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Robin Foley, a kindergarten teacher at the Anne T. Dunphy school in Williamsburg, sets up her class room in the new school Wednesday morning.

Hampshire Regional School District: A renovated school in Williamsburg, new principal in Southampton

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A renovated and expanded school in Williamsburg and a new principal at the elementary school in Southampton are among the changes for the new school year in the Hampshire Regional School District. The district includes Hampshire Regional High School, Westhampton Elementary School, William E. Norris School in Southampton, Anne T. Dunphy School in Williamsburg, and New Hingham Regional Elementary School … 0

'It doesn’t make sense to continually incarcerate someone for an addiction or illness' New district court judge William O'Grady of Southampton

Monday, August 18, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — When he takes the bench next month as an associate justice of Chicopee District Court, William O’Grady hopes to disrupt the cycle of opiate addiction and incarceration endemic to the court system. “I’ve seen it in my own practice, how much that addiction just fuels the business in the district court … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, August 15, 2014

DOE Quabbin Reservoir, Belchetown Photograph and text by Anne W. Ely of South Hadley Driving through Quabbin is something I always enjoy, especially in the late afternoon when, hopefully, I will catch sight of deer. This doe, however, was a challenge to my camera skills, as she appeared about 7 p.m. and went … 0

Life after the failed override: Southampton cuts back, from Highway Department furloughs down to eliminating paper towel budget

Thursday, August 14, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Town Administrator Heather M. Budrewicz said that town residents may notice the Highway Department employees doing less mowing and other maintenance work this summer, or they may reach for a paper towel in the Town Hall bathroom and realize the hand dryer is their only option. … 4

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, August 8, 2014

THREE’S A CROWD Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley “She’s mine. Get your own girl.” That’s what this male wood duck appears to be saying to an interested bachelor. I caught the action … 0

Stars onstage: TV and movie dancers to perform at Academy of Music as part of Generation IV Dance workshop

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Generation IV Dance, a weeklong dance intensive workshop for dancers of all ages, will conclude its fifth season with performances on Aug. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Featured onstage will … 0

Kim Goulette of Southampton named new executive director of American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Before moving to the Valley, Southampton resident Kim Goulette spent her “prior life” running a 100-plus-bed homeless shelter on the coast of New Hampshire in the late 1990s. But her career in helping people was still … 0

Local briefs: youth programs, golf tournaments, road races

Friday, August 1, 2014

Youth programs available at Hamp Recreation Registrations are now being accepted for the Northampton Recreation Department’s field hockey program. This competitive program has a Senior team (seventh and eighth grade) and a Junior team (fifth and sixth). The program begins mid-August and runs until November. Games are mostly … 0

Drinking water treated in Southampton

Friday, August 1, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — The Southampton Water Department treated drinking water in a well and storage tank after routine water testing found a kind of bacteria that is not considered harmful. Total coliform bacteria were detected in three out of 11 water samples collected in July, according to a press … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, August 1, 2014

HAWK College Highway, Southampton Photograph and text by Andrew Brodeur of Southampton This beautiful hawk was about 40 feet up in a tree on Route 10, very close to the Westfield- Southampton line. When I noticed it, I … 0


Monday, July 28, 2014

Amherst  A New Hampshire man was arrested and charged with a number of crimes early Sunday morning, including assault and battery on a police officer, after he allegedly was found sleeping on the porch of Amherst Laser and Skin Care on North Pleasant Street. Police said they … 0

Weekend round: South Hadley, Frontier Mantle; Easthampton Metro advance in tournies

Monday, July 28, 2014

A wild weekend of Mickey Mantle Tournament action concluded with three teams still in the running for the championship. Along with top seed Deerfield are No. 4 South Hadley (16-8) and darkhorse No. 8 Frontier (8-15). The final game on Sunday was postponed due to the morning rain. … 0

Deerfield Mantle stays alive, knocks out Easthampton

Sunday, July 27, 2014

DEERFIELD — Led by an offensive outbreak in which eight of their nine starters recorded a hit, Deerfield defeated Easthampton 10-2 in a Mickey Mantle Tournament elimination game Sunday afternoon. Seth Gewanter spearheaded the Deerfield offense, going 3 … 0