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The Beat Goes On: Jazz manouche and choro in Northampton, Pride music celebrations in Greenfield, and jazz in Amherst
06-13-2024 2:03 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It was 20 years ago today … Well, maybe not exactly to the day, but Django in June, the annual Northampton celebration of the music created by the legendary Belgian-French guitarist Django Reinhardt, is marking its 20th anniversary this year.That’s no...

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Guest columnist Dr. Meghan Gump: Dear Patients — We hear you!
04-28-2024 10:55 PM

By DR. MEGHAN GUMP

 As a family practitioner and the medical director of Valley Medical Group, I care deeply about my patients and our community. During my 20 years of practicing full-spectrum primary care in Franklin County, I have come to value the relationships I...


Gun buyback event collects 195 unwanted firearms
04-18-2024 10:15 AM

STAFF REPORT

The two-county gun buyback event held by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office on April 13 collected 195 unwanted firearms, one of which was an antique that was subsequently donated to The Springfield Armory.The event was held at the Greenfield...


Tea Guys of Whately owes $2M for breach of contract, judge rules
04-15-2024 9:41 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

WHATELY — Tea Guys LLC must pay more than $2 million to a Baltimore tea company due to a breach of contract, a Franklin County Superior Court judge has ruled.The small business in Whately was sued last summer by Zest Tea LLC and had two bank accounts...


Deerfield woman gets probation in stabbing case
03-28-2024 11:56 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield woman was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation after admitting in Franklin County Superior Court to stabbing the 82-year-old husband of a woman she was caring for as a personal care attendant last year.Kady J....


Six towns in Hampshire, Franklin counties seek regional conservation agent
03-09-2024 3:03 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

ASHFIELD — Six towns are pooling resources to hire a paid conservation agent to serve their communities as the number of permit filings exceeds the capacity of the all-volunteer conservation commissions.Williamsburg, Whately, Goshen, Ashfield,...


“Nice call, ref”: Pulling back the curtain in regard to the high school basketball officiating situation in western Massachusetts
01-24-2024 5:40 PM

By GARRETT COTE

A couple weeks ago, I sat inside Smith Academy’s Sherry Webb Gymnasium in Hatfield to cover a girls basketball game between the Falcons and Duggan Academy of Springfield. As the game progressed, the displeasure from supporters only grew louder – and...


Area municipalities receive share of $10M in flood relief money
01-22-2024 5:22 PM

Staff Report

NORTHAMPTON — State grants totaling $10 million for communities hit by last year’s flooding have been announced by the Healey-Driscoll administration. The neighboring Franklin County towns of Deerfield and Conway topped the money list, with awards of...


Richard D. Little: Time to celebrate county’s armored mud balls
01-21-2024 8:00 AM

Dear readers: You don’t need a geology course to visualize dinosaurs! Two hundred million years ago, the Connecticut River Valley was indeed “Jurassic Park” in a great rift valley similar to the famous ones of east Africa today. Podokesaurus, our new...


DA’s office: Court case backlog in Mass not an issue in Franklin, Hampshire counties
12-22-2023 5:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

The backlog plaguing courthouses across much of the state seems to have spared Franklin and Hampshire counties, where the Northwestern district attorney’s office put many cases to bed while in-person jury trials were suspended during the COVID-19...


Local residents recall JFK assassination 60 years on
11-22-2023 1:35 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

Riding the commuter rail home to Haverhill from Boston in the early afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963, David Lewis couldn’t help but notice all the American flags he passed had been lowered to half-staff. This was peculiar, he recalled, “because they weren’t...


Court, customers search for owner of Tea Guys in Whately
11-16-2023 10:43 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

WHATELY — The owner of Tea Guys in Whately is in hot water for not shipping products to paying customers and failing to respond to Franklin County Superior Court matters.Oliver Rich is being sued by Zest Tea LLC, a Baltimore company that alleges...


Guest columnist Jonathan Mirin: Reasons to stand up to ‘smart’ meters
09-21-2023 3:35 PM

By JONATHAN MIRIN

On Aug. 13, 2021 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found the Federal Communication Commission guilty of ignoring 11,000 pages of submitted scientific evidence about harms to children and the environment from exposure to wireless...


My Turn: New beds just part of mental health safety net
09-07-2023 12:29 PM

By MATT STONE

Recently, elected officials and providers cut the ribbon for Valley Springs Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke, which added 150 inpatient psychiatric beds for the region, including spots for children with mental health problems. This new facility...


Transportation bill to fund $375M for local roads, bridges, other projects
08-14-2023 1:31 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Area lawmakers are lauding Gov. Maura Healey for signing the Chapter 90 conference committee bill to authorize $375 million in reimbursements to cities and towns for bridge and road maintenance and funding for transportation-related infrastructure...


Deerfield woman pleads not guilty in Superior Court to stabbing elderly man
08-07-2023 3:05 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The personal care attendant accused of stabbing the 82-year-old husband of a woman she was caring for in Montague had her charges and conditions of release transferred to Franklin County Superior Court on Friday due to the case’s...


Baltimore company suing Whately’s Tea Guys over breach of contract
07-30-2023 3:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Tea Guys had two bank accounts frozen last week when a Franklin County Superior Court judge granted a pair of motions filed on behalf of a Baltimore tea company that is suing the Whately business.Judge David Hodge put a freeze on accounts...


‘Have a pint outside, watch the fireflies’: Where to drink craft beer outside in Franklin County
07-21-2023 1:25 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

To all of you out there reading this online or in print, there is something I desperately need to confess: For a portion of my July, I have been drinking on the job.But, in my defense, my editor told me to.The number of craft breweries has exploded...


Guest columnist Aaron Falbel: Recognition of Russia’s grievances is not appeasement
07-13-2023 9:41 PM

By AARON FALBEL

Several columns and letters have asserted that a negotiated settlement to end the war in Ukraine would play into the hands of Vladimir Putin. Echoes of Neville Chamberlain reverberate in our minds and lead many to believe that anything other than...


Guest columnist Rob Okun: Josh Hawley on manhood: Wrong on everything
05-22-2023 5:54 PM

By ROB OKUN

Ideas about men and manhood have been evolving for more than 50 years, but U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley has not gotten the message. Like so many others working to protect white male supremacy (see Tucker Carlson, Kevin McCarthy), he’s driving a gas-guzzling...


Guest columnist Kelsey Wentling: Too little, too late — what FirstLight won’t be doing for the next 10 years
04-24-2023 1:43 PM

By KELSEY WENTLING

While a lot can happen in 10 years, FirstLight is proposing to do very little in the next decade under their recently submitted Flows and Fish Passage Settlement Agreement.Ten years from now, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)...

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