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Poor weather sacked the local high school football schedule on Thanksgiving.

Update: Snow sacks Thanksgiving Day high school football schedule

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Day meals will taste a little different this year. Inclement weather postponed five high school football games on Thursday. The games will be played either Friday or Saturday with turkey day leftovers for post-game feasts. The Battle of the Bridge between Northampton and Amherst will be played Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at McGuirk Stadium. Amherst athletic director Rich Ferro …

A literary debut with clout: Mount Holyoke College history grad draws on her degree to pen acclaimed novel

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

When Katy Simpson Smith finished her studies at Mount Holyoke College at the end of 2005, she figured she had her career plan mapped out: She’d take her degree in early American history straight to graduate school and continue her work as a budding historian. But along the way to her doctorate, Smith, …

Belchertown, Frontier Regional, South Hadley aim to snap Thanksgiving losing streaks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Belchertown, Frontier Regional and South Hadley football teams will all have something in common on Thanksgiving — and it’s not likely poor field conditions. The three squads will all look to snap turkey day losing streaks. “If the kids can’t get up for this game, they should check the reasons why they’re playing,” South Hadley coach Scott Taylor said. The Tigers lead …

Saturday college recaps: UMass field hockey falls 1-0 in OT to Richmond in Atlantic 10 Tournament final

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The UMass field hockey team fell to Richmond, 1-0 in overtime, in the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship, Saturday in Richmond, Virginia. The defensive battle resulted in only 14 total shots. A-10 Offensive Player of the Year Rebecca Barry scored the game-winning goal for the Spiders (12-9), who advanced …

Hampshire Regional finishes third at WMass, punches ticket to girls cross country state meet

Saturday, November 8, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The Hampshire Regional girls cross country team kept its season alive with a third-place finish in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Championships at Northfield Recreation Center on Saturday. “We really thought we had a pretty good …

Northampton sweeps WMass Division 1 cross country championships; Amherst second

Saturday, November 8, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Northampton boys cross country coach Brandon Palmer was getting tired of waiting. He spent his first two seasons continually hearing, “Wait until next year.” That year is this year. For the second week in a row, …

Division 4 football: South Hadley stumbles in semifinal, falls 26-6 to Agawam

Friday, November 7, 2014

AGAWAM — Three weeks after being shut out in Agawam during the regular season, the South Hadley football team couldn’t get revenge in the postseason as the Tiger bit themselves with penalties and fell 26-6 in the Western …

Creating the night away: Young innovators descend on Mount Holyoke College for hackathon

Friday, November 7, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Over 200 students showed up at Mount Holyoke College Friday ready to stay up all night, but they weren’t there for a party. They came for a hackathon — a competitive event in which computer …

Friday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy holds off Gateway in Division 4 boys soccer quarterfinals

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Hopkins Academy boys soccer ran into Gateway Regional for the second straight year in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament. And much like last season, the Golden Hawks held on for a one-goal win. The second-seeded Golden Hawks jumped out to a three-goal lead and held on …

With push from younger officers, police departments are signing up for Facebook, Twitter

Friday, November 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz said he was skeptical when several younger officers approached him months ago with an idea of starting a Facebook page and Twitter account for the department. “I’ve seen other departments have …

Upcoming events at local senior centers

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP — For caregivers of seniors with dementia, Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Emotional support and information on resources. Led by Helen MacMellon, LCSW and Peg DeNault, RN. Questions or to register, call 259-3062. SHINE (Serving the …

school lunch menus

Friday, November 7, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Baked chicken nuggets, baked Tater Tots, carrot sticks, diced pears, fresh apple TUESDAY: Veterans Day, no school WEDNESDAY: Beefburger, carrot sticks, sliced peaches, banana, oven baked fries, garden salad THURSDAY: Loaded beef nachos, carrot sticks, chickpea salad, bartlett pear, applesauce FRIDAY: Cheesey pepperoni pizza, romaine lettuce, …

Area briefs

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Amherst JOLLY JAUNT: Special Olympics Massachusetts and the Amherst Brewing Co. are teaming up to host the 12th annual Jolly Jaunt 5K road race and walk presented by the New Balance Foundation on Dec. 6 at the brewpup, 10 University Drive. Registration will open at 9 a.m., and …