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A damaged window at the Whately town hall. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

Whately will ask Town Meeting for money to fix historic window

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WHATELY — When a microburst tore through southern Franklin County last month, it broke more than tree branches and power lines. According to Whately Town Administrator Mark Pruhenski, one of the Palladian-style windows on the facade of Whately’s historic Town Hall was smashed as well. Though the town was planning to replace some of the windows anyway since the Town Hall will be preserved and used as a community center once the new Town Offices in Whately’s Industrial Park are complete, Pruhenski said winter is just around the corner and a piece of plywood will likely not be enough to keep out the elements. Voters …

Bird sightings

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two Virginia rails, a merlin and a summer tanager were reported in Belchertown. Nighthawks are beginning to show up across the region. Look in the early evening hours. Mourning warblers were found in Florence and Pittsfield. A lesser yellowlegs …

Northampton tops Frontier for 14U Suburban softball title

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Calista Lebron hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, to power the Northampton 14U softball team to the Western Massachusetts Suburban League championship with a 15-8 victory over Frontier Thursday evening at Sheldon Field. Lebron, the second baseman, also had a two-run single and scored twice for Northampton (12-3). “Calista was …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend …

Mechanics work to rebuild Quality Automotive and Indie Automotive after devastating fire in Hatfield

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

HATFIELD — Greg Lawrence is willing to fix cars on the dirt parking lot by the charred remains of his shop, Indie Automotive, while he waits to secure temporary garage space. But thanks to the support of longtime …

Frontier Regional School District and Union 38 will start early release of students on most Fridays

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The first day of school is a little more than two weeks away for students at the Frontier Regional School District and Union 38, and this year they will notice some changes to their schedule. Students will be released an 1½ hours early every Friday …

Health events: Area support groups, other resources

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ GRIEF BEREAVEMENT — Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst periodically offers eight-week bereavement support groups open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. There is no fee; a phone interview is required. Call …

High school notebook: Local ultimate players shine at Under-19 Club National Championships

Monday, August 10, 2015

Yet another example of Hampshire County’s influence in the sport of ultimate at the state and national level was on display over the weekend. Several local boys competed for the Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance all-star team, which won …

Western Massachusetts firefighters to help battle wildfires in Oregon and Washington

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Several local firefighters are among 20 from New England sent to help battle wildfires that have been ravaging hundreds of thousands of acres of forest in Oregon, Washington and California during the last week. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation on Saturday sent crews to the Redmond …

Fire destroys historic Athol barn, wind damage causes tree to fall on house in Hatfield

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

ATHOL — As she watched firefighters hose down the wreckage caused by a lightning strike that destroyed the family’s 200-year-old barn Tuesday afternoon, Maria Vitello said she knew the barn was a goner as soon as she saw the flames. “I heard it and I felt it and …

Health Events: Area support groups, resources

Monday, August 3, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS/DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES — Tuesdays, 5:15 p.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank, 325A King St., Northampton. Call Robin at 917-533-5691 or Ro at 250-3050 AGING GRACEFULLY — A support group focusing on issues of …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, July 31, 2015

Amherst Zoe Tessler, the daughter of Patricia Gorman and Richard Tessler and a rising senior at Hamilton College, is part of a research group at Hamilton studying the invasive garlic mustard plant. Tessler, an art and biology major, is a graduate of Amherst Regional High School. Belchertown Gabriel …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 …