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New Vision Pioneers members Joan Carney, left, and Diane Punska make hats and bears this month at The Brewmaster's Tavern in Williamsburg.

Hilltown Voices: New Vision Pioneers make small bears at Williamsburg tavern to brighten lives of children

Saturday, January 31, 2015

On the third Tuesday morning of every month, a room at The Brewmaster’s Tavern at 4 Main St. in Williamsburg turns into a mini-manufacturing site with 20 to 25 women sitting at tables around the room stuffing, sewing, embellishing and organizing small bears to be given as gifts to children in need. The little bears pile up on a large …

Giant illuminated Patriots logo on display at CRD Metalworks in Williamsburg

Saturday, January 31, 2015

What kind of Patriots fan are you? It may be hard to match what this week’s team-building exercise at CRD Metalworks in Williamsburg came up with. Their creation will be lit up all weekend as a kind of beacon of good luck for New England’s football team as it faces the Seattle Seahawks …

Friday’s high school recaps: Hopkins Academy boys hoops runs over Smith Academy on the road

Friday, January 30, 2015

A big third quarter gave Hopkins a 64-41 road win over Smith Academy on Friday night. The Golden Eagles (14-1, 11-1 Hampshire) out scored the Falcons (7-7, 6-5) 16-3 to open the second half. Zach Kelley and Brett Morrison led Hopkins with 16 points apiece, while Spencer Butterfield and Sami Roe each added …

Friday’s high school track recaps: Northampton, South Hadley girls finish undefeated

Friday, January 30, 2015

The South Hadley and Northampton girls indoor track teams finished their seasons undefeated Friday. The Tigers defeated Mahar, 76-19, for their final win of the season, finishing at 9-0. Blue Devils took down East Longmeadow, 48-46, and Longmeadow, 64-31, for a perfect 10-0 record. The Northampton boys defeated …

Three candidates seek remainder of term vacated by Paul Dunphy on Williamsburg Select Board

Friday, January 30, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — Three candidates are on the ballot in Monday’s special election to fill the remaining four months of a seat on the Select Board left open with the November resignation of Paul Dunphy. The candidates are Richard Kisloski, of Cole Hill Road; Robert Parker, of Lawton Hill …

Susan Hoyt of Williamsburg in fair condition after being struck by vehicle on Route 9 Wednesday

Friday, January 30, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — The woman who was struck by a vehicle Wednesday night on Goshen Road (Route 9) was listed in fair condition Friday at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. A hospital spokesman confirmed that condition for Susan Hoyt. A woman who answered the telephone in Hoyt’s hospital room …

HEADING OUTDOORS: Upcoming outdoor activities in the area

Friday, January 2, 2015

∎  DCR Accessible Winter Recreation — The state Department of Conservation and Recreation hosts accessible winter recreation for persons with disabilities, their families, and friends. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wendell State Forest, Montague Road, Wendell. Skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, more. Free. Pre-registration is required. All Out …

Gazette Boys Cross Country Player of the Year: Liam Sullivan, Northampton

Friday, January 30, 2015

Gazette Boys Cross Country All-Stars FIRST TEAM Kyle Bressette, senior, Gateway Regional Bill Carroll, freshman, Holyoke Catholic Dylan Cross, junior, Hampshire Regional Connor Evans, senior, Amherst Regional Tim Foldy-Porto, senior, Northampton Aidan Gilson, senior, Northampton Abe Herzog-Arbeitman, senior, …

Thursday’s high schools: Northampton, Belchertown, South Hadley qualify for WMass girls basketball tournament

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Three girls basketball teams assured their spot in the postseason with victories Thursday night. Northampton, Belchertown and South Hadley each earned their 10th wins. Northampton 49, Holyoke 39 — Lauraine Joensen (14 points, 10 rebounds) posted a double-double for the Blue Devils (10-3, 2-1 Valley) in the home …

Thursday’s high school swimming: South Hadley girls clinch Patriot League title

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The South Hadley girls swim team clinched a perfect Patriot League title with a 97-82 road victory over Agawam Thursday. Cailey Newton and Shannon Mitchell each won a pair of individual events, while Jade Thomas took first in another event for the Tigers (12-1, 7-0). All three contributed …

Area firewood dealers holding prices down despite limited supply

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pioneer Valley residents looking for firewood this late in the season may find it in short supply — but at least they aren’t encountering the staggeringly high prices faced by Boston-area consumers. Stephen Holt, a logger from Westhampton, …

Thursday’s high school skiing: Austin Herman, Gateway Regional take South Division lead

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Austin Herman’s winning performance led the Gateway Regional boys ski team to the top of the PVIAC South Division for the first time Thursday at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Herman finished first overall in the boys slalom at 33.14 seconds as the Gators edged out St. Mary by …

Pedestrian hospitalized with serious injuries after Williamsburg accident

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — Authorities have not yet identified the woman who was hospitalized after suffering serious injuries when she was struck by a vehicle on Goshen Road (Route 9) Wednesday night. The pedestrian was hit about 6:30 p.m. near Pat’s Package Store and the intersection of Goshen, Village Hill …