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Guest columnist Joan Vohl Hamilton: Girl Scouts lead the way
06-10-2024 6:26 PM

By JOAN VOHL HAMILTON

 The decision by Boy Scouts of America to change its name to Scouting America intrigued me. This decision is, in part, to include girls and young women.A recent Associated Press article mentioned girls who have achieved the “vaunted Eagle Scout rank”...

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South Hadley PD raising money to launch comfort dog program
06-20-2024 4:02 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The Police Department is fundraising $10,000 to recruit a new member with four paws, a tail and lots of fur.After Amherst, Greenfield and Belchertown reported the “transformative” impact of the police departments’ comfort dog program,...


PVPA’s class of 2024 urged to play and work as they head into the world
06-07-2024 4:14 PM

By SAMUEL GELINAS

NORTHAMPTON — Rather than advising his students to read a book a week the rest of their lives, or egg them on to achieve the impossible, Brent Nielsen rallied Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School graduates on Thursday to preserve one of their...


S. Hadley administrator accepts Pioneer principal position
06-06-2024 3:09 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — An assistant principal at Michael E. Smith Middle School has accepted the principal position Pioneer Valley Regional School. Annie Scanlan-Emigh, an educator for 17 years, is making her way up Interstate 91 to join Pioneer, where she is...


Building partially collapses in Falls section of South Hadley
06-04-2024 3:30 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — A two-story building on the corner of Carew and West Main streets in the Falls section of town partially collapsed over the weekend, leaving the structure in ruins.The Building Department first heard about the collapse of the...


A unique Father’s Day gift: The music of 20th century pop composer Johnny Anz to be celebrated at South Hadley concert
05-31-2024 3:44 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When he was growing up, John Anz knew that his father, Johnny Anz, played piano and sang. But he didn’t know much about his dad’s musical background, especially as Johnny Anz died when his son was just 7 years old.But a little over 50 years later,...


South Hadley man, Granby High grad survives grizzly bear attack in Wyoming
05-28-2024 5:06 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

As South Hadley Army veteran Shayne Patrick Burke, 35, hiked along Signal Mountain in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park last week, he instinctively felt that he wasn’t alone.Burke began talking and singing to himself and breaking branches, noises...


Communities to mark Memorial Day with parades, ceremonies
05-23-2024 4:09 PM

The last Monday in May is Memorial Day, a federal holiday originally called Decoration Day that was formalized in 1868 and serves as the nation’s foremost annual day to honor its deceased service men and women.A bevy of parades and commemorative...


South Hadley elementary school staff vote no confidence in principal
05-20-2024 11:08 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The South Hadley Education Association has issued a vote of no confidence in the Mosier Elementary School principal on behalf of 43 staff members at the school.Union President Amy Foley read a shortened version of a statement at a...


Mary Hall: Northampton should set up charitable fund for schools
05-19-2024 1:33 PM

I noticed the city of Holyoke has a fund people can donate to in support of their local schools, and receive a tax deduction.Of course, there may be questions as to the wisdom of financing public goods as charities, and if tax deductions cost more to...


Leadership change coming at South Hadley middle school as principal, assistant principal set to depart
05-17-2024 4:42 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The principal and assistant principal at Michael E. Smith Middle School will both not return for next school year.According to an email sent to the guardians of Michael E. Smith students on April 30, Assitant Principal Anne...


Nancy Lacey: Holyoke Girls Track 4x1 needs community's help to get to Nationals
05-17-2024 2:11 PM

There is something really good happening at Holyoke High School. Four young women have qualified for the 4x1 at Nationals in Eugene, Oregon. They are the first ever Holyoke team to qualify for this event. When they were told "no," they problem-solved...


School budget tops busy Town Meeting agenda in South Hadley
05-05-2024 10:39 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — A zoning change to allow multifamily housing in the town’s business district along major corridors, a town budget encompassing a new Department of Human Services, a feasibility study for a new elementary school, and a school budget that...


South Hadley Fire District 2 to hold annual meeting Monday
05-02-2024 1:07 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Fire Distri`ct No. 2 voters will vote to approve a $1.73 million fire department budget and a roughly $902,000 water department budget during its annual meeting on Monday, May 6.The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the district...


South Hadley residents will pay more for trash, wastewater rates next fiscal year
04-22-2024 2:41 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Property owners can expect to pay more starting July 1 for trash removal and wastewater service following the Select Board’s recent decision to increase rates for both services.At its April 16 meeting, the board adopted a new automated...


South Hadley man fatally shot in attempted robbery
04-19-2024 4:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

CHICOPEE — A South Hadley man is dead following a shooting during an attempted robbery of a smoke shop and convenience store in Chicopee Thursday night, according to the Hampden district attorney’s office.Robert Papalardo, 53, died after being taken...


State: South Hadley’s fiber-optic revenues not public records
04-18-2024 2:23 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The Secretary of the Commonwealth has upheld South Hadley Electric Light Department’s policy of restricting public information on the fiber-optic network Fiberspring after ruling on an appeal of a public records request for Fiberspring...


All about conviction: PVPA team wins state, heads to nationals of Mock Trial Championship
04-15-2024 4:29 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Prepare, prepare, prepare.That’s the motto that mock trial coach Gary Huggert passes along to each new mock trial team at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School, a motto that took the team to the state finals for the past three...


Venus venture: Mount Holyoke professor among leaders for first mission to planet in 30 years
04-14-2024 1:01 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — A planetary scientist has a mix of expertise in history, science and politics.But it took more than 300 papers and 40 years in astronomy research for Mount Holyoke Chair of Astronomy M. Darby Dyar to tackle the latter.Dyar is the deputy...


South Hadley to hear residents’ thoughts on new trash system, wastewater rate increases at Saturday hearing
04-11-2024 2:47 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Residents will have a chance to weigh in on separate proposals that call for increasing wastewater rates and adopting a new trash system during two public hearings on Saturday at the Senior Center.Beginning at 9 a.m., the wastewater...


Mary Hall: A nightmare that continues to haunt us all
04-08-2024 6:05 PM

I agree with Don Michak that much more attention to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home debacle is needed, but differ from his view that the Gazette should dig into the matter now [”Dig deeper after scandalous court ruling in Soldiers’ Home case,” Gazette,...

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