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Hampshire County youth tapped to advise governor’s team
04-13-2024 2:30 PM


Three Hampshire County students are among 60 young people statewide who will advise Gov. Maura Healey and her administrative team on issues important to young people as members of the newly minted Youth Advisory Council.The young people, ages 16-21,...

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Belchertown Select Board gives Saunders earful over state funding
04-11-2024 12:45 PM


BELCHERTOWN — A week after the town’s school system laid off 17 staff members due to funding woes, the Select Board had a simple message for state Rep. Aaron Saunders during a recent meeting — help us.Saunders, D-Belchertown, however, was not brimming...

Police investigating bullets striking homes in Belchertown
04-05-2024 3:31 PM


BELCHERTOWN — Local and state police are investigating bullets striking two homes on Mountain View Drive within the past year and shattering glass doors, including last week, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.Mountain View Drive...

Tree wreckers causing havoc: Spongy moth, emerald ash borer killing off oak and ash populations in area towns
04-01-2024 5:05 PM


GRANBY — The trees along the roadsides in Granby keep disappearing.Resident Cheryl Funk first noticed the phenomena during daily trips past West Street Cemetery, where trees that had long greeted mourners were suddenly gone. Then she realized the tree...

Veteran West Roxbury community booster will lead Amherst Area Chamber
04-01-2024 12:05 PM


AMHERST — A Belchertown resident with experience in promoting economic development, leading community events and building coalitions begins his tenure as executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce this month.Jacob Robinson, most...

Jimmy Burgoff: Speed kills
03-31-2024 12:30 PM

It has become even more evident recently how careless so many local drivers act. As a driver of a big truck it always amazes me that I get cut off at speed, have to deal with cars that put on their turn signal as they’re starting to turn, and wait at...

It’s official: Belchertown’s request to create town manager position OK’d by state
03-28-2024 10:50 AM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — After nearly a year of waiting, Belchertown finally has a town manager.On March 8, Gov. Maura Healey signed legislation to create the first-ever town manager, replacing the long-used town administrator form of government. The change,...

Guest columnist Marianne Gambaro: Giving spirit helps lift us all
03-19-2024 4:38 PM


 I would like to thank Joseph Blumenthal for his March 7 letter “It’s OK for people to have more than they need,” responding to Jon Huer’s Feb. 27 guest column [“When giving is only false charity”], which disparaged philanthropists. I had been...

Jack Tullos: UMass gets a Big MAC
03-15-2024 2:36 PM

With all due deference to Gerald R. Ford, the uber-long UMass FBS independent football experiment/nightmare seems over. The 2025 season will find the Minuteman team still competing in an FBS conference, the Mid-American Conference, but the MAC...

Guest columnist Dr. David Gottsegen: Age issue not so key as question of marbles
03-12-2024 5:25 PM


A poll published in The New York Times on Sunday, March 3, found that nearly half of voters now strongly agree that Joe Biden is “too old” to be president, more than twice the number of voters who strongly agree that Donald Trump is “too old.” People...

Belchertown eyes regionalizing dispatch services with Wilbraham
03-08-2024 2:09 PM


BELCHERTOWN — The town this summer is likely to become the latest to follow a growing trend in the region of outsourcing emergency communications to regional dispatch centers.Staffing shortages for dispatchers and $7.6 million in upcoming radio...

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...

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...

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


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


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...

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


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...

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


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...

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


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...

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


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...

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...

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