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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,...


Anthony Fyden: Say no to green power grab, don’t let go of local control
06-20-2024 3:29 PM

In 1939, the flooding of the Quabbin Reservoir began, drowning four western Massachusetts towns to quench Boston’s thirst for growth. In a way, history is about to repeat itself, this time in pursuit of green energy dollars.Boston politicians and...


Hadley to hire expert to examine how best to use spaces at Town Hall, former Goodwin Library
06-15-2024 5:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — An architectural engineer could soon be hired by the town to do a feasibility study for identifying the best use of both office and storage space at two Hadley center buildings, the former Goodwin Memorial Library and Town Hall.Town...


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”...


Dave’s Hot Chicken looking to spice up Hadley’s Mountain Farms Mall
06-09-2024 5:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant serving chicken tenders, sandwiches, milkshakes and a special kale slaw is looking to open in a former bank building next to Mountain Farms Mall.Representatives for Dave’s Hot Chicken, headquartered in...


Plans for new DPW building in Hadley advance
06-09-2024 2:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A next step in getting a new Department of Public Works headquarters built at 230-232 Middle St. is underway, with negotiations to hire an owner’s project manager starting before an architect is brought on board.The Select Board on Wednesday...


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...


Bring on the summer music and arts: Concert series and more return to Hadley and Huntington
06-07-2024 12:33 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Summer brings outdoor music as well as any number of artistic performances, including theater, literary readings, dances and more.And it’s not just big blowout events like the Green River Festival.In Hadley, the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum has...


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...


Valley Bounty: A farm stand in good hands: Wanczyk Produce in Hadley delivers quality, care, and has big dreams for the future
05-31-2024 3:54 PM

By JACOB NELSON

Jackie Pliska, owner of Wanczyk Produce in Hadley, has dreams of keeping the farm stand business open year-round instead of seven months each year. But first, she has to finish college.Pliska started working at the family business when she was 11. She...


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,...


For 20 graduates, time to move on from PVCICS ‘family’
05-30-2024 4:29 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HADLEY — With cheers and flowers, thanks and praise, the 20 members of the senior class and their families celebrated graduation early Wednesday evening at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School’s eighth commencement, held in the school’s...


Area briefs: Free fishing this weekend; Hadley seniors perform; gun violence observance in Holyoke
05-30-2024 3:56 PM

MassWildlife to host free fishing this weekend The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife will host a Free Freshwater Fishing Weekend statewide on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2. During this weekend, residents and visitors can fish in any...


Asparagus Festival preps for 10th edition in Hadley on Saturday
05-29-2024 11:06 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Beginning in 2013 on the grounds of a Route 9 restaurant, where people could enjoy food, music and beer tastings, New England Public Media’s Asparagus Festival has grown into a daylong event on the historic Town Common on West Street.On...


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...


‘No’ not in her DNA: Joyce Chunglo leaving a 36-year legacy in Hadley politics
05-26-2024 1:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — If there’s been one constant in town politics over the last 36 years, it’s Joyce Chunglo.The 53-year town resident has, since 1988, had a voice in decisions both big and small over tenures first on the School Committee for 15 years followed...


With Hadley HR chief leaving, Select Board weighs new combined post
05-25-2024 4:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — With Hadley’s third full-time human resources director leaving this week, and more support needed for staff at Town Hall, the Select Board is contemplating creating a new position combining administrative and personnel duties.At Wednesday’s...


Balise finds temporary home for Subaru dealership in Hadley
05-24-2024 3:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Two vacant Route 9 commercial buildings will be used on a temporary basis as the headquarters for Balise Subaru, as the dealership transitions from Steve Lewis Subaru and constructs a new showroom and service area at 315 Russell St.The...


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...

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