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FAFSA fiasco: Financial aid form meltdown trips up students, colleges
02-25-2024 2:18 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — A continued challenge for some prospective students and their families in accessing federal financial aid applications, and a corresponding delay in relaying the information from these forms to colleges and universities, is raising...

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After injuries threatened her lacrosse career, Mount Holyoke’s Hannah Bisson ready for big senior season
02-23-2024 1:58 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Hannah Bisson sat in disbelief. It was a warm August day at Boston Children’s Hospital, and she was awaiting her third surgery to repair chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) – which causes pain and swelling to affected muscles...


Wrestling: Holyoke receives MIAA Sportmanship Award
02-23-2024 1:31 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The Holyoke High School wrestling team received the MIAA Sportsmanship Award at the Division 2 state tournament last weekend. The sportsmanship award is given by the MIAA to one team in each sport.Award criteria includes teamwork, fair play/respect...


Class A semis: Banked-in last-second 3 lifts Pope Francis boys past Holyoke in OT
02-21-2024 9:36 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

SPRINGFIELD – The fourth-seeded Holyoke boys basketball team held a one-point lead as No. 1 Pope Francis passed the ball around the three-point line with the seconds ticking down in overtime of the Western Mass. Tournament Class A semifinals.The ball...


Unseeded Northampton boys shock field for 4x400 relay win; Amherst boys cruise to 4x800 title at MIAA Division 3 Indoor Track Championships
02-17-2024 5:53 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

BOSTON – They couldn’t believe it.The Northampton boys 4x400 meter relay team came into the MIAA Division 3 Indoor Track & Field Championships without a dream of winning a state title. Their best time on the year was 3 minutes, 36.17 seconds, which...


Girls basketball: Holyoke's Amilyan Treadwell-Mercedes scores 1,000th point against Springfield International
02-16-2024 9:13 PM

HOLYOKE — For the third time in as many years, the Holyoke girls’ basketball team is adding a new name to its 1,000 point scoring banner.Amilyan Treadwell-Mercedes is the newest member of the club after achieving the milestone on Friday night against...


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...


Digging out from deluge: Municipal clerks scramble amid flood of ballot requests, paperwork
02-09-2024 8:32 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

A temporary worker in the Holyoke city clerk’s office brought on to deal with the influx of mail-in ballot requests for the presidential primaries is ensuring that 2,700 or so ballots are already in the hands of those who want to cast their votes...


Guest columnist Pema Latshang : School leaders need to further invest in their teachers
02-05-2024 4:42 PM

By PEMA LATSHANG

Over the past three years, it’s become clear just how essential teachers are to the everyday lives of the western Massachusetts community. In remote and hybrid settings they were there for us throughout the pandemic, with many stepping up to do this...


Boys basketball: Jamil Rodriguez scores 1,000th point in Holyoke’s 76-66 win over Northampton (PHOTOS)
02-02-2024 9:29 PM

By GARRETT COTE

HOLYOKE — Holding on to a 10-point lead in the final minute, Holyoke guard Shawn Rivera pushed the ball up the floor through Northampton’s full-court press.As Rivera approached the 3-point line, he lobbed a pass toward the rim where only one player on...


State Sen. Velis alarmed over pharmacies limiting Narcan access
02-01-2024 11:26 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

WESTFIELD — State law requires the overdose prevention drug naloxone — known by its brand name, Narcan — to be always be available over the counter, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed it to be sold directly to consumers since last...


Unknown no more: WWII sailor finally comes home to Holyoke
01-26-2024 7:48 PM

By BOB FLAHERTY

HOLYOKE — X-21. For 82 years, that’s what a Holyoke Navy man’s remains were known as. But on Saturday morning, thanks to the doggedness of a retired police chief from Texas and something about the sailor’s teeth, Merle Hillman, pharmacist’s mate 2nd...


The Beat Goes On: A busy couple of weeks at The Drake, a new acoustic music series in Holyoke, and more
01-25-2024 2:58 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

In my last column, I mentioned that The Parlor Room in Northampton and the Marigold Theater are maintaining busy schedules right through these early, dead-of-winter days.Another area venue that keeps pumping up the music is The Drake in Amherst, and...


Making news in business, Jan. 25
01-24-2024 11:47 AM

Bank donates $10K to housing projectNORTHAMPTON — Greenfield Cooperative Bank has donated $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity’s Victoria Bismark Farm project. This initiative calls for the construction of three single-family homes on Burts Pit Road in...


Cheri Rodriguez Jones: Give dialysis patients time to plan
01-18-2024 7:02 PM

Kidney failure changed my life. I’ve learned a thing or two after spending 18 years on dialysis, receiving a kidney transplant, and spending years as an advocate for my fellow patients.In the initial 30 months of dialysis, dialysis patients have...


Arts Briefs: Forbes library staff exhibit their artwork, Heather Maloney performs three shows in Northampton, and more
01-18-2024 11:08 AM

Making Ground, Live!NORTHAMPTON — Late last winter, the Workroom Theater, the largest space in the city’s Community Arts Trust building (33 Hawley), was set to close down for months as new construction began to complete the 3,800-square-foot...


Guest columnist Patrick O’Connor: Out of school and in jail
01-17-2024 3:58 PM

By PATRICK O’CONNOR

There is a crisis in Holyoke’s public schools. Each year, a classroom-sized group of students with learning disabilities drops out. These students are then more likely to be arrested and jailed on Holyoke’s streets. Although unintentional, we are...


Speaking loud with love: Icon MLK remembered at annual breakfast
01-14-2024 2:56 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

HOLYOKE — The theme for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast in Holyoke — “unselfish love” — is one that the late pastor and civil rights icon would likely would have strongly supported.Gina Nelson, president of the Council of...


State awards $800K in community empowerment grants to four Holyoke organizations
01-14-2024 2:13 PM

HOLYOKE — Four Holyoke organizations are among 67 across the state sharing part of more than $15 million from the Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Program, which aims to bring positive economic outcomes to communities adversely impacted by the...


Colleges notebook: Former UMass DB Josh Wallace now a national champion with Michigan
01-11-2024 1:37 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Josh Wallace stood on the turf inside NRG Stadium in Houston Monday night submerged in Maize and Blue confetti.The senior defensive back and his Michigan Wolverines were crowned as College Football Playoff National Champions after defeating...

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