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Baseball: Northampton nearly comes all the way back before falling to Chicopee 15-14 (PHOTOS)
04-22-2024 9:33 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — It looked like a comeback that would be talked about for years to come for the Northampton baseball team.Behind 14-5 entering the bottom of the sixth inning on their home field, the Blue Devils refused to roll over in the late stages of...

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Owen Dawson notches 200th career point for South Hadley boys lacrosse team
04-22-2024 7:56 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — In high school sports like soccer, lacrosse and field hockey, it’s always worth celebrating when a player eclipses the 100-point threshold. Well, South Hadley senior Owen Dawson did that two years ago.And on Saturday against Granby, he...


Neighbors lifting neighbors: Demand at South Hadley’s food bank spiking as more families seek help
04-22-2024 5:10 PM

By Emilee Klein

SOUTH HADLEY — Never go hungry.It’s the one rule that must not be broken at Neighbors Helping Neighbors, the organization that over the last 14 years has helped thousands of people from South Hadley and surrounding towns keep food on the table during...


Granby man admits guilt, gets 2½ years in vehicular homicide
04-22-2024 5:03 PM

By James Pentland

BELCHERTOWN — A Granby man pleaded guilty Monday in Eastern Hampshire District Court to motor vehicle homicide and reckless assault charges stemming from a motor vehicle crash that killed his longtime partner and the mother of his child last July, the...


South Hadley’s Lauren Marjanski signs National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Siena College
04-22-2024 4:55 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Lauren Marjanski panicked for a brief moment.The South Hadley senior and College of Saint Rose commit had just found out the school she was going to play soccer at next fall would be shutting down after summer classes at the end of June...


LightHouse Holyoke to buy Gateway City Arts, expand offerings and enrollment at alternative school
04-22-2024 4:42 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — After months of work on securing a new home elsewhere, LightHouse school plans to buy Gateway City Arts in a move that will allow the burgeoning alternative secondary school to meet its growing demand and expand its offerings.LightHouse...


South Hadley residents will pay more for trash, wastewater rates next fiscal year
04-22-2024 2:41 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Property owners can expect to pay more starting July 1 for trash removal and wastewater service following the Select Board’s recent decision to increase rates for both services.At its April 16 meeting, the board adopted a new automated...


Leverett Town Meeting voters will decide cease-fire call, budgets, town elections
04-22-2024 12:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — Money for continued restoration of the North Leverett Sawmill, a citizen petition calling for a permanent cease-fire in Gaza, and a $7.56 million budget for fiscal year 2025, which adds a fourth police officer to the Police Department, are...


Regional farming alliance strengthens educational, networking opportunities for apprentices
04-21-2024 10:22 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

In 1994, a new movement began to grow out of the Pioneer Valley, Berkshires and Hudson Valley, as a group of organic farmers banded together to form a cooperative educational program for farm apprentices.That year marked the birth of the Collaborative...


Deerfield residents petitioning to fix ‘dangerous’ intersection
04-20-2024 6:47 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With 12 collisions between 2021 and 2023 and likely an even greater number of close calls at the intersection of Routes 5 and 10, North Main Street and Mill Village Road, two residents have launched a petition asking the state Department...


Deerfield voters to decide 8 capital projects at Town Meeting
04-20-2024 2:08 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — As residents prepare for Town Meeting on April 29, the Selectboard and the Capital Improvements and Finance committees have laid out their approved capital projects for the upcoming year.Voters will be asked to consider directly...


Baseball: James Lavallee tosses no-hitter as Smith Vocational blanks Mahar 7-0
04-19-2024 7:57 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — Only three batters stood in the way of James Lavallee and a no hitter.But the Smith Vocational junior southpaw still had work to do, and he had to go through the two, three and four hitters of Mahar’s lineup if he wanted to notch the...


Softball: Franklin Tech’s Hannah Gilbert holds Hopkins to two hits, leads Eagles to 7-1 victory (PHOTOS)
04-19-2024 7:42 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

TURNERS FALLS — After giving up a run in the first inning, Franklin Tech pitcher Hannah Gilbert locked in for the final six frames on Friday against Hopkins Academy. The junior gave up one hit and one walk in the first and one hit in the third, but...


New HCC president reflects on journey: Timmons sees his own struggles and arc in students’ paths
04-19-2024 4:43 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

HOLYOKE — George Timmons knows just how much a difference a college president can make in a student’s life.As a senior at Norfolk State University, a historically black university in Virginia, Timmons faced the possibility of not being able to...


South Hadley man fatally shot in attempted robbery
04-19-2024 4:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

CHICOPEE — A South Hadley man is dead following a shooting during an attempted robbery of a smoke shop and convenience store in Chicopee Thursday night, according to the Hampden district attorney’s office.Robert Papalardo, 53, died after being taken...


Southampton’s Hannah Wodecki breaks Westfield State softball’s single season RBI record
04-19-2024 3:22 PM

By GARRETT COTE

WESTFIELD — As cliche as it sounds, records are truly made to be broken.And Westfield State sophomore Hannah Wodecki didn’t just break an Owls softball record, she’s going to shatter it when all is said and done.With still 10 regular season games...


Historic murals restored at Victory Theatre in Holyoke
04-19-2024 3:17 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HOLYOKE — A $400,000 restoration of two 23-foot-tall murals at the Broadway-style Victory Theatre, created by Italian immigrant Vincent Maragliotti in 1942, is complete, another step in the process toward reopening the 1920 building that has been...


2018 World Series trophy to be in town for Sunday’s Northampton Baseball and Softball League opening day
04-19-2024 3:14 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — Youth baseball and softball is just around the corner in Northampton, as the city’s nine youth baseball teams and three youth softball teams will be in action against other local teams next week to kick off their respective seasons.But...


Boards balk at limiting use of Hadley Town Common
04-19-2024 2:06 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Significant work and time for municipal staff associated with preparing for New England Public Media’s annual Asparagus Festival is prompting Hadley officials to examine whether fees should be increased and other adjustments made to how...


Hitting the ceramic circuit: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail turns 20 years old, April 27-28
04-19-2024 11:32 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

A lot can change in 20 years: Presidents and other politicians come and go, new cultural fads and technologies emerge, clothing styles morph, and music and movies take on different dimensions.In these parts, one tradition hasn’t changed. Since 2005,...


Holyoke man gets 5 years for assault, drug charges
04-19-2024 9:53 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man arraigned last month in Hampshire Superior Court on drug trafficking and assault charges was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison after pleading guilty to most of the charges he faced.Hector Diaz Torres, 22, admitted...

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