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Athol principal selected as superintendent for School Union 28

02-20-2024 11:04 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

ERVING — Athol Community Elementary School Principal Shannon White-Cleveland is being tapped as the next School Union 28 superintendent, overseeing four K-6 elementary schools attended by children in Shutesbury, Leverett, Erving, Wendell and New...


Ominous ocean warmth points to an active Atlantic hurricane season ahead

02-20-2024 9:21 AM

By SCOTT DANCE

Hurricane season is still more than three months away, but in parts of the tropical Atlantic, it feels like we might as well already be in the thick of it. Across a strip of ocean where many cyclones are born, February ocean temperatures are closer to...


A Look Back: Feb. 20

02-20-2024 5:01 AM

50 Years AgoPaul Garvey is the Northampton Winter Festival’s first annual Pancake Eating Champion, and the Northampton Aerie of Eagles is the Winter Festival’s first annual snowshoe softball champion. This was decided during the weekend as the third...


Management role: Forestry experts explain efforts to bolster forest health, climate resilience

02-19-2024 10:01 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

With the state dealing with catastrophic consequences of climate change, the debate around forest management continues to make headlines as Massachusetts policymakers discuss the best way to maximize carbon sequestration in forests.Trees and other...


Treasure in the attic: Woman steps up to save long-lost mural of 1800s Jewish immigrant congregation

02-19-2024 7:11 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

Forgotten and gathering dust in the attic of a North Adams apartment building for more than a century, a mural that’s a part of eastern European Jewish immigrant history may soon see the light of day again.If it does, it will be thanks largely to the...


Superintendent warns of 20 staff cuts in Amherst-Pelham regional schools

02-19-2024 1:14 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even with Amherst officials signaling a commitment to increase the town’s financial obligation to the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, around 20 staff members, including classroom teachers and paraeducators, could be eliminated at the middle...


Photos: No walk in the park

02-19-2024 11:42 AM


It’s time for Northeast to prep for floods like those that hit this winter. Climate change is why

02-19-2024 10:27 AM

By PATRICK WHITTLE

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — After back-to-back storms lashed the Northeast in January, rental properties Haim Levy owns in coastal Hampton, New Hampshire, were hammered by nearly two feet of water, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage...


Amherst town officials leery of playground surfaces

02-19-2024 9:31 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — With the Conservation Commission and Board of Health registering objections to the proposed poured-in-place rubber surface of a playground at the town’s new elementary school, the design team is asking the Elementary School Building...


Hadley Senior Center launches monthly ‘memory cafe’

02-19-2024 9:16 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Older adults with dementia or memory loss, along with their care partners, are invited to participate in a new monthly memory cafe opening at the Hadley Senior Center.Connections Cafe, which is free for both residents and people from around...


LifePath gets $125K grant to facilitate benefits enrollment

02-19-2024 9:14 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With a $125,000 grant from the National Council on Aging, LifePath is looking to help folks in Franklin and Hampshire counties, as well as the North Quabbin region, get past the complex forms and eligibility requirements for numerous...


Four-alarm blaze at Red Fire Farm in Granby causes an estimated $1M in damages

02-18-2024 5:02 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

GRANBY — A blaze engulfed Red Fire Farm’s barn and farm store on Carver Street on Saturday afternoon, leaving the west side of the barn “completely obliterated” and causing an estimated $1 million in damages, according to co-owner Ryan...


Amherst gets good budget news that could stave off cuts

02-18-2024 4:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst’s public schools, municipal government and town libraries are in line to get spending boosts in next year’s budgets that go beyond initial projections, potentially staving off recently announced cuts that could be made to elementary...


Psychedelics petition backers use Oregon as model

02-18-2024 2:01 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Massachusetts voters may get the chance to cast ballots to legalize access to some psychedelic substances this fall. And though advocates say the Oregon psilocybin therapy program that would be used as a model for Massachusetts is beneficial...


A Look Back: Feb. 19

02-18-2024 1:01 PM

50 Years Ago■The even-odd rationing plan put into effect at gas stations across the state Monday showed signs of working, area station managers said, but they also stated that it does nothing to solve their basic problem – lack of gas. But still, at...


Big project wins OK at old Belchertown State School

02-18-2024 12:00 PM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — The town has signed off on the largest project yet in its long-desired efforts to redevelop the former Belchertown State School — a 100-unit mixed-income residential complex that also includes converting an old administration building...


PHOTOS: Welcome, Year of the Dragon

02-18-2024 11:51 AM


$1M in grants to boost local food system in Hampshire County

02-18-2024 9:30 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Area organizations are welcoming grant awards that will boost the supply of fresh, local food available to those in need and provide support for local farmers.“We’re really thrilled to have been selected,” said Lev BenEzra, executive...


Amherst Historical Commission not ready to OK demos on South Pleasant without more info

02-17-2024 6:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Appeals for more documentation of an historic performance space in a downtown building, possibly used by an Amherst College fraternity in the 19th century, are being made before the three-story brick structure is razed.The rear ell at 45...


Whately town administrator takes job in Hampden

02-17-2024 5:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — With the impending departure of Town Administrator Brian Domina, the Selectboard is planning to find an interim solution while the town undergoes the extended process of finding a permanent replacement.Domina, who has served as Whately’s...



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