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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 …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, July 10, 2015

GROW FOOD NORTHAMPTON’S GIVING GARDEN TEAM — Help grow food that is donated to a local soup kitchen, or help deliver fresh organic produce to the soup kitchen, the Northampton Survival Center and the Northampton Senior Center. Email volunteer@growfoodnorthampton.com horizons for homeless children — Fun-loving, dependable people needed …

Area Volunteer Opportunities

Friday, July 10, 2015

Highland valley elder services ombudsmen — New ombudsmen needed to cover Hampshire County and Westfield facilities. Ombudsmen help ensure the quality of life for nursing and rest home residents. Volunteers are trained to assist residents with benefits, rights and entitlements guaranteed under federal, state and local laws. Three-day …

Your Photos

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friends and neighbors

Friday, July 10, 2015

Amherst Parker Cowls Jones has been named to the spring semester president’s list at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. Jones’s major is mechanical engineering. Daniel Mendez graduated from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, with a master’s degree in philosophy. Belchertown Zachery Smith, an aviation meteorology major, earned a …

Local baseball: Northampton’s Connor McLindon no hits Holyoke in Mickey Mantle

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Connor McLindon tossed a five-inning no-hitter for Northampton as it dominated Holyoke, 10-0, Thursday in Mickey Mantle action at Northampton High School. Jesse Carlino-Threlfall had a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth that invoked the …

Gazette Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year: South Hadley senior Sam Duda

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year Sam Duda, senior, South Hadley Season highlights: The senior attack was one of five western Massachusetts players to be named an All-American by US Lacrosse. He joined Chris Menard, Evan Marcus and …

Residents of Hillside Road in Deerfield describe ‘brief but powerful’ storm Tuesday

Thursday, July 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — Moira Megargee of Deerfield could see the storm coming Tuesday evening as she worked in her garden on Hillside Road. She figured that she would have a bit more time to finish up before the rain …

Local baseball: Max Wojcik homers in the 8th to lift Belchertown over Southampton in the District 2 Little League (11-12) Tournament

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Max Wojcik’s walk-off two-run home in the bottom of the eighth inning capped a classic in the final game of pool play in the District 2 Little League (11-12) Tournament as Belchertown edged Southampton, 8-7. After the teams were tied 6-6 after six, neither team scored in the …

Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year: Kate Sarnacki, Granby

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Kate Sarnacki, sophomore, Granby Season highlights: Sarnacki led all of western Massachusetts with 93 goals in helping lead the Rams to their first postseason appearance. She added 28 assists for a total of 121 points, which was tops …