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House fire on North Main Street in Sunderland draws firefighters from seven towns

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SUNDERLAND — A house fire downtown drew firefighters from Sunderland and six other departments Wednesday night. The fire broke out at 127 North Main St. just after 9 p.m. Residents evacuated, and reported heavy smoke in the front of the home. The road was closed to traffic in both directions, with fire trucks and ambulances lining the street. Firefighters tore into the porch’s decking with power saws and hand tools …

Sunderland Elementary School playground improvements complete

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Students at Sunderland Elementary School who donned their coats and hats and headed out to recess last week were met with a pleasant surprise — the new playground is up and running after a remodeling project was completed earlier this month. According to Ben Barshefsky, the school’s interim principal, the upgrades …

Northampton boys fifth, girls seventh at state cross country championship

Saturday, November 15, 2014

BOSTON — For the first time this season, neither the Northampton boys or girls cross country teams finished first in a non-invitational meet. But this was no ordinary meet and neither team was expected to win. It was the state Division 1 championship and the competition was fierce. The Blue Devil boys finished in fifth place at Franklin Park. The girls took seventh. …

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. …

Aidan Gilson, Northampton boys take cross country titles at PVIAC championship

Saturday, November 1, 2014

WESTFIELD — With the finish line in sight, three cross country runners all had their eyes on the prize. Northampton’s Aidan Gilson trailed Connor Evans of Amherst and teammate Liam Sullivan when he heard a familiar voice calling …

South County EMS uses state grant to buy automatic chest compression machines

Saturday, November 1, 2014

DEERFIELD — Performing chest compressions is one of the most difficult, tiring and time-consuming parts of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but for the medics of South County EMS that process just got a little bit easier. The regional ambulance service …