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CAROL LOLLIS
Bill Parker, at left, and Rob Parker, both employees of CRD Metalworks, talk about the hanging of the confederate flag with owner Chris Duval.

Cummington Fair issues apology, re-invites CRD Metalworks to fair

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

CUMMINGTON — In a turnabout, officials with the Cummington Fair want a controversial Williamsburg business to participate in the Hilltowns’ largest annual fair. Hillside Agricultural Society President George Dole and Vice President Bill Perlman met Monday with CRD Metalworks owner Chris Duval to offer an apology for earlier withdrawing that invitation — and to ask Duval if he would return …

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 will be hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Massachusetts …

Hampshire Regional School District adds Worthington students at high school, new staff and facilities

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Hampshire Regional High School and Middle School will be welcoming a dozen new students from Worthington when school is back in session, and the district’s four elementary schools are adding new staff, technology and recreational facilities. The district is made up of five member towns — Southampton, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Goshen and …

Local baseball: American Legion playoffs open, Northampton sweeps into second round

Monday, July 13, 2015

Northampton Post 28 swept the first round of American Legion playoffs with two wins over Springfield Post 21, winning 4-1 on Saturday and 8-5 on Sunday. Northampton, and other best-of-3 winners, advance to an eight-team double elimination tournament that starts Wednesday. Three series are still in action, with …

Gazette Baseball player of the year: Jamie Carey, Amherst Regional

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Jamie Carey, senior, Amherst Regional Season highlights: The senior pitcher/second baseman excelled in all facets of the game and helped guide the Hurricanes to their first sectional final appearance since 2010. Carey went 33 for 78 at the …

Hilltown Voices: WiredWest considers possible need to form new co-operative; honor for Williamsburg school; Goshen fire truck refurbished

Saturday, July 11, 2015

During an informal meeting in Cummington this week, Wiredwest Communications Cooperative delegates and officials from more than 20 towns discussed the possible need to dissolve the current organization and form a new one. WiredWest is a cooperative of small towns in western Massachusetts dedicated to bringing affordable, reliable, …

CRD Metalworks in Williamsburg criticized for flying Confederate flag in wake of AME Church shooting; owner says flag is not racist

Friday, July 10, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — The owner of CRD Metalworks is not surprised that his decision to install two Confederate flags on his Hyde Hill Road property is being criticized by some residents who see it as a racist symbol. But …

Softball Player of the Year: Alexis Ferris, Hampshire Regional

Friday, July 10, 2015

Alexis Ferris, pitcher, junior, Hampshire Regional Season highlights: The junior pitcher finished the season 18-4 and 209 strikeouts, with a season-high of 18 against Belchertown and hit double-digits in eight others. Ferris threw nine shutouts and allowed 30 …

Under Brian McGan, success of Hampshire Regional softball team parallels earlier dominance by girls basketball

Friday, July 10, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Hampshire Regional High School sits atop a hill in Westhampton, overlooking a plateau of athletic fields. The softball diamonds are tucked into the southwestern corner next to the track. The baseball fields meet the wooded area …

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 …

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 …