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Ryan Jopson takes care of the corners as Cody Pease rolls yellow paint onto a client's wall in Greenfield. The two have run A&B Lawn Care in Sunderland since November, and picked up painting and other odd jobs to keep them in business during the winter.

A&B Lawn Care in Sunderland goes above and beyond

Friday, February 12, 2016

SUNDERLAND — A&B Lawn Care started off in jest. Friends Cody Pease and Ryan Jopson met working at Four Seasons Property Maintenance and used to joke about starting their own company. It became a reality last year, when the two started their business in November after hammering out the particulars and finishing the paperwork. Pease and Jopson considered several business …

Thursday’s high school basketball: Amherst boys qualify for postseason behind sixth straight win

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Devonte McCall had 28 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks as the Amherst Regional boys basketball team won their sixth straight and qualified for the postseason with an 83-72 win over Westfield in Amherst. Meikkel Murray added 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Tajahn Joyner had 16 points and Will Budington 10 for the Hurricanes (10-4, 5-1 Valley Wheel). Amherst shot …

Northampton girls aim for second straight WMass swimming championship

Thursday, February 11, 2016

When a team is vying for a Western Massachusetts title in swimming, there needs to be more than just a few talented swimmers. There needs to be talent, as well as depth through each event. Numbers have to be strong up and down the roster to score as many points as possible to boost the final total to championship status. After winning the …

Wednesday’s high schools: Belchertown hockey qualifies with win over Chicopee

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Nate Pachecho gave the Belchertown ice hockey team two points and a postseason spot Wednesday. He scored a goal in the first period as the Orioles beat Chicopee, 1-0, at Smead Arena in Springfield. Cam Cass and Ben Magarian added assists for Belchertown (8-4-2, 7-3-2 Fay-Wright). St. Mary …

South Hadley rallies to tie Mahar for Tri-County League wrestling title

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

From a 37-16 hole, the South Hadley wrestling team rallied back. The Tigers won the final four matches of their dual Wednesday in South Hadley to force a 37-37 tie with Mahar and share the Tri-County League championship …

Former part-time police officer faces drunken driving, firearms charges after accident in Sunderland

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SUNDERLAND — A former part-time Leyden police officer who also works for the Franklin County sheriff’s office has been charged with drunken driving and carrying a firearm while intoxicated, after he allegedly crashed his car into a fence. Thomas E. Herzig, 26, of Greenfield, was arrested in the …

NH, Massachusetts educators finalists for Frontier Regional School superintendent

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

DEERFIELD — An interim assistant superintendent from New Hampshire and the regional director of an educational organization based in Massachusetts are the finalists for the Frontier Regional School superintendent job. Lynn M. Carey, interim assistant superintendent of the Monadnock Regional School District in Swanzey, New Hampshire, and Kathryn …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Kayla Henry hits for career-high 29 as Belchertown beats Minnechaug

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kayla Henry scored a career-high 29 points as the Belchertown girls basketball team held off Minnechaug for a 56-51 win in Wilbraham Tuesday night. The Orioles (11-3) held the lead throughout but had to fight off the Falcons (5-10) down the stretch. Cara McKenzie (six points) added 10 …

Northampton’s Charlie Denhart, Amherst’s Margaret O’Connell lead local finishers at PVIAC Alpine Ski Championships

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Charlemont — Mohawk Trail’s Dan Burke completed both of his runs in cutoff jean shorts and a white tank top. Team tables were filled with grills, chips and candy. A group of male skiers took a victory lap …

Gazette High School Football Player of the Year: Griffin Fitzell, South Hadley

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Gazette Player of the Year Griffin Fitzell, senior, South Hadley Season highlights: Fitzell was among the top running backs in western Massachusetts, and performed many other roles in helping South Hadley to a Division 4 …

Gazette Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Dylan Husted, Frontier Regional

Monday, February 8, 2016

BOYS SOCCER GAZETTE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Dylan Husted, senior, Frontier Regional Season highlights: Made 78 saves and posted 10 shutouts for the Red Hawks, who finished 15-4-2 and 7-0-1 in the Schmid. Made two saves in the …

Gazette Girls Volleyball Player of the Year: Remi Quesnelle, Frontier Regional

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Player of the Year Remi Quesnelle, senior, Frontier Regional Season highlights: Quesnelle led Frontier with 306 kills, 265 digs and 98 aces while playing in all six rotations. The Red Hawks won their sixth Division 3 …

Friday’s high school basketball: Mary Whalen’s putback seals win for Smith Academy

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sophomore Mary Whalen pulled down her 10th rebound on the offensive end and scored the game-winner with 12.1 seconds left as the Smith Academy girls basketball team beat Pioneer Regional, 48-46, Friday in Hatfield. to go to put the Falcons ahead of Pioneer Valley (6-10) for good. Whalen …