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The Rev. Vicki Kemper: A matter of survival
02-23-2024 4:07 PM

I was stunned to read the caption accompanying the Gazette’s (Feb. 17) photograph on page A3. Palestinians in Rafah, Gaza, it said, were lining up “for a free meal,” adding that basic supplies in Gaza are running short “because of the war between...

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Belchertown’s Luke Giguere, Northampton’s Jack Mattison-Gulotta strong at MIAA Division 2 Swimming and Diving Championships 
02-18-2024 7:50 PM

By GARRETT COTE

CAMBRIDGE – The boys took to the pool on Sunday ready to cap off their season in style at the MIAA Division 2 Swimming and Diving Championships at MIT.As for Hampshire County participants, the area entered Sunday with five top-five seeds – meaning...


Big project wins OK at old Belchertown State School
02-18-2024 12:00 PM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — The town has signed off on the largest project yet in its long-desired efforts to redevelop the former Belchertown State School — a 100-unit mixed-income residential complex that also includes converting an old administration building...


MIAA swimming: Several Hampshire County swimmers enter state meet as No. 1 seeds
02-16-2024 5:26 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Hampshire County’s Division 2 swimmers will jump in the pool for one last time this weekend in the MIAA Swimming & Diving Championships held at MIT.The girls will swim on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. with the boys meet to follow on Sunday at the same time in...


Luke Giguere, Belchertown put it all together as Orioles capture Central/West Swimming championship
02-11-2024 3:35 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SPRINGFIELD — Luke Giguere emerged from the water, and his eyes immediately darted to the scoreboard in the Springfield College pool. When he saw “BELCHERTOWN” accompanied by the number one, his emotions took over.Giguere slapped the water and let out...


Charges against UMass sit-in protesters downgraded to infractions
02-08-2024 7:28 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

BELCHERTOWN — All of the UMass students who were arrested during a sit-in protest against the war in Gaza on Oct. 25 have had or will have their criminal charges converted to civil infractions, with those who accepted the lesser charges already...


Amherst chamber boss Pazmany to step down
02-04-2024 12:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — In a region where most businesses are small, with 20 or fewer employees, having an organization to advocate on their behalf, market them and assist them through unforeseen challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic is critical, says Amherst Area...


Hockey: Charlie Fijal nets 5 goals in Belchertown’s 6-6 tie with McCann Tech (PHOTOS)
01-26-2024 11:04 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Trailing 5-3 to McCann Tech entering the third period, the Belchertown hockey team made it clear in the locker room during the second intermission that it wasn’t going to lose on its senior night.Charlie Fijal took matters into his own hands...


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...


Residents seek answers to big housing development at old Belchertown State Hospital
01-26-2024 3:59 PM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — Donna Buxton hears every day that many Belchertown residents have no idea that a 108-unit residential development may be built on the old state school property off State Street.Prior to the creation of the Economic Development...


High schools: Shea MacLean, Belchertown boys basketball get past South Hadley
01-23-2024 9:46 PM

Shea MacLean had himself a night for the Belchertown boys basketball team against South Hadley on Tuesday. MacLean scored 11 field goals to finish with a game-high 25 points, helping the Orioles pull away with a 71-59 victory over the Tigers in...


Girls basketball: Belchertown’s improvement evident in 52-47 OT loss to Agawam (PHOTOS)
01-18-2024 9:36 PM

By GARRETT COTE

BELCHERTOWN — Heading into the fourth quarter with a six-point lead against Agawam, the Belchertown girls basketball team had just played its best three quarters of the entire season.The Orioles were flying around on defense, running the floor well,...


High school notebook: South Hadley boys look to flip the script in rematch with unbeaten Monument Mountain
01-17-2024 2:15 PM

By GARRETT COTE

South Hadley streaking into marquee matchupFor the second time this season, the South Hadley boys basketball team will meet Monument Mountain – one of two remaining unbeatens in all of western Massachusetts (Duggan Academy being the other). The two...


Municipal aggregation OK’d for Belchertown
01-15-2024 3:01 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

BELCHERTOWN — State utility regulators have given a green light to municipal aggregation in Belchertown, allowing residents and businesses to act as a bulk buyer of electricity supply.Aggregation typically helps to keep electricity rates down and can...


Girls soccer: Belchertown’s Madysen LePage signs National Letter of Intent to play at Bentley University
01-12-2024 5:03 PM

By GARRETT COTE

BELCHERTOWN — In front of a crowd filled with friends, family, coaches, and other members of the Belchertown community on Friday, Orioles girls soccer star Madysen LePage signed her National Letter of Intent to play at the collegiate level.LePage’s...


Belchertown man gets prison for benefits fraud
01-08-2024 4:57 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

SPRINGFIELD — A Belchertown man who stole more than $114,000 in disability benefits over 16 years was sentenced last week in federal court to 10 months in prison and three years of supervised release.Kenneth Pontz, 59, was previously convicted in...


The power of pickleball: Courts are springing up around the region as its legions of devotees continue to grow
01-05-2024 5:53 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

On any given weekday morning, upward of 40 people fill the Holyoke Community College gymnasium to partake in the sport that has become a favorite pastime for those looking to socialize and for people of all ages and abilities looking for a little...


Baystate Franklin’s first baby of 2024 born to Belchertown couple
01-03-2024 5:35 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Ever sat in a vehicle during a trip from New Jersey to western Massachusetts? How about while in labor?Well, Belchertown resident Christy O’Donnell has, and the result was Brooke Lynn Huyler, the first baby born at Baystate Franklin...


Museum showcases Belchertown’s rich history of carriage, sleigh manufacturing
12-25-2023 11:00 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — If you’re dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh this holiday season, then your sleigh could have been manufactured in Belchertown.The carriage, wagon and sleigh industry thrived in Belchertown during the 19th century....


Girls basketball preview: High-powered Northampton looking the part early in 2023-24
12-20-2023 12:00 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

The Northampton girls basketball team has consistently been a strong program, though they’ve hovered around the .500 mark the last couple of seasons. This year, all early signs point to them surpassing that and being serious contenders when it comes...


Concerns aired over 108-unit Carriage Grove housing plan at former Belchertown State Hospital
12-18-2023 4:41 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — A Brooklyn company’s plans for a 108-unit housing complex at Carriage Grove, the former Belchertown State School, is drawing concerns about traffic from planners and some residents.Developer Brisa Ventures LLC presented its design for...

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