Playing catch-up on housing: Affordable projects in pipeline around Valley as gap keeps growing

07-12-2024 4:59 PM

Thousands of new affordable housing units will be built in western Massachusetts in the next few years, but local housing advocates say this still will not be enough to meet the massive regional demand for housing relief.The lack of affordable housing...

Knitters’ paradise: Webs, ‘America’s Yarn Store’ and a mainstay for Valley crafters for generations, turns 50

07-12-2024 3:03 PM

When Webs opened their doors on May 16, the first day of the store’s annual tent sale, store manager Angela Cheek watched as a rush of people flowed through the doors for three whole continuous minutes on a Thursday morning. Within an hour, the...


Legion baseball: Belchertown, Northampton both pick up victories
07-12-2024 8:36 PM

The challenges keep coming, but Belchertown Post 239 continues to thwart all comers in the American Legion Senior Division.Visiting Westfield held Post 239 to just three hits on Friday night, but Beau Elson smacked a home run and the pitching combo of...


John Connolly: Kudos for perspectives on Russian invasion, state’s power play
07-12-2024 4:06 PM

Kudos to both John Sinton and David DiDonato for their recent opinions in the Gazette, the former rejecting the idea that Russia is not in the wrong with its invasion of Ukraine and the latter about how eastern Massachusetts wants our “forests,...

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Yankee Candle consolidation prompts loss of 100 jobs
07-10-2024 7:42 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Newell Brands, Yankee Candle’s parent company, announced Monday that Sept. 9 will be the last day of operations at its distribution facility at 27 Yankee Candle Way.The news of an official date to end distribution operations there...


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Music in the sky: Summit House Sunset Concert Series returns to its 173-year-old home
07-12-2024 3:00 PM

For the first time in two years, The Friends of Mount Holyoke Range have returned the Summit House Sunset Concert Series to its namesake, Skinner State Park’s historic Summit House. The Summit House, which sits at a 935-foot elevation on top of Mount...


Obit photo for Joanne F. Talbot Joanne F. Talbot

Portland, ME - Joanne F. (Hines) Talbot, 88, died December 12, 2023 in Portland, ME. She was the wife of Richard J. Talbot, to whom she had been married for 62 years. Born in Boston, MA, the daughter of Edward G. and Frances C. (Connoll... remainder of obit for Joanne F. Talbot

Obit photo for Donald W. Britt Donald W. Britt

Ware, MA - With sorrow we announce Donald, 90, has passed away. He was born in Amherst and resided with his parents and six siblings until he married his wife, Eleanor, and moved to Belchertown. Donald was a diligent worker, from pedali... remainder of obit for Donald W. Britt

Obit photo for Gail Frenier Gail Frenier

Florence, MA - With great sadness, we announce the loss of our beloved mother Gail Leah Frenier, 78 of Florence, who passed away July 10, 2024 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. She was born in Northampton March 24, 1946 the daughter of the ... remainder of obit for Gail Frenier

Obit photo for Eleanor L. Peterson Eleanor L. Peterson

Eleanor L. (LaValle) Peterson Amherst, MA - Eleanor L. (LaValle) Peterson, 87 of 258 Violet's Crossing at RockRidge passed on July 5, after a short illness at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Born in Amherst, June 19, 1937, she was the daughte... remainder of obit for Eleanor L. Peterson


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