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Area Briefs

Friday, July 25, 2014

Amherst SOLARIZE CELEBRATION: A celebration to recognize the town’s record-breaking sign-ups for Solarize Amherst will be held at Town Hall Tuesday. Residents can come to the Town Room between 6 and 8 p.m. for refreshments and drinks. The amount of contracted capacity is 1.2 megawatts spread over 174 systems to be installed by Northeast Solar of Hatfield. To RSVP, contact Stephanie Ciccarello via e-mail at cicarellos@amherstma.gov Hatfield BALLOTS READY: Absentee … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, July 25, 2014

HUMMINGBIRD River Valley Way, Easthampton Photograph and text by Bob Solosko of Easthampton I’ve been watching this hummingbird since it discovered some red flowers in a field on River Valley Way in Easthampton. It’s been visiting these flowers frequently throughout the day but each time stays only a short time before it flits … 0

Barcombs celebrate 50th

Friday, July 25, 2014

William and Evelyn Barcomb recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, joined by family and friends at the Florence Elks Lodge. The couple were married on June 20, 1964. Bill and Evie built their life together in Southampton. They are proud and blessed with two sons, Steven and his wife, Donna, of Southampton; Robert … 0

Lisa Blanchette & & Timothy Besier

Friday, July 4, 2014

Liz Robbins and John Blanchette, of Southampton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lisa Blanchette of Charlotte, North Carolina, to Timothy Besier, also of Charlotte. Lisa, a 2005 graduate of Northampton High School, received her doctor of pharmacy … 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

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

Southampton voters handily defeat $1 million override; layoffs, furloughs anticipated

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Teacher layoffs, employee furloughs and the end of some town-funded programs are in the cards after voters here rejected a proposed $1 million override in a special election Tuesday that drew 1,871 voters to the polls. … 2

Ethics probe: Ex-Southampton fire chief Hyde says he forged time cards, but only to pay son for other work done

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — When the State Ethics Commission meets July 16, it is expected to begin deliberations on a long-simmering conflict-of-interest case involving former Southampton fire chief Stephen J. Hyde Sr. The commission held a hearing on the issue … 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

Ronald Wilkinson applies his artistic talent in his engraving shop, Award 1 Canal Achievements

Saturday, June 28, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Ronald “Rusty” Wilkinson has finally found a way to put his artistic talent to use at age 62 as he pursues at least his fifth career. When he graduated from Northampton High School in 1970, Wilkinson … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, June 27, 2014

PHOEBE Route 9, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley I was visiting a friend one day and noticed that the phoebes were flying back and forth to a nest. Not wanting to intrude … 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