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New details emerge in fatal plane crash on Greenfield-Leyden line
01-26-2024 10:15 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

LEYDEN — The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the Jan. 14 fatal plane crash in the Leyden Wildlife Management Area, detailing eyewitness accounts as well as the plane’s flight path and conditions. Fly Lugu...


If the land could speak: Community gardens on land with social justice roots
01-25-2024 3:54 PM

By PAT JAMES

Community gardens grow on all kinds of land. Many gardens start as derelict lots, long abandoned by owners who sometimes reclaim the property after community gardeners reveal its beauty and productivity.Schools and parks are common sites for community...


Child and family care providers hail reimbursement rate hike
01-18-2024 8:30 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Local child and family care providers are hailing the Healey-Driscoll administration’s recent boost of reimbursement rates for child care services as a “welcome change.” Last week the Board of Early Education and Care approved Gov. Maura Healey’s...


Flight instructors, student pilot killed in plane crash on Greenfield-Leyden line
01-15-2024 12:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — Authorities on Monday identified the three victims of the fatal plane crash on the Greenfield-Leyden line on Sunday.Fredrika Ballard, 53, of Southwick, William Hampton, 68, of Indian Orchard, and Chad Davidson, 29, of Woodstock,...


Point-in-Time count to tally region’s homeless population
01-15-2024 9:45 AM

By MARY BYRNE

Social service agencies across the region will team up this month to get a head count of people sleeping in shelters and, in some cases, outside.The annual Point-in-Time count is a national initiative set up by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban...


Guest columnist Daniel Cantor Yalowitz: Building on King’s legacy with action
01-15-2024 6:01 AM

By DANIEL CANTOR YALOWITZ

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Stride Toward Freedom (1958)The wars that rage around the world are not only to be found elsewhere, beyond our soil and nation. Yes,...


Three killed in plane crash near Greenfield-Leyden town line
01-14-2024 5:13 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

Federal and local authorities say three people were killed on Sunday when a Beechcraft Baron aircraft crashed near the Greenfield-Leyden town line.According to Greenfield Deputy Police Chief William Gordon, the crash, involving a twin-engine,...


Greenfield Police report no survivors in twin-engine plane crash
01-14-2024 3:17 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

GREENFIELD — Federal and local authorities say three people were killed on Sunday when a Beechcraft Baron aircraft crashed near the Greenfield-Leyden town line.According to Greenfield Deputy Police Chief William Gordon, the crash, involving a...


Guest columnist Al Norman: Medicare Advantage and ‘disadvantages’
01-01-2024 6:51 PM

As of 2023, there were 31.2 million elders enrolled in private Medicare plans, known as “Medicare Advantage.” For the first time, that’s more enrollees than in the “Traditional” Medicare program. Seniors choose these private companies because they see...


Guest columnist Jon Huer: Trump’s new American Revolution of 2024
12-29-2023 7:27 PM

By JON HUER

The most common description that liberal-democratic America uses to refer to Donald Trump’s GOP-MAGA followers is that they are “crazy.” This description seems entirely appropriate. Just watch and listen to Trump — and his followers in the street and...


Guest columnist Rory Little: Special counsel right on quick SCOTUS review
12-20-2023 6:37 PM

By RORY LITTLE

 The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is a mysterious and slow institution. As our national court of constitutional finality, SCOTUS usually takes months to decide whether to review a lower court decision, and more months to hear arguments...


Ray Montagne, wife sell estate for $4.5 million in Ashfield 
12-18-2023 1:57 PM

BY MARY BYRNE

ASHFIELD — Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne and his wife, poet Sarah Sousa, have sold their 104-acre estate on Bullitt Road for $4.5 million, breaking a record for home sales in the region.“They were a dream to work with,” said real estate agent Herb...


Columnist Tolley M. Jones: A parent’s grief
12-13-2023 6:09 PM

By TOLLEY M. JONES

My grandmother Esther died on November 17th at the age of 95. Grandma had five children: Charles, Patricia, Michael, David, and Valerie. Tragically, she buried four of her five children as adults — one of whom was murdered, along with that adult...


Guest columnist Allen Woods: Seeking balance
12-10-2023 7:00 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

In the midst of a holiday season, when giving thanks and giving gifts focus our thoughts, how do we walk upright, maintaining a semblance of balance, through a decidedly broken world? It’s been a question for me ever since my personal world was broken...


Guest columnist Al Norman: Another Social Security death panel
12-06-2023 10:21 PM

By AL NORMAN

The new speaker of the U.S. House, Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana, found something to say in his first speech that upset millions of Americans concerned about the future of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — the so-called budget “entitlements.”...


Kim Clark: Pitch in for rights — animal, human and planetary
12-04-2023 4:21 PM

At this end of the year, when we celebrate connection, gratitude, and highlight good works, I want to give a big shout-out to some of our western Massachusetts organizations that make huge efforts each year to bring education of animal rights, human...


Gender pay gap closing, regional report finds
12-01-2023 12:08 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Though gender inequities continue, many women and girls have reported improved outcomes over the past 10 years, according to the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts.The nonprofit that provides funding to agencies working to increase...


Jeremy Williams: Remember the horses
11-30-2023 6:33 AM

I just wanted to send out universal love to the 8 million beautiful, amazing horses that lost their lives during World War I. Also to the 1.5 million lost to the Civil War, along with the many millions felled during the countless wars before...


Different name, same mission: Belmonte back with annual march against hunger
11-17-2023 4:17 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Don’t worry, radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte will still push a shopping cart 43 miles from Springfield to Greenfield to raise money to combat food insecurity. The journey will simply have a different name.This year marks the first March...


Motorists warned as vehicle-deer collisions rise
11-12-2023 3:29 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

With deer activity peaking as they move into their breeding season, officials are warning motorists to be careful to avoid colliding with the wandering ruminants, particularly during the evening commute.Vehicle-deer collisions in Massachusetts are...

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