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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

Earl Tonet inspired athletes to ‘do the ordinary things extraordinarily well’ in five-decade coaching career

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Earl Tonet used to repeat a phrase to his teams that he wanted them to apply on the field and off — “Do the ordinary things extraordinarily well.” That philosophy endured for nearly 50 years at Williamsburg High …

What2Watch4: Week 8 high school football previews

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wahconah at Northampton Friday, 7 The Blue Devils open with the rival Warriors in the Route 9 Rumble. Hamp’s stable number of running backs will look to fill the shoes left by Malik Renner and John Grimaldi, who …

Tuesday’s high school girls cross country: Sophia Jacobs-Townsley wins for Northampton, but Amherst prevails as a team

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sophia Jacobs-Townsley won the individual race, but the Amherst Regional girls cross country team couldn’t keep up with Northampton. The Blue Devils prevailed 20-40 on Tuesday in Amherst despite Jacobs-Townsley’s winning time of 20 minutes, 6 seconds. Northampton …

Tuesday’s high school boys cross country: Amherst, Frontier finish season unbeaten

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

In a battle of unbeaten teams in the final stretch of the regular season, the Amherst Regional boys cross country team outpaced Northampton at home Tuesday. The Hurricanes won 23-32 despite Northampton’s Liam Sullivan crossing the line in …

Tuesday’s high schoolfield hockey/girls soccer: Smith Academy reaches postseason with a tie

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Karlie Guimond’s goal propelled the Smith Academy field hockey team to the postseason in a 1-1 tie with Mohawk on Tuesday in Hatfield. She scored unassisted with 12 minutes, 35 seconds left in the first half to help Smith Academy (8-7-2, 3-3-2 North) return to the postseason after …

Monday’s high school girls soccer: Hopkins, Belchertown keep postseason in sight

Monday, October 26, 2015

A pair of local girls soccer teams kept their tournament chances alive with wins Monday, while two others were victorious to remain unbeaten. Hopkins Academy and Belchertown remain in the postseason hunt. Granby and Gateway Regional are still unblemished. Hopkins Academy 2, Mohawk 1 — Marykate Farnham and …

Monday’s high schools: Hampshire, Belchertown, Granby, Amherst all win league titles

Monday, October 26, 2015

It was truly a banner day for four local boys soccer teams. Hampshire Regional (Holley), Belchertown (Churchill) and Granby (McGrath South) all clinched outright league titles with victories on Monday. Amherst Regional earned a share of the Smith crown by tying Minnechaug at home. Hampshire Regional 2, Palmer …

Monday’s high school girls volleyball/field hockey: Belchertown earns share of Southern League

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Belchertown girls volleyball team is assured of at least a share of the Southern League title after beating Sabis 3-1 in its regular-season finale Monday in Springfield. Cara McKenzie had a team-high seven kills and a pair of aces for Belchertown (15-3, 7-1 Southern). Sarah Woodford led …

Local briefs: Southampton Youth Athletic Association offering basketball leagues

Monday, October 26, 2015

SYAA offering youth basketball The Southampton Youth Athletic Association is accepting registrations for its recreation basketball league. Students in grades 1-6 who live in Southampton or Westhampton, or attend either the William E. Norris School or Westhampton Elementary School are eligible to participate in the recreation league. Tryouts …

Hilltown Voices: Parades, parties among Halloween festivities

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Parades and parties are among the Halloween festivities planned in the Hilltowns next weekend. While Oct. 31 is the official trick or treat night in Williamsburg, Halloween events will be held in town next weekend on both Friday and Saturday nights. On Friday, a rag shag parade will …