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‘A generational healing experience’: Exhibit documents the struggles of Cambodian families fleeing the Khmer Rouge who found refuge and a new community in Amherst
05-16-2024 3:52 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Not long after 20 years of war finally ended in Vietnam in 1975, another wave of horrendous violence erupted just to the west.The Khmer Rouge, the Communist party of Cambodia, seized control of the country and began a brutal “reeducation” campaign...

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First-ever Dwight Day in Belchertown will bring forgotten part of town to life on Saturday
06-14-2024 7:01 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — The first-ever Dwight Day on Saturday will celebrate the historic village in northern Belchertown with several history talks, a historical reenactment, and a cemetery tour intended to revive the glory and legacy of those who lived in the...


The Mill River Flood 150 years later: ‘The whole valley was a wild torrent’
05-15-2024 5:58 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

WILLIAMSBURG — Like many mill owners before and since, the consortium that created the Williamsburg Reservoir in 1866 wanted more power for their factories, and they wanted to pay as little as possible for it.Eight years after the dam began its...


A Look Back, May 13
05-13-2024 6:01 AM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago ■Three Holyoke youths were rescued from falling off a moving Boston and Maine freight train last night by Northampton policeman Gerald L. LeVitre. The youths had boarded the train in the freight yards in Holyoke and had hung onto the...


The long shadow of the Mill River flood: Multiple events on tap in May to mark 150th anniversary of the 1874 disaster
05-02-2024 4:44 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

On the morning of May 16, 1874, the dam on the Williamsburg Reservoir, up in the hills along the East Branch of the Mill River, suddenly collapsed, sending 600 million gallons of water roaring downhill.The flood, which soon became a 30-foot-high brown...


A Look Back: April 22
04-22-2024 6:01 AM

50 Years Ago■Admitting that the state “very obviously” mishandled the Russell Daniels case, Gov. Francis Sargent said Saturday that the developmentally disabled 29-year-old has, in effect, been given a pardon. Sargent said that after Daniels is...


A Look Back: April 20
04-20-2024 6:01 AM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years AgoMiss B. Fisher offers for sale, at the house of Mr. Alexander Wright on the plain, straw bonnets of all kinds — the latest patterns from Charleston, S.C., Baltimore, and New York. Straws and Leghorns cleansed and repaired, and custom...


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...


A Look Back: April 19
04-19-2024 6:01 AM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago■A city budget of $11,687,698 for the fiscal year July 1, 1974, through June 30, 1975, some $400,000 over last year’s 12-month expenditure, was passed unanimously at last night’s City Council meeting. At some point between now and June the...


A Look Back: April 18
04-18-2024 6:01 AM

50 Years Ago■Robert F. Ulm, Easthampton’s fire chief since 1944, last night submitted his resignation to the Board of Selectmen, to become effective April 20. Ulm said he would become fire chief in the town of Bedford.■The Northampton City Council...


A Look Back: April 16
04-16-2024 7:01 AM

50 Years AgoThe Hampshire Area Commission on Alcohol Abuse will tonight request a lodging house license at 23-25 Graves Ave. for a proposed halfway house for recovered alcoholics. Purchase of the property would culminate an intensive campaign that...


A Look Back, April 6
04-06-2024 7:01 AM

200 Years Ago ■Public Notice! Whereas my wife, Eliza-Ann, has left my bed and board, I hereby forbid all persons harboring or trusting her on my account, as I shall pay no debts of her contracting. — Osborne Mowry, Pelham.■On the 15th of last month, a...


A Look Back, April 1
04-01-2024 6:01 AM

By Jim BridgmanFor the Gazette50 Years AgoThe co-publishers of the Daily Hampshire Gazette said today they have no immediate plans to move the newspaper from its present location at 16 Armory St. Reacting to a report in a Springfield newspaper that...


Art is a vehicle for change: Power of Truths Festival returns to Florence to illuminate history of injustice, April 5-6
03-28-2024 3:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Can the arts help us reexamine our past and come to terms with injustice? Can music, film and other mediums become instruments for social change by helping us look differently at our history and our beliefs?Those are questions the Power of Truths Arts...


A Look Back: March 26
03-26-2024 7:01 AM

50 Years Ago■Life expectancy for the average resident of Hampshire County has reached an all-time high. A child born today to local parents has excellent prospects of living to the middle of the 21st century, even if there is no further improvement in...


Stories bring the neighborhood home: ‘The Belt’ online oral history project shares Montview residents’ recollections of quirky riverside enclave
03-22-2024 1:49 PM

By MELISSA KAREN SANCES

On a springlike day in mid-March, three historians’ voices mingle with the buzzing of a drone. Claudia Lefko, Gail Hornstein and Ben James stand in the middle of the Montview Conservation Area while our camera captures the big picture — the vast, open...


A Look Back: March 22
03-22-2024 7:01 AM

50 Years Ago ■Warning against a “headlong rush toward technological disaster,” consumer advocate Ralph Nader told an overflow crowd at the University of Massachusetts yesterday that the use of nuclear power plants is “the beginning of the end of the...


A Look Back, March 13
03-13-2024 7:01 AM

50 Years Ago ■Three streakers who struck in Northampton Saturday night appeared in Hampshire County District Court this morning on charges of indecent exposure. The three were arrested Saturday night on South Street after they darted from John M....


A Look Back
03-12-2024 7:01 AM

50 Years Ago■Like hula hoops and bicycle streamers, Wacky Packages, a fad that tore through the local 10-year-old set starting a year ago, is fast becoming ancient history. But after the fad of collecting the stick-on cards known as Wacky Packages is...


A Look Back
03-11-2024 6:01 AM

50 Years Ago ■Northampton’s St. Patrick’s Day Committee has named City Clerk James Faulkner grand marshal to preside over the city’s St. Patrick’s activities. Recognized by most in his home Bay State area and by many of Northampton’s citizenry, he is...


A Look Back
03-09-2024 2:48 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years Ago■Dr. David Hunt begs leave to acquaint his friends and the public that he has made new arrangements in his professional business and has taken in connection with him Dr. B. Barrett. Drs. Hunt & Barrett have a good selection of surgical...

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