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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. …

Thursday’s high school track/swimming: Northampton girls take down Chicopee, Comp

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Northampton girls track team beat Chicopee Comp 64-30 and Chicopee 61-30 during the early session of the second PVIAC meet Thursday at Smith College. The Blue Devils 4x200 team of Sophie Sharp, Alex Dibrindisi, Sierra Loomis and Abigail Springfield won with over a minute to spare, taking first place in 1 minute, …

Meghan Sullivan gains acceptance to Amherst, leads Granby past Monson in opener

Saturday, December 13, 2014

GRANBY — Just a few hours before her final high school basketball season began, Meghan Sullivan gained assurance of where she’ll be spending the next four years of her athletic and academic life. After applying early decision, the …

Friday’s high school swimming: Northampton’s Johnny Williams sets pool, school record in 100 fly

Friday, December 12, 2014

Junior Johnny Williams wasted little time getting acquainted with the Northampton swimming and diving record book. Williams broke the pool and school record in the 100-yard butterfly Friday as the Blue Devils beat Holyoke Catholic, 105-18, in both teams’ season opener at JFK Middle School. Williams’ time broke …

Friday’s high schools: Holyoke Catholic drops opener to Lenox in overtime

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Holyoke Catholic girls basketball team dropped its season opener, falling 42-41 in overtime to Lenox on the road Friday night. The Millionaires used a 3-pointer with six seconds left to force overtime, then made their free throws down the stretch to win. Danielle Easton had 16 points, …

Weekend Planner — Literature: ‘Stone Walls II’

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Inaugurated in 1975 by a group of Hilltown teachers and writers, Stone Walls was a journal of art, poetry and prose designed to showcase the rural character and creativity of the small towns of western Massachusetts. The magazine …

Updated: Hundreds in Valley waited days for power to be restored; downed tree limbs brought new losses Friday, Saturday

Friday, November 28, 2014

UPDATE: About 260 Western Massachusetts Electric Company customers remain without power as of 12:40 p.m. Saturday.   Many of them have been without electricity since a pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm swept through the region causing snow and ice covered limbs to …

Storm upsets Thanksgiving for thousands across region

Thursday, November 27, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The first major snowstorm of the season left more than 300,000 customers in northern New England without power, forcing many to make last-minute changes to their Thanksgiving plans. The heavy snowfall set accumulation records across …

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 …

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 …

Young Hilltown artist Rowan McElligott follows tradition of mom (jewelry-maker) and grandmother (painter)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

There is nothing extraordinary about being a young artist in the Hilltowns, where many painters, potters, photographers and artisans in a variety of mediums reside. Still, one mixed-medium artist may hold the distinction of being the youngest among …

Forest owner raises concerns about potential alternate route to Tennesee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

As Massachusetts environmental officials negotiate with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. about alternatives to its main proposed route across Massachusetts, one private forest owner has raised concerns that a new alignment to avoid state-owned conservation land could jeopardize his own protected timber land. The recently announced “Article 97 Avoidance …