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Wednesday’s high schools: Alex Bachand nets 100th point for Belchertown hockey team

Thursday, January 29, 2015

For Alex Bachand and the Belchertown hockey team, Wednesday afternoon’s game against South Hadley was about the numbers on the scoreboard rather than those on the score sheet. But once they secured a 7-5 victory at Fitzpatrick Rink in Holyoke, the Orioles celebrated a milestone for its senior forward and leading scorer. Bachand scored twice with an assist to surpass 100 points in his career. “It was a big game …

Wednesday’s high school swimming: Records fall as Longmeadow sweeps Northampton

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Two JFK Middle School pool records were taken down as the Northampton swim teams fell to Longmeadow on Wednesday. On the girls side, the Lancers won 95-90 as they lowered the 400 free relay pool record to 3:42.72 to close the meet. Kerry Fleming pick up two individual wins for the Blue Devils (8-1, 5-1 Minuteman) in the 100 and 200 frees. On …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Smith Voke takes down Northampton in first match since splitting program

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In their first matchup as separate programs, Smith Vocational got the best of Northampton Wednesday night. The Vikings, who before this season were part of a cooperative program with the Blue Devils, won 28-21. Jake Erali had the lone pin for the Smith Voke, while Nye Winston-Corradino earned a key 14-2 decision. Andrew Tacy, Ben Murphy and Nick Day each had pins, with …

Guy Bush Jr. of New York denies raping girl in South Hadley, held on $100,000 bail

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A New York man was ordered held on $100,000 bail after denying child rape charges Wednesday. Guy Bush Jr., 45, of Grand Isle, New York, pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to charges of forcible rape of a child and three counts of indecent assault …

Around South Hadley: ‘Bag the Community’ food drive to benefit pantry during holiday weekend

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Residents here should expect to see crews of volunteer drivers and their helpers blanketing the town on Saturday with 6,000 paper grocery bags as part of this year’s “Bag the Community” food drive. “We have …

Tuesday’s colleges: Connor Green scores 1,000th point, lifts Amherst College over Wesleyan

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Connor Green scored his 1,000th career point as Amherst College beat Wesleyan, 69-46, at home Tuesday. Green finished with 17 points and became the 28th Jeff to reach the milestone. Johnny McCarthy (11 rebounds) also scored 17 points. Jayde Dawson added 12 points, while David George had 10 …

Tuesday’s boys basketball: Gateway Regional jumps on Pathfinder, cruises to win

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Peter Kowal paced four double-digit scorers for the Gateway Regional boys basketball team in a 72-46 road victory over Pathfinder Tuesday night. The junior forward poured in a game-high 22 points to lead the Gators (2-5, 2-3 Tri-County). John Haskell had 17 points for Gateway, which scored 30 …

Tuesday’s girls basketball: Easthampton honors late coach Jay Fortier with pregame ceremony

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Eashampton girls basketball team will keep a seat open on its bench for the rest of the season. Before the Eagles tipped off against Monson, the Eagles honored their late coach Jay Fortier with a pregame ceremony. …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Easthampton sweeps Holyoke Catholic

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Easthampton girls swim team remained perfect in league action by beating Holyoke Catholic 94-68 Tuesday night at Williston Northampton. Sabrina Foster won both the 50 free and the 100 free for the Eagles (3-5, 3-0 Patriot). Kristyn …

Tuesday’s high school alpine skiing: Gateway Regional’s Austin Herman wins season’s first race

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The five-day delay in the start of the alpine skiing season apparently didn’t bother Austin Herman. The Gateway Regional senior earned the overall individual victory in the boys slalom Tuesday afternoon at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Herman posted a time of 32.54 seconds for the Gators, who finished …

Funeral industry veterans open new home where William Ryder once operated in South Hadley

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The newest business owners in town have careers in the funeral industry that span three generations and bring more than 30 years of experience to the Curran-O’Brien Funeral Home & Cremation Service. West Springfield business …

MassDevelopment issues $17 million tax-exempt bond for group homes, including four in Hampshire County

Monday, January 12, 2015

The state’s finance and development agency has issued a $17 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of a Massachusetts real estate company that is building 20 licensed group homes statewide, including four in Hampshire County. CIL Realty of Massachusetts intends to use the money from the bonds issued by …

South Hadley officials invite residents to get-together at Thirsty Mind

Monday, January 12, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — As part of an effort to improve communication between residents and local officials, the Select Board has launched a series of informal get-togethers at local eateries. The second of a monthly series will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Thirsty Mind …