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The long shadow of the Mill River flood: Multiple events on tap in May to mark 150th anniversary of the 1874 disaster
05-02-2024 4:44 PM


On the morning of May 16, 1874, the dam on the Williamsburg Reservoir, up in the hills along the East Branch of the Mill River, suddenly collapsed, sending 600 million gallons of water roaring downhill.The flood, which soon became a 30-foot-high brown...

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Ben Tobin: Another educational song and dance
04-18-2024 5:25 PM

As a kid growing up in the 1990s and early 2000s in western Massachusetts, watching Malcolm in the Middle — the saga of a fourth-wall busting child prodigy and his family — was a staple of post-school hours. Jumping forward to present times, and my...

Tom Bodo: Northampton schools need Smith College to lead
04-03-2024 4:25 PM

Northampton is a city of leaders. Aside from being the hometown of one U.S. president (so far), it has repeatedly stood head and shoulders above other small cities. Its dedication to social justice, climate action, and old-fashioned good governance...

Photos: Spring musical at Dunphy Elementary is ‘Newsies Jr.’
03-31-2024 12:38 PM

This year’s spring musical at Anne T. Dunphy Elementary School is Disney’s “Newsies Jr.” Based on the 1992 film, the musical is inspired by the rousing true story of newsboys in turn-of-the-century New York City. When powerful newspaper publishers...

Andrew Ely Morehouse: Why Colombia matters to you
03-26-2024 3:27 PM

According to the Washington Office on Latin America, in a world filled with war, violence, and extreme human suffering, Colombia is a model for how protracted complex conflicts can be resolved through political negotiation. The historic 2016 peace...

Sara Fredett: Fruitcake available for potholes 
02-16-2024 2:36 PM

The pothole situation is serious. It came to my mind that if the DPW provided a drop-off site, those of us who have leftover fruitcake could dispose of it there, as it has the perfect texture to be packed into the holes. Sara FredetteWilliamsburg

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


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...

Guest columnist Ben Tobin: No real fix for education, just empty narrative of innovation
01-30-2024 4:24 PM

By BEN TOBINIt speaks to the diminished role of our school systems that we are starting to see the emergence of student-led conferences. As the recent federal probe into Massachusetts’ special education system has laid bare, our entire system has...

Fire damages Williamsburg home
01-09-2024 6:04 PM


WILLIAMSBURG — Firefighters from six departments responded to a blaze that caused extensive damage to a Chesterfield Road home on Tuesday afternoon. Fire Chief Jason Connell said the residents were home at the time and called around 12:45 p.m. to...

Miriam and Michael Kurland: Congress must fully fund WIC
01-05-2024 3:00 PM

If Congress fails to fully fund WIC, the supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children, by Jan. 19, states will need to reduce WIC participation by about 2 million young children and pregnant and postpartum adults nationwide by...

Tom Bodo: Northampton needs more from Smith College 
01-03-2024 4:22 PM

After listening to the heart-wrenching testimonies of local educators and parents during the Dec. 14 Northampton School Committee meeting, and reading the article, “The Smith College effect,” [Gazette, Dec. 29], it is clear to me that Northampton...

Guest columnists Matt L. Barron and Jon Weissman: Rep. Neal selling out patients for drug industry
12-25-2023 5:53 PM


On Dec. 11, the U.S. House passed the Lower Costs, More Transparency Act, legislation to require Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) to disclose drug rebates and discounts, revealing what they pay drug makers for prescription drugs. The bill would also...

Rain, wind pummel Hampshire County throughout Monday
12-18-2023 4:21 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County faced several road closures, power outages and flooding after strong winds and heavy rainfall that began on Sunday night and continued through much of Monday.In Northampton, at least two streets, West Street and Meadow...

Guest columnist Miriam Kurland: Join together to stop the war machine
12-09-2023 11:23 PM


I am a peace activist and have been for most of my life. I believe that people around the world are constantly being manipulated to side with one national, religious, political, organizational or territorial group or another. I believe that the only...

Fire damages Haydenville home’s interior
12-08-2023 3:50 PM


HAYDENVILLE — Multiple fire departments were called to a 7 Kingsley Ave. home on Friday morning for a structure fire that damaged the interior of the home.The Williamsburg Fire Department responded to the at about 10:45 a.m. Although no external...

Guest columnist Adin Maynard: American Jews must speak out against the bombing of innocents
10-19-2023 1:50 PM


The Israeli bombing of Gaza is indeed an attack on the Palestinian people, a diaspora, not only on Hamas. The bombing and restricting of water, food, medicine is an attack on life itself — it is an evil unto a stateless imprisoned people, including a...

John Hoogstraten: Wetzel for Select Board
10-17-2023 7:57 AM

On Nov. 4, the residents of Williamsburg will be asked to elect a new member of the Select Board to fill the very large shoes of the late Dave Mathers. One of the candidates stands head and shoulders above the rest: Paul Wetzel.I know Paul well, and...

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...

DA’s office IDs Haydenville man killed in crash
08-16-2023 4:47 PM


NORTHAMPTON — The Northwestern district attorney’s office has identified the 57-year-old Haydenville man who was killed Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on the Northampton-Williamsburg line.Edward Duggan was the driver of an SUV that was...

Haydenville man killed in two-vehicle crash 
08-15-2023 11:59 PM


WILLIAMSBURG — A section of Route 9 straddling the Northampton-Williamsburg town line was shut down late Tuesday afternoon after a serious two-vehicle collision that claimed the life of a 57-year-old Haydenville man, according to police.The driver of...

Columnist Jim Cahillane: After 30 years of columns, time for reading and reflection
08-15-2023 6:33 PM

By JIM CAHILLANEIn 1993, I accepted an invitation to write an opinion column for my local paper. At age 60, it was a new challenge. Working full time in the 1980s, yet wanting to complete a college degree, I meandered through University Without Walls...

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