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Songwriter Pat Alger at the Nashville Songwriters Association International Friday, September 13, 2013 in Nashville, Tenn.

Weekend Planner — Music: Pat Alger, Jim Rooney, Chris Brashear perform at Watermelon Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Why is the new season of Watermelon Wednesdays beginning on a Thursday? Referring to the triple bill of Pat Alger, Jim Rooney and Chris Brashear, set to perform May 28 at the West Whately Chapel, WW organizer Paul Newlin said, “I had to make a rare exception [to the scheduling] to get these guys.” Known as “the songwriters’ songwriter,” Alger (pictured) has penned hits for Peter, Paul and Mary, Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovett, Brenda Lee, Crystal Gayle and many more. As a performer, he’s recorded three solo albums. In 2010 he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. When he’s not working as …

Frederick Orloski challenges incumbent Whately Select Board member Joyce Palmer Fortune who is running write-in campaign

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WHATELY — Assessor Frederick P. Orloski seeks to unseat Select Board Chairwoman Joyce Palmer Fortune in the Whately election June 9. Though Fortune is a two-term incumbent, she faces an uphill battle of sorts because her name is not on the ballot. She is running a write-in campaign due to a mix-up that caused her to miss the deadline for filing nomination papers. …

Tuesday’s high schools: Sarah Meunier lifts Frontier softball with walkoff win over Taconic in extras

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sarah Meunier hit a walkoff single to lift the Frontier Regional softball team to a 2-1 win over Taconic in 9 innings at home Tuesday. It was her second hit of the game, scoring Courtney Newsome with the winning run for the Red Hawks (17-3). Ally Hamelin struck out 17 and allowed two …

Tuesday’s high school tennis: Northampton boys beat Amherst in potential postseason preview

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In a potential postseason preview, the Northampton boys tennis team defeated rival Amherst Regional 4-1 Tuesday afternoon at Amherst Middle School. Francois Venne, Alex Zimbalist and Ben Sharpe combined to drop 12 games in three straight-set singles victories for the Blue Devils (12-3). Leon Moore and Xiao Wei …

Tuesday’s high school baseball: South Hadley qualifies for postseason with win at Easthampton

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The South Hadley baseball team qualified for the postseason for the 16th consecutive season by beating Easthampton 8-3 on the road Tuesday afternoon. Brian Bak went 3 for 3 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored for the Tigers (10-9). Mario Olivera added two hits, two …

Monday’s high schools: Northampton baseball, Amherst softball pull out 1-0 wins; Holyoke Catholic qualifies for baseball tournament

Monday, May 25, 2015

A pair of local ballclubs ended their seasons with thrilling 1-0 victories on Memorial Day. Another made sure its season kept on going. The Northampton High School baseball team beat Agawam, 1-0, in its season finale at home …

Weekend high schools: Hamp softball slugs past Belchertown

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Northampton softball team exploded for 10 runs in the third inning and went on to a 15-3 home victory over Belchertown in 6 innings Saturday afternoon. Zoe Driscoll-Sbar went 3 for 4, including a double and a triple, scored three runs and knocked in a pair for …

Frontier Regional wins District F&G Girls Track Championship

Friday, May 22, 2015

BUCKLAND — Track & field is usually a measure of individual success but on Friday night, the Frontier Regional girls team flexed its individual muscles, as well as that of the entire team. The Red Hawks had a …

Friday’s high school softball: Northampton walk-off clinches berth in postseason tournament

Friday, May 22, 2015

Lily Glading-DiLorenzo doubled to the gap in left-center field to dive in Allie Vanasse with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth as the Northampton softball team came from behind to beat Chicopee, 7-6, in a walk-off Friday. The win qualified the Blue Devils for the …

Friday’s high school baseball: Dalomba, Carey shine for Amherst in 10-inning win over Longmeadow

Friday, May 22, 2015

A pair of Amherst Regional baseball players won’t soon forget their senior night. Selah Dalomba hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th and Jamie Carey earned the complete-game victory as the Hurricanes topped Longmeadow 3-2 in 10 innings. “Selah smoked a line drive well …

Friday’s high school lacrosse: Northampton rolls past Tantasqua

Friday, May 22, 2015

Kerry Fleming had five goals and assist on senior night to lead the Northampton girls lacrosse team to an 18-4 win over Tantasqua at home Friday. Classmate Emily Biggs added two goals and three assists, while fellow seniors Emily Poehlein (goal), Haley Subocz (two goals, one assists), Missie …

Friday’s high school tennis: Amherst girls down Longmeadow, claim Valley League outright

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Amherst Regional girls tennis team wrapped up its regular season on Friday, beating longtime rival Longmeadow, 4-1, for the second time this week. The Hurricanes (15-2, 7-1 Valley League) also won the league title outright. Allison McCann handed Suzanne Elfman a 6-0, 6-4 loss at first singles. …

New MIAA rule threatens middle school participation in high school sports

Friday, May 22, 2015

A week before a five-year softball starter at Hampshire Regional hit a career milestone, the MIAA approved a rule that would have prevented the feat from happening. On May 14, changes to the MIAA Handbook for 2015-2017 included …