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Poet Wally Swist of Amherst has a poem etched in stone.

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, October 31, 2014

Amherst Poet Wally Swist is one of 14 poets selected in a national competition to have his work attached to stone for permanent display in Edmands Park in Newton. The project will be dedicated with a ceremony at the park Sunday at 3 p.m. Swist’s poem, “Wild Falling,” was chosen from among 200 entries with nature themes. Swist’s books include …

Division 2 girls volleyball: Amherst Regional sweeps Putnam, faces Longmeadow in quarterfinals

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST — The No. 5-seeded Amherst Regional girls volleyball team defeated No. 12 Putnam 3-0 in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament Thursday. Amherst easily won the first set 25-5 and won the second and third sets by closer margins — 25-20 and 25-16. Shaya Shally Jenson led the Hurricanes’ attack tallying 19 kills, two blocks and an ace. Christina Vasilladis added seven …

High school notebook: Lucius Burrell nears 4,000-yard rushing milestone as Easthampton looks to qualify for postseason

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lucius Burrell can join a very exclusive fraternity Friday night, but he’s more concerned about his team joining a group of four. The Easthampton senior running back sits just 82 yards from the career 4,000-yard mark, while the Eagles need to win at Ludlow to secure a Western Massachusetts Division 5 postseason berth. …

What2Watch4 — Week 9 high school football previews

Thursday, October 30, 2014

South Hadley vs. Commerce Friday, Springfield Central, 5 p.m. The Tigers (4-3, 3-1 Suburban) can clinch a Division 4 tournament berth with a victory over the Red Raiders (2-5, 2-3). If they fall, they will need help. South …

Area briefs

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Easthampton APPLE A DAY 5K: The second annual “Apple A Day 5k” to benefit city elementary schools is Sunday at Easthampton High School. The event begins with a quarter-mile fun run around the school at 12:15 p.m., and a two-mile walk through Nonotuck Park at 12:30 p.m. The …

Some voters to consider stronger anti-corruption measures for politicians, legalization of marijuana

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Strengthening anti-corruption laws for politicians and taking a step toward full legalization of marijuana are public policy questions on Tuesday’s ballot in two area legislative districts. With state Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, expected to become president of …

Wednesday’s high school and preps: Amherst girls soccer shut out Cathedral, 3-0, on senior night

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jamie Staples scored a goal and had two assists as the Amherst Regional girls soccer team enjoyed a successful senior night by beating Cathedral 3-0. Izzy Tripp and Sage DeChiara each added a goal, while senior Kailey Tobin earned an assist for the tournament-bound Hurricanes (6-9-3, 5-2-1 Central). …

Tuesday’s high schools: League titles, tournament berth up for grabs as regular season nears its end

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Three local soccer teams earned a share of their respective league titles Tuesday, while two other squads clinched postseason berths. The Hopkins Academy and Frontier Regional boys each won on the road to become co-champions of the Schmid. The Granby girls defeated South Hadley to grab a share …

WMass girls volleyball: Frontier aims for 10th straight sectional and 5th straight state title as No. 1 seed

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team can accomplish a pair of milestone streaks this postseason. The Red Hawks are aiming for their 10th straight Western Massachusetts Division 3 title and their fifth consecutive state crown. But coach Sean …

Lawyer for Amherst-Pelham Regional School District says ex-teacher Carolyn Gardner refused another position, financial settlement

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AMHERST — Former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner was offered both another position within the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District and a financial settlement, both of which were refused before her attorneys filed a complaint Monday with the Massachusetts Commission …

Libertarian Kenneth Roberts Jr. of Granby challenges 11-term state Rep. Ellen Story of Amherst

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tax policy and the role of government provide sharp contrasts for voters in the 3rd Hampshire District, who Tuesday will choose between incumbent Democrat Ellen Story of Amherst and challenger Kenneth J. Roberts Jr., a Libertarian from Granby, …

Monday’s high schools: Caleb Farnham fires 89, finishes 22nd at state Division 3 tournament

Monday, October 27, 2014

A week after winning the Western Massachusetts golf championship, Caleb Farnham shot an 89 and finished 22nd in the state Division 3 tournament at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown on Monday. The Hopkins Academy sophomore did not see the course until a nine-hole practice round on Sunday. …

WMass Field hockey: Three teams battle in Division 2; Northampton, South Hadley eye Division 1 crown

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Western Massachusetts Field Hockey Tournament brackets were released Monday, officially opening postseason play. Of the 13 western Mass. programs in Division 2, just three qualified. Two of the 13 teams — South Hadley and Mahar — qualified, …