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Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 21, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs and sauce, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Home macaroni and cheese, carrots, spinach salad, red pepper strips, strawberry cup, pear Belchertown MONDAY: HS: Chicken nuggets, or Cinncinnati-style chili, pasta, spinach, corn, fresh fruit; JB: Pizza, rectangle pieces or Buffalo chicken tenders, oven fries, carrots, green beans, applesauce, fresh …

Volunteer opportunities in the Valley

Friday, November 21, 2014

invasive species removal — Volunteers needed to help remove bittersweet vines at Graves Farm Sanctuary in Williamsburg Saturdays, Nov. 22 and Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the sanctuary parking lot on the south side of Adams Road to carpool to the site. Bring work gloves and loppers and/or hand saws if you have them. Some will be available. Also bring …

Fire which started on porch of house in Sunderland extinguished in 10 minutes

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Michael and Carol Ahearn were sitting on the couch and recliner in their living room just after 9 p.m. Wednesday when her nose picked up an unusual smell. “She said, ‘I think something is burning,’ and we had some Yankee Candles lit, so I blew them out,” said Michael. “I said, ‘Maybe we just don’t have the right candles.’” About 30 …

Division 3 girls volleyball: Frontier Regional sweeps Mount Greylock, returns to another sectional final

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — They concentrated on the task at hand, being careful not to get too far ahead of themselves, knowing what was at stake. Now, for the 10th straight season, the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team is …

Former Route 9 Diner waitress Marie Billiel gratified by ‘enormous public outcry’ after blog post about sexual harassment

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

HADLEY — The former waitress who blogged about enduring over five years of sexual harassment and abuse at the Route 9 Diner said Tuesday that she was surprised and gratified by the “enormous public outcry” generated by her …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik easily wins re-election in 1st Franklin District

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Although results from the 1st Franklin District’s largest town and several others were not in by press time, it appeared that Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, easily won re-election to a 12th term, defeating Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, his …

Monday’s high schools: Smith Academy cruises into quarterfinals, shuts out Franklin Tech

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Smith Academy girls soccer team made a slight halftime adjustment and it powered the Falcons into the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinal round. No. 7 Smith Academy exploded for four goals in 14 minutes early in the second half to beat No. 10 Franklin Tech, 5-0, …

Division 2 field hockey: Kelly Moulton, Frontier Regional stop Greenfield, advance to finals

Monday, November 3, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD — After 90 minutes of back-and-forth action at Clark Field on Monday night, the Western Massachusetts Division 2 field hockey semifinal between second-seeded Frontier Regional and third-seeded Greenfield came down to penalty strokes. Frontier goalie Kelly …

Division 3 girls volleyball: Frontier sweeps past Easthampton, advances to semifinals

Monday, November 3, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team opened its postseason Monday night with a 3-0 sweep over the Easthampton in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinal round. With the 25-10, 25-11, 25-17 win, the top-seeded Red Hawks (19-1) advanced to the semifinals where they will …

Citing pipeline capacity, natural gas companies poised to turn away new customers in Valley

Monday, November 3, 2014

A natural gas pipeline that feeds much of the Pioneer Valley is nearly at capacity, a development that will force at least one gas company to turn away new customers in its Franklin County territory by the end of this year and extend the moratorium to Hampshire County …

Playoff matchups announced for high school football

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A trio of local football teams officially learned their postseason matchups on Sunday. Unlike Easthampton and Frontier Regional in Division 5, South Hadley avoided a trip to the Berkshires but must reverse its worst loss of the season. The Tigers (5-3) edged out Chicopee Comp for the No. …

Making News: Area business briefs

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Nirvana Yoga opens new studio Sunderland — Nirvana Yoga has a new location at 303 Amherst Road (Route 116) in Sunderland. Yogi Ruth Anne Lundeberg has been at the studio’s Easthampton location for 15 years, offering classic old-school …

Northampton girls dominate top 10 en route to PVIAC championship

Saturday, November 1, 2014

WESTFIELD — No one was going to catch Agawam’s Megan Dustin and no one knew that better than Northampton’s Mariel Lutz. Dustin left the rest of the field in her dust, but Lutz had another goal in mind. …