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Hilltown Voices: Williamsburg, Chesterfield and Goshen children’s funds seek gift-wrapping volunteers

Saturday, December 20, 2014

There is a room in the home of Sabrina Willard that is packed full of holiday gifts for children who otherwise may have gone without presents this year. Willard runs the Williamsburg Children’s Fund, which has been in operation for over 10 years, providing children in need with warm winter clothes, coats, boots, toys and educational materials. “We started our shopping in October, then there was a big push in November and early December to get it done,” Willard said. “Now we need volunteers to do all of the wrapping.” Willard said the group works closely with Anne T. Dunphy School, which sends home informational materials about the fund to families of students. Families in …

Kate Sullivan nets 21 points, pulls within four of 1K for Hopkins Academy

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kate Sullivan scored 21 points to move within four of 1,000 for her career as the Hopkins Academy girls basketball team defeated Turners Falls 63-40 at home Friday night. The senior hit five 3-pointers and also had eight rebounds and three assists. Hopkins (2-1) plays at home against Lenox at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, December 19, 2014

Amherst Grace Wright, a student at Bates College of Lewiston, Maine, spent the fall 2014 semester studying abroad in Nepal as a participant in the SIT study abroad program in Kathmandu. Wright, a 2012 graduate of Rutland High School, is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James M. Wright of Amherst. She is …

George Propane to build new maintenance building on Cape Street in Goshen

Friday, November 28, 2014

Michael George, general manager of George Propane in Goshen, said the company plans to build a new maintenance building on Cape Street — and hopes to forge good relationships with neighbors while doing so. “We have been looking for a new space for some time because we have …

Update: Snow sacks Thanksgiving Day high school football schedule

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Day meals will taste a little different this year. Inclement weather postponed five high school football games on Thursday. The games will be played either Friday or Saturday with turkey day leftovers for post-game feasts. The Battle …

Paul Dunphy resigns from Williamsburg Select Board due to illness, new member sought

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — Paul Dunphy has resigned from the Select Board after receiving news that he needs a bone marrow transplant as part of his treatment for a blood disorder. He has been a member of the board for …

Belchertown, Frontier Regional, South Hadley aim to snap Thanksgiving losing streaks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Belchertown, Frontier Regional and South Hadley football teams will all have something in common on Thanksgiving — and it’s not likely poor field conditions. The three squads will all look to snap turkey day losing streaks. “If the kids can’t get up for this game, they should …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, November 21, 2014

■  Gas Pipeline Walk — 1.5-mile walk with Franklin Land Trust naturalist Joshua Morgan on land in Ashfield that stands in the path of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline Saturday, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Meet at the intersection of Baptist Corner Road and North Bear River Road in …

River walks and paddle created by the Mill Ri er Greenway Initiative

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Here are the river walks and one paddle created by the Mill River Greenway Initiative. ■ Downtown Northampton I: Paradise Pond to Old South Street ■ Downtown Northampton II: Old South Street to Hockanum Road ■ Bay State Village: Paradise Pond to the Cutlery Building ■ Florence I: …

Mill River Greenway Initiative helps protect watershed, preserve artifacts and improve ecological health

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

As rivers go, the 13.5-mile-long Mill River is relatively small, and it inconspicuously flows along often unnoticed except when it periodically floods. But this little river has some big stories to tell. The Mill River Greenway Initiative is …

Former Williamsburg man sentenced to three years in state prison for failing to register as sex offender

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A former Williamsburg man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to failing to register as a sex offender. Ferdinand Fountain, 46, admitted in Hampshire Superior Court that he failed to notify the Sex Offender Registry Board that his primary …

Area court news

Monday, November 17, 2014

Easthampton ■ John L. Ladue Jr., 29, of West Springfield, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Monday to three counts of violating an abuse prevention order and one count of assault and battery on a family or household member. According to court records, Ladue was arrested at …

Area legislators at summit listen to constituents

Sunday, November 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Looking at lists of what WMass residents would like to see happen in their communities, state Rep. Ellen Story of Amherst called much of it “common sense.” “I think I agree with every single of one …