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Easthampton Police Chief Robert Alberti resigns citing health concerns

07-23-2024 3:44 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — After 24 years on the police force, Police Chief Robert Alberti has tendered his resignation and is set to retire in November at the conclusion of his current medical leave period.In a July 15 resignation letter to the city, Alberti...


Sunderland town admin departing for state job, interim appointed

07-23-2024 3:16 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — After four years of serving Sunderland residents, Town Administrator Geoff Kravitz is off to the state and the Select Board has tapped a familiar face as his interim replacement.Kravitz’s last day in Sunderland will be Friday, as he caps...


Area briefs: Renaissance Faire coming to Cummington; PVPA to hold lottery July 31; Knit for a cause in Amherst

07-23-2024 11:34 AM

Massachusetts Renaissance Faire coming to CummingtonCUMMINGTON — The Massachusetts Renaissance Faire returns to the Cummington Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4. Feel the thunder of horses’ hooves as brave knights compete in the joust, watch...


Photos: Pottery on tour

07-23-2024 9:33 AM


A Look Back, July 23

07-22-2024 11:01 PM

50 Years Ago ■The Veterans Administration has decided against continued consideration of land at Northampton State Hospital as the site for a proposed national regional cemetery. John Metzler, director of the VA’s cemetery service, said that tests...


Pioneer Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in South Hadley under state receivership for two months

07-22-2024 5:45 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The state has temporarily taken over a beleaguered nursing home in South Hadley that came under scrutiny last week after a variety of complaints were lodged against it, including unpaid wages, staffing shortages and unpaid taxes to the...


Belchertown man dies in crash; third such death in Hampshire County in three-day period

07-22-2024 5:38 PM

BELCHERTOWN — Authorities are investigating a single-car crash that took the life of a 51-year-old Belchertown resident on Sunday night, the third fatal motor vehicle crash in Hampshire County in a 72-hour period.Police responded to Sunday’s crash at...


West-East rail funding in state plan will go toward track development between Springfield, Worcester

07-22-2024 4:36 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

Shortly after the Massachusetts Department of Transportation allocated $123 million for passenger rail service between Boston and the western part of the state, longtime proponent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal said the “reality of West-East Rail is happening...


Local Democrats: Different candidate, same stakes in presidential election

07-22-2024 4:14 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

“Elation” is what Nathan Markee, vice chair of the Easthampton Democratic City Committee, felt when he opened his phone on Sunday to the news that Joe Biden rescinded his candidacy for a second presidential term.Other local Democrats — whether they...


Valley Green Energy, a new electricity service, is coming to Northampton, Amherst, Pelham this fall

07-22-2024 3:28 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Long in the planning stages, a new electricity service in Northampton, Amherst and Pelham is set to launch this fall in what officials promise will mean more affordable and renewable electricity for residents.The three communities inked a deal with...


Harris moves fast to lock up delegates, praises Biden’s ‘unmatched’ legacy

07-22-2024 1:28 PM

By ZEKE MILLER and SEUNG MIN KIM

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris moved swiftly Monday to lock up Democratic delegates behind her campaign for the White House after President Joe Biden stepped aside amid concerns from within their party that he would be unable to defeat...


Photo: Summer pastime

07-22-2024 1:12 PM


Chesterfield officially a Right to Farm Community

07-22-2024 1:11 PM

CHESTERFIELD — The town has erected eight signs along Route 143 and six other roads at the borders of Goshen, Westhampton, Williamsburg and Worthington proclaiming the municipality a Right to Farm Community.The signs feature a red barn and Hereford...


Area briefs: Open auditions for Valley Players’ first production; OneHolyoke selling 3 homes; Summer Book Fair in Holyoke; Psychic at Granby Library

07-22-2024 1:09 PM

Open auditions for Valley Players’ first production AMHERST — The Valley Players, the Pioneer Valley’s newest community theater group, has announced open auditions for its first production, Nick Payne’s award-winning play of love, loss, and parallel...


A Look Back, July 22

07-21-2024 11:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago ■Kimball and Cary Fuel Corp, Northampton’s oldest fuel company, has achieved the distinction of being the only retail fuel company in the country to accomplish its paperwork through a computer on the premises. The system is complete in...


Biden drops out of 2024 race after disastrous debate inflamed age concerns. VP Harris gets his nod

07-21-2024 4:21 PM

By COLLEEN LONG, ZEKE MILLER and DARLENE SUPERVILLE

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the...


Northampton woman nominated for superior court judgeship

07-21-2024 2:02 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Governor’s Council member Tara Jacobs met with Deepika Shukla about a year ago, and was impressed by the assistant U.S. attorney’s breadth of experience.“Where she started you wouldn’t necessarily guess from where she is now,” Jacobs...


Dearth of judges causing court bottleneck in Hampshire Superior Court, across state

07-21-2024 2:01 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Summertime is traditionally slow time in the courts, with vacations eating into the judicial system’s flow of business and occasionally leaving a court with no judge. This summer, the seasonal slowdown is only compounding the fact that...


Chance Encounters with Bob Flaherty :Weedbusters keep paradise going

07-21-2024 1:00 PM

We tend to take our vast network of rail trails for granted. We cherish the neatly trimmed borders and the freedom to bike or blade from Burgy to Belchertown and back again without a single branch in your eye or an overhanging wildflower smacking you...


More than a year in the making, gun bill on guv’s desk

07-21-2024 12:01 PM

By Colin A. Young

BOSTON — Without a single Republican vote, the Massachusetts House and Senate sent the governor a massive overhaul of the state’s gun laws late last week, crossing one of the most significant items off of the Legislature’s rest-of-July to-do list. The...


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