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KEVIN GUTTING
With the help of a harness and teather, Corinne Shaw, above, completes her wedding ceremony by jumping into the waiting arms of her betrothed, Charlie (Sarah) Fahey, from a 35-foot tall tree stripped bare at the Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center in Shutesbury on Sunday. Shaw, whose mother, Victoria Shaw, is the program director at the center, is originally from Leverett and Fahey is originally from Ireland. They now call Hadley their home.

VIDEO Adventurous couple seals wedding vows with forest leap in Shutesbury

Sunday, August 31, 2014

SHUTESBURY — The highlight of the Fahey-Shaw wedding Sunday was, of course, the taking of the vows and the first kiss of a married couple. A close runner-up would be what happened about an hour and a half later, when Corinne Shaw climbed to the top of a 40-foot pole in the forest, stood upright and leaped into the waiting arms of her bride, Sarah “Charlie” Fahey. The descent was more butterfly landing than swan dive. Shaw was strapped into the rigging of a high ropes course. But the power of the metaphor was not lost on any of the almost 60 guests who ventured … 0

Amherst Regional school district hires Sean Mangano as permanent finance director

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — The man who has been filling in since the sudden, unexplained departure of the School Department’s finance director has been hired as the permanent replacement. The appointment of Sean Mangano, formerly the assistant director, was unanimously approved by the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee Tuesday at a salary range between $95,000 and $105,000. It followed a search advertised in nine print and … 0

Majority of Amherst Regional School Committee reaffirms legality of controversial July 14 meeting

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee will send a letter to an Amherst man who challenged a meeting it held in July, saying the session was widely publicized in keeping with the spirit of the state Open Meeting Law and thus was held legally despite objections raised by the board’s former chairman. A copy of the letter also will go to the … 0

Pettengill Insurance sweeps doublerheader with Northampton Post 28

Sunday, July 6, 2014

After a come-from-behind win in eight innings in game one, Pettengill Insurance kept its momentum going for a rout in game two as it swept Northampton King & Cushman Post 28, 4-3 and 19-4 in American Legion action Sunday at Arcanum Field. The teams played a doubleheader after … 0

Local baseball: Gateway unloads in the first, wins Senior Little League District 2 title

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Jonny Haskell didn’t need a lot of run support in the Senior Little League District 2 championship game, but his Gateway teammates gave it too him anyway. Haskell had a five-run lead before throwing a pitch and led Gateway to an 11-0 mercy-rule shortened win in five innings … 0

Backstory: Remark by Amherst Regional School Committee member allegedly identifying student as ‘racist’ prompts apology, reprimand

Thursday, July 3, 2014

AMHERST — School officials have reprimanded a task force examining racial issues in the schools after the panel’s chairman allegedly identified a white student involved in racial tensions at Amherst Regional High School as a racist, and have also apologized to the student’s parents. The remark was allegedly … 4

Local baseball/softball: Northampton Junior All-Stars rally in championship, force deciding game with Agawam

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Three outs from elimination in the Little League District 2 Tournament, the Northampton Junior All-Stars came through with two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 12-11 win over Agawam at St. John Field in Agawam. … 0

Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk gets passing grades in annual evaluation, though two dissent

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk received good marks overall in her annual performance review by the three school committees she serves, with the highest grades in the area of promoting academic growth for all students and … 0

Monday’s local baseball: Easthampton Post 225 rallies past Agawam

Monday, June 30, 2014

Nick Grise’s RBI single capped a three-run rally for the Easthampton Post 224 American Legion baseball team in the seventh inning of a 3-2 win at Agawam Monday evening. Erik Fickett (run) hit a two-run triple to tie the game, scoring Justin Edinger and Noah Batchelder, who each … 0

Weekend baseball/softball: Scott Jablon’s walk-off grand slam gives Northampton Post 28 win over Agawam

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Pinch hitter Scott Jablon kept King & Cushman Northampton Post 28’s winning streak going in grand fashion Saturday. Jablon smacked a walk-off grand slam on a 3-2 pitch as Post 28 beat Agawam 8-7 at Arcanum Field. It was the third straight win for Northampton. Ben O’Connor drew … 0

Local baseball: Southampton Little League Juniors open with no hitter

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Southampton Little League Junior team opened district play with three pitchers combining to no-hit and run-rule Westfield, 18-3, at home on Thursday night. Matt York opened the effort, allowing one unearned run on no hits and striking … 0

Michael Morris named assistant superintendent of Amherst schools

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMHERST — Michael Morris, director of evaluation and assessment for the Amherst public schools, has been named assistant superintendent of schools. The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and the Amherst School Committee voted Tuesday to accept Superintendent Maria Geryk’s recommendation to promote Morris, who joined the central administration in … 0

A call to make next year different at ARHS

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMHERST — Special education teacher Momodou Sarr, who has run what he calls crosscultural conversations at the Bangs Community Center and at Amherst Regional High School, said he believes administrators, staff and faculty tried hard to support each … 0