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Veterans Voice

Friday, August 29, 2014

Announcements Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 92, will hold their next meeting Sept. 11, at the VFW building, 18 Meadow St., Florence. Calling the roll Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between Aug. 15 and 28. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary. James J. Wentzel Sr., 89, Southampton, d. Aug. 13; he was a World War … 0

Bruce Molnar, formerly of Southampton, sentenced to jail for possessing child pornography

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 33-year-old former Southampton man was sentenced to jail Thursday for possessing child pornography on his cell phone. Bruce W. Molnar pleaded guilty in Northampton District Court to one count of possession of child pornography and was sentenced by Judge W. Michael Goggins to a year in the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction. Molnar also must register as a … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, August 22, 2014

RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER Route 9, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley With a flat tray feeder most birds usually dive right in, hopping around and picking out the choicest morsels. But not the red-bellied woodpeckers. They liked to hook their toes over the edge of the tray and cling … 0

Naomi Judd & Jonathan Szymonik

Friday, August 22, 2014

Robert Judd Jr., of Chesterfield, and Donna Whiteley, of Southampton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Naomi Judd, of South Hadley, to Jonathan Szymonik, also of South Hadley. Jonathan is the son of Albert and Rebecca Szymonik of … 0

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 … 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 … 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, … 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