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South Hadley native training to fly worldwide missions with U.S. Navy
06-22-2024 3:26 PM

By JOHN OSBORNE

SOUTH HADLEY — South Hadley native Edward Thomas is serving in the U.S. Navy assigned to Training Squadron (VT) 27 where naval aviators learn the skills they need to fly missions around the world.Thomas, a 2018 graduate of Pope Francis High School,...

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South Hadley PD raising money to launch comfort dog program
06-20-2024 4:02 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The Police Department is fundraising $10,000 to recruit a new member with four paws, a tail and lots of fur.After Amherst, Greenfield and Belchertown reported the “transformative” impact of the police departments’ comfort dog program,...


Father’s Day 2024: South Hadley’s Rich Marjanski cherishes era coaching his three daughters on the soccer pitch
06-14-2024 3:15 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — The early portions of summer have provided Rich Marjanski with plenty of flashbacks to when he used to coach his three daughters on the same team during their youth soccer days about a decade ago.His oldest daughter Lindsay (22 years...


Youth baseball: Amherst, South Hadley Suburban teams enjoy “great experience” playing at UMass’ Lorden Field
06-13-2024 9:12 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Although the stage might have been the biggest one the Amherst and South Hadley Suburban League 15U Koufax Division teams had ever stepped foot on, both teams rose to the occasion at Earl Lorden Field on the campus of UMass on Thursday...


Guest columnist Joan Vohl Hamilton: Girl Scouts lead the way
06-10-2024 6:26 PM

By JOAN VOHL HAMILTON

 The decision by Boy Scouts of America to change its name to Scouting America intrigued me. This decision is, in part, to include girls and young women.A recent Associated Press article mentioned girls who have achieved the “vaunted Eagle Scout rank”...


D-Day hero: Holyoke native honored as only chaplain killed during initial days of Normandy invasion
06-07-2024 5:04 PM

By SAMUEL GELINAS

SOUTH HADLEY — “No greater love.”That phrase stands out prominently at the grave of the Rev. Capt. Ignatius Maternowski, a Holyoke native who died 80 years ago on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The Purple Heart recipient and candidate for sainthood was the only...


PVPA’s class of 2024 urged to play and work as they head into the world
06-07-2024 4:14 PM

By SAMUEL GELINAS

NORTHAMPTON — Rather than advising his students to read a book a week the rest of their lives, or egg them on to achieve the impossible, Brent Nielsen rallied Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School graduates on Thursday to preserve one of their...


S. Hadley administrator accepts Pioneer principal position
06-06-2024 3:09 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — An assistant principal at Michael E. Smith Middle School has accepted the principal position Pioneer Valley Regional School. Annie Scanlan-Emigh, an educator for 17 years, is making her way up Interstate 91 to join Pioneer, where she is...


Building partially collapses in Falls section of South Hadley
06-04-2024 3:30 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — A two-story building on the corner of Carew and West Main streets in the Falls section of town partially collapsed over the weekend, leaving the structure in ruins.The Building Department first heard about the collapse of the...


Div. 4 softball: Ella Schaeffer tosses gem, South Hadley blanks Cohasset for spot in Round of 16 (PHOTOS)
06-03-2024 8:26 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — When Ella Schaeffer is on, the No. 10 South Hadley softball team is extremely difficult to beat.Well, all signs Monday pointed to the Tigers’ junior having one of those games right away, as she fanned the first two No. 23 Cohasset...


A unique Father’s Day gift: The music of 20th century pop composer Johnny Anz to be celebrated at South Hadley concert
05-31-2024 3:44 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When he was growing up, John Anz knew that his father, Johnny Anz, played piano and sang. But he didn’t know much about his dad’s musical background, especially as Johnny Anz died when his son was just 7 years old.But a little over 50 years later,...


Class C girls lacrosse: Top-seeded South Hadley holds off Hoosac Valley for 2nd straight WMass title (PHOTOS)
05-29-2024 8:29 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

SPRINGFIELD – South Hadley assistant girls lacrosse coach Julia Miele picked up senior captain Maddy McArdle on her back and ran from the bench all the way downfield to the mob of Tigers players surrounding the goal.Top-seeded South Hadley had just...


South Hadley man, Granby High grad survives grizzly bear attack in Wyoming
05-28-2024 5:06 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

As South Hadley Army veteran Shayne Patrick Burke, 35, hiked along Signal Mountain in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park last week, he instinctively felt that he wasn’t alone.Burke began talking and singing to himself and breaking branches, noises...


Communities to mark Memorial Day with parades, ceremonies
05-23-2024 4:09 PM

The last Monday in May is Memorial Day, a federal holiday originally called Decoration Day that was formalized in 1868 and serves as the nation’s foremost annual day to honor its deceased service men and women.A bevy of parades and commemorative...


Tennis: Seniors power Belchertown girls past South Hadley, into Class B final (PHOTOS)
05-22-2024 9:32 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

BELCHERTOWN – Four years ago, Belchertown girls tennis advanced all the way to the Western Mass. Class B championship match, only to be swept by Longmeadow.Last year, they made it back, but lost a heartbreaker to Ludlow, 3-2.This year, after handling...


South Hadley elementary school staff vote no confidence in principal
05-20-2024 11:08 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The South Hadley Education Association has issued a vote of no confidence in the Mosier Elementary School principal on behalf of 43 staff members at the school.Union President Amy Foley read a shortened version of a statement at a...


Mary Hall: Northampton should set up charitable fund for schools
05-19-2024 1:33 PM

I noticed the city of Holyoke has a fund people can donate to in support of their local schools, and receive a tax deduction.Of course, there may be questions as to the wisdom of financing public goods as charities, and if tax deductions cost more to...


Leadership change coming at South Hadley middle school as principal, assistant principal set to depart
05-17-2024 4:42 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The principal and assistant principal at Michael E. Smith Middle School will both not return for next school year.According to an email sent to the guardians of Michael E. Smith students on April 30, Assitant Principal Anne...


Nancy Lacey: Holyoke Girls Track 4x1 needs community's help to get to Nationals
05-17-2024 2:11 PM

There is something really good happening at Holyoke High School. Four young women have qualified for the 4x1 at Nationals in Eugene, Oregon. They are the first ever Holyoke team to qualify for this event. When they were told "no," they problem-solved...


South Hadley baseball gets past Hampshire Regional in Hartford: ‘it’s almost like the big leagues’ (PHOTOS)
05-09-2024 9:05 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

HARTFORD, Conn. – As the South Hadley baseball team exited the handshake line with Hampshire Regional and ran toward their team meeting in center field, Tigers players yelped with glee, flung their gloves into foul territory and smiled wide. They had...


School budget tops busy Town Meeting agenda in South Hadley
05-05-2024 10:39 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — A zoning change to allow multifamily housing in the town’s business district along major corridors, a town budget encompassing a new Department of Human Services, a feasibility study for a new elementary school, and a school budget that...

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