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Jaywalking
Steve McKelvey of Belchertown with on his autographed baseballs. Recorder/Paul Franz

Jaywalking: Labor of Love

Monday, March 30, 2015

When Dick “The Rev” McKelvey was young, he had a pair of events shape what would become a passion for the rest of his life. It all happened well before McKelvey grew up and moved his family from Germantown, Pa., to Deerfield, where he became a well-known baseball coach and teacher at Deerfield Academy. This story starts in 1933, when … 0

Jaywalking: Top scorers

Monday, March 16, 2015

It was a good year to be a Pioneer Valley Regional School basketball player. The girls’ team won the Franklin County League South Division and wound up making it to Curry Hicks Cage for the WMass Division IV semifinals. The boys’ team also had a successful season, finishing third in a very tough Hampshire League with 14 wins for its best season since … 0

Jaywalking: Goal oriented

Monday, March 9, 2015

Nowadays, you can find Dr. Reza Namin at the Franklin County Jail, where he serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. But once upon a time Namin was a soccer star in his native home of Iran as well as around New England. Namin was 19 years old when he moved from Iran to America in 1979. It … 0

Jaywalking: Real deal

Monday, May 5, 2014

It has been about a month since Deerfield’s Mae Emerson won the Under-14 Tier II Girls’ Hockey National Championship with her Assabet Valley hockey team, and her team’s national-champion status still hasn’t totally set in. “It feels a … 0

Jaywalking: Saluting a coach

Monday, April 28, 2014

Former Mohawk Trail Regional High School football coach David Bodenstein had a couple credos his former players recalled living by, but on Sunday he said that when he was coaching, this was what he wanted his players to … 0

Jaywalking: One Run

Monday, April 21, 2014

Angela Worden-Corey and Kate Koonz joined hundreds of runners Sunday for perhaps one of the most inspirational 6.5-mile runs anyone has ever been a part of. The two local women took part in the final stage of the One Run For Boston, which was a fundraiser attracting thousands … 0

Jaywalking: Healing run

Monday, April 14, 2014

Five minutes may not seem like a lot of time, but for Greenfield’s Jack McKenzie, it may have been the difference between life and death. One year ago, McKenzie was running in his 22nd Boston Marathon. He thought it was going to be his swan song. At the … 0

Jaywalking: Panther payback

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pioneer football coach Glen Wilson has not forgotten the treatment he and the rest of the Panther football team received in 2009 following a 14-8 overtime loss to Ware High School in the WMass Division IV Super Bowl. … 0

Jaywalking: Over and out

Monday, March 31, 2014

I took up an invitation to Greenfield High School hockey’s end-of-the-season banquet last week. The celebration took on a whole new meaning this season, since it was the final time 11-year head coach Mike Duclos and assistant coach Todd “Happy” Boynton would be together to address the team. … 0

Jaywalking: It keeps giving

Monday, March 17, 2014

The beauty of writing local-history tales is that, while I’m sure last week’s ski-jumping piece evoked many memories, it also gave folks a chance to further school me on the topic. Call it a story that keeps on … 0

Jaywalking: Local scene once a ski-jumping mecca

Monday, March 10, 2014

It’s possible you know there was once a ski jump located in Greenfield near Abercrombie Field in the east Greenfield village known to natives as Bingville. The remains of that jump can still be seen at a spot … 0

Jaywalking: Shot clocked

Monday, March 3, 2014

It was a tough night for the Greenfield High School boys’ basketball fans in Cheshire on Friday night. The sixth-seeded Green Wave had its hands full with third-seeded Hoosac Valley High School in the quarterfinals of the Western Massachusetts Division III Tournament. Greenfield had trailed for much of … 0

Jaywalking: Yeoman effort

Monday, February 24, 2014

Five local boys’ basketball teams will begin their fight for WMass supremacy as the boys’ tournaments get under way tonight. While teams like Turners Falls, Mahar and Greenfield are expected to fare well and compete for a chance to make it to Curry Hicks Cage in Amherst for … 0

Jaywalking: Chowing down on Olympics

Monday, February 17, 2014

I groggily turned the alarm clock off at 7:30 on Saturday morning and lay back down in bed, stared at the ceiling a moment to gather my wits, and grabbed the television remote to turn on the 32-inch Vizio that sits atop a bedroom dresser. Welcome to the … 0

Jaywalking: Hall of Famer

Monday, February 10, 2014

Bob Smith has coached the Frontier Regional School girls’ track & field team since the spring of 1980. In that time, he has been at the helm for exactly 241 dual meets. There are eight that specifically stand out in his head. Those would be all of the … 0