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MassGolf: Westover’s Zach Lebeau paces local pack at Mass Am qualifier in Springfield
06-17-2024 7:36 PM

Jeremy Meade of Nashawtuc Country Club shot the low round of the day to take home medalist honors in a 2024 Massachusetts Amateur Golf Championship qualifier at Veterans Memorial Golf Course in Springfield on Monday afternoon.Meade shot 2-under-par 70...

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HERO Act ‘monumental’ for veterans, but one expert says it falls short on housing
06-24-2024 4:18 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

A leading veterans agent in the region says an expansive bill soon to become law designed to improve the lives of Massachusetts veterans is “monumental” for its expanded inclusion efforts, benefits, and health care provisions, but the measure fails to...


103-year-old World War II veteran honored during Whately’s Memorial Day event
05-26-2024 5:04 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

WHATELY — While Whately’s annual Memorial Day parade came and went as is tradition on Sunday, this year’s proceedings marked a particularly special occasion for World War II veteran Walter Harubin.Harubin, 103, was honored as Whately’s oldest veteran...


Bridge name will honor Belchertown son killed in Iraq
05-24-2024 4:57 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — Without any money to spend on the latest 1990s entertainment, teenage Tracy Taylor amused her young son by rolling down grassy hills at the Quabbin Reservoir, giggling with big smiles once the two reunited at the bottom.“I think we just...


Frontier students meet local veterans while placing flags for fallen heroes
05-24-2024 3:59 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Thanks to a collaboration between Frontier Regional School students and the Hale-Clapp Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3295, veterans’ graves in South Deerfield’s three cemeteries got fresh American flags ahead of Memorial...


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...


Partners hatching first brewery in Belchertown
01-26-2024 5:26 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — Since Arcpoint Brewery partners Chris Peterson, CJ Eldridge and Dave Pare began their mission to open a brewery and taproom several years ago, all three men were determined to put it in Belchertown.Following their slogan “brew with...


Lifting spirits: Holyoke veteran surprised with free holiday lights display at his home
12-15-2023 1:15 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

HOLYOKE — On Wednesday evening, Holyoke veteran Kurt Bluemer arrived home to twinkling white lights lining the porch rail, roof and bushes outside his house and a prominent wreath hanging from the top window.The decorations were hung earlier that day...


Healey unveils ‘historic’ HERO bill to expand supports for veterans
11-10-2023 5:06 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Calling it “historic,” Gov. Maura Healey unveiled legislation this week — timed to coincide with Veterans Day — that will increase benefits, modernize services and promote inclusivity for hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts veterans.Filed...


A voice for veterans: Injured in Afghanistan 13 years ago, South Hadley’s Brian Willette is now a key advocate for recognizing, helping veterans
11-10-2023 3:02 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Brian Willette remembers the moment in 2010 like it was yesterday.While recovering at a small camp in Afghanistan from a head and back injury caused by an improvised explosive device that hit the gun truck he drove, the U.S. Army...


Park rises to honor Granby’s veterans: After a dozen years of planning, town to unveil its memorial park this Saturday
11-08-2023 4:32 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — Town veterans have a permanent home, at long last.After a dozen years of planning and fundraising, Granby Memorial Park is set for an official soft launch on Veterans Day this Saturday.“They’ve never really truly had an actual Veterans...


The power of breaking bread: New veteran coalition launches monthly luncheon in Easthampton
11-05-2023 8:36 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — As a veteran, Lin Chambliss knows firsthand the isolation and disconnect that comes with returning from the service.He himself missed part of his kids’ childhood, “time I can’t get back,” he said.“Many veterans, they feel forgotten… They...


Bridging a gap of understanding: Month-long visual arts and performance festival, “A Stone’s Throw,” examines the experiences of military veterans and their families
11-02-2023 2:17 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Though she was too young to understand many details at the time, Mollye Maxner remembers the Vietnam War had a profound effect on her family. Her father, Steve Maxner, served as a combat medic in the war and endured emotional turmoil from his...


Board to connect discharged vets with state benefits
09-21-2023 12:59 PM

By SAM DORAN

Gov. Maura Healey on Wednesday swore in the members of a new state board set to help get state benefits flowing to veterans who were denied an honorable discharge because of the U.S. military’s former “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.The reception in...


‘Finally they’re being recognized’: Vietnam veteran Jim Bouchard of Granby is state’s representative in Purple Heart Patriot Project
09-15-2023 9:21 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

GRANBY — In January 1970, while serving as a hospital corpsman in Vietnam, Jim Bouchard treated John Hurley after he was injured during the war. It wasn’t until decades later, when the two Purple Heart recipients were at a Veterans of Foreign Wars...


Velis backs call for louder veteran voice in Dem Party
08-21-2023 1:23 PM

By Chris Lisinski

One of the Legislature’s point people on veterans’ affairs threw his support behind a campaign to give service members a bigger role in Massachusetts Democratic Party conventions. Sen. John Velis of Westfield, who co-chairs the Veterans and Federal...


Veteran honored on Easthampton banner remembered as loving dad
08-21-2023 12:47 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Note: This is the first in a series of profiles on veterans honored in Easthampton’s military banner program. EASTHAMPTON — Born in Montague in 1920, Tadeus Glazewski — known by most simply as “Ted” or “Teddy” — was a fun-loving father and...


‘A time for renewal’: At groundbreaking, veterans look to future with new $483M home
08-14-2023 5:36 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HOLYOKE — An Air Force veteran who served the United States from 1950 to 1954, Dennis Thresher was at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke when he contracted COVID in 2020, was hospitalized with the illness four times and died from pneumonia in January...


Sen. Velis: State budget ‘very robust’ for veterans
08-09-2023 5:40 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Five separate initiatives supporting veterans of all walks of life are included in the state’s $56 billion fiscal 2024 budget signed into law Wednesday.The budget includes around $1.7 million for programs championed by state Sen. John Velis,...


Easthampton military banner program brings recognition, donations to local veterans
07-16-2023 10:34 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — Last winter, some of the money raised from a military tribute banner project was put toward buying new boots and wool socks for three Easthampton veterans who couldn’t afford them.Now, for the sixth year, the banners are once again...


For this warrior, art heals: An Easthampton studio where veterans use art therapy to work through tough times
07-05-2023 6:01 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — As the invisible wounds of war continue to take a toll on veterans, one city native is fighting a mission off the battlefield through art therapy.For the past seven years, Steve Jones has been providing veterans, active duty members and...

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