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Williamsburg voters approve greenway planning survey, new police cruiser, $7M budget
06-05-2017 11:09 PM

By FRAN RYAN

WILLIAMSBURG — Voters at annual Town Meeting Monday approved to a $65,000 study that will gather critical information for future construction of a 2-mile path through town called the Mill River Greenway. Voters at Town Meeting, which drew 215 of the...


Cancer Questions: Searching for credible cancer information
06-05-2017 3:01 PM

By Dr. Wilson C. Mertens

Getting a diagnosis of cancer, with its emotional shock, is disempowering for patients. Frequently patients struggle for more information to try to establish a little more control over their situation.Today, compared to just a few years ago,...


At Gateway, grads embrace compassion, differences
06-03-2017 11:18 AM

By Fran Ryan

HUNTINGTON — Beach balls bounced through the audience and air horns loudly sounded when Superintendent David B. Hopson declared the members of the Gateway Regional High School Class of 2017 to be officially graduated on Friday evening.The graduation...


Small class earns rousing support at Smith Academy
06-03-2017 1:37 AM

By REBECCA MULLEN

HATFIELD — “We may not have it all together, but together we have it all,” read the banner hanging over the stage at Smith Academy’s 145th graduation. The class of 2017 had chosen the adage as their motto and, true to the phrase, individuality and...


Randy and Sue Frost show off their colorful hillside on the Forbes Library Garden Tour
06-02-2017 12:53 AM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

Some garden sites are more challenging than others. But to say that Randy and Sue Frost’s property poses landscaping challenges is an understatement. They purchased their house, on Coles Meadow Road in Northampton, in 2001, while it was still under...


Special Olympics delivers cheers with challenges
06-02-2017 12:37 AM

By NYSSA KRUSE

NORTHAMPTON — A tall, lanky 15-year-old approaches a hurdle made of rope strung between plastic cones. An athlete at a Special Olympics track and field event, he is guided by an aide to step over one hurdle after another.Cheers of “We got it!” and...


Haymarket dishes up jar of generosity
06-01-2017 11:03 AM

By NYSSA KRUSE

NORTHAMPTON — A man in an oversized jacket walked out of Haymarket Cafe on Tuesday morning carrying a cardboard sign asking for coffee, cash or anything strangers could spare. It was a request the cafe is prepared to fulfill, at least with food,...


Trump, Russia inspire March for Truth on Saturday
05-31-2017 10:45 AM

By Nyssa KRUSE

NORTHAMPTON — Residents plan to take to the streets at 11 a.m. Saturday for the March for Truth, a demonstration seeking more rigorous investigation into ties between the Trump administration and Russia.Debby Pastrich-Klemer, co-chair of the group...


Ashfield’s Double Edge theater company gets creative economy grant
05-21-2017 10:52 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

ASHFIELD — A $140,000 state grant may allow a local theater company to expand further by converting a barn into an artists’ studio.The Double Edge Theatre has just received a Cultural Facilities Fund grant that makes it possible to complete the...


Speakers urge community, social justice at Hampshire College commencement
05-21-2017 10:31 PM

By CHANCE VILES

AMHERST — Families filled white tents at Hampshire College Saturday to watch the 306 graduating students finish a four-year trek to getting a degree.Mild warmth and a light breeze kept the shaded tent temperate, raising spirits of students, faculty...


Postpartum surprises: Five women tell how they dealt with them
05-15-2017 7:40 PM

By Dave Eisenstadter

Each week on Thursday afternoons the Beyond Birth group meets in the little yellow house by Cooley Dickinson Hospital on Locust Street in Northampton. While my wife and I were on leave from our jobs following the birth of our son, we tried to attend...


2017 Amherst Invitational Ultimate Tournament: Hurricanes boys finish second, girls tie for third with Northampton
05-14-2017 10:06 PM

By ETHAN WELD

AMHERT — Westfield, New Jersey, defeated top-seeded Amherst Regional, 12-11, on Sunday afternoon in the 26th-annual Amherst Ultimate Invitational Tournament title game.It was the first time Westfield won the tournament, and it became just the seventh...


Belchertown Town Meeting delays decision on HCOG withdrawal
05-09-2017 1:04 AM

By Chance Viles

Belchertown — Despite approving many articles at annual Town Meeting Monday night, one of the most anticipated proposals — a potential withdrawal from the Hampshire Council of Governments — was shelved until next month due to a technical...


Chesterfield TM funds money for new veteran’s park, dump truck, police handguns
05-08-2017 11:22 PM

By FRAN RYAN

CHESTERFIELD — After four years of planning, work on a new Veterans Park is expected to begin this summer after Town Meeting’s decision Monday night to approve $34,430 toward its construction next to Town Hall. The 67 of the town’s 901 voters who...


Lead In Massachusetts: A Canary in the Coal Mine
05-04-2017 4:06 PM

By Naila Moreira

The very schools we depend on to educate our children could be making them less smart.Drinking water in schools across Massachusetts, including here in the Pioneer Valley, has been found to contain lead significantly exceeding safety standards. Lead...


Cummington may move to protect pollinators, consider $2.2 million budget at Friday TM
05-03-2017 5:19 PM

By FRAN RYAN

CUMMINGTON — If voters at Friday’s annual Town Meeting approve, the town may soon take steps to protect pollinators and enhance their habitat. The resolution for pollinators is one of two nonbinding questions on the docket at the meeting. The other...


Banister, Smith Harder win seats on Williamsburg Select Board; Write-in to represent Chesterfield on regional school board
05-02-2017 12:26 AM

By FRAN RYAN

WILLIAMSBURG — Denise Banister was re-elected to a three-year term on Select Board Monday night in a landslide town election where she received 305 votes to challenger Robert Parker’s 38 votes. The race for a two-year seat on the Local School...


Girls tennis: Belchertown aces West Springfield in matchup of undefeated Pioneer League teams
05-01-2017 9:59 PM

By MOLLY CLANCY

BELCHERTOWN — The Belchertown girls tennis team won its sixth consecutive match after defeating West Springfield, 4-1, on Monday.With the win, the Orioles remain undefeated in the Pioneer League.“We did do well,” coach Jackie Kowal said. “They were...


Updated: Sunderland headed for tax override vote; senior housing moves forward
04-28-2017 11:18 PM

By JOSHUA SOLOMON

SUNDERLAND — The town’s voters approved its budget and set the stage for a Proposition 2½ override at the town’s elections next week.On top of a chance to see a potential tax hike in Sunderland, the town also voted to help move forward a project for...


24-hour giving event to launch Tuesday
04-27-2017 2:39 PM

By Nicole DeFeudis

 For the fourth year, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts will help improve the quality of life in the Pioneer Valley through its annual fundraiser, Valley Gives Day.The online fundraiser will be open Tuesday for just 24 hours, when...

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