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Charles LaPiene: Peace at last
04-12-2024 2:28 PM

Now that the Easthampton City Council and three other local municipalities have called for a Gaza cease-fire, Hamas is sure to heed their pleas. We should be hearing soon that Hamas has pulled out, stopped their shooting, and all the hostages have...

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Gravel pit defenders in Granby make case
04-09-2024 2:31 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — David Trompke grew up walking and riding his bike down Bachelor Street back when five gravel pits were in operation.Now, at 75, the lifelong Granby resident whose family developed a subdivision off Trompke Avenue wants to lease 19 acres for a...


Hopkins Academy in Hadley to launch clean energy career pathway for students
04-07-2024 3:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Hopkins Academy is one of five schools across Massachusetts that will be home to a Clean Energy Innovation Pathways pilot, with students getting hands-on learning opportunities related to the renewable energy sector.On Wednesday, Gov. Maura...


Police investigating bullets striking homes in Belchertown
04-05-2024 3:31 PM

STAFF REPORT

BELCHERTOWN — Local and state police are investigating bullets striking two homes on Mountain View Drive within the past year and shattering glass doors, including last week, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.Mountain View Drive...


Tree wreckers causing havoc: Spongy moth, emerald ash borer killing off oak and ash populations in area towns
04-01-2024 5:05 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — The trees along the roadsides in Granby keep disappearing.Resident Cheryl Funk first noticed the phenomena during daily trips past West Street Cemetery, where trees that had long greeted mourners were suddenly gone. Then she realized the tree...


Charles LaPiene: Call for cease-fire?
03-13-2024 4:39 PM

Hamas opened fire without any warning or concern for women, children, hospitals or survival needs. They took civilian hostages. The Israel Defense Forces responded and kicked their butts.Suddenly now, Hamas has concerns for women, children, hospitals...


Adding up fire losses at Red Fire Farm: $1M in damages includes barn full of supplies and memories
02-20-2024 5:52 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — Days after a large fire engulfed Red Fire Farm’s barn and farm store on Carver Street on Saturday afternoon, farm staff slowly recounted the equipment and inventory lost in the fire, as well as the memories attached to them.The fire caused an...


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...


Charles LaPiene: What are we?
01-12-2024 1:12 PM

A Jan. 6 article says President Joe Biden is concerned Donald Trump is a “threat to democracy.” It is true. He is.The USA is not a democracy (mob rule); we are a constitutional republic (rule of law). Biden needs to go back to high school and retake...


Guest columnists Matt L. Barron and Jon Weissman: Rep. Neal selling out patients for drug industry
12-25-2023 5:53 PM

By MATT L. BARRON and JON WEISMANN

On Dec. 11, the U.S. House passed the Lower Costs, More Transparency Act, legislation to require Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) to disclose drug rebates and discounts, revealing what they pay drug makers for prescription drugs. The bill would also...


Granby voters OK $5.3M to rehab old school into space for town offices, senior center
12-13-2023 12:39 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — After 13 years, Granby will finally have a dedicated town hall.A majority of voters at a special Town Meeting on Monday approved spending roughly $5.36 million to renovate the old West Street Building, the former elementary school, into town...


ThérèseSoukar Chehade: Denounce war 
10-29-2023 4:35 PM

Thank you to Shelly Berkowitz and D. Dina Friedman for the thoughtful columns, “What ‘both sides’ really means in the Israel-Hamas struggle” and “Losing the light.” More than ever, we must choose peace over war and reject the cycle of retribution and...


Guest columnist Jon Weissman: Legislature needs to move on ‘Medicare for All’
08-23-2023 6:05 PM

By JON WEISSMAN

I am grateful for Merriam Ansara’s letter to the Gazette (“Grateful for hospital alliance, more work to do,” Gazette, July 17). As chair of the board of Mass-Care: the Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health Care, I can “explain … the details...


Herb Abelson: Narcan needed in many more places
08-20-2023 7:53 PM

There were more than 23,00 deaths in Massachusetts last year from opioid overdoses, prompting some to call for more widespread community accessibility for the lifesaving antidote Narcan. I concur from a humanitarian perspective but also from an...


Cara Rintala seeks dismissal of Granby murder case
08-16-2023 5:37 PM

By JAMES PENTLANDNORTHAMPTON — An attorney for Cara Rintala, facing her fourth murder trial for allegedly killing her wife almost 13½ years ago, urged a judge Wednesday to overturn a high court ruling and dismiss the case.With Rintala beside him at...


Bay State Games: South Hadley, Hampshire Regional soccer players representing both West and Central squads (PHOTOS)
07-07-2023 7:33 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

FITCHBURG – The orange befits Rachel Yabra and her South Hadley teammate Kiana Ramos. The “Central” emblazoned on their back looks out of place on the pair’s Bay State Games girls soccer jerseys, especially when four fellow Tigers play in red for the...


Local baseball players compete in MBCA all-star games
06-23-2023 8:51 PM

Staff reports

A host of Hampshire County athletes represented western Massachusetts in Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association All-Star games last week.In the West Central Senior All-Star Game, Hampshire Regional’s Edward Przybyla had a hit, stole two bases and...


State doles out grants for trail work in several area communities
06-20-2023 3:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

An infusion of another $320,000 from the state’s MassTrails Grant Program will bring the design and engineering phase for a new 3½-mile rail trail in Southampton another step closer to completion.Meanwhile, a $60,000 grant will improve the Robert...


Former Granby priest charged with stealing $100,000 in parish funds
06-15-2023 5:56 PM

Staff Report

BELCHERTOWN — A former parish priest at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Granby has been charged in connection with the theft of more than $100,000 in parish funds over a period of three years, the Northwestern district attorney’s office...


Granby budgets up for approval in second part of Town Meeting
05-29-2023 9:01 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

GRANBY — Town and school budgets and other major expenditures will be presented to voters for approval when the second half of the annual Town Meeting gets underway Monday, June 5.What isn’t on the warrant this year but could be in the near future...


Herbert Abelson: Killing will continue under hollow leadership
05-12-2023 12:42 PM

The killing continues despite “thoughts and prayers,” and it will only get worse as we hide behind pride, ideology, party, patriotism, the constitution and religion. We will continue to kill because of hate, extremism, mental illness and essentially...

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