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Max, 5 of Amherst, shovels snow while making a snow fort near his home Saturday January 24

‘Where’s winter? Well, here it is’: After Saturday’s snowfall, a major storm could hit Monday night

Saturday, January 24, 2015

While snowfall in Hampshire County is expected to taper off by 8 p.m. Saturday, the region may face another storm starting Monday night, said Bill Simpson of the National Weather Service in Taunton. Across the Pioneer Valley, Saturday’s accumulation is expected to total 4 to 6 inches. Though the precipitation let up in the afternoon, Simpson expected the storm to …

Area police news

Monday, January 19, 2015

Amherst ■ Joshua Kubiak, 32, of Amherst, was arrested at 7:47 p.m. Friday at Amherst Brewing Co., 10 University Drive, on a warrant after officers were called for a disturbance. Belchertown ■ James S. Voorhies, 47, of 38 Hawley St., Northampton, was arrested at 1:03 p.m. Friday on …

Northampton police

Sunday, January 18, 2015

■ At 11:34 p.m. Saturday, police received a call of an accident on West Farms Road. The vehicle was traveling between 40 and 45 mph and hit a patch of ice, according to police. Police said the driver, whose name they did not release, lost control of the …

Weekend high schools/prep schools: Northampton tops Taconic

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Aidan Hirsch paced four players in double figures for the Northampton boys basketball team in a 72-59 home victory over Taconic Saturday. Hirsch scored a game-high 19 points for the Blue Devils (4-8). Michael Castillo and Elijah Davis each had 13, while Andrew Grygorcewicz added 10. Girls basketball …

Northampton couple opens sanctuary for unwanted animals

Sunday, January 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Audrey is a snow white turkey, a watch bird so to speak, who is the first to greet visitors with her quick-throated exhortations at 55 North Loudville Road. Close by is Michael, a much larger dark-feathered …

Area business briefs

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Herrell’s to host benefit for Whole Children NORTHAMPTON — Herrell’s will sponsor a National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day to benefit Whole Children from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 7. The menu will consist of waffles and …

Friday’s high school basketball: Smith Academy girls knock off Commerce

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Smith Academy girls basketball team hit its free throws down the stretch to pull away from Commerce, 32-25, in the second annual Smith Academy Classic Friday night. Jenn Adamites made two free throws, while Katie Yagodzinski went 5 for 7 from the line as the pair helped …

Friday’s indoor track: Northampton boys, girls sweep to stay undefeated

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Northampton boys and girls indoor track teams swept Westfield and Agawam during the early session of the PVIAC’s third regular-season meet Friday. The Northampton girls beat Agawam 62.5-31.5 and Westfield 55-40. The boys won 73-22 and 74-20, respectively. Both teams improved to 7-0 with the two victories …

Friday’s high school swimming: Northampton, South Hadley girls stay perfect in league

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Northampton and South Hadley girls swimming & diving teams each maintained their perfect league records on Friday afternoon. The Blue Devils defeated East Longmeadow 126-55 at JFK Middle School. The Tigers topped Easthampton 54-40 at South Hadley Middle School. Maela Whitcomb and Erica Dean each won a …

Northampton High School class cooks up creations in edible book contest

Friday, January 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Giving a new twist to book reports, a Northampton High School cooking class held its first-ever edible book contest this week. An edible book is a three-dimensional visual representation of a book made mainly of food …

Northampton City Council votes to keep health benefits; panel delays vote on stipend increase

Friday, January 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Part-time elected officials will keep the option of enrolling in municipal health insurance following the City Council’s decision this week to retain the benefits against the wishes of an independent panel. Some part-time city employees still …