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Valley Bounty: Grass-fed animals that feed the grass: Gwydyr Farm in Southampton focuses on ‘restoring the connection between land, food and people’
04-12-2024 3:39 PM

By JACOB NELSON

Every piece of farmland has its strengths and weaknesses. Often, the most successful farmers are those that learn to see their land’s potential clearly and — with other things in mind like finances and what customers want — build a business around...

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Guest columnist John Sheehan: No man is an island
04-01-2024 5:59 PM

By JOHN SHEEHAN

 On Good Friday, I decided to do something different. Instead of going to church, I went to stand in solidarity with people involved in the struggle for peace and justice at Smith College and the Coolidge Bridge in Northampton.John Donne’s poem has...


Photos: Hoops in honor
03-24-2024 11:50 AM


Betty Ussach-Schwartz: Governor Healey’s proposed marijuana pardons are fair and practical
03-21-2024 6:06 PM

Gov. Maura Healey’s proposed executive pardon of incarcerated people and those previously convicted of simple marijuana possession is fair, humane and definitely will save significant taxpayer funds.From all perspectives this is a commendable...


All the right moves: Southampton dance academy CLI Conservatory growing by leaps and bounds
03-12-2024 3:03 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

SOUTHAMPTON — There’s a lot of movement going on these days behind an unremarkable building facade at the Southampton Shopping Center.Inside spacious studios, 160 young dancers are learning jazz, contemporary, theater, ballet and other styles and...


Southampton moves to withhold payment to Hampshire Regional amid problems in school business office
02-04-2024 10:24 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SOUTHAMPTON — The Southampton Select Board agreed last week to withhold paying its quarterly assessment to the Hampshire Regional School District in response to ongoing challenges in the school district’s business office that are putting the town’s...


State Sen. Velis alarmed over pharmacies limiting Narcan access
02-01-2024 11:26 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

WESTFIELD — State law requires the overdose prevention drug naloxone — known by its brand name, Narcan — to be always be available over the counter, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed it to be sold directly to consumers since last...


Southampton Select Board selects a new town administrator
01-23-2024 9:51 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTHAMPTON — Over the years, Scott Szczebak has hung a painting that overlooks Southampton, Easthampton, Northampton and the Oxbow in his office. That painting will soon have a new home in Southampton’s Town Hall, where next month Szczebak will step...


Guest columnist Cynthia Loring MacBain: U.S. foreign policy not unlike incarcerated men
01-15-2024 1:01 PM

By CYNTHIA LORING MACBAIN

For 32 years, I was a volunteer with the Alternatives to Violence Project in New York State maximum security prisons: Sing Sing, Elmira, and the last years in Auburn Correctional Facility.A mantra among men incarcerated for violent crimes is “A man’s...


Betty Ussach-Schwartz: Trump manipulating judicial system
01-11-2024 4:32 PM

Awaiting the outcomes of a vast array of criminal and civil cases filed in state and federal courts, it becomes apparent that Donald Trump will appeal every conviction, monetary award and motion denied, thereby delaying any accountability and ensuring...


Bashista Orchards in Southampton to host large-scale solar project
01-09-2024 5:34 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTHAMPTON — By the end of the year, a large-scale solar project at Bashista Orchards could be completed, generating nearly 2 megawatts of electricity and helping provide some stability to the farm in the face of climate change.The project was...


Around the Hamptons: Plans for new Easthampton senior center begin; Southampton town administrator search continues
01-09-2024 4:00 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — The city has launched an Ad Hoc Senior Center Building Committee that will meet for the next year before a future building committee is formed to advance plans for a new senior center. The ad hoc committee will review collected material...


William Aherin: The fallacy of gun control 
12-21-2023 3:46 PM

You should see the fallacy of gun control, it doesn’t work. Look at the measures that were enacted and hope to be and see if any of them could have prevented the violence they were enacted for. The answer is no, violence is still with us because we...


Key step for new senior center in Southampton with $2.5M bequest officially in hand
12-17-2023 4:00 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTHAMPTON — Older adults living in Southampton could enjoy a new senior center within the next five to six years, with the help of a substantial bequest from the estate of David “Red” Parsons which was presented to the Council on Aging last...


Chalk Talk: Park ranger brings beard and much more to classroom
12-14-2023 11:21 AM

By KEVIN HODGSON

The moment he steps into the classroom, his beard attracts attention. It couldn’t be otherwise, really, given the length, depth and visibility of it.Even the shyest students are intrigued, as they pepper him with questions such as how long it has...


Betty Ussach-Schwartz: The golden age of hypocrisy 
11-24-2023 6:00 AM

Historians analyzing and writing about the first quarter of the 21st century of the United States should deem it the Golden Age of Hypocrisy. And nothing so clearly falls into this category as how surviving war veterans are denied the services,...


DA Sullivan presses for legal drug-use sites at State House hearing, saying need has never been more urgent
10-24-2023 6:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

BOSTON — Stressing that legal drug consumption sites would save hundreds of lives and that there isn’t a moment to waste, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan implored lawmakers on Monday to muster up the courage to pass legislation before...


Forever preserved: More than 1,000 acres of wild and working land in Southampton, Westhampton, Montgomery to be protected
10-20-2023 5:21 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTHAMPTON — When Ed and Mary Hamel first bought their 80-acre property — now home to Glendale Ridge Vineyard — more than 30 years ago, the two expected to develop the land, even acquiring an approval to construct a bank.But with expansive rolling...


Rash of car break-ins reported in Westhampton, Southampton, Easthampton
10-19-2023 2:45 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Police are urging residents to lock their car doors following a string of recent car break-ins in Westhampton, Southampton and Easthampton.Just after midnight on Sunday going into Monday, Westhampton saw four car break-ins at one address, along with...


Around the Hamptons: Southampton eyes vehicle storage bylaw; Easthampton School Committee candidates forum; flu clinics in Easthampton, Westhampton
10-16-2023 12:04 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTHAMPTON — A proposed new bylaw would prohibit property owners from storing more than one unregistered vehicle or trailer on their property, with certain exceptions.The bylaw aims to regulate the storage of unregistered vehicles and “simultaneously...


Dearth of dispatchers forces Southampton to seek help from Easthampton
10-15-2023 2:00 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTHAMPTON — As Southampton’s dispatch services transfer to Easthampton’s Public Safety Communications Center, residents who enter the lobby of the Southampton Police Station will notice a few changes, namely a lack of in-person staff at times.Due to...

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