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UMass confirms move to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) as 13th member
02-29-2024 4:09 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — As of Thursday afternoon, it’s officially official.The UMass athletics department released a press release at 3:30 p.m. confirming its move to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) as a full member, as the baseball, men’s and women’s basketball,...

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For second time in 12 years, neighbors mobilize against proposed gravel pit operation in Granby
02-29-2024 4:31 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — It’s deja vu for many residents who live in the northeast section of town, where plans have been submitted for the operation of a gravel pit, some 12 years after a group of neighbors successfully sued the town to thwart a similar...


Northampton, diocese strike deal over windows at St. Mary of the Assumption Church
02-29-2024 3:13 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The city agreed Tuesday to rescind a stop-work order preventing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield from removing five stained-glass windows at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, a negotiated settlement made three days after a...


The night that changed Deerfield forever: New book gives a comprehensive look at the infamous Deerfield Massacre of 1704
02-29-2024 2:26 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

If you’re from the region, you’ve probably come across the story of the 1704 attack on Deerfield, or, at least one of the many monuments placed around the county commemorating the English colonists.But how much do you really know of this time period,...


Greening our brains and our thumbs: The many opportunities in the Valley to increase your garden knowledge and skills
02-29-2024 2:22 PM

By PAT JAMES

After moving from the city into a rural home with land 25 years ago, I was excited that the property was mostly bare ground that I could bend to my will and create beautiful gardens over time. As a kid, I’d helped in the garden a lot, so how hard...


Chalk Talk: When kids turn work in late: Navigating the tricky balance of deadlines and support for students
02-29-2024 2:20 PM

By NICOLE GODDARD

It’s March again, which means that in many high schools a new semester is well underway. At the end of every grading period, the same conversation starts making the rounds in teaching circles, on social media, in the teacher’s lounge, all sharing a...


Arts Briefs: BIPOC poets and racy love letters in Northampton, music inspired by T.S. Eliot in Holyoke, and more
02-29-2024 2:19 PM

Poetry night celebrates BIPOC writers and organizing workNORTHAMPTON — Franny Choi, the new poet laureate of Northampton, will do a reading tonight (Friday, March 1) at 6 p.m. at the Northampton Center for the Arts, where they’ll be joined by a number...


Palmer passes over Hadley’s Brennan for administrator job
02-29-2024 11:37 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — The Palmer Town Council is negotiating with a Plymouth assistant town manager to be its next town manager, passing over Hadley Town Administrator Carolyn Brennan for the job.Councilors voted 5-1 Monday to offer the position to Brad Brothers,...


Committee searching for new Amherst superintendent to begin screening 10 applicants
02-29-2024 11:35 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A search committee for identifying the next superintendent for the Amherst, Amherst-Pelham Regional and Pelham schools can begin screening among 10 individuals who have applied for the leadership position.“We believe there are many strong...


Crash data points to ‘crisis’ on Mass. roads
02-29-2024 7:01 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Safety on Massachusetts roadways is “at a crisis level,” the state highway administrator told lawmakers this week as he detailed steps the Department of Transportation has taken to try to prevent some of the most dangerous and deadly situations and to...


MIAA Div. 2 boys basketball: No. 35 Archbishop Williams knocks off Amherst, 63-62, in overtime
02-28-2024 9:42 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST — Amherst had the play drawn up. The Hurricanes were going to set a screen and have senior captain Ryder Rietkerk curl off of it with another option behind the 3-point line. But Archbishop Williams blew it up, and Brandon Stewart’s 30-footer...


UMass women’s basketball snaps 15-game losing skid with victory over St. Bonaventure
02-28-2024 9:07 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — The streak is finally over.Following an abysmal stretch of 15 consecutive losses, the UMass women’s basketball team finally put an end to its skid with a 58-45 win over St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center. Kristin...


Williston girls hockey cruises into NEPSAC semis with 8-1 victory over Tabor (PHOTOS)
02-28-2024 8:59 PM

By GARRETT COTE

EASTHAMPTON — The No. 2 Williston girls hockey team raced out to a 2-0 lead in the blink of an eye, as Wildcats seniors Monique Lyons and Camille Armaganian each found the back of the net in the first five minutes and change to seize early control in...


Council elevates Wolohojian to SJC; WMass rep casts lone dissenting vote
02-28-2024 7:35 PM

By Sam Doran

By Sam Doran The Governor’s Council on Wednesday confirmed Supreme Judicial Court nominee Gabrielle Wolohojian, approving Gov. Maura Healey’s second appointee to the state’s highest court. The council voted 6-1 to confirm the nomination, with...


Amherst Regional School budget cutting 10 teachers runs into buzz saw of opposition
02-28-2024 4:11 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A proposed $34.81 million fiscal year 2025 budget for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, necessitating cutting 10 teachers and professionals between the high school and middle school, is facing opposition from parents, students and staff,...


Amherst council takes up Gaza cease-fire resolution Monday
02-28-2024 3:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Significant local and regional interest in an Amherst Town Council resolution advocating for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war is prompting the meeting to discuss, debate and possibly vote on the matter to be moved to the Amherst Regional...


Amherst school union demands action on racism concerns
02-28-2024 3:50 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Already having an active Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination lawsuit against the Amherst-Pelham public schools, a middle school teacher recently brought concerns about a hostile work environment for herself and other Black staff...


New leader to take helm of The Care Center
02-28-2024 3:49 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — Family law attorney and longtime Pioneer Valley resident Oona Cook has been named to lead The Care Center, which supports young mothers in achieving academic success, personal growth and economic independence, effective Friday.She succeeds...


Photos: Beach volleyball in February
02-28-2024 2:04 PM


Police operation in Holyoke leads to the arrest of 3 on drug charges
02-28-2024 1:54 PM

Staff Report

HOLYOKE — Three men are facing drug charges after police searched two Newton Street addresses and two vehicles associated with them and seized large quantities of fentanyl and cocaine, an unlicensed firearm, ammunition and over $25,000 in cash,...


Making news in business, Feb. 29
02-28-2024 1:52 PM

Five join board at Northampton Chamber NORTHAMPTON — The Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) welcomed five new board members at its first meeting of 2024. Together, they bring a wealth of diverse experience as entrepreneurs, nonprofit...

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