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CAROL LOLLIS
The weathervane that is getting ready to be installing  on the spire of the Westhampton Congregational United Church Tuesday morning.

Westhampton church steeple repaired, weathervane hoisted

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — Less than four months after launching the public phase of a $200,000 fundraising campaign, the Westhampton Congregational Church of Christ has received pledges for over 95 percent of the funds and completed one of the most visible parts of the renovation work. The 185-year-old church’s spire on top of the steeple had been tilting ominously, but it is standing straight again after repairs which cost $37,650, said Richard W. Tracy, a member of the campaign committee. Workers Tuesday reinstalled the weather vane on top of the spire that had been removed due to the tilting, while a crowd of onlookers watched far below. … 0

Hampshire Regional School District: A renovated school in Williamsburg, new principal in Southampton

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A renovated and expanded school in Williamsburg and a new principal at the elementary school in Southampton are among the changes for the new school year in the Hampshire Regional School District. The district includes Hampshire Regional High School, Westhampton Elementary School, William E. Norris School in Southampton, Anne T. Dunphy School in … 0

The horse rescuers: Westhampton fire crews invest to save horses that have fallen

Friday, August 15, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — With muscles bulging under their sleek hides, horses are pictures of strength. That’s where phrases like “horsepower” and “as healthy as a horse” came from. But even big, strong horses need a little help sometimes. In Westhampton last winter, the Fire Department staged three rescue efforts when horses fell and could … 0

Local baseball: Hamp dismisses Frontier in the Cal Ripken 10U state semifinals

Monday, July 7, 2014

So far it seems like nothing can derail the Northampton in Cal Ripken 10U Tournament play. Hamp dispatched Frontier, 12-1 in a mercy-rule shortened four-inning state semifinal game, Monday in Sutton. Northampton will face Groton in the final, … 0

Gazette Boys Track & Field Player of the Year: Amherst Regional’s Taj-Amir Torres

Monday, July 7, 2014

Taj-Amir Torres wasn’t going to sneak up on anybody this year. The Amherst Regional sprinter finished his sophomore year with 100-meter dash victories at every postseason outdoor track & field championship through New Englands. With a bull’s-eye on … 0

Pettengill Insurance sweeps doublerheader with Northampton Post 28

Sunday, July 6, 2014

After a come-from-behind win in eight innings in game one, Pettengill Insurance kept its momentum going for a rout in game two as it swept Northampton King & Cushman Post 28, 4-3 and 19-4 in American Legion action Sunday at Arcanum Field. The teams played a doubleheader after … 0

Powerful storms again move through Pioneer Valley, downing trees and power lines

Friday, July 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Charles and Marie Thieme were enjoying a quiet night of television in their Florence home Thursday when a powerful, fast-moving storm barreled through the region, snapping off the top half of an 80-foot tree in their … 0

Local baseball: Gateway unloads in the first, wins Senior Little League District 2 title

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Jonny Haskell didn’t need a lot of run support in the Senior Little League District 2 championship game, but his Gateway teammates gave it too him anyway. Haskell had a five-run lead before throwing a pitch and led Gateway to an 11-0 mercy-rule shortened win in five innings … 0

Severe weather again moves through region taking down trees and power lines

Thursday, July 3, 2014

For the second straight day, severe weather with heavy rain and lightning moved through the Pioneer Valley on Thursday, taking down trees and power lines. The worst storms in Hampshire County occurred starting at 8 p.m., with trees reported down throughout Northampton, as well as in Westhampton and … 0

Local baseball/softball: Northampton Junior All-Stars rally in championship, force deciding game with Agawam

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Three outs from elimination in the Little League District 2 Tournament, the Northampton Junior All-Stars came through with two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 12-11 win over Agawam at St. John Field in Agawam. … 0

Monday’s local baseball: Easthampton Post 225 rallies past Agawam

Monday, June 30, 2014

Nick Grise’s RBI single capped a three-run rally for the Easthampton Post 224 American Legion baseball team in the seventh inning of a 3-2 win at Agawam Monday evening. Erik Fickett (run) hit a two-run triple to tie the game, scoring Justin Edinger and Noah Batchelder, who each … 0

Grand jury indicts two for allegedly misleading police, perjury during investigation of alleged attack at Westhampton house party

Monday, June 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two new indictments were handed down by a Hampshire County grand jury last week in connection with an alleged attack against a Holyoke man during a Westhampton house party in May. Raymond Zachary Paquette, 21, of Westhampton was indicted on two counts of misleading police after … 1

Weekend baseball/softball: Scott Jablon’s walk-off grand slam gives Northampton Post 28 win over Agawam

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Pinch hitter Scott Jablon kept King & Cushman Northampton Post 28’s winning streak going in grand fashion Saturday. Jablon smacked a walk-off grand slam on a 3-2 pitch as Post 28 beat Agawam 8-7 at Arcanum Field. It was the third straight win for Northampton. Ben O’Connor drew … 0