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02-26-2024 7:00 AM

Talk at Mt. Holyoketo discussRwandan GenocideSOUTH HADLEY — Freddy Mutanguha, the CEO of Aegis Trust and director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial, will be at Mount Holyoke College on March 5 for the discussion “30 Years After the Rwandan Genocide.”...

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A Look Back, Feb. 26
02-26-2024 6:01 AM

50 Years Ago ■Security has been beefed up to protect Smith College student Yolanda D. King, daughter of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, the civil rights leader. A college spokesman said the extra security is being taken in the wake of the...


FAFSA fiasco: Financial aid form meltdown trips up students, colleges
02-25-2024 2:18 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — A continued challenge for some prospective students and their families in accessing federal financial aid applications, and a corresponding delay in relaying the information from these forms to colleges and universities, is raising...


Colleges notebook: Hampshire Regional alum Maddie Pond sets new Westfield State 3-point record
02-22-2024 4:11 PM

By GARRETT COTE

It felt like throwing a rock in the ocean for Maddie Pond.The Westfield State guard was unconscious during the No. 3 Owls’ MASCAC quarterfinal game against No. 6 Fitchburg State on Tuesday, as she poured in a career-high 39 points – including a...


H.S. Roundup: Owen Babb lifts Frontier boys basketball past West Springfield
02-20-2024 9:39 PM

Frontier’s Owen Babb was a problem for the West Springfield boys basketball team on Tuesday at Goodnow Gymansium.Babb finished the game with 21 points, as the Redhawks pulled ahead 33-14 at the half and pulled away with a 61-48 non-playoff win over...


A Look Back: Feb. 20
02-20-2024 5:01 AM

50 Years AgoPaul Garvey is the Northampton Winter Festival’s first annual Pancake Eating Champion, and the Northampton Aerie of Eagles is the Winter Festival’s first annual snowshoe softball champion. This was decided during the weekend as the third...


$1M in grants to boost local food system in Hampshire County
02-18-2024 9:30 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Area organizations are welcoming grant awards that will boost the supply of fresh, local food available to those in need and provide support for local farmers.“We’re really thrilled to have been selected,” said Lev BenEzra, executive...


Weekly Food Photo Contest: This week’s winner: Mary Chicoine of Easthampton 
02-16-2024 3:48 PM

Mary Chicoine of Easthampton took this photo of hot onion rye bread on a cold day.How to enter: Snap a pic of something delicious-looking and send it with your name, town and a sentence or two to features@gazettenet.com.


Alpine ski: Hampshire’s Jon Dunn, Billy Warren earn top 5 finishes at PVIAC Individual Championships (PHOTOS)
02-15-2024 6:43 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

CHARLEMONT — Led by senior Jon Dunn and freshman Billy Warren, the Hampshire Regional boys alpine skiing team took home its fourth consecutive PVIAC South Division title on a sunny Thursday afternoon at Berkshire East. Dunn beat out Warren by 0.8...


Indoor track: Hampshire Regional’s Nick Brisson has career night to pace locals at MIAA Division 5 Championships
02-14-2024 9:51 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

BOSTON — Hampshire Regional’s Nick Brisson had an impressive showing at the MIAA Division 5 Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center on Wednesday. Brisson, a senior, competed in the boys’ 1,000 meters where he finished in a time...


High schools: Greg Stone, Cam Graves combine for 43 points in Smith Academy’s win over Smith Voc
02-14-2024 9:50 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The Smith Academy boys basketball team rode a 22-8 advantage in the second quarter to take a local rivalry win against Smith Vocational, 73-61, on Wednesday night.Greg Stone, Cam Graves and Garret Willard almost combined to score 60 of Smith Academy’s...


Guest columnist Rev. Julie G. Olmsted: Love and sorry
02-13-2024 4:29 PM

By The REV. JULIE G. OLMSTED

In the 1970s novel “Love Story,” made into a movie of the same name, one its famous lines was, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” In my years of loving and making mistakes (OK, we’ll say sinning), it seems to me there perhaps was never a...


A Look Back: Feb. 13
02-13-2024 6:01 AM

50 Years Ago■The Clarke School for the Deaf announced today that it will close one of its dormitories this fall because of declining enrollment. School authorities said that they would close the Yale House, which is now the home of 16 five-year-olds,...


High schools: Zola Higham, Amherst girls take down Hampshire; South Hadley girls capture Suburban League title
02-12-2024 11:20 PM

By BRADYN COTE

AMHERST — The Amherst girls basketball team’s fourth quarter scoring proved to be too much for Hampshire Regional on Monday as the Hurricanes defended its home court on its senior night, 42-34.Both teams were looking to bounce back from losses, but...


Tuesday storm could drop a half-foot of snow on region
02-12-2024 12:47 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A significant storm will bring up to 6 inches of snow to the area starting early Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service predicts.The storm arrives in Hampshire County between 1 and 3 a.m., according to meteorologist Alan Dunham in...


Six area wrestlers capture titles at sectional championships (PHOTOS)
02-10-2024 9:19 PM

By GARRETT COTE

WILLIAMSTOWN — Mateo Henriques just had to hang on for a little bit longer, and he would be crowned a Western Massachusetts champion.The Smith Vocational junior was clinging to a 5-2 lead in the final minute of the 120-pound weight class title match...


Mixed-use project pitched for Hampshire College land at Atkins Corner
02-05-2024 2:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A development that could include housing and retail on contiguous vacant parcels owned by Hampshire College, between Atkins Farms Country Market and Applewood at Amherst and across West Bay Road from the Eric Carle Museum, begins making its...


Southampton moves to withhold payment to Hampshire Regional amid problems in school business office
02-04-2024 10:24 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SOUTHAMPTON — The Southampton Select Board agreed last week to withhold paying its quarterly assessment to the Hampshire Regional School District in response to ongoing challenges in the school district’s business office that are putting the town’s...


High schools: Hampshire pushes league-leading Athol to the brink in tight loss (PHOTOS)
01-30-2024 9:34 PM

With the top team in the Hampshire League North in town, the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team had an opportunity to shake things up in the league standings on Tuesday night.Visiting Athol did just enough to stay atop the HL North however, as...


Alpine ski: Northampton’s Keller Mahoney, Hampshire’s Hazel Scully-Henry top local finishers at PVIAC Meet No. 5
01-30-2024 7:18 PM

The Mohawk Trail girls alpine ski team continued its dominance this winter on Tuesday evening. The Warriors put the top three individual skiers down the giant slalom course, besting the field at PVIAC Meet No. 5 at Berkshire East in Charlemont.Addie...


Guest columnist Dan Peters: No, you bleep: Refs have had enough
01-29-2024 9:31 AM

By DAN PETERS

Imagine being at your workplace trying to perform your job duties and you hear your boss yell the following comments directed at you:“That’s terrible!”“Open up your eyes.”“You blew that one!”“Where are your glasses?!?!”Can you imagine trying to work...

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