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Around Southampton: Congregational Church welcomes new pastor; holiday toy drive; photo contest; library events

Thursday, November 26, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Though she has led the First Congregational Church of Southampton for nearly three months, the Rev. Jennie Valentine says she’s still making a big effort to meet people. “When a new pastor comes in, the first year is about getting to know the community, getting to know the culture, beginning to understand the mechanisms and what psychologists call the family systems that operate within any community,” Valentine said in a recent interview. “I’m trying to meet with every person connected with the faith community one-on-one.” Valentine in September became the pastor of the church at 212 College Highway, which had been without a permanent pastor for over two years. Valentine, 51, previously worked …

Northampton native Hunter Newman signs letter of intent to men’s lacrosse at Bucknell

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hunter Newman went from a potential Division III recruit to Division I prospect seemly overnight. The Northampton native and Suffield Academy senior signed his National Letter of Intent earlier this month to play men’s lacrosse at Division I Bucknell. The Bison finished 9-6 overall, 5-3 in the Patriot League last season. Their season …

James Palermo of Southampton obtains international student assessment test records after 1½-year public records battle

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Ten days after a Hampshire Superior Court judge ordered the release of a list of 49 Massachusetts schools and districts that participated in a 2012 international student assessment study, state education officials have turned over the information to a Southampton man who has fought for the records since 2014. The list …

Upcoming events for area seniors

Friday, November 13, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk 259-3060 NAME THAT TUNE — Sing-along with Steve is held on …

Area School Lunch Menus

Friday, November 13, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato salad, orange TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Roast turkey and gravy, peas, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, spinach salad, apple cobbler, Bartlett pear THURSDAY: Hamburger, sweet potato …

What2Watch4: Week 10 football previews

Friday, November 13, 2015

Northampton at Putnam Friday, 7 The Blue Devils (4-5) will look to snap a two-game losing streak when they face the Beavers (3-6) out of the AA Conference. Putnam has dropped five straight. Hamp will look to contain …

Business briefs

Monday, November 9, 2015

BankESB partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters EASTHAMPTON — BankESB will hold an information session at 241 Northampton St. at 5 p.m. Nov. 18 for people who want to learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters. The agency …

WMass girls soccer: Granby, Gateway advance to semifinals; 4 local teams knocked out in quarters

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Granby girls soccer team walked off its home field for the final time Sunday with its unbeaten record still intact after a 4-0 victory over Athol in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinals. Summer Molin scored twice, while the top-seeded Rams (17-0-2) were the beneficiaries of …

WMass boys soccer: No. 7 Monument takes down No. 2 Hampshire Regional on penalty kicks

Friday, November 6, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Monument Mountain’s Willie Serkin looked calm as he stepped to the line for a penalty kick with a chance to deliver an upset in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Boys Soccer Tournament. Hardly anyone else at Hampshire Regional’s Michael Dorunda Field shared his serenity. Serkin, the …

Friday’s high school boys soccer: Granby rallies to down Mount Everett, reach Division 4 semifinals

Friday, November 6, 2015

Trailing at halftime, the Granby boys soccer team rallied to reach the semifinal round for the first time since 2010. The fourth-seeded Rams came back to beat No. 5 Mount Everett, 3-2, in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinal round, Friday in Granby. “They’re very excited,” coach …

Pine Street bridge reopens in Florence; state Sen. Donald Humason to hold office hours in Southampton

Friday, November 6, 2015

Northampton PINE STREET BRIDGE OPEN: The Pine Street bridge in Florence has reopened after being closed for about a month for repairs. The bridge’s decking was replaced and the road repaved. Southampton HUMASON OFFICE HOURS: State Sen. Donald F. Humason Jr., R-Westfield, will hold office hours at the …

Upcoming events for senior citizens

Friday, October 30, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. The centers will be closed Wednesday in observance of Veteran’s Day. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk …

Art in the Orchard contest underway at Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center in Southampton

Friday, November 6, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center is holding a photo contest for images taken this season at Art in the Orchard, a walking sculpture trail which winds through fruit gardens Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton. The trail is open until the end of November. …