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FRAN RYAN
A dilapidated barn, more crumbling buildings and other rubble has been cleared from the property on Huntington Road in Worthington once owned by potato farmer  Bernard "Ben" Albert. The land is now owned by the town.

Hilltown Voices: Buildings demolished on Worthington property once owned by potato farmer Bernard Albert

Saturday, January 24, 2015

After a lengthy process, the dilapidated storage barn and crumbling outbuildings located between 311 and 343 Huntington Road in Worthington have been demolished and hauled away. The 36-acre parcel was once owned by prominent potato farmer the late Bernard “Ben” Albert. Once part of a thriving 174-acre farm in the 1950s, hard times struck the Albert family and bits and …

Friday’s high schools: Mitch Ouimette, Hampshire Regional shoot down Easthampton in second half

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mitch Ouimette’s barrage from behind the arc led a game-deciding offensive explosion for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team Friday night. With the game tied at halftime, the junior guard knocked down five 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 17 points as the Raiders beat rival Easthampton 68-56 in Westhampton. Conor Cronin had 12 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and three …

Friday’s high school indoor track: South Hadley takes three against Athol, Greenfield and Hampshire

Friday, January 23, 2015

The South Hadley indoor boys and girls track teams swept Athol, Greenfield and Hampshire Regional Friday night, in a PVIAC meet at Smith College. The girls beat Athol 85-10, Greenfield 89-6 and Hampshire 80-15, while the boys won 60-30, 53-42 and 58-35, respectively. Northampton swept Central as the girls won, 56-35, and the boys finished on top, 69-26. Holyoke Catholic beat Pioneer Regional …

Friday’s high schools: Athol snaps South Hadley’s home win streak at 17

Friday, January 9, 2015

The South Hadley girls basketball team’s home win streak was snapped at 17 games as Athol had four double-digit scorers in a 60-44 win on Friday. The Red Raiders (10-0) held Tigers’ leading scorer Sophie Gatzounas to 12 points. Gatzounas, who pulled down 14 rebounds, was averaging 24.4 …

Hampshire Regional, Easthampton remember late coach Jay Fortier

Friday, January 9, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — When former Hampshire Regional athletic director Denny Nolan hired Jay Fortier ahead of the 2000-2001 girls basketball season, he had one requirement — no technicals. Sure enough, just over a minute into Fortier’s first game for …

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, January 9, 2015

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst Justin Carey was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Dean College in Franklin. Easthampton …

Amherst’s John Leonard nears 100 points for powerhouse Cathedral hockey

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cathedral junior forward John Leonard increased his Western Massachusetts leads in both goals and points, while inching closer to a career milestone Thursday night. The Amherst resident scored two goals in a 6-1 victory over Bridgewater-Raynham at The …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Granby honors Nolan Hodgins’ milestone, cruises past Gateway Regional

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

After earning his 100th career win Saturday, Granby wrestler Nolan Hodgins could sit back and relax on Wednesday night, along with nine of his teammates. Ten Rams won by forfeit in a 72-12 home victory over Gateway Regional. …

Wednesday’s high schools: Easthampton ices undefeated Chicopee Comp for second straight win

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Make that two wins in a row for the Easthampton hockey team. Jon Brodeur and Mike Grise each notched two points as the Eagles handed Chicopee Comp its first loss with a 4-2 win, Wednesday at Lossone Rink in Easthampton. Brodeur had a goal and an assist, while …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Hopkins Academy boys storm past South Hadley

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team continued its torrid start to the season Tuesday night with perhaps its most impressive win to date. The Division 4 Golden Hawks went on the road to D-2 South Hadley and emerged …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Easthampton girls beat Agawam for first win

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Easthampton girls swimming team had one goal for Tuesday and that was to play water polo on Wednesday. To achieve the goal, the Eagles had to win their first meet of the season and they did just that. Behind a high school personal-best split of 1 minute, …

Western Massachusetts basketball community mourns the loss of Jay Fortier, 61

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Last year, Jay Fortier coached the Easthampton girls basketball season while battling throat cancer. With his life motto of “go big or go home,” Fortier wanted to do it again this year. Days before the current season opened, …

Mike Moran: Through the noise, Jay Fortier brought out the best in his players

Monday, January 5, 2015

His voice echoed throughout gymnasiums. Ashley! ... Cara! ... Annie! ... Jen! In loud, straight-to-the-point orders, he got his instructions across; not only to his players, but seemingly to every parent and fan in the stands. He was …