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Frontier Regional towns support paying for study of consolidating town offices and school space

Saturday, March 28, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The four towns of the Frontier Regional and Union 38 school districts support spending money on a study that would consider how town offices and school space could be consolidated to save money. During a meeting of officials from Deerfield, Sunderland, Conway and Whately last week, the consensus was that moving forward with the study was a good idea, even though the district was not able to secure …

Berkshire Gas expands ban on new natural gas service to Amherst, Hadley, Hatfield and Sunderland

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Berkshire Gas Co. announced Friday it will not accept any new customers in Hampshire County, expanding an earlier moratorium on new service enacted in Franklin County last year. That raises concerns about its impact on economic development in the affected communities. Effective immediately, the utility will no longer allow any new natural gas service in Amherst, Hadley and Hatfield in Hampshire County …

Towns question decision by Frontier Regional School Committee to reverse staff cuts

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The decision by the Frontier Regional School Committee to reinstate funding for six positions and raise its budget by about 2 percent may not stand if the district’s four towns have their way. The budget will be presented at Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately and Conway’s town meetings next month, but representatives from at least three towns said during a four-town meeting Thursday …

Conte Refuge one of more than 550 in country protecting fish, wildlife and plants

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The National Wildlife Refuge System within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve the country’s fish, wildlife, and plants. Established in 1903, the system has grown to contain more than 150 million acres within more than 550 …

At Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, partnerships key to conservation efforts

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Forging working partnerships with landowners, state and federal agencies and private and nonprofit groups plays a critical role in the success of most conservation efforts. Assessing potential projects and rounding up the right players is a key part …

Shooting woes end Hopkins Academy’s Division 4 state title run in semifinals

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WORCESTER — After guiding the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team to a Western Massachusetts title, coach Angelo Thomas hoped Tuesday night’s loss will prepare his program to win at the state level. The Golden Hawks ran into an …

South Hadley goes cold in 65-58 loss to Marlborough in state Division 2 semifinal

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Cam Earle stood at the free-throw line with just over two minutes remaining Tuesday in the state Division 2 semifinal against Marlborough. The Panthers had cut the Tigers’ lead down to one, but the South Hadley …

Sports briefs: Locals shine at youth championships, spring and summer league registrations open

Monday, March 9, 2015

Local shines as Trinity College captures first NESCAC Championship The Trinity College women’s ice hockey team captured its first ever NESCAC Championship with a 3-2 overtime win against Middlebury College on Sunday. Jessie Stowell of Hadley had her shot tipped into the goal with 5 minutes, and 12 …

South Hadley topples Tantasqua, wins 7th WMass Division 2 title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — South Hadley boys basketball coach Jeff Guiel emerged from the locker room on Saturday with an unraveled tie draped around his neck. He was wearing a T-shirt that read “If not now” on the front and …

Belchertown beats Pittsfield in Division 2 girls final, wins school’s first basketball title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — The Belchertown girls basketball team had a six-point lead with 31.5 seconds left in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament final when coach Jay Woodcock told sophomore Cara McKenzie she had made the play of the …

Hoosac ends Granby girls undefeated season in D3 final, 55-29

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — It had been 367 days since the Granby girls basketball team last lost. On Saturday, the No. 2 Rams’ 22-game win streak was snapped by top-seeded Hoosac Valley, 55-29, in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament …

In stunning turnaround, Hopkins wallops top-seeded Monson in D-4 championship

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team made a minor change to its defense at halftime. Sure, the Golden Hawks trailed top-seeded Monson by five, but their defense was working with the exception of Stephen O’Shea, who …

Sunderland caucus to determine candidates for 12 seats

Friday, March 6, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The annual town caucus will be held Monday to decide who will run for each of the 12 seats that are up for election this year. The caucus will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the town offices, with the following seats available: Select Board member, three …