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Wednesday’s high schools: Alex Bachand leads Belchertown boys lacrosse to win over Chicopee Comp

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Belchertown boys lacrosse team opened the season with a 10-8 win over Chicopee Comp on the road Wednesday. Alex Bachand poured in six goals and an assist, while Alex Wordsworth had four goals for the Orioles (1-0). Ben Magarian had two assists and Connor Hughes had one in the victory. Boys volleyball Belchertown 3, Holyoke 2 — The Orioles rallied for the victory, winning the fourth and fifth sets …

Local briefs: SMAC race series, cross country series opening soon

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SMAC Race Series opens with Rob Hebert 8-miler The 47th annual Ron Hebert Race will be held April 12th in Florence. The 8-mile race is one of the oldest in New England and kicks off the 2015 Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club Race Series. The race starts (10 a.m.) and finishes at JFK Middle School on Bridge Road. Entry fee is $25. To register …

Sunderland Town Administrator Margaret Nartowicz accepts job offer in Rutland

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sunderland Town Administrator Margaret Z. Nartowicz has accepted an offer for the same job in Rutland. Nartowicz was selected over four other finalists as the first town administrator in Rutland, which is in Worcester County. The Rutland Select Board interviewed candidates over the last two weeks, and voted unanimously Monday to offer the job to Nartowicz, according to chairman Michael Pantos. “Actually it …

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, February 27, 2015

To submit an item to Friends and Neighbors email newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst Michal Goderez was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Emerson College, Boston. Goderez is majoring in directing narrative fiction. …

Veterans Voice

Friday, February 27, 2015

Announcements MEETING: DAV Chapter 92 will hold its next meeting March 12 at 7 p.m. at the VFW Post 8006 in Florence. Nominations for officers will take be held. All disabled veterans who would like to join are welcomed. FUND RAISER: The annual DAV Chapter 92 Forget-Me-Not Fundraiser …

Area volunteer opportunities

Friday, February 27, 2015

Historic Deerfield — Historic Deerfield will soon be interviewing candidates for the guiding proghram. Looking for people who enjoy working with the public, learning about history, art and museums, and have a flexible schedule. Contact Lill Miskinis, 775-7132. Franklin County Home Care Corporation — Volunteer open house Wednesday, …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Smith Academy falls 70-42 to top-seeded Monson

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Smith Academy boys basketball team trailed by six points at halftime to top-seeded Monson in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 quarterfinal Thursday night. But the Falcons picked a bad time to go ice cold from the field, scoring only two points in the third quarter of the …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Turners Falls outlasts Granby, 56-49

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The last time Liam Ellis took the floor at the Curry Hicks Cage as a member of the Turners Falls boys basketball team, he was in eighth grade. Now a senior, Ellis and the third-seeded Indians will get a chance to return to the historic …

Division 2 Boys Basketball: Cam Earle (45 points) leads South Hadley to 77-73 quarterfinal comeback win over Shepherd Hill

Thursday, February 26, 2015

DUDLEY — With 0.7 seconds on the clock, South Hadley senior Cam Earle was at the line shooting two. He made the first and as the second shot fell, reality set in. The stands behind and across from the Tigers’ bench erupted while Shepherd Hill’s fan section went …

Division 3 Boys Basketball: Top-seeded Hampshire shuts down rival Easthampton to reach semifinals

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — There were a number of motivational points for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team going into its Western Massachusetts Division 3 quarterfinal against Easthampton Thursday night. With their 77-56 victory, the Raiders avenged last season’s postseason …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Hopkins Academy runs away from Hampden Charter, 80-48

Thursday, February 26, 2015

HADLEY — Once the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team took the lead, it never let it go, as it defeated No. 7 Hampden Charter 80-48 in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday night. The No. 2 Golden Hawks (19-2) advanced to the semifinals to face …

Division 1 Boys Basketball: Devonte’ McCall, Amherst snack on Holyoke in 76-53 quarterfinal victory

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — During his first break from the game Thursday, Devonte’ McCall turned around on the bench and reached for a large bag of Skittles. The Amherst Regional junior ripped it open, grabbed a handful and tasted the rainbow with 2 minutes, 36 seconds left in the third …

James Palermo of Southampton battles state education department for release of Program for International Student Assessment test results

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Jim Palermo is no stranger to raising questions, nor to encouraging others to do the same. So when the retired workers’ rights advocate and grandfather of 17 came across a report in December 2013 declaring Massachusetts …