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Kayak program now available for Sunderland Public Library patrons
07-05-2023 5:41 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — As libraries continue to expand their services into less traditional areas, the Sunderland Public Library is looking toward recreation through its new partnership with Adventure East.The library is joining forces with the Sunderland-based...

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$1.4M coming to region for trail work in six communities
07-07-2024 2:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — More than $1.4 million in MassTrail state grants are heading to six communities in the region for projects ranging from an accessible trail system at the former Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Amherst to additional work on a sensory trail...


500-plus cyclists expected for annual Bikes Fight Cancer fundraiser
06-13-2024 1:59 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — If you see groups of bikers on the road anywhere between Deerfield and Northfield on Saturday morning, they are likely one of hundreds of people riding in the fifth annual Bikes Fight Cancer fundraiser.Kicking off at Tree House...


CISA’s first Pedal to Pasture event offers ‘a unique way to learn about farms’
05-30-2024 3:55 PM

By SAM FERLAND

HATFIELD — Bicyclists will be able to savor the local scenery while learning about the struggles farmers in the Connecticut River Valley are facing as they pedal a flat 12-mile loop on a guided tour of three different farms.This is the first year that...


DCR sees booking surge at state campgrounds
03-28-2024 4:42 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

It seems people from all over are anxious for warmer weather to arrive as bookings at the three state camping locations in Hampshire and Franklin counties are filling up fast, mirroring a trend at state-run campsites throughout Massachusetts.The state...


South Hadley town administrator proposes merging three departments
02-22-2024 5:42 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The town’s recreation and veterans services departments and the Council on Aging will merge under a new human services department in fiscal year 2025 to maximize impact of social and mental health services within new budget...


Three-day Deerfield Fest celebrates outdoor recreation
08-01-2023 11:12 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

CHARLEMONT — Paddlers of all skill levels are invited to celebrate recreation on the Deerfield River.American Whitewater, a nonprofit founded in 1954 with a goal of preserving rivers for recreational purposes, will host the 29th annual Deerfield Fest...


Voters at Tuesday’s TM in Southampton will decide on CPA request for ‘Maddie’s Magical Playground’ at Labrie Field
05-07-2023 4:00 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

SOUTHAMPTON — A section of Labrie Field could soon be carved out to immortalize the memory of the late Madeline “Maddie” Schmidt, who died to a rare pediatric cancer in December.Last February, the Southampton youth was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic...


Northampton makes key land purchase in Saw Mill Hills Greenway
04-11-2023 12:07 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The city of Northampton has finalized an acquisition of 229 acres to add to its Saw Mill Hills Greenway, connecting two previously separated areas used for outdoor recreational activities.The city completed the purchase on April 5 for a...


A dog park dispute: Supporters, opponents at odds over using land at Nonotuck Park
03-09-2023 4:25 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — The dogs are barking — or at least their owners are — for a small amount of space in popular Nonotuck Park where pets can stretch their legs and ditch the leash in an enclosed spot of their own.Some community members and city officials,...


Southampton residents next to proposed rail trail seek ‘just compensation’ from feds
01-22-2023 9:05 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

SOUTHAMPTON — A few Southampton landowners are asserting that they are due “just compensation” from the federal government, claiming that their land has been seized for the Greenway rail trail project currently in the design phase.As part of a...


City cautions against using unofficial swimming hole at Connecticut River Greenway Park
08-09-2022 8:21 PM

By BERA DUNAU and REBECA PEREIRA

NORTHAMPTON — City officials are cautioning people against using an unofficial swimming area at Connecticut River Greenway Park, a posted no swimming site that, despite deep water and strong currents, has gained popularity this summer among swimmers...


Easthampton council backs Nonotuck Park upgrades, but questions why city pool is closed again
07-08-2022 6:21 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — As the city prepares to apply for state grants to help fund a significant upgrade to Nonotuck Park, some councilors are raising questions about why the pool inside the park will remain closed for the third straight summer.At this week’s...

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