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South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

Fireworks for the Fourth

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Rev. Thomas Shea retires from St. Patrick’s Church in South Hadley after 49 years as a priest

Saturday, July 4, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The Rev. Thomas Shea was in Rome for a four-month course on sacraments and moral teachings when Thomas Ludger Dupré, then bishop of the Springfield Diocese, called to say there was an opening for a priest at St. Patrick’s Church in the Falls neighborhood of South Hadley. “Would I go?” …

Friday’s summer baseball: Amherst Little Leaguers blank Easthampton

Friday, July 3, 2015

Four players had two hits apiece and Will Luschen-Miskovsky tossed a two-hit shutout as the Amherst Little League 11-and-12 All-Stars topped Easthampton 10-0 in four innings in District 2 tournament pool play Friday evening at Mill River Park in Amherst. Luschen-Miskovsky struck out eight and walked three in the victory for Amherst (2-2). …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, June 22, 2015

Please send notices to Debra Scherban at dscherban@gazettenet.com. Walking Rendezvous Northampton wellness coach Barry Bouthilette is organizing a Walking Rendezvous at Look Park in Florence June 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will include a walk around the park, music by the SilverTone5, entertainment for children, …

Health Events

Monday, June 15, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS SEPARATION AND DIVORCE — A support group for those dealing with separation or divorce meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call 584-0339. SMART RECOVERY — A program for …

Around South Hadley: FallsFest 2015, Independence Day fireworks, Select Board chat, farmers’ market

Monday, June 22, 2015

The main stage musical lineup for FallsFest 2015 is in place but there is plenty of organizing left to do, according to co-chairman Ira J. Brezinsky. “We are still looking for volunteers who want to join the committee or one of 10 subcommittees,” he said. The free music …

Weekend local baseball recaps: Northampton Legion escapes Aldenville comeback

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Ian Ostberg moved from second base to the mound in the seventh inning and led the Northampton Post 28 American Legion baseball team to a 6-5 win over Aldenville at Arcanum Field on Saturday. A walk and back-to-back singles cut King & Cushman’s lead to one run. Ostberg …

Frontier’s Kat Miner high jumps for 7th at New Balance Outdoor Nationals

Sunday, June 21, 2015

New England high jump champion Kat Miner of Frontier Regional, capped off her standout junior season with seventh place at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina on Sunday. Miner cleared 5 feet, 73⁄4 inches, while Nicole Green of Jacksonville, Florida, jumped 6-11⁄2 for the national …

Area volunteer opportunities

Saturday, June 20, 2015

hilltown families Volunteer Day — In partnership with Hilltown Families, the Food Bank of Western Mass. invites familes to attend a volunteer “Farming with Friends” session June 27, 10 a.m.-noon at Mountain View Farm, 393 East St, Easthampton. All ages welcome. Stay for all or part. To register …

Area school lunch menus

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: All natural chicken nuggets, oven baked fries, veggie dippers, applesauce, banana Belchertown MONDAY: Half day, no lunch Easthampton MONDAY: HS: Exam lunch assorted sandwiches and wraps; WBMS: Chicken tenders, brown rice, mixed vegetables, veggie burgers are available upon request, chicken ranch wrap, garden salad with chicken, …

Valley Views: Catbird in an Apple Tree

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Catbirds, like robins, are very common, and I usually don’t think to grab my camera when I see one. This one, however, seemed to be saying “Look, this is my good side, take a picture.”  It was indeed his, …

Friday’s summer baseball: Easthampton Mantle deals Northampton first loss

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Easthampton Mickey Mantle team handed Northampton its first loss Friday, thanks to a big fifth inning in an 8-4 win at home. Matt Hewes’ two-run single highlighted a five-run fifth as Easthampton (2-3) took a 5-1 lead. Hewes, Tim Fay (RBI) and Garrett Kowal (two doubles) each …

South Hadley’s Tara Bainbridge places 13th in javelin at national championships

Friday, June 19, 2015

Tara Bainbridge had a solid finish to her high school throwing career. The South Hadley senior placed 13th in the emerging elite field with a throw of 108 feet, 5 inches in the javelin at New Balance Nationals, Friday in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ludlow’s Alyssa Guyon was fourth …