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Guest columnist Andy Morris-Friedman: Don’t blame smartphones for any of this
07-17-2024 4:47 PM

By ANDY MORRIS-FRIEDMAN

 Here in the PRM (Peoples Republic of Massachusetts), our state Legislature is about to further expand the Nanny State and ban livestreaming while driving (“Drivers’ video ban bill clears House,” Gazette, July 12). That drives me so mad, I just had to...

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South Hadley eyes first historic district in Falls section
07-21-2024 9:03 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — With official approval from the Select Board and Massachusetts Historical Commission, South Hadley is moving closer to establishing its first local historic district at the Old Firehouse Museum and Fred M. Smith Memorial Green.“The...


Hadley considers 2-megawatt solar array on old landfill
07-18-2024 1:49 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Hadley’s capped landfill along the Connecticut River off Cemetery Road continues to be the focus for a potential 2-megawatt solar array project, even with uncertainty about how the town will cover the costs to submit an application to...


Smart-growth district plans along commercial corridor in Hadley forge ahead
07-17-2024 4:49 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — In the aftermath of the Hampshire Mall selling for a fraction of its assessed value last month, the town is moving ahead with the study of a possible smart growth district for a portion of Route 9 that could allow some residential...


Farmers grateful to have normal growing season after devastating 2023 floods
07-16-2024 7:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — After a frantic emergency response to save animals and equipment on July 10, 2023, David Fisher and Maggie Toran assessed their farm field as memories of Hurricane Irene came flooding back.At their horse-powered, community-supported...


Hadley Route 9 project finish expected in spring 2026
07-15-2024 8:20 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — The $26.2 million project to widen Route 9 from the town center east to the intersection of North and South Maple streets remains on track to be completed by spring 2026.The expected finish date for the work on the state highway is April...


Stephen Armstrong: On Trump assassination attempt
07-15-2024 4:54 PM

I find it hard to comment evenly about the Trump assassination attempt, because he has demonstrated repeatedly how little sympathy he has for people other than himself, and because he has been just plain nasty and criminal. But this event brings forth...


Oliveira, Carey demand state probe into conditions at South Hadley nursing home
07-15-2024 4:37 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — A week after a group of nurses stood outside in blistering heat to call attention to the working conditions at the Pioneer Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center off Route 202, the two state politicians who represent the town are...


Elements Massage studio in Hadley abruptly closes after state order
07-15-2024 4:19 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HADLEY — Elements Massage studio in Hadley closed recently after it was issued a stop-work order by the state for operating without workers compensation insurance.The state Department of Industrial Accidents ordered the studio at 379 Russell St....


South Hadley to set up affordable housing trust
07-15-2024 11:42 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The Planning Department will establish an Affordable Housing Trust within the next year to support affordable and sustainable housing projects, an initiative being funded by grant money from the state’s Municipal Vunerability...


Music in the sky: Summit House Sunset Concert Series returns to its 173-year-old home
07-12-2024 3:00 PM

By PAIGE HANSON

For the first time in two years, The Friends of Mount Holyoke Range have returned the Summit House Sunset Concert Series to its namesake, Skinner State Park’s historic Summit House. The Summit House, which sits at a 935-foot elevation on top of Mount...


Hampshire County's toughest golf holes: Ledges Golf Club, South Hadley
07-12-2024 2:55 PM

By GARRETT COTE

(NOTE: This is the second installment in a weekly series featuring some of the toughest golf holes across Hampshire County. The series will run each Saturday in print throughout the summer.)SOUTH HADLEY — When it comes to the overall condition of a...


South Hadley Selectboard OKs $140K for school counselor to prevent youth substance abuse
07-12-2024 12:53 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The Select Board approved adding an adjustment counselor at Micheal E. Smith Middle School using 0pioid settlement funds to prevent drug and alcohol use among youth but not without push back from board members about the sustainability...


South Hadley board sets dangerous hearing for dog that killed another
07-10-2024 6:16 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Edward Wall rushed down Pynchon Street one morning in June to find his little white Maltipoo no longer white.“I arrived on the scene 20 minutes afterwards and it was just carnage. My wife had blood all over her. My daughter had blood...


Drive-thru coffee, drinks shop pitched for front of Mountain Farms Mall
07-07-2024 11:01 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A drive-thru shop offering coffee, infused energy drinks, Italian sodas, smoothies, teas and milkshakes is being proposed for a vacant, mostly wooded parcel on Route 9 in front of Mountain Farms Mall.Plans for 7 Brew Coffee, brought before...


Gazette Softball Player of the Year: Ella Schaeffer, South Hadley
07-05-2024 12:01 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

SOUTH HADLEY – On April 15, South Hadley pitcher Ella Schaeffer reached 500 career strikeouts, normally a milestone reserved for the very best seniors at the end of their careers. She was just a junior, and at 16, a year young for her grade. By June...


A golden achievement: Two Girl Scouts from South Hadley receive highest honor
07-04-2024 9:54 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — When Nora Matzen visited the aquarium as a child, question after question popped up in her mind about the critters swimming around tank her eyes remained glued to for hours. “How did they breathe? Why could they swim so well? What did...


Hadley accepts gift of 5-plus acres near Conn. River
07-01-2024 10:07 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A small undeveloped and land-locked parcel along the Connecticut River off Hockanum Road is being accepted as a gift to the town by the Select Board, even though no formal policy is in place for receiving such properties.With support from the...


Funding drive collects $300K for Hadley Elementary School playground makeover
06-30-2024 11:01 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — With plastic pieces breaking off the slides and rust creating instability in the main bolts holding together some play structures on the Hadley Elementary School playground, a portion of the play space has been roped off, keeping children...


Mary Hall: Recognition due for local bridge builders
06-30-2024 10:41 AM

The late Paula Green of Leverett and Hands Across the Hills did seed work for the projects outlined in “Is the Partisan Divide Too Big to Be Bridged?” [New York Times, June 16]. Their leadership contributions have been extraordinary, and should be...


Corn stalk fiddle gets its moment: History and music meet this weekend for ‘Corn Stalk Fiddles: Soundscape & Place in 19th Century Hadley’
06-27-2024 2:11 PM

By PAIGE HANSON

Today and tomorrow, June 28 and 29, in the Hadley Public Library at 7:30 p.m., the Hadley Historical Society and the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum will be presenting “Corn Stalk Fiddles: Soundscape & Place in 19th Century Hadley.”The show will be...

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