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Hampshire County's toughest golf holes: Cold Spring Country Club, Belchertown
07-19-2024 2:49 PM

By GARRETT COTE

BELCHERTOWN — One of the most common problems in an average golfer’s game is the inability to remain focused on every shot during an 18-hole round. Typically by the back nine they are checked out, or aren’t putting as much thought into every shot as...

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Dakin reopening Kitten Intensive Care Unit
07-09-2024 12:18 PM

By ABNER ROJAS

SPRINGFIELD — As Dakin Humane Society reopens its Kitten Intensive Care Unit at 171 Union St. this month, Pioneer Valley residents are ready to continue their mission of nursing critically ill kittens back to health.The volunteer program was put on...


Baystate Health pitches plan for big regional health center
05-21-2024 3:50 PM

By Alexa Lewis

SPRINGFIELD — A new 90,000-square-foot community health center is coming to Springfield to provide centrally-located, comprehensive care in the Pioneer Valley.Public and private sector officials gathered Tuesday to announce plans for the new center, a...


Columnist Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Divided city? Pride brought us together
05-17-2024 2:14 PM

By THE REV. ANDREA AYVAZIAN

The Northampton Pride March, held on May 4, could not have come at a better time. I have marched with my family since my son was little, and he is now 36 years old. It is a part of our spring tradition. But this year, the march felt especially...


Boys lacrosse: Amherst’s furious comeback falls just short in loss to West Side
05-14-2024 8:07 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — They looked like an entirely different group in the second half, but the Amherst boys lacrosse team dug themselves too deep of a hole to overcome on Tuesday afternoon.The Hurricanes scored seven of the game’s final eight goals, including...


Speaking of Nature: Surprised by strawberries in the grass: Flowers will bloom whether you pay attention or not
05-14-2024 11:47 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

Every week I try to end my column with an inspirational line or two in the hopes of motivating my readers to get outside and see what’s going on in their own back yards. As I sit and peck away at the keyboard this morning I realize that the...


Overlooked no more: Leverett artist’s woodcut prints celebrate remarkable women of the past
05-09-2024 4:05 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It started in early 2018 with a special New York Times series of articles, “Overlooked,” obituaries about notable people whose deaths had gone unreported in the newspaper, which first began publishing obits in 1851.Leverett printmaker and collage...


Building agricultural resiliency: During tour with Senate leaders, Oliveira shows off research at UMass Cold Springs Orchard in Belchertown
05-06-2024 5:17 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — Among UMass Cold Springs Orchard’s 35 acres of apple trees hang little orange tents at the top of the trees that, despite the blazing color, are discretely managing pesky moths.These prism-shaped moth traps release pheromones to attract...


MIAA power rankings: See where all the local teams are ranked
04-30-2024 4:34 PM

By GARRETT COTE

The MIAA released its second edition of the spring sports power rankings across the state on Tuesday. Out of all sports, Hampshire Regional softball holds the highest ranking in Hampshire County, checking in at No. 5 in Division 4. Hopkins leads all...


UMass football: Spring Game closes one chapter for Minutemen, 2024 season fast approaching
04-27-2024 5:27 PM

By GARRETT COTE AND CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST — For a coach who’s been in the business for as long as UMass football head coach Don Brown has, it’s hard to find something he hasn’t already seen.But during the Minutemen’s month of spring practice, they impressed the longtime coach with...


Speaking of Nature: ‘Those sound like chickens’: Wood frogs and spring peepers are back — and loud as ever
04-23-2024 12:44 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

During a recent lecture on evolutioin I had to explain the differences between three different processes known as geographic, temporal and behavioral isolation. Geographic isolation is the easiest of these concepts to understand because it involves...


Columnist Andrea Ayvazian: Standing as witness to Armenian martyrs
04-19-2024 4:47 PM

By THE REV. ANDREA AYVAZIAN

My sister Gina had the proclamation framed and she displays it prominently on her wall. It means so much to our family. The Proclamation of the City of Northampton marking Armenian Martyrs’ Day, dated April 24, 2018, is signed by then-Mayor David...


Speaking of Nature: Indulging in eye candy: Finally, after such a long wait, it’s beginning to look like spring is here
04-16-2024 12:16 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

I have just about reached the end of my patience with the winter of 2024. I realize that this may sound a bit strange, especially because we are now in the beginning of spring, but those of us who bore the brunt of the April snowstorm may sympathize...


Christine Tetreault: South Hadley school budget cuts
04-12-2024 2:28 PM

Superintendent Mark McLaughlin has said the quiet part out loud: The proposed school budget and restructuring of the district’s delivery of services will be accomplished at the expense of students with disabilities and the paraprofessionals who serve...


High schools: Quinn Cook, Granby slug past Mahar in softball season opener
03-29-2024 8:57 PM

A Quinn Cook grand slam and three triples and three RBIs from Grace Roy catapulted the Granby softball team to over 20 runs in its first game of the season.The Rams rolled to a 21-9 win in five innings of Mahar on Friday in Granby.Cook went 2-for-4...


UMass football: Minutemen back to work, ‘good feeling to be back’ for Don Brown as spring practice opens
03-26-2024 5:15 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Prior to the UMass football team’s first spring practice of the season on Tuesday morning, head coach Don Brown addressed his team regarding the Minutemen’s current standing with the Mid-American Conference.Brown looked at his players and...


UMass hockey: Breaking down the four teams (Denver, Maine, Cornell, UMass) in the Springfield Regional
03-26-2024 4:52 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

SPRINGFIELD — For the first time ever, Springfield will serve as a regional host for the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament this week.The MassMutual Center will play host to Denver, Maine, Cornell and UMass in a four-team regional with a spot...


Speaking of Nature: Is this Grackle really common? Behold the bird’s colorful iridescence on a sunny day
03-26-2024 12:35 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

After a while, one learns what to expect with each month and each season. July is going to be hot and humid, October will be colorful and somewhat melancholy, January will be cold and sleepy, and then there is March. March is the month for which the...


The local logophile, an erudite Easthamptonite: Veteran Merriam-Webster editor Peter Sokolowski is the public face of the country’s oldest dictionary
03-15-2024 3:35 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When Peter Sokolowski started work as an editor at Merriam-Webster 30 years ago, about 80 people worked at the venerable dictionary company in Springfield, including about 45 editors.But based on how quiet the offices were, it might have seemed the...


Columnist Rev. Andrea Ayvazian: Texting with prophets feels artificial
03-15-2024 2:36 PM

By THE REV. ANDREA AYVAZIAN

Because my husband is currently writing a book about robots at war — how the military is combining artificial intelligence with robotic devices to create “unmanned” weapons systems — our house is infused with articles, reports, and dinner...


Yankee Candle settles $1.2M class action lawsuit over time clock rounding
03-06-2024 12:07 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SPRINGFIELD — More than 2,400 current and former Yankee Candle employees are eligible to split $1.2 million from a class action lawsuit brought forward by an employee alleging the company failed to pay workers for “thousands of hours of work” due to...

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