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Guest columnist Michael Seward: Coaches failed students, not MIAA — and hypocritical for legislator to demand accountability
02-21-2024 9:10 PM

By MICHAEL SEWARD

Belchertown coaches failed to submit paperwork for the girls’ swim team, preventing them from competing in a tournament. Somehow it’s the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s fault, according to state Rep. Aaron Saunders.Although the...

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Study for new South County Senior Center yet to be completed as deadline looms
02-10-2024 5:50 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Despite the South County Senior Center’s three member towns having received a $75,000 grant in December 2022 to conduct a feasibility study on the South Deerfield Congregational Church to see if it could serve as the center’s long-term home, a study...


Amherst chamber boss Pazmany to step down
02-04-2024 12:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — In a region where most businesses are small, with 20 or fewer employees, having an organization to advocate on their behalf, market them and assist them through unforeseen challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic is critical, says Amherst Area...


Sunderland Elementary School unveils new mural on International Night
01-30-2024 12:04 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — In celebration of Sunderland Elementary School’s 15th annual International Night, the school unveiled a new mural inspired by students’ work to honor the school’s diverse community.Located in the hallway leading to the library, the mural...


New South County EMS chief starts Feb. 5
01-15-2024 9:49 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With the Deerfield Selectboard’s vote Wednesday afternoon and contract signatures delivered Friday, South County EMS will welcome Auburn Fire Department EMS Coordinator Joshua Sparks as its second-ever chief.Sparks, 48, who has a...


Weekly Sunderland standout expanding for MLK Day
01-12-2024 9:03 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With Martin Luther King Jr. Day designated as the only federal holiday dedicated to volunteer service, the public is invited to join the Sunderland Human Rights Task Force’s weekly standout.Each Monday, Human Rights Task Force members...


Sunderland Public Library closing for carpet replacement project
01-10-2024 11:50 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — The Sunderland Public Library will close for two weeks starting Wednesday as it undergoes an extensive carpet replacement project.From Wednesday, Jan. 10 through Tuesday, Jan. 23, the library will be closed and all in-person services will...


Pedestrian killed by vehicle in Hadley on Saturday ID’d as Melvin Wilson, 33
01-08-2024 11:38 AM

Staff Report

HADLEY — Melvin L. Wilson, 33, of Sunderland, is identified as the pedestrian killed after being struck by a vehicle on the Route 116 bypass early Saturday morning, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.Wilson was hit by a car...


Sunderland man dies after being struck by car in Hadley 
01-06-2024 5:15 PM

HADLEY — A 33-year-old Sunderland man died Saturday after he was struck by a car while walking along the edge of Route 116 in Hadley, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.Hadley Police, State Police assigned to the DA’s office, and...


Brian Cooper: Train travel not so great
12-31-2023 7:15 AM

My eyes rolled a bit when I read about how wonderful and convenient it is that we can take an Amtrak train between Northampton and New York City (“More Aboard!” Gazette, Dec. 27). It certainly is convenient for the city dweller without a family car,...


Guest columnist Michael Seward: Leverett housing a counter to injustice
12-28-2023 8:03 PM

By MICHAEL SEWARD

After about 100 years of exclusionary zoning, there was bound to be a reckoning. Antiquated and discriminatory housing policies among the towns of the Pioneer Valley resulted in a severe housing shortage. The housing proposal presented at a recent...


Residents at Sunderland’s Cliffside Apartments form tenant association
12-19-2023 12:41 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — In response to what residents at Cliffside Apartments say is a failure to provide proper maintenance, dozens have joined forces to create a tenant association.Tenants said this week that maintenance requests for their apartments are...


Sunderland Select Board talks potential funding sources to buy Plumtree Road building
12-13-2023 3:54 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — Discussions around the potential South County Senior Center location at 23 Plumtree Road continued Monday evening, as the Select Board laid out a rough timeline and potential funding sources if it ends up pursuing the building.The board...


Sunderland mulls feasibility of buying Plumtree Road site for new Senior Center
12-10-2023 3:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With a potential South County Senior Center location sitting on the south end of town, the town is beginning to weigh if the site’s high price tag is financially feasible to purchase.Over the last few weeks, discussion on the former...


New Banchan Korean Deli in Sunderland offering ‘generational cooking at its finest’
12-06-2023 12:10 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — Nestled in the former Dove’s Nest restaurant, a new deli is steadily gaining traction.Across from Cliffside Apartments and sharing a plaza with Frontier Pizza, resident Hilda Bailey has been whipping up all sorts of food at Banchan Korean...


Sunderland partners with engineering firm to reimagine village center
11-21-2023 2:57 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — The town has partnered with the Stantec engineering firm to come up with a vision for the village center and what possibilities the community could explore to encourage development in the future.“The reason the committee was formed was so...


Photobook showcasing Indigenous history subject of Sunderland Public Library talk
11-20-2023 12:05 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — Residents are invited to the Sunderland Public Library on Tuesday for a presentation and discussion about a locally produced photobook.The library is hosting photographer Sandra Matthews and Nolumbeka Project President David Brule to talk...


Guest columnist Michael Seward: Dems made their own bed
11-13-2023 4:13 PM

By MICHAEL SEWARD

Soon after former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted, this newspaper published an article where U.S. Reps. Richard Neal and James McGovern attempted to justify their decision to join all House Democrats in that effort. In doing so, they once...


Mental health expert to join some police calls in Hatfield, Sunderland, Whately
11-05-2023 11:00 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A part-time behavioral health clinician is expected to soon join police officers on certain calls handled by the Hatfield, Sunderland and Whately police departments.With grant funding received by Sunderland from the state’s Department of...


Sunderland to host regional public safety fair on Saturday
10-27-2023 1:51 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — The public is invited to join numerous public safety agencies from up and down the Pioneer Valley on Saturday for the second Fall Public Safety Festival.Organized by the Massachusetts State Police in partnership with local agencies, the...


Permit, agreement for proposed dispensary transferred to new owners in Sunderland
10-22-2023 2:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — The Select Board has approved transferring a special permit and host community agreement for a proposed marijuana dispensary on Amherst Road to a family business venture.In 2022, the town initially approved a special permit for Gracious...

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