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Dr. Constance Lentz: Forest-derived biomass is a burning health issue
06-11-2024 6:38 PM

As a physician who has spent 30-plus years practicing in the Pioneer Valley I saw many patients suffer and die from lung disease. Wood burning was often a factor, and one of the questions I’d ask of a patient with a respiratory illness was whether...

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Amherst town official tapped for Montague’s assistant town admin job
05-25-2024 1:21 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

MONTAGUE — The Selectboard voted unanimously this week to select Greenfield resident Athena O’Keeffe as its next assistant town administrator, taking over for Walter Ramsey when he assumes sitting Town Administrator Steve Ellis’ position on July 1.The...


Valley lawmakers seek shorter license for FirstLight hydropower projects
05-09-2024 8:03 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

TURNERS FALLS — Area lawmakers are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to limit the relicensing of FirstLight’s hydropower projects from 50 years to 30 years and to mandate the company disclose more data to the public about its...


Barry De Jasu: Where is the line?
03-14-2024 2:46 PM

The Netanyahu government has used the unexplained, little-defended Hamas attack on Israel on Oct. 7 as an opportunity to slaughter and starve the entire Palestinian population. It has done this with the unceasing supply of U.S. weaponry and money.The...


Guest columnist H. Patricia Hynes: On women’s equality
03-07-2024 2:47 PM

By H. PATRICIA HYNES

On March 8, 1908, women garment workers marched through New York City’s Lower East Side to protest child labor and sweatshop working conditions and to demand women’s suffrage. By 1910, March 8 became observed annually as International Women’s Day and...


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...


Play it again, Sam: Shea Theater to show ‘Lovejoy’s Nuclear War’ to mark 50th anniversary of Montague tower toppling
02-09-2024 12:21 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

In the fall of 1973, Wendell resident Dan Keller drove to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut to pick up friend Sam Lovejoy and mentioned to his pal that he wouldn’t believe what had been built back home on the Montague Plains.The two drove...


Guest columnist H. Patricia Hynes: Let’s restore Armistice Day — a day for peace
11-09-2023 2:32 PM

By H. PAT HYNES

November 11 — at the “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” — marks 105 years since the World War 1 Armistice, which ended the nightmare of the deadliest war in history until then. The brutality of that first industrial war robbed 20 million...


David Short: Is anybody home?
09-24-2023 2:57 PM

So the state’s Division of Occupational Licensure has made it illegal for Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, whose job it is to train students to safely operate in the workplace, to safely train students in the operation of hoisting...


State of Florida man arrested, charged in Turners Falls shooting case
08-31-2023 9:34 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The Florida man who was the subject of an hourslong search Tuesday after allegedly shooting a Turners Falls man in the thigh was arrested as a vehicle passenger in Holyoke later that day and arraigned in Greenfield District Court...


Youths from Westhampton program discover human remains on Rawson Island in Greenfield
08-25-2023 4:40 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Authorities are working to identify human remains found this week on Rawson Island by children enrolled in an environmental philosophy program based in Westhampton.Laurie Loisel, spokesperson with the Northwestern district attorney’s...


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...


Guest columnists H. Patricia Hynes and Timmon Wallis: Warheads to Windmills 
08-03-2023 3:41 PM

By H. PATRICIA HYNES and TIMMON WALLIS

While planning this piece last month, July 3-6 set a record for the hottest world average temperatures yet measured. Western Massachusetts was saturated almost daily with heavy humidity and rain, and floods devastated $10 million worth of farm crops....


‘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...


Rare frosted elfin caterpillar spotted in Montague wildlife area 
07-20-2023 5:03 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

MONTAGUE — Anywhere from 100 to 10,000 species go extinct each year, a rate 100 to 1,000 times faster than historic extinction rates, according to the American Museum of Natural History. Other species see their habitats condensed by urban development,...


Missing Montague man found in Amherst
07-19-2023 3:27 PM

HADLEY — A missing man from Montague, who left the area of a Hadley hotel on Route 9 on foot early Tuesday morning, was located in Amherst Wednesday afternoon and is safe, according to Hadley Police.Hadley Police around 2 p.m. Wednesday announced on...


Atlas Farm expanding Mobile Market stops to combat food insecurity
06-18-2023 10:49 AM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In an effort to combat food insecurity throughout the Pioneer Valley, Atlas Farm has more than doubled the number of stops its traveling produce shop will make in Franklin County this season.Atlas Farm’s Mobile Market, housed inside...


Guest columnist Richie Davis: Noble experiment built bridge across political divide
06-13-2023 4:11 PM

By RICHIE DAVIS

Coming together immediately after the pivotal 2016 election, 60 residents of Leverett — where nearly three-quarters of voters rejected Donald Trump for president — gathered to consider how to respond to the obvious chasm in political and cultural...


Guest column by Bart Bouricius: How much ‘managing’ do public forests need
03-31-2023 2:46 PM

By BART BOURICIUS

A number of recent contributions to these pages have argued that each patch of forest should be professionally managed by logging it in some way, usually by contracting with commercial loggers to do so. If private landowners want to buy into this...


Family, friends to celebrate Montague man killed in crash
03-28-2023 10:19 AM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

MONTAGUE — Family and friends will gather for a celebration of life on April 20 for Montague resident Garrett Giustina, who was killed in a single-vehicle crash along Turners Falls Road earlier this month.Giustina, 22, and formerly of South Hadley,...


Area farmers call on Congress to make climate policy a priority
03-13-2023 1:11 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

MONTAGUE — Red Fire Farm’s Ryan and Sarah Voiland joined hundreds of farmers from across the U.S. for a recent climate rally in Washington, D.C., marching to the Capitol before meeting with legislators to ask for climate change policy to be a priority...

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