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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Front side of the new South Hadley Library is seen Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.  The library is moving from the old library on Bardwell Street, and expected to open sometimes in the week of Aug. 25.

VIDEO South Hadley Public Library prepares to open new building on Canal Street

Thursday, August 21, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — After seven-plus years of hard work, the South Hadley Public Library is moving into its new $10.1 million building at 2 Canal St. “It’s been an exciting ride,” said Director Joseph Rodio, taking a break from setting up in the library’s gleaming new quarters which include large windows that bring sunlight streaming into the reading areas. The … 0

AIC courses offered in Scholars Program at South Hadley High

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A program allowing high school students to take college-level courses without leaving the building will expand this year, said Elizabeth Wood, director of guidance and counseling. The South Hadley Scholars Program turns the high school into a satellite campus of American International College in Springfield. The provost at AIC approves … 0

Building community is focus as performing arts charter school sets to expand

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — As Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School students arrive for their first day of school Aug. 27, they will be entertained by a faculty band performing from a loading dock near the building’s main entrance. This performance is one aspect of Community Day that features a variety of events … 0

Northampton Cal Ripken baseball cruises in opener of state tournament

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Three pitchers combined on a 2-hitter as the Northampton Cal Ripken 9-and-under team began the state tournament with a 10-3 victory over Marlboro Friday afternoon in Westminster. Otis Follet (three innings, five strikeouts), Dominic Badorini (two innings, three … 0

Debtor’s jail? South Hadley man describes day he was jailed in dispute over $508

Friday, July 18, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Iheanyi Daniel Okoroafor, a 73-year-old African immigrant and retired mental health case manager, thought he’d get a chance to explain to a judge why he didn’t pay for a furnace repair he says was not … 0

Mt. Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella goes to bat for jailed Cambodian activist who spoke at the college

Friday, July 18, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella is among a chorus of individuals and organizations calling for the release of detained Cambodian opposition leader Mu Sochua. Sochua is a member of Cambodia’s Parliament and leader of … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, July 18, 2014

WOODCHUCK Newton Street, South Hadley Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley It’s garden time and this woodchuck, also known as a groundhog, appears to have caught the scent of tender young plants as he … 0

Local baseball: Amherst Legion claims pair of playoff wins

Friday, July 18, 2014

After waiting roughly three days to extend its season, the Amherst Post 148 American Legion team then only needed hours to get off to a strong start in the next round of the Western District playoffs. Amherst defeated … 0

Local talent finds offseason home on IAS lacrosse team

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The high school lacrosse season grinds along with a shifting focus as the goal changes from making the postseason to winning the championship. But for athletes wanting to play at the next level, a winning season … 0

Gazette Girls Track & Field Player of the Year: Northampton senior Lauren McGrath

Thursday, July 17, 2014

When Lauren McGrath first came out for the Northampton girls track & field team, she had no idea what she was doing. Fast forward a year and a half, and she had no idea just how much she … 0

Northampton, Amherst pleased with fireworks displays; South Hadley gets a discount

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Organizers of fireworks displays in Amherst and Northampton said Thursday there are pleased with shows delivered in their communities this year and intend to honor their contracts with the New Hampshire company that has come under scrutiny in … 0

Not enough bang for the buck: Fireworks firm reimburses South Hadley, Greenfield for shorter displays

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Two Valley communities say a New Hampshire company sold them short on the fireworks they bought for their Fourth of July celebrations. Both South Hadley and Greenfield noticed discrepancies in the number of fireworks guaranteed in their contract … 1

Baseball Player of the Year: Andrew Omer of Hopkins

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Andrew Omer took the role of pitching ace for the Hopkins Academy baseball team quite literally. The senior righthander earned the win in nine of 14 victories for the Golden Hawks, including seven of nine during the regular … 0