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A fast moving fire early Saturday morning displaced a family of four from their 167 Main St. home in Leeds. Fire officials have not yet determined the cause of the fire. Two adults at home got themselves out of the house, while firefighters rescued several animals.

Early morning fire Saturday destroys family home in Leeds

Saturday, September 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A stubborn, fast-moving fire displaced two adults, two children, and their pets at a Leeds home Saturday morning. Nobody was hurt in the blaze. A cause has not yet been determined. Firefighters from Northampton, Easthampton, Westhampton and Williamsburg responded after a 911 call from a resident of the home reported smoke and fire at 167 Main St. at …

Friday night football: With starting quarterback, Smith Vocational struggles in 41-2 loss to Pathfinder

Friday, September 19, 2014

Northampton — Playing without its starting quarterback, the Smith Vocational football team struggled against Pathfinder in a 41-2 loss at home Friday night. Jared Pease missed the game with concussion-like symptoms. Without Pease, the offense failed to move the ball effectively. Cameron Van Buren, playing at times under center, ran for 44 yards on 19 carries to lead the Vikings (0-3). Troy Benedict …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton takes down Agawam in girls soccer

Friday, September 19, 2014

Alex Bertuch-Wallace scored twice as the Northampton girls soccer team knocked down Agawam, 4-0, Friday in Northampton. Abby Springfield and Lily Glading-DiLorenzo each had one goal for the Blue Devils (5-1-1, 3-1-1 Kurty-Fielding). Olivia Pruett had two assists, while Charlotte Maurer and Bailey Maurer each had one. Sydney White had 13 saves for the Blue Devils. Holyoke 1, Amherst 1 — Shira Yeskel-Mednick …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Granby takes early showdown with Hopkins Academy

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In an early season battle for first place in the Bi-County East, the Granby golf team defeated Hopkins Academy 171/2-61/2 Tuesday afternoon at Cold Spring Country Club in Belchertown. Shane Hollenbeck (match-best 38), Dominic Rosazza and Tyler Sullivan each won 4-0 for the Rams (4-0, 4-0). Joe Yusko …

Tuesday’s high schools: Sage DeChiara nets four goals as Amherst Regional wins season’s first

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sage DeChiara scored the first four goals of the game Tuesday as the Amherst Regional girls soccer team earned its first win of the season by shutting out Central 6-0 at home. DeChiara tallied three in the first half, while the fourth came 30 seconds into the second. …

Hungry Ghost Bakery in Northampton will host 11th annual bread festival

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The owners of Hungry Ghost Bread bakery know a tried and true recipe when they see one. That’s probably why the are gearing up this weekend to host the 11th Annual Wonder Not! Bread Festival. On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hungry Ghost …

Area court news

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

∎ Jeanne M. Lutz, 46, of 69 Drewsen Drive, Florence, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Northampton District Court to a charge of assault and battery on a family member. According to court documents, Lutz pushed a relative during an argument at 225 King St. Sunday. Lutz was released …

Area police news

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Amherst ∎ Allyn L. Fye, 29, of 288 Grantwood Drive, was arrested at 8:25 p.m. Monday at his home on a warrant. Northampton ∎ Aaron E. Labor, 33, of Holyoke, was arrested at 3:44 p.m. Monday at Wal-Mart, 180 North King St., on a charge of shoplifting by …

UPDATED: Friends and family of Jessica Ann Pripstein testify during Ryan Welch murder trial about their relationship on the rocks

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — For the first time during the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch, relatives of Jessica Ann Pripstein were in the courtroom Tuesday as 11 witnesses took the stand to recount the end of the couple’s relationship …

Northampton Police investigate theft of 35 air bags from vehicles at Lia Honda lot on King Street

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A group of brazen thieves stole the air bags from 35 vehicles at the Lia Honda dealership on King Street late Monday or early Tuesday in what one national organization that tracks auto crimes said is …

Monday’s high school girls volleyball: Amherst falls in five to Ludlow for first loss

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls volleyball team met its match, falling 3-2 to Ludlow to halt its undefeated run on Monday. The Hurricanes (4-1) dropped the final three sets (25-18, 25-16, 15-9) after narrowly winning the first two (25-22, 27-25). Justine Bohl had a career-best 42 assists and five …

Monday’s high school field hockey: Northampton blows out Palmer

Monday, September 15, 2014

Kristina Ramsden, Reilly Griffin and Missie Maiewski each scored twice to lead the Northampton field hockey team to a 7-1 home win over Palmer on Monday. Ramsden and Griffin also had an assist apiece for the Blue Devils (2-1, 2-1 Central). Kerry Fleming added a tally, while Emily …

Monday’s high school soccer: Hampshire boys strike for first win

Monday, September 15, 2014

After opening the season with back-to-back scoreless ties, the Hampshire Regional boys soccer team’s offense woke up and shut out Palmer with an 8-0 win at home Monday. Bryan Brasil (two goals, assist) and Brendan Bzdel (two assists, goal) each collected three points in the blowout for the …