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Gov. Charlie Baker speaks with a Yankee Candle employee during his tour of the company's Whately factory Thursday afternoon.

Gov. Charlie Baker says Yankee Candle ‘a success story I’d like to replicate all over the place’

Friday, May 29, 2015

WHATELY — Yankee Candle is Franklin County’s largest employer and during a short visit Thursday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker called it a success story to be replicated across the state. During a tour of the Pioneer Valley, Baker stopped by the company’s production facility in Whately, where he toured the factory floor, spoke with employees and held a short press …

Thursday’s high schools: Emergency JV sub plays key role as Northampton earns 6-5 extra-inning win over South Hadley

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Northampton softball team got a little help from across the field in its 6-5 come-from-behind eight-inning win over South Hadley Thursday. While the Tigers scored the tying run in the seventh inning, shortstop Zoe Driscoll-Sbar was injured and had to leave the field. Stuck without a replacement and having received an OK from the South Hadley side, Northampton coach Jim Hale pulled …

MIAA votes to delay change to middle school eligibility rule

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association backpedaled on its recent rule change in regards to the eligibility of middle school students on high school teams. Earlier this month, the MIAA voted to change Rule 53 for the 2015-2017 handbook. Currently, middle school students are eligible for high school teams if their school falls under the leadership of the high school principal. The MIAA elected …

Area school lunch menus

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato salad, orange, strawberry cup TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs and sauce, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Homemade macaroni and cheese, carrots, spinach salad, strawberries, Bartlett pear THURSDAY: Hamburger, sweet potato puffs, …

Friday’s high school baseball: Granby tops Holyoke Catholic, inches closer to postseason

Friday, May 15, 2015

Brett Sullivan struck out 10 as the Granby baseball team beat Holyoke Catholic, 5-2, in Chicopee and inch closer to qualifying for the postseason. The Rams (8-6, 6-1 Bi-County North) need to win two of their final five games. Matt Bleakley (two hits, two runs, RBI) pulled off …

Friday’s high school lacrosse: Slysz sisters power South Hadley

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Slysz sisters each scored four goals as the South Hadley girls lacrosse team romped to a 16-5 victory over West Springfield Friday night on the road. Emma Slysz had four goals and two assists, while Olivia Slysz added four tallies for South Hadley (4-9). Gabrielle Schwalm notched …

Friday’s high school softball: Easthampton, Smith Vocational qualify for postseason

Friday, May 15, 2015

Kate Avard had three hits, an RBI and scored twice to propel the Easthampton softball team to a postseason-clinching 16-3 win in five innings over McCann at Nonotuck Park Friday. Gabbie Downer added two hits, two RBIs and two runs (9-5, 7-2 Bi-County West). Smith Vocational 29, Westfield …

Friday’s high school tennis: South Hadley takes care of Central

Friday, May 15, 2015

The South Hadley girls tennis team breezed to a 5-0 swept of Central at home Friday. Tigers coach Eric Cestero said that all the matches were off the courts in roughly a half hour as South Hadley (8-7) only dropped five games. Julia Gange beat Louisa Klose without …

High school notebook: Northampton set to host Pioneer Valley Ultimate Invitational

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Northampton ultimate teams are set to host the second annual Pioneer Valley Invitational at the Oxbow Fields in Northampton on Saturday and Sunday. “The goal for this year is to continue everything that we started last year …

Musicians return to honor longtime Frontier Regional band director Karen Atherton at final spring concert

Friday, May 15, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In musical notation, a coda signifies the end of a piece, and that’s what Thursday night’s spring concert at Frontier Regional School was for longtime band director Karen Atherton, who will retire in June after …

Thursday’s high schools: Belchertown girls lacrosse slipes past Amherst Regional

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Katarina Lowe scored four goals and had two assists in leading the Belchertown girls lacrosse team to a 14-8 victory at Amherst Regional Thursday. Emma Jopson scored a hat trick with an assist, while Alaina Swift (assist) and …

Thursday’s high school tennis: Amherst Regional girls take down Minnechaug

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Amherst Regional girls tennis team had an answer for Minnechaug on Thursday. The Hurricanes swept singles to beat the Falcons, 3-2, in Wilbraham. Minnechaug won 3-2 on April 23. Allison McCann, the top seed in the Western Massachusetts individual tournament that begins Saturday at Smith College, cruised …

Frontier Regional School Committee approves budget with no increase that cuts six positions

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee bowed to the fiscal will of its member towns Tuesday night. The committee voted to approve the administration’s $10.1 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, which is the same as this year’s spending but cuts six positions …