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A new addition to the Hilltown Christmas Place at Paul's Sugar House in Williamsburg allows it to offer the work of some 60 atrtisans this year.

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 space that is about 6 feet by …

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 Bucknell. The Bison finished 9-6 overall, 5-3 in the Patriot League last season. Their season …

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 championship. He finished third with a time of 15 minutes, 29 seconds. “If you told …

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 …

State legislation on solar net-metering cap awaits action

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on …

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 …

Hilltown Voices: Session in Chesterfield explores price of caregiving and risk of poverty among women

Saturday, November 14, 2015

When children and elders need care, it is frequently women who take on the caregiving role, often reducing work hours or giving up jobs to do so. But how does this affect their own earning power and the ability to care for themselves as they age? Retired registered …

What2Watch4: Week 10 football previews

Friday, November 13, 2015

Northampton at Putnam Friday, 7 The Blue Devils (4-5) will look to snap a two-game losing streak when they face the Beavers (3-6) out of the AA Conference. Putnam has dropped five straight. Hamp will look to contain …

WMass girls soccer: Lenox downs Gateway Regional on PKs in Division 4 semifinal

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Dominant for most of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 semifinal but trailing for an even larger portion, the Gateway Regional girls soccer team earned an opportunity to extend its season in extra time. The Gators maintained their control over two 10-minute overtime sessions, but after they …

Massachusetts releases PARCC exam data by school district

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As the state determines what to do about standardized testing, data released Tuesday offers a look at how individual school districts performed on the spring 2015 PARCC exam. Overall, students in grades 3 through 8 who took the PARCC math and English exams last spring were …

WMass girls soccer: Granby, Gateway advance to semifinals; 4 local teams knocked out in quarters

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Granby girls soccer team walked off its home field for the final time Sunday with its unbeaten record still intact after a 4-0 victory over Athol in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinals. Summer Molin scored twice, while the top-seeded Rams (17-0-2) were the beneficiaries of …