spector said as an organizer for the Democratic Party, he was devastated when George W. Bush was …

South Hadley edges Granby, 57-52, in memorable girls basketball showdown

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Two star players turned into a memorable showdown in a battle of Central Division heavyweights, Friday in South Hadley. South Hadley held off Granby 57-52, to stay undefeated in league play. Sophie Gatzounas had 35 points for the Tigers (11-1, 2-0) while Mikhaila Edge added 10. Kate Sullivan …

Sierra Loomis helps Northampton girls to second at PVIAC indoor track championships

Friday, January 29, 2016

Northampton — East Longmeadow won the PVIAC indoor girl’s track championship Friday at Smith College with 59 total points, edging out Northampton, who came in second with 55, in a vital last 4X400 relay. South Hadley came in …

Downtown Northampton Subway shop closes because ‘there’s so much competition in that area’

Friday, January 29, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — After opening about 15 months ago, the Subway sandwich shop in downtown Northampton closed this week. The owners of the franchise, Seema and Sanjeev Bhatia of Easthampton, cited slow business and closed after Tuesday. “It is …

Area police news

Friday, January 29, 2016

Amherst • A 23-year-old Amherst man who police stopped on East Hadley Road at 1 a.m. Friday will be summoned to court on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and speeding. • A Logtown Road resident reported at 11:21 a.m. Thursday that someone stole …

Most area educators get good grades in state-mandated evaluation

Friday, January 29, 2016

Area educators again received high marks in ratings released this week by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, with statistics indicating that in most districts there is satisfaction with how most are teaching students and how schools are being managed. The 2014-2015 school year marked the …

Extravaganja may move to Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton for 25th anniversary rally in April

Friday, January 29, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Extravaganja’s 25th anniversary day-long event in April rallying for legalization of marijuana may be held at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. With Amherst interim Town Manager David Ziomek this week announcing that he will not …

Heading outdoors

Friday, December 11, 2015

∎   Emergency Survival and Self-Sufficient Skills Workshop — Earthwork Programs sponsors workshop in Conway Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon. $50. www.earthworkprograms.com, 522-0338.  ∎   Trapping: The Sacred Harvest — Earthwork Programs sponsors a workshop in Conway Sunday, …