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Columnist Sara Weinberger: Democracy, future is in our hands
07-14-2024 10:00 AM

By SARA WEINBERGER

Every day that I read The New York Times headlines since the June 27 Biden-Trump debate, it feels like Groundhog Day. The lead story repeatedly focuses on the need for Biden to exit the race. He’s too old, too feeble, too lackluster, too stubborn,...

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Taylor Haas takes the reins as new executive director at Three County Fairgrounds
07-14-2024 10:00 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON – Taylor Haas knows a thing or two about horses.Growing up in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Haas began horseback riding at a young age, eventually going on to compete in and organize several horse hunter and jumper shows. That childhood...


Guest columnist Jonathan Kahane: Bragging is just so gauche
07-13-2024 9:46 PM

By JONATHAN KAHANE

 I don’t like braggarts. I seem to find myself in their company more and more these days. It makes me feel quite uncomfortable, whether I’m in their midst or simply reading about them in a book or journal, or even listening to them drone on during...


Emily Soltanoff: Column ‘spot-on’
07-13-2024 9:41 PM

Thank you, Karen Gardner, for your spot-on and delightful piece, “A Ray of Light Amid Dark Developments,” [Gazette, July 10]. It was so engaging that I think you may have reached the ears, hearts, and minds of some who may not have been paying...


Emmett Barcalow: Focus on what Biden and Trump have done while president
07-13-2024 9:41 PM

Most of the mass media’s coverage of the presidential campaign seems to be laser focused on Joe Biden’s capacity to perform well in debates and interviews, given his age. (Although Trump is only three years younger than Biden.) As usual, the mass...


Kirsten Taranto: Appreciated though-provoking column on Biden
07-13-2024 9:41 PM

I wanted to send a word of praise for publishing Ian Rhodewalt’s excellent column “Biden should resign over role in genocide,” [July 10]. We have been subscribers to the newspaper since moving here four years ago. Even though the Gazette is probably...


Easthampton to lose Pepin school gymnasium as public recreation space
07-13-2024 9:23 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — As the city’s three former elementary schools are turned into affordable housing complexes in the next few years, the city had initially planned to maintain the Pepin Elementary School gymnasium as a public recreation space. The plan...


Photo: Rodeo Ready
07-13-2024 7:01 PM


Free transit service called ‘life-changing’ for clients at Craig’s Place in Amherst
07-13-2024 6:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A free transit program for guests at the Craig’s Place homeless shelter, initiated in March 2023, has supported their physical and mental well-being and provided assistance to those seeking to move into permanent housing, according to a...


As wastewater treatment plant nears finish line, damaged pipe crimps celebration
07-13-2024 6:56 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — While the near-completion of the South Deerfield Wastewater Treatment Plant is welcome news for residents, the reveal of a damaged effluent pipe to the Connecticut River is likely less so.As the years-long project approaches the...


Sunderland receives $195K grant to study, design multi-use trail from Whately to Amherst
07-13-2024 6:55 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With a $195,090 MassTrails grant, visions of people walking and biking on the Norwottuck North Shared-Use Path from Whately to Amherst are one step closer to becoming a reality.Alongside a $76,840 match from Sunderland, which is the lead...


Donald Trump whisked off stage in Pennsylvania after apparent gunshots rang through the crowd
07-13-2024 6:46 PM

By JILL COLVIN and JULIE CARR SMYTH

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after apparent gunshots rang through the crowd.Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when bangs started ringing through the crowd. Trump...


NECBL: Granby’s Mike Toth living childhood dream with Valley Blue Sox
07-13-2024 6:44 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

It was mid-August of last summer, and Valley Blue Sox director of baseball operations John Raiola started the process of drafting the Blue Sox roster for 2024.His first call was in the same area code.After years of struggles with defense behind the...


AG: ‘Back to drawing board’ on settlement
07-13-2024 9:01 AM

By SAM DRYSDALE

After the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a landmark $6 billion opioid settlement last month that would have steered up to $110 million to the Bay State for prevention, treatment and recovery programs, Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell said...


Columnist Bill Newman: The fireflies of July
07-13-2024 7:01 AM

By BILL NEWMAN

From my Gazette column of August 1996 I miss the fireflies of July. A secret galaxy born from the still, overflowed waters of the Connecticut, they dance up the hillsides that surround the Meadows of Northampton into the night sky. For years we have...


A Look Back: July 13
07-13-2024 6:01 AM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years Ago■The Boston & Albany mail stage will run in the following manner: leave Boston every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 2 o’clock A.M.; arrive at Northampton same days at 8 o’clock, P.M.; leave Northampton every Tuesday, Thursday and...


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...


Mill Lane closing Monday in Amherst to fix Groff Park water line
07-12-2024 6:17 PM

AMHERST — The Department of Public Works will be closing Mill Lane to through traffic to replace a broken water service at Groff Park on Monday, starting 7 a.m.Groff Park will be accessible from the West Street end of Mill Lane as will houses No. 26...


Sunderland contractor fined over asbestos abatement violations at UMass
07-12-2024 5:32 PM

Staff Report

AMHERST — A Sunderland contractor is facing a state fine of almost $30,000 for violations that occurred during asbestos abatement work at the University of Massachusetts, authorities announced Friday.The state Department of Environmental Protection...


Easthampton’s 11 Ferry St. project promises affordable five-story, 96-unit complex
07-12-2024 5:09 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — Springfield nonprofit Home City Development Inc. has long been planning an affordable housing project on Ferry Street. Now, they are close to finalizing a construction plan, and could be breaking ground this time next year.Peter...


One Cottage Street artisans, backers huddle up as rent hikes loom
07-12-2024 5:08 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — Filing through the main hallway of CitySpace, community members stopped to read the stories of One Cottage Street tenants that line the walls, detailing their relationships to the former mill building where they run their art studios....

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