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Your Time: Engineering Challenge in Williamsburg

Monday, November 30, 2015

As directions go, it was pretty straightforward: using a generous number of three-by-five index cards — but only ten inches of tape — build a structure at least ten inches high that would support the weight of a child’s “stuffie.” Such was the “engineering challenge” taken up by several kids at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg last Saturday morning. Children’s Programming Librarian Susan Cornell sought to encourage the 3-to-10-year-old budding builders — and their parents — as their creations collapsed time and again before ultimately succeeding. As she reminded them, “Scientists and inventors and engineers figured things out because of mistakes and accidents. If they’d …

Hilltown Voices: Christmas Place at Paul’s Sugar House offers handmade items from more than 60 local artists

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Hilltown Christmas Place at Paul’s Sugar House is ready for the season after its latest expansion to the shop at 29 Goshen Road (Route 9) in Williamsburg. Sugar house owner Serena Zononi said the extra room has allowed her to feature the work of some 60 artisans this year. “We added a …

Let it snow

Friday, November 27, 2015

Northampton native Hunter Newman signs letter of intent to men’s lacrosse at Bucknell

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hunter Newman went from a potential Division III recruit to Division I prospect seemly overnight. The Northampton native and Suffield Academy senior signed his National Letter of Intent earlier this month to play men’s lacrosse at Division I …

Photos: Sticky business at Dufresne’s Sugar House

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Photos by Carol Lollis Keith Dufresne of Dufresne’s Sugar House cleans out a tank used to hold sap from maple trees at one of his sugarbushes off Route 9 in Williamsburg last week. …

Northampton’s Liam Sullivan places third at state Division 1 cross country championship

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — Liam Sullivan gave everything he had, and then some. Yet it was a bittersweet day for the Northampton cross country standout. Sullivan fell a bit shy of his goal of becoming the first western Massachusetts runner since 2001 to win the state Division 1 cross country …

Northampton places seventh, Sophia Jacobs-Townsley 10th, Taylor Blow 11th at state cross country meet

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WESTFIELD — A top-10 finish in the state girls Division 1 cross country championship enabled Northampton to leave Stanley Park with a sense of accomplishment. The Blue Devils placed seventh overall, following up on PVIAC and Western Massachusetts team titles over the last month. A strong pack gave …

Hilltown Voices: Kinne Brook Road Bridge in Worthington needs repairs

Saturday, November 21, 2015

After receiving a $790,000 MassWorks Infrastructure grant in October for the engineering and repair of the Sam Hill Road Bridge, Worthington now faces another repair project on the Kinne Brook Road Bridge. In a letter sent to the town Oct. 20, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation recommended closing …

Williamsburg Zoning Board of Appeals backs restrictions on private shooting range, will clarify limits

Thursday, November 19, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday ruled in favor of restricting use of a private shooting range at 74 Village Hill Road and will now clarify the limits it wants enforced. The board voted unanimously to uphold an appeal brought by Keith Harmon Snow, of …

Williamsburg Zoning Board of Appeals grants permit for Dunkin’ Donuts in Haydenville

Monday, November 16, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A Dunkin’ Donuts franchise is set to be built at 142 Main St. in Haydenville, the site of the former Berkshire Bank, after the Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special permit Monday. “We thank them …

WMass girls cross country: Northampton reigns again; Sophia Jacobs-Townsley, Taylor Blow take top individual honors

Saturday, November 14, 2015

WESTFIELD — The bus taking the Northampton High School girls cross country team to Stanley Park was filled with laughter, singing and words of encouragement. Coach Ashley Krause told the Blue Devils to “run a race that will …

Northampton’s Liam Sullivan, Frontier Regional make history at WMass cross country championships

Saturday, November 14, 2015

WESTFIELD — Northampton senior Liam Sullivan joined an elite list Saturday, while Frontier Regional made history at the Western Massachusetts Boys Cross Country championships. Sullivan became just the seventh runner since 1963 to win back-to-back Division 1 individual …