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Green River Festival perseveres amid harsh weather
06-23-2024 7:23 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

The 38th annual Green River Festival persevered through two days of severe weather this weekend as rain and thunderstorms brought delays and schedule changes for performers and festival-goers.Friday’s programming began when the gates to the Franklin...

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Retired superintendent to lead Hampshire Regional Schools on interim basis while search for permanent boss continues
05-05-2024 4:01 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

WESTHAMPTON — An experienced educator who recently led the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District has been offered the job of interim superintendent for the Hampshire Regional School District, giving the district another year to find a permanent...


Loomis Communities in midst of big $12.4M rehab, expansion at its Amherst, South Hadley locations
11-22-2023 11:31 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY/AMHERST — One of the region’s largest independent and assisted living communities is in the middle of a significant renovation at its Amherst and South Hadley locations that it says will provide more apartments, add community spaces and...


POW stories show sacrifice: South Hadley families share tales of valor, hardship as Legion honors WWII veterans
11-10-2023 5:02 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — When Paul C. Robillard’s B-17 bomber went down over Europe on Oct. 4, 1943, he had no idea where he landed. A farmer approached Robillard and his crew, so Robillard took the opportunity to get his bearings. He asked the farmer a...


South Hadley voters head to special Town Meeting on Wednesday 
11-10-2023 11:39 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Voters will decide whether to approve a new senior tax work-off program and fund an additional assistant principal at the high school at a special Town Meeting on Wednesday.Half of the 12-article warrant establishes fees to generate...


South Hadley voters will consider adding assistant high school principal after spate of assaults on teachers
11-02-2023 6:22 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — A week after six South Hadley High School staff members were physically assaulted by students in three separate incidents, the School Committee and Select Board agreed this week to ask residents to approve funding for a second assistant...


Keeping ‘Rocky Horror’ culture alive: Come Again Players troupe puts on shows throughout the region
10-30-2023 5:50 PM

By Emilee Klein

NORTHAMPTON — In the dim pink light of the Majestic Saloon on Main Street, people pack around tables watching “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” interrupting the movie playing on a screen above the bar every few minutes with an innuendo said in unison or...


Shutesbury voters defeat proposal to ban public access at Lake Wyola Dam
06-05-2023 2:31 PM

By SHELBY BROCK

SHUTESBURY — By a vote of 40-37, residents at Saturday’s annual Town Meeting narrowly shot down a bylaw that would ban public access to the Lake Wyola Dam and institute fines for trespassers.Other topics on the 33-article warrant that merited the most...


Panel at Greenfield Community College looks at gun law reform
05-03-2023 7:00 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — Rather than stopping criminals, more gun laws in Massachusetts will only serve to punish “law-abiding citizens.”That was the message from a majority of those who spoke before a panel of experts as part of a comprehensive review of the...


A historic rescue effort: Nearly 2 weeks after removing 76 dogs from Plainfield home, efforts to find placements going well
04-07-2023 5:01 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

After taking in the largest number of dogs it has received in a single rescue effort in its 54-year history last month in Plainfield, the Dakin Humane Society has made good progress in finding homes for them.“We have so many applications for them that...


Rep. Carey files bill that aims to strengthen high-speed chase law
12-13-2021 8:15 PM

By BERA DUNAU

BOSTON — A bill introduced by state Rep. Dan Carey, D-Easthampton, would make fleeing from the police in a vehicle in a reckless or negligent manner a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.“This proposed...


Keeping his oath: Medal of Honor recipient Britt Slabinski comes home to Northampton
09-24-2018 7:55 AM

By BERA DUNAU

The lessons we learn as children can echo throughout our lifetime, sometimes emerging in crucial, defining moments.This was certainly the case for Britt Slabinski, as he sat on the ramp of a helicopter in Afghanistan in 2002, contemplating ordering...


Lavender cream puffs please the palate at Tart Baking Co. in Northampton
06-16-2017 2:02 PM

By LISA SPEAR

Editor’s note: In this monthly column writer Lisa Spear indulges her sweet tooth by sampling desserts made at area restaurants.The bitter lavender flower isn’t an ingredient I would expect to find in a cream puff, so it caught me by surprise when I...


Backyard bonsai: Jim Gipe of Florence relaxes with his sculptures
06-16-2017 12:28 AM

By LISA SPEAR

A Japanese maple tree with windswept branches leans to one side as if hanging off a mountain cliff —  but this tree has never seen high altitudes and the air here is mostly still.The tree lives in Jim Gipe’s backyard in Northampton in a shallow...


Polio survivors thought they had conquered the devastating disease only to be stunned by its vengeance years later
05-08-2017 7:21 PM

By LISA SPEAR

When polio swept the nation in the early to mid 20th century, Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton had a ward full of cribs for sick babies. Some children spent weeks in the hospital, behind glass, not able to touch another human being, survivors...

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