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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 …

Political newcomer Dylan Korpita challenges veteran legislator Stephen Kulik in 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Political newcomer Dylan E. Korpita of Deerfield in Tuesday’s election is trying to unseat veteran 1st Franklin District state Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington, saying, “It’s time for a change.” Korpita, 35, a Republican and former bond trader …

Some voters to consider stronger anti-corruption measures for politicians, legalization of marijuana

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Strengthening anti-corruption laws for politicians and taking a step toward full legalization of marijuana are public policy questions on Tuesday’s ballot in two area legislative districts. With state Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, expected to become president of …

Four-goal second half punches Frontier girls soccer’s tourney ticket

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Needing a win to qualify for the postseason, the Frontier Regional girls soccer team knew it had work to do with under 20 minutes left of a tie game Wednesday night. The Red Hawks certainly …

Wednesday’s high school and preps: Amherst girls soccer shut out Cathedral, 3-0, on senior night

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jamie Staples scored a goal and had two assists as the Amherst Regional girls soccer team enjoyed a successful senior night by beating Cathedral 3-0. Izzy Tripp and Sage DeChiara each added a goal, while senior Kailey Tobin earned an assist for the tournament-bound Hurricanes (6-9-3, 5-2-1 Central). …

Tuesday’s high schools: League titles, tournament berth up for grabs as regular season nears its end

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Three local soccer teams earned a share of their respective league titles Tuesday, while two other squads clinched postseason berths. The Hopkins Academy and Frontier Regional boys each won on the road to become co-champions of the Schmid. The Granby girls defeated South Hadley to grab a share …

WMass girls volleyball: Frontier aims for 10th straight sectional and 5th straight state title as No. 1 seed

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team can accomplish a pair of milestone streaks this postseason. The Red Hawks are aiming for their 10th straight Western Massachusetts Division 3 title and their fifth consecutive state crown. But coach Sean …

Monday’s high schools: Caleb Farnham fires 89, finishes 22nd at state Division 3 tournament

Monday, October 27, 2014

A week after winning the Western Massachusetts golf championship, Caleb Farnham shot an 89 and finished 22nd in the state Division 3 tournament at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown on Monday. The Hopkins Academy sophomore did not see the course until a nine-hole practice round on Sunday. …

WMass Field hockey: Three teams battle in Division 2; Northampton, South Hadley eye Division 1 crown

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Western Massachusetts Field Hockey Tournament brackets were released Monday, officially opening postseason play. Of the 13 western Mass. programs in Division 2, just three qualified. Two of the 13 teams — South Hadley and Mahar — qualified, …

VIDEO: Scream Season in the Valley: Growing Halloween scene now includes zombie paintball, ghost walks and more

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Valley has long boasted its fair share of pumpkin patches and corn mazes geared to families around Halloween. But a growing number of attractions is designed to appeal to older crowds. Elaborate scenes featuring storylines involving zombies, …

After fatal hayride accidents in Maine and Idaho, local purveyors say safety a priority

Monday, October 27, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Fatal accidents at hayrides in Maine and Idaho in a span of two days this month have raised questions about the safety of such seasonal attractions. On Oct. 10, an 18-year-old playing the part of a zombie was killed when he fell under the wheels of …