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Authier to retire after 13 years as South Hadley Fire District 1 chief, capping a 32-year career
01-05-2024 5:19 PM


SOUTH HADLEY — Outgoing Fire Chief Robert Authier won’t miss the fires.Fires are traumatic and life threatening for the first responders and families whose building is ablaze, so he can’t say he’ll miss them.Yet when Authier stays home on Monday...

PVPA students lobbying for bill that would require at least one mental health expert per 250 pupils
12-19-2023 5:07 PM


SOUTH HADLEY — As youth across western Massachusetts struggle with increasing mental health issues, three teenagers at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) are working to increase the number of mental health personnel in...

Peter Scotto: Call for ‘moral clarity’ misguided
12-18-2023 4:23 PM

There’s always something untoward going on on campus: there are outrages against common sense, morality, and good taste, and all of it gets inordinate attention because college kids have always gotten attention since they were swallowing goldfish.But...

School Building Authority advances new school projects in Belchertown, South Hadley
12-15-2023 12:58 PM


BELCHERTOWN/SOUTH HADLEY — A new Jabish Brook Middle School in Belchertown and a replacement building for Mosier Elementary School in South Hadley are continuing to make progress, with the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s board of directors...

Richard S. Cahalan: A different time with guns
12-12-2023 6:02 PM

As we once again await yet another gun control bill to come roaring down the pike, one must ask is this really about the safety and well-being of the citizens, or just another bold step toward totalitarian rule?I come from a time and place (small town...

John Howard: E-books the way to go
12-09-2023 11:24 PM

A recent article on printed books vs. libraries virtual lending did not mention one important aspect of this issue [“E-book access bill draws opposition from publishers,” Gazette, Nov. 2]. Print books are presently printed on paper made from trees....

Amherst, South Hadley land grants to study green infrastructure
12-03-2023 4:00 PM


AMHERST — Amherst and South Hadley are among six Massachusetts communities receiving technical assistance from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to improve stormwater management and advance environmental justice in the face of Earth’s...

Mary H. Hall: Is positive cultural change possible?
11-24-2023 6:00 AM

As a child in school, I experienced periodic fire drills. These aimed to instill coping skills to deploy in an emergency. We were taught it was very important not to panic.In considering what runaway climate change will look like, it may be hard not...

Lawrence Tucker: A time to share with snowmobiles
11-13-2023 4:50 PM

We are so blessed to have such a special resource as the Norwottuck Rail Trail in our valley community. There are not many communities that have such a unique resource. Valley citizens can go from Amherst to Northampton without touching an auto...

Richard S. Cahalan: Gun control bill a ‘fool’s errand’
10-22-2023 8:11 AM

Just off a late night shift she walks through the deserted parking garage, sensing him [drug addled and just out of jail] lurking in the shadows she reaches for the gun in her purse, the sound of a chambered round sends him scurrying off to hunt safer...

A rock star welcome: Mount Holyoke College inaugurates Danielle Ren Holley as 20th president
09-21-2023 7:53 PM


SOUTH HADLEY — Mount Holyoke College welcomed new President Danielle Ren Holley onto its campus on Thursday, but the way the students cheered and lined along the entranceway upon her arrival, it may as well have been Beyoncé.Holley was officially...

John Howard: Solutions to climate change, climate anxiety are many 
09-06-2023 4:56 PM

Many people are feeling climate change anxiety. There is a feeling of “what can I do about it?” A helplessness! When I was a young child during World War II, we used to save bacon fat and turn it in to the government. I didn’t know how, but it was...

State funneling millions into region for climate resiliency projects
08-30-2023 10:00 PM


NORTHAMPTON — A $682,085 project for watershed planning for the Mill River in Williamsburg and $304,800 for resiliency improvements on Emerald Place in Easthampton are among the $28.5 million in Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Action Grants...

Mary Hayden Hall: Reflections on Putin’s ‘projects’
08-17-2023 5:54 PM

A recent New York Times article, “Putin’s Forever War,” quotes Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying of the coming 2024 presidential election in Russia, “‘Our presidential election is not really democracy, it is costly bureaucracy ... Mr. Putin...

Police seize 2 kilos of cocaine, arrest Springfield man
08-16-2023 7:15 AM


SOUTH HADLEY — A Springfield man faces drug charges after police arrested him and allegedly seized more than 2 kilos of cocaine along with two illegally purchased firearms.Jarrell Smith, 28, was taken into custody Friday on Haig Avenue in South Hadley...

Bruce C. Forcier: Records request stymied 
08-10-2023 2:16 PM

One cannot open a newspaper or turn on the television without hearing comments like “no one is above the law.” Apparently that message has not reach the South Hadley Water District #1 commissioners, as I have been trying for a year to get the Water...

Back in business: State reopens boat ramps along Conn. River 
08-07-2023 6:00 PM


NORTHAMPTON — After being closed for several weeks due to high water, heavy rains and unsafe conditions, six of the seven state boat ramps for the Connecticut River, including access points in Easthampton, Hatfield and Sunderland, have reopened to the...

South Hadley rallies to beat Northampton in Pioneer Valley Summer Soccer League playoffs
08-03-2023 5:26 PM


SOUTH HADLEY — No. 6 Northampton gave a shorthanded No. 3 South Hadley team a run for its money on Tuesday night, but it was the home team that walked away with the victory in the first round of the Pioneer Valley Summer Soccer League playoffs.South...

2023 Gazette Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year: Owen Dawson, South Hadley
07-26-2023 5:18 PM


The change transpires subtly then materializes violently.Owen Dawson flips a switch, or a switch within Dawson is flipped on the lacrosse field. Either one means good things for South Hadley and a bad time for whoever’s on the other side.“He does the...

Dairy farmers say wet weather’s being hard on hay
07-19-2023 8:49 PM


HADLEY — Cut on Saturday, hay in a field at Barstow’s Longview Farm remains on the ground, where if the weather stays dry for 48 hours, it will be picked up and put into the farm’s bunker silo.After harvesting it at its peak nutritional value for the...

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