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Get Growing: Amaryllis: Not a one-shot wonder

Friday, February 12, 2016

There’s no flower in the houseplant kingdom more majestic than the amaryllis. The gnarly bulbs are potted up in the fall or winter, and within seven to 10 weeks produce regal bell-shaped blossoms, as big as 10 inches across, on long slender stalks. When the first stalk is finished, there’s often a second, even a third, ready to provide another …

Coming up

Friday, February 12, 2016

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. The centers will be closed on Monday in observance of President’s Day. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk 259-3060 HEARING CARE — Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m., courtesy of the Avada …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, February 12, 2016

Community Action Tax Assistance Program — Voluneer tax preparers needed to help ensure low-income families receive their full refund. Training provided; no prior tax experience needed. Volunteers are needed evenings, from now to April, in Greenfield and Northampton. Saturday shifts also available. Holly Kosisky at 376-1179 or hkosisky@communityaction.us pajama drive — The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts is running a community-wide pajama drive …

New Hampshire primary energizes Valley political activists

Monday, February 8, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Ellie Scott isn’t old enough to vote in this year’s presidential election, but that has not kept the 16-year-old from Westhampton from getting involved in New Hampshire’s primary campaigns. Scott has joined the ranks of Valley residents who have traveled to New Hampshire in recent months …

Snowstorm brings up to 4 inches to Pioneer Valley

Monday, February 8, 2016

Snow fell for about 12 hours Monday in most of the Pioneer Valley, with snow-coated roads creating difficult driving conditions for much of the afternoon and evening. Numerous fender-bender accidents and vehicles going off roads were reported by …

Q&A: In what ways can a small business or an individual declaring bankruptcy disrupt the local economy?

Monday, February 8, 2016

Alexandra Hogan, an attorney in Springfield with Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C., specializes in bankruptcy. She was recently selected to serve on the Emerging Insolvency Professionals Subcommittee of the American Bankruptcy Institute. In this Q&A, she explores the …

Area business briefs

Monday, February 8, 2016

Easthampton Chamber holds networking event EASTHAMPTON — The Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Networking by Night event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Glendale Grill, 65 Glendale St. There will be a cash bar and door prizes. The event is sponsored by Canon …

State plans presentation on ‘rattlesnake island’

Sunday, February 7, 2016

ORANGE — State wildlife officials who want to reintroduce rattlesnakes on a Quabbin Reservoir island have set a public meeting for Feb. 23 at Mahar Regional High School. Beginning in a couple of years, the state plans to stock Mount Zion Island with endangered timber rattlesnakes. The plan …

Women jailed for drug offenses find telling their stories helps them stay clean, free

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — There has been a growing push both in Massachusetts and in other parts of the country to revise laws that demand mandatory minimum prison sentences for many drug offenses, even for possession of minor amounts of …

Weekend high schools:Niccolo Cardaropoli, Jack Rees net four goals each for Amherst hockey

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hat tricks weren’t enough for the Amherst High School ice hockey team in an 11-1 win over Turners Falls. Niccolo Cardaropoli and Jack Rees each found the net four times in the Hurricanes’ comfortable road win Saturday. Jake Balderston, Max Hopley and Nathan Masteralexis scored the other Amherst …

Florence’s Jake Ross weighing football and basketball at Williston

Sunday, February 7, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — Jake Ross left Northampton High School to attend Williston Northampton and play basketball for the Wildcats in 2014. Everything was going well. The team won a NEPSAC Class A title in his junior season. Then, last …

Gazette Girls Volleyball Player of the Year: Remi Quesnelle, Frontier Regional

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Player of the Year Remi Quesnelle, senior, Frontier Regional Season highlights: Quesnelle led Frontier with 306 kills, 265 digs and 98 aces while playing in all six rotations. The Red Hawks won their sixth Division 3 …

Winter returns

Saturday, February 6, 2016