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Around Amherst: First standalone restroom coming to Kendrick Park
07-05-2024 9:07 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Downtown Amherst’s first standalone restroom could soon be installed at Kendrick Park, close to a playground that opened in August 2021 as a way to activate the 3.3-acre common at the north end of downtown.The Planning Board recently...


Saving spotted owls: Wildlife officials to deploy trained shooters on West Coast to kill 450,000 barred owls
07-05-2024 8:58 AM

By MATTHEW BROWN

To save the imperiled spotted owl from potential extinction, U.S. wildlife officials are embracing a contentious plan to deploy trained shooters into dense West Coast forests to kill almost a half-million barred owls that are crowding out their...


Class picture revisited: Davenport School’s first-grade class of 1974 re-creates 50-year-old portrait in Chesterfield
07-04-2024 6:58 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

CHESTERFIELD — Marking its 50th anniversary, Davenport School’s first-grade class of 1974 gathered after the town’s July Fourth parade Thursday to re-create a special photo taken on the school steps.Fire Chief and class member David Hewes said he got...


Photos: Fun on the Fourth of July
07-04-2024 6:53 PM


‘Like a dream come true’: 55 people from 31 countries become U.S. citizens at Northampton naturalization ceremony
07-04-2024 3:02 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — On July 4, the most fitting of American holidays, 55 people from 31 countries across five continents took an oath of allegiance outside the Hampshire County Courthouse to become some of the newest citizens of the United States of...


Gazette Boys Volleyball Player of the Year: Michael Swanigan, Granby
07-04-2024 2:01 PM

By GARRETT COTE

GRANBY — During the Granby boys volleyball team’s run through the Western Mass. Class C tournament, it seemed to have one plan of attack when it needed a clutch point.Any time the Rams’ backs were against the wall, they would feed their star senior,...


“I like proving the boys wrong:” Belchertown’s Rioghán Auffrey, Eliza Boyko starring on 12U All-Star baseball team
07-04-2024 1:15 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — During one of the Belchertown 12U All-Star baseball team’s games earlier this summer, assistant coach Kevin Auffrey overheard one of the kids on the opposing team say something that cracked him up.His daughter, Rioghán, was playing...


Lil Bit goes a long way: Residents at Northampton assisted living facility mourn the loss of a beloved chihuahua
07-04-2024 10:13 AM

By PAIGE HANSON

In the early morning of June 23, one of the most beloved residents at Christopher Heights Assisted Living Facility in Northampton passed away: a chihuahua named Lil Bit.Lil Bit was a 13-year-old service dog belonging to Janice Clark, who has lived at...


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...


Bids sought for new K-5 elementary school in Amherst
07-04-2024 9:16 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A municipal advertisement is seeking bids from general contractors interested in constructing the planned $97.5 million, net-zero energy elementary school building next to the existing Fort River Elementary School at 70 South East St.On...


Study finds homeless numbers on the rise in valley
07-04-2024 9:16 AM

By CHRIS LARABEEand JAMES PENTLAND

A count of homeless people in the region this year shows the number of homeless families in Hampshire County doubling over 2023, and overall homeless numbers at their highest in at least five years.The annual Point-in-Time count, a national initiative...


Photos: Happy 4th!
07-04-2024 9:10 AM


A Look Back: July 5
07-04-2024 6:01 AM

50 Years Ago■First prize in the Bicentennial slogan contest went to Isabel A. Holden, of 87 Round Hill Road, for her entry, “Northampton — build the best of the past into the future.” The contest was co-sponsored by the Northampton Bicentennial...


Legion baseball: Griffin Smiarowski secures victory for Northampton Post 28
07-04-2024 12:27 AM

With two outs and the tying runner at the plate and for the Wilbraham Falcons, Northampton Post 28 pitcher Griffin Smiarowski shut the door on any threat of a comeback – striking out the final batter of the game.Post 28 hung on for a 7-5 win at Spec...


Hampshire College cuts 29 jobs in effort to save $2.7M in expenses
07-03-2024 5:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Restructuring at Hampshire College will eliminate about 29 non-faculty staff positions, or 9% of the college’s workforce, saving about $2.7 million in operating costs, according to officials at the Amherst campus.“The changes are grounded in...


Northampton school budget wins final approval: Council OKs amendment giving department an 8% increase
07-03-2024 4:40 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council agreed Tuesday to amend the annual school budget as suggested by the mayor, putting an end to a long debate over the city’s schools — for now, anyway.The school department will operate under a roughly $40.7 million...


Gazette Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year: Cedar Conrad, Amherst
07-03-2024 3:52 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST — Cedar Conrad led the girls lacrosse team into a math classroom on a Wednesday afternoon at Amherst-Pelham Regional High School and started class.Every player took a seat and put their head down on their desk. Then, Conrad and Amherst’s other...


Guest columnist Joe Gannon: Broken political infrastructure on display
07-03-2024 3:45 PM

By JOE GANNON

 What did we learn from the presidential debate we did not know beforehand? Nothing. What has the debate changed? Nothing, other than the sound of Democratic knickers twisting in agony across the nation.President Joe Biden, it turns out, is an elderly...


Lunch on the go: Vegan Pizza Land opens Coffee Counter kiosk inside Thornes
07-03-2024 12:25 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Entering Thornes Marketplace from Main Street and descending down to the first floor, downtown visitors can now find a new option when it comes to vegan, sustainable takeout food, thanks to the opening of the Coffee Counter kiosk. The...


ValleyBike Share program still not ready to roll in region
07-03-2024 12:24 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Despite the city previously saying that the ValleyBike Share would restart operations at the end of May, the program has yet to resume throughout the Pioneer Valley, with an updated start date yet to be announced by city officials.On May...

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