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GREG SAULMON 
A sign at the site of a memorial to Edward Nied Jr. on College Highway in Westfield. Nied was killed in November 2013 when a bear collided with his motorcycle. His family said items at the memorial site disappeared May 16.

Family, friends of the late Edward Nied Jr. plead for return of roadside memorial taken from side of Route 10 in Westfield

Friday, May 22, 2015

WESTFIELD — The family and friends of the late Edward Nied Jr. of Southampton say they don’t know why someone took the roadside memorial at the site of his 2013 motorcycle crash — they just want it back. The memorial — a decorated metal cross, flags, and three solar lights — were taken the evening of May 16 from the …

Thursday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy closes softball season with rout of Mahar

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Hopkins Academy softball team ended its season on a high note with a 20-6 victory over Mahar in 5 innings on senior day. Seniors Peyton Ring, Jasmine Roberson and Jailinne Ruiz each had at least a hit for the Golden Hawks (3-14, 2-11 Franklin). Ring earned the win on the mound and had two hits, two runs and an RBI. Roberson had …

Thursday’s high school baseball: Frontier Regional keeps postseason hopes alive with tight win over South Hadley

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Brandon Bryant enjoyed a perfect day, going 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs as the Frontier Regional baseball team kept its postseason hopes alive with a 10-9 road win at South Hadley Thursday. Nolan Muzyka and Seth Gewanter each had two hits and scored twice for the Red Hawks (7-10, …

Health Events: Area support groups, resources

Monday, May 11, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS EXPRESSION THROUGH MOVEMENT — Open to female-identified survivors of sexual assault who are Five College Students or residents of Hampshire County. Survivors of sexual violence sometimes feel physically numb. This group employs movement to tap …

Matt Bean to succeed Joe Kocot as Easthampton High School football coach

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Easthampton High School football program has found its second coach. Matt Bean, an Easthampton Youth Football coach and administrator, has been hired to succeed Joe Kocot, the school announced Monday. “I’m thrilled,” Bean said. “It’s an exciting …

Valley people see summer coming as hundreds flock to Puffer’s Pond in Amherst Sunday

Sunday, May 10, 2015

AMHERST — For many of the bathing suit-clad people enjoying Puffer’s Pond Sunday afternoon, the thermometer hitting 90 degrees signaled one thing. “It seems like it skipped over spring,” Steve Dunne said from a beach towel laid out …

Weekend high school and prep recaps: Northampton track & field shines at MSTCA Invitationals

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Northampton girls 4x400 relay team took first place in 4 minutes, 6.67 seconds at the MSTCA Girls Invitational at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville on Saturday. The quartet of Sophie Sharp, Sierra Loomis, Scarlett Sands-Bliss and Alex Dibrindisi …

Friday’s high school tennis: Belchertown girls remain perfect with win over Holyoke

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Belchertown girls tennis team pulled out another win and stayed undefeated with a 4-1 victory over Holyoke Friday. Meghan Bernard didn’t drop a game to Kaitlin Laflamme and stayed perfect on the season at first singles for the Orioles (14-0, 8-0 Pioneer). Julia Tan’s record remained unblemished …

Friday’s high school softball: Hampshire blows out East Longmeadow

Friday, May 8, 2015

Alexis Ferris got far more run support than she needed as the Hampshire Regional softball team rolled past East Longmeadow, 12-0, in a mercy-rule shortened six-inning game in Westhampton. Ferris struck out seven and didn’t walk anyone while scattering three hits. Katy O’Connor led Hampshire (11-2) with two …

Friday’s high school lacrosse: Northampton downs Brattleboro Union

Friday, May 8, 2015

Matt Huggett’s four goals and an assist helped make it a happy ride home from Vermont for the Northampton boys lacrosse team, which beat Brattleboro Union 8-7 Friday night. Jack Shaughnessy (two assists), Nick Pellegrino (assist), Ian Shaw and Henry Higgins each tacked on a tally, while Jared …

Friday’s high school baseball: Jamie Carey spins no-hitter as Amherst knocks off Cathedral

Friday, May 8, 2015

Jamie Carey threw a no-hitter as the Amherst Regional baseball team remained atop the Valley League with a 4-1 win over Cathedral Friday at Forest Park in Springfield. Carey struck out eight and walked six. An error in the second inning led to a run. He helped himself …

Area School Lunch Menus

Friday, May 8, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, pineapple cup, apple TUESDAY: Shepherd’s pie, peas, apple, grapes WEDNESDAY: Hot dog, sweet potato puffs, applesauce, spinach and tomato salad, banana THURSDAY: Beef burger, cheeseburger, vegetarian baked beans, carrot sticks, pears, orange FRIDAY: Cheese pizza, spinach salad, carrot sticks, diced pears, …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, May 8, 2015

girl scouts of central and western massachusetts — Seeking fun, enthusiastic individuals to serve as role models to girls ages 5 to 11. Volunteers will develop meaningful relationships with girls and adults; explore areas of STEM, arts and crafts, animals and more while mentoring girls to feel empowered …