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A dynasty marches on: Easthampton High’s We the People win state title for 7th straight year
03-07-2024 11:34 AM

By Aria Martinelli

EASTHAMPTON — They did it again.Easthampton High School’s “We the People” class — proven experts on the U.S. Constitution — captured the state title for the seventh straight year at the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition in...


MIAA girls basketball: Bri Heafey, Northampton hold off Mansfield for spot in Div. 2 quarterfinals (PHOTOS)
03-05-2024 9:33 PM

By GEORGE MILLER

NORTHAMPTON — They may not have been the biggest 30 seconds of Bri Heafey's playing career, but they may have felt like 30 minutes as they played out.Northampton led Mansfield 46-44 in the final minute of their girls MIAA Division 2 Round of 16...


Speaking of Nature: The bird that surprised me: Brown Creeper uncommon for most of year, expertly camoflauges among dead trees
03-05-2024 1:20 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was the end of a very long day, but, because of the increasing daylight that we have all been enjoying, it was still light out when I got home. I pulled up to the garage, but I had to get out to open the garage door because my door opener had died....


Ending legacy admissions, providing menstrual products in all state buildings among many bills to emerge from Higher Education Committee
03-04-2024 4:49 PM

By XINYI YANG

BOSTON — Area lawmakers’ proposals to require menstrual products to be available for no cost in all state buildings, establish special dorms for students in recovery, and consolidate overlapping higher education financial aid programs all cleared a...


Sweet spot: Area sugarhouses start tapping season early after warm winter days
03-03-2024 11:29 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

The groundhog predicted an early end to winter: did that also mean an earlier start to maple sugaring? Apparently so, according to several maple sugarers in the region.“This is the earliest we’ve ever started,” remarked Chip Williams of the...


Women’s basketball: Jessie Ruffner, Smith College book return trip to D-III Sweet 16 after getting past Messiah
03-02-2024 11:26 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

NORTHAMPTON – The bigger the stage, the tougher it gets to perform – and there’s no bigger stage than the NCAA tournament. The bright lights, the big crowds, the finality of it all – a loss it’s treated like a normal L, it means your season is done...


A Look Back, March 2
03-01-2024 11:01 PM

By Jim Bridgman

200 Years Ago ■Horace Lyman offers for sale the homestead on the plain in Northampton, about one quarter of a mile east of the meetinghouse, now occupied by Sylvester Judd, Jr. It consists of a large two-story house, almost new, a wood house, garden...


Speaker for the whales: Indigenous artist interprets endangered right whale’s legacy and meaning
03-01-2024 3:57 PM

By NAILA MOREIRA

Two new exhibitions inspired by the life and skeleton of the whale Staccato — a grandmother North Atlantic right whale whose remains came to UMass’ natural history collection after her death in 1999 — are now open to the public.Indigenous artist...


Let’s Talk Relationships: Your voice matters: An open invitation to share your thoughts
03-01-2024 11:52 AM

By AMY NEWSHORE

I have always found the topic of relationships fascinating and intriguing. In my monthly column, I write about romantic love, along with other significant relationships, and the perplexing challenges that we all inevitably face.Although it may be easy...


Earth Matter: Unlike any other vertebrate: Exploring the strangeness of seahorses
03-01-2024 11:50 AM

By DAVID SPECTOR

Most vertebrates — the large group of animals that includes humans — have many features in common, but some oddball groups have lost some of those characteristics. For example, snakes have lost their limbs, but they retain most of the other features...


Valley Bounty: Building community, year-round: Holyoke Farmers Market is a source of positivity and local fare
03-01-2024 11:50 AM

By JACOB NELSON

‘When I was a kid in Puerto Rico, I always liked going to the roadside markets and farm stands,” says Alexis Diaz DeJesus. “People had their fruit and vegetables all displayed, and you could negotiate prices or even trade for things. Then there were...


Greening our brains and our thumbs: The many opportunities in the Valley to increase your garden knowledge and skills
02-29-2024 2:22 PM

By PAT JAMES

After moving from the city into a rural home with land 25 years ago, I was excited that the property was mostly bare ground that I could bend to my will and create beautiful gardens over time. As a kid, I’d helped in the garden a lot, so how hard...


Chalk Talk: When kids turn work in late: Navigating the tricky balance of deadlines and support for students
02-29-2024 2:20 PM

By NICOLE GODDARD

It’s March again, which means that in many high schools a new semester is well underway. At the end of every grading period, the same conversation starts making the rounds in teaching circles, on social media, in the teacher’s lounge, all sharing a...


Around and About with Richard McCarthy: Turn on, tune in, drop out: Exploring Timothy Leary’s Pioneer Valley roots
02-29-2024 2:18 PM

By RICHARD MCCARTHY

I suspect a fair number of readers are aware who Timothy Leary was, and more still have heard his name as part of the lexicon of popular culture. For those who do not know, he was one of the more famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective)...


MassDEP’s Clean Heat Standard poised to advance energy shift
02-27-2024 4:00 PM

By TANISHA BHAT

While many communities have made progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, many experts believe the next big step statewide will involve electrifying home heating systems, a process the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is...


Speaking of Nature: From rare to regular: The Carolina Wren may soon become a regular backyard bird for all of us
02-27-2024 2:53 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2023 was the warmest year ever recorded. I remember it being hot in the summertime, but I think the effect of this heat was most noticed by me in the autumn. The Thinking Chair...


Women’s basketball: Smith College blasts Babson, captures 4th straight NEWMAC title
02-25-2024 6:07 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

NORTHAMPTON – Since the 2019-20 season, the Smith College women’s basketball team has always finished at the top of their conference standings. That streak continued on Sunday as the Pioneer won their fourth consecutive NEWMAC championship via a 90-59...


Hillside Pizza closes Hadley location, but business brisk at other locations
02-24-2024 11:20 PM

By GRACE LEE

HADLEY — Hillside Pizza has closed its 15-year-old location at 173 Russell St., though owners report that the Super Bowl marked a record-breaking year in sales and fundraising efforts for the other two locations in South Deerfield and Bernardston....


A Look Back, Feb. 24
02-23-2024 11:01 PM

By Jim Bridgman

200 Years Ago ■Pay Your Taxes! E. S. Phelps, tax collector for the town of Northampton, hereby gives notice to all delinquents that unless their taxes are settled by the first day of March, the tax bills will be put into the hands of the constable....


Best Bites: Ordering off the kid’s menu: 9-year-old budding food critic shares his top 15 places to eat
02-23-2024 2:23 PM

By AZAI DUGGER and ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

Note from Robin Goldstein: For this column, I asked my 9-year-old nephew and co-author Azai Dugger to choose his favorite restaurants and briefly describe each one — the same task as I undertook for my last Gazette column.With great difficulty and...

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