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Class C boys volleyball: Top-seeded Granby sweeps Ware, captures first-ever WMass title (PHOTOS)
05-25-2024 1:01 PM

By GARRETT COTE

CHICOPEE — All the momentum was against the No. 1 Granby boys volleyball team in the third set of Saturday’s Western Mass. Class C championship match with No. 2 Ware.The Rams had breezed through the first two sets, but they faced a 24-21 deficit in...

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With Hadley HR chief leaving, Select Board weighs new combined post
05-25-2024 4:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — With Hadley’s third full-time human resources director leaving this week, and more support needed for staff at Town Hall, the Select Board is contemplating creating a new position combining administrative and personnel duties.At Wednesday’s...


Cummington Town Meeting OKs new police cruiser, adds full-time officer position
05-25-2024 2:31 PM

CUMMINGTON — Voters at Town Meeting approved a $2.7 million budget and a new police cruiser, but deferred action on the revised Central Berkshire School District agreement until a special Town Meeting next month.The $75,000 cruiser and the change to a...


Amherst town official tapped for Montague’s assistant town admin job
05-25-2024 1:21 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

MONTAGUE — The Selectboard voted unanimously this week to select Greenfield resident Athena O’Keeffe as its next assistant town administrator, taking over for Walter Ramsey when he assumes sitting Town Administrator Steve Ellis’ position on July 1.The...


A Look Back: May 25
05-24-2024 11:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years Ago■Joseph Fenno has opened a new grocery and flour store in the southeast room of Curtis’ Hotel in Northampton. He has received and offers for sale a general assortment of groceries, such as liquors, teas, spices, fruit, loaf and brown...


High Schools: Hampshire girls lacrosse sees comeback against Hoosac fall just short in Class C semis
05-24-2024 9:33 PM

By HOWARD HERMAN

CHESHIRE — A furious comeback by the Hampshire Regional girls lacrosse team fell just short Friday afternoon.The third of three unanswered goals by Rylie Simmons had the Raiders leading by one after trailing by as many as six goals.But Ashlyn Lesure...


Softball: Hopkins falls to Turners in Class D semis (PHOTOS)
05-24-2024 9:31 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

TURNERS FALLS — While it wasn't the result coach Lindsey Lord and the Hopkins softball team were hoping for in its Western Mass. Class D semifinal contest against Turners Falls, the game showed how much the Golden Hawks have improved since the start...


Class B girls tennis: Led by 10 seniors, Belchertown breaks through to capture championship with 5-0 win over St. Mary’s
05-24-2024 9:06 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

SPRINGFIELD – Ava Shea ripped a crosscourt backhand, turned around, faced her teammates and raised her arms in the air. A wash of relief spread across her face.Belchertown’s No. 1 singles player had just clinched the Orioles’ first Western Mass. girls...


Class B boys tennis: Belchertown falls to East Longmeadow in title match, shifts focus to state tourney
05-24-2024 9:05 PM

By GARRETT COTE

WILBRAHAM — The entire No. 3 Belchertown boys tennis team sat behind the fence of the third singles court where sophomore Luke Dudek battled with No. 4 East Longmeadow’s Ryan Kulla.Trailing 3-1 on the team scoreboard with just the one match remaining,...


Class A boys tennis: Longmeadow holds off Northampton 3-2 to capture WMass title
05-24-2024 5:42 PM

By GARRETT COTE

LONGMEADOW — With two matches still being played, the No. 2 Northampton boys tennis team held a 2-1 advantage over No. 1 Longmeadow during Friday afternoon’s Western Mass. Class A championship match at Blinn Tennis Courts.After losing 3-2 to the...


Bridge name will honor Belchertown son killed in Iraq
05-24-2024 4:57 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — Without any money to spend on the latest 1990s entertainment, teenage Tracy Taylor amused her young son by rolling down grassy hills at the Quabbin Reservoir, giggling with big smiles once the two reunited at the bottom.“I think we just...


Officials sorting out disarray at Leverett Elementary School
05-24-2024 4:02 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — With the interim Leverett Elementary School principal on a leave that began in mid-March after being criticized for a lack of transparency, representatives of the teachers union are seeing the leadership situation as contributing to a “very...


Incumbent stays on health board in Pelham
05-24-2024 4:00 PM

PELHAM — An incumbent member of the Board of Health earned reelection to a three-year position in the only contested election at the town’s May 14 election.In an election where write-ins appear to have won many of the seats, William E. Pula earned...


Frontier students meet local veterans while placing flags for fallen heroes
05-24-2024 3:59 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Thanks to a collaboration between Frontier Regional School students and the Hale-Clapp Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3295, veterans’ graves in South Deerfield’s three cemeteries got fresh American flags ahead of Memorial...


Balise finds temporary home for Subaru dealership in Hadley
05-24-2024 3:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Two vacant Route 9 commercial buildings will be used on a temporary basis as the headquarters for Balise Subaru, as the dealership transitions from Steve Lewis Subaru and constructs a new showroom and service area at 315 Russell St.The...


Photos: King Street shuffle
05-24-2024 3:48 PM


Looming rent hikes worry artists at Cottage Street Studios in Easthampton
05-24-2024 3:35 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — Tensions are rising within the iconic walls of One Cottage Street as the building’s longtime owner moves ahead with rent increases that many artists who work there say could jeopardize the vibrant arts community they’ve built in the...


Civil War tablets honoring Amherst veterans help open high schoolers’ eyes to unsung Black history
05-24-2024 2:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — African American soldiers from Amherst who served in the famed 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment and 5th Calvary were among those who arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and to announce that...


Guest columnist Alexandra Dewey: Quabbin protection, potential
05-24-2024 2:40 PM

By ALEXANDRA DEWEY

Writer Mike McGee makes several relevant points in his recent column on benefits to the public from the Quabbin-Ware watershed lands [“Quabbin region will never see any bounty,” Gazette, May 13]. However, there are several points that can be helpful...


Guest columnist Allen Woods: Remembering the civilians
05-24-2024 2:39 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

Earlier this year, my extended family met in Washington, D.C. to celebrate multiple anniversaries and accomplishments and marvel at the grandeur of our nation’s capital. The elders and young adults relived some memories with the two youngest boys and...


Tom Travis: Honor their memory
05-24-2024 2:37 PM

Let’s not forget the meaning of Memorial Day, a day celebrated for those who had to pay with their lives and now lie in foreign lands and here at home. Please teach our young children what Memorial Day really means. It is remembered each year for the...

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