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Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, August 22, 2014

RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER Route 9, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley With a flat tray feeder most birds usually dive right in, hopping around and picking out the choicest morsels. But not the red-bellied woodpeckers. They liked to hook their toes over the edge of the tray and cling there while feeding. This one has come up with a sunflower seed. I have enough trouble shucking sunflower seeds with my teeth and two hands. I don’t know how these guys manage with just a bill. This pretty redhead was captured with a medium-length telephoto lens on my tripod-mounted digital SLR camera … 0

Naomi Judd & Jonathan Szymonik

Friday, August 22, 2014

Robert Judd Jr., of Chesterfield, and Donna Whiteley, of Southampton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Naomi Judd, of South Hadley, to Jonathan Szymonik, also of South Hadley. Jonathan is the son of Albert and Rebecca Szymonik of South Hadley. Naomi is the self-employed owner of Mrs. Clean in South Hadley. She is … 0

Hampshire Regional School District: A renovated school in Williamsburg, new principal in Southampton

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A renovated and expanded school in Williamsburg and a new principal at the elementary school in Southampton are among the changes for the new school year in the Hampshire Regional School District. The district includes Hampshire Regional High School, Westhampton Elementary School, William E. Norris School in Southampton, Anne T. Dunphy School in … 0

McCann takes 2 postseason titles

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls tennis team has a legacy of having someone in the driver’s seat. For the last two seasons, it’s been senior Nicole McCann at first singles. This year, she capped her Hurricane career with two … 0

Local baseball: Hamp dismisses Frontier in the Cal Ripken 10U state semifinals

Monday, July 7, 2014

So far it seems like nothing can derail the Northampton in Cal Ripken 10U Tournament play. Hamp dispatched Frontier, 12-1 in a mercy-rule shortened four-inning state semifinal game, Monday in Sutton. Northampton will face Groton in the final, … 0

Gazette Boys Track & Field Player of the Year: Amherst Regional’s Taj-Amir Torres

Monday, July 7, 2014

Taj-Amir Torres wasn’t going to sneak up on anybody this year. The Amherst Regional sprinter finished his sophomore year with 100-meter dash victories at every postseason outdoor track & field championship through New Englands. With a bull’s-eye on … 0

Authorities rescue over a dozen cats from hot, feces-filled camper at 59 Gunn Road in Southampton

Monday, July 7, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Town and state animal welfare officials donned protective masks and entered a condemned, feces-filled camper at 59 Gunn Road Thursday to remove 11 cats that had apparently been living there for years. Two more were rescued … 0

Pettengill Insurance sweeps doublerheader with Northampton Post 28

Sunday, July 6, 2014

After a come-from-behind win in eight innings in game one, Pettengill Insurance kept its momentum going for a rout in game two as it swept Northampton King & Cushman Post 28, 4-3 and 19-4 in American Legion action Sunday at Arcanum Field. The teams played a doubleheader after … 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