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ERNEST GIROUARD Police said an accident involving a parked car in front of 178 Main St. in Easthampton Friday night started two miles down the road in an incident of road rage. The two cars involved in that dispute had also crashed before one of the cars hit the parked car.

Road rage incident spawns two separate accidents in Easthampton Friday night

Friday, August 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Two accidents involving three cars on Route 10 in Easthampton Friday night likely started from a single incident of road rage in Southampton, police said. It all began when one car turned on to Route 10 in Southampton from the parking lot of Puza’s Pure Food Market before 6:15 p.m. Friday night as another car was heading north …

Southampton Norris school problems fixed, officials give OK to open

Friday, August 28, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Nearly all of the problems identified in an inspection earlier this month at the William E. Norris School have been fixed, and on Friday the school got the OK to open Aug. 31, according to Superintendent Craig Jurgensen. The town health, fire and building departments conducted inspections of the school on Aug. 18, prior to its official opening. Dozens of problems …

Upcoming events at area senior centers

Friday, August 28, 2015

Seminar on scammers set for September A free seminar aimed at protecting senior citizens from scams and other financial crimes will be held Sept. 11 at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan and the sheriffs of Hampshire and Franklin counties, it is open to anyone who is interested. Breakfast …

Wednesday’s local results: West wins softball gold at Bay State Games

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Alex Ferris keeps winning softball championships. The Hampshire Regional rising senior pitched West to a gold medal in the Bay State Games Wednesday. Ferris struck out three, walked one and allowed eight hits in an 8-3 victory over Central at Veterans Memorial Athletic Complex in Waltham. “It was …

Tuesday’s summer baseball/softball: Amherst Mantle slips past Frontier

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Trevor Fil was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded to score Ian McNamara as the Amherst Mickey Mantle baseball team squeezed past Frontier, 6-5, Tuesday in Amherst. Stephen McCudden tossed …

Southampton rally falls short in Little League District 2 Tournament loss to Agawam

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — The Southampton baseball team’s spirits were high when it took the field in the bottom of the sixth after closing a five-run gap to tie the game just moments before. But once Logan Fortier cracked a double down the left-field line on the second pitch of …

Monday’s summer baseball: Belchertown stays alive in 11-12 Little League tournament

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Belchertown Little League baseball team plated five runs in two separate innings to stay alive in the double-elimination District 2 11-12 Tournament with a 10-5 victory over Westfield National Monday evening at Hulmes-Warner Park in Belchertown. Colby Masse (2 for 3, run, RBI), Max Wojcik (two RBIs, …

Nigerian student drowns in Deerfield River

Monday, July 13, 2015

DEERFIELD — A 20-year-old Nigerian student from the University of Massachusetts Lowell drowned while swimming in the Deerfield River near Stillwater Bridge on Sunday evening, according to Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. Multiple agencies reported to the …

Events at the Edwards Public Library in Southampton during July and August

Monday, July 13, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — The Edwards Public Library has several events scheduled in the coming weeks for children, adults and families. Some events require pre-registration. To register or for more information contact the library at 527-9480. Kids’ crafts Lois Peirent will host a shield-making activity titled “Every Hero Has a …

Local baseball: American Legion playoffs open, Northampton sweeps into second round

Monday, July 13, 2015

Northampton Post 28 swept the first round of American Legion playoffs with two wins over Springfield Post 21, winning 4-1 on Saturday and 8-5 on Sunday. Northampton, and other best-of-3 winners, advance to an eight-team double elimination tournament that starts Wednesday. Three series are still in action, with …

Gazette Baseball player of the year: Jamie Carey, Amherst Regional

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Jamie Carey, senior, Amherst Regional Season highlights: The senior pitcher/second baseman excelled in all facets of the game and helped guide the Hurricanes to their first sectional final appearance since 2010. Carey went 33 for 78 at the …

Softball Player of the Year: Alexis Ferris, Hampshire Regional

Friday, July 10, 2015

Alexis Ferris, pitcher, junior, Hampshire Regional Season highlights: The junior pitcher finished the season 18-4 and 209 strikeouts, with a season-high of 18 against Belchertown and hit double-digits in eight others. Ferris threw nine shutouts and allowed 30 …

Under Brian McGan, success of Hampshire Regional softball team parallels earlier dominance by girls basketball

Friday, July 10, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Hampshire Regional High School sits atop a hill in Westhampton, overlooking a plateau of athletic fields. The softball diamonds are tucked into the southwestern corner next to the track. The baseball fields meet the wooded area …