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Around Amherst: Crocker Farm earns national Welcoming Schools Seal
07-12-2024 7:30 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Crocker Farm School’s Amherst Early Education Center recently became one of 35 schools across the country to earn the Human Rights Campaign’s Welcoming Schools Seal of Excellence, where work over the past three years is honoring family...

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Photos: Cool fun in the summertime
07-06-2024 8:12 PM


‘Like a dream come true’: 55 people from 31 countries become U.S. citizens at Northampton naturalization ceremony
07-04-2024 3:02 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — On July 4, the most fitting of American holidays, 55 people from 31 countries across five continents took an oath of allegiance outside the Hampshire County Courthouse to become some of the newest citizens of the United States of...


Former Gazette publisher Peter DeRose, who died Monday at 85, helped usher in contemporary era of journalism in Valley
06-13-2024 4:59 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — Former Daily Hampshire Gazette publisher Peter L. DeRose, who alongside brother Charles W. DeRose brought the family-owned company into a contemporary era of journalism and modernized the technology used to get information to readers,...


Humble superstar: Lee Anderson is the Gazette’s Person of the Year
06-13-2024 3:37 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — When Lee Anderson first had the opportunity to cook for and serve the guests at the Manna Community Kitchen, an idea took form in his mind.“I realized we had something we weren’t optimizing,” he said.It was 2016 and he had begun...


Volunteering is in his blood: Four Rivers Charter grad Sam Whitney recognized as Gazette’s Young Community Leader
06-13-2024 3:15 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — To say that Sam Whitney likes to play sports might be something of an understatement.At the Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, where Whitney graduated this spring, he played soccer, basketball, and the school’s signature...


Guest columnist Larry Hott: ‘Daughter of Cummington’ brings stories to the stage
05-23-2024 7:54 PM

By LARRY HOTT

In 1945, the U.S. Office of War information came to Cummington to shoot “The Cummington Story,” a propaganda film about tolerance and acceptance of immigrants.The people of the small western Massachusetts hilltown had several European refugees living...


The Beat Goes On: A trombone celebration in Holyoke, Lord Russ shifts gears, and the Hampshire Young People’s Chorus turns 25
05-02-2024 4:54 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Holyoke Civic Symphony has titled its 2023-2024 season “The Brass Menagerie,” not to be cute but to highlight a series of concerts dedicated to celebrating the family of brass instruments: the horn, the tuba, the trumpet, and the trombone.On May...


Chance Encounters with Bob Flaherty: The coming of bees puts South Hadley man in high spirits
04-28-2024 6:01 PM

SOUTH HADLEY— Amid the cheerful greenery popping out everywhere like peepers, a red and black plaid mackinaw will pull you in every time. Inside the coat and under a pulled-down brim smiles Kim Harwood, hard at work with both shovel and spade at the...


William Strickland, a longtime civil rights activist, scholar and friend of Malcolm X, has died
04-24-2024 3:11 PM

By MICHAEL CASEY

BOSTON — William Strickland, a longtime civil rights activist and supporter of the Black Power movement who worked with Malcolm X and other prominent leaders in the 1960s, has died. He was 87.Strickland, whose death April 10 was confirmed by a...


Photos: Flowers for grandma
04-18-2024 1:28 PM


Accused Holyoke ex-councilor Puello-Mota bolts to join Russian army
04-11-2024 5:05 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

A one-term Holyoke city councilor who appears to have decamped to fight with Russian forces in the Ukraine war to avoid having to register here as a sex offender has, unsurprisingly, become the focus of national and international media coverage.Wilmer...


Western Mass Arm Wrestling League puts athletics, theater on display in the name of giving
12-28-2023 7:49 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

A woman dressed in pajamas walks into a Cottage Street bar and challenges a random stranger to an arm-wrestling match.The circumstances sound like the set-up of a joke. It’s not.The woman is Rose Lynch of Easthampton, and over the next few weeks...


Amherst expert and attorney illuminates new risks from scammers using AI
11-23-2023 8:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A video uploaded to YouTube, promoting financial investments through an artificial intelligence program that would help generate significant returns on cryptocurrency, featured the company’s CEO speaking on screen.Yet it turns out that the...


Youths from Westhampton program discover human remains on Rawson Island in Greenfield
08-25-2023 4:40 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Authorities are working to identify human remains found this week on Rawson Island by children enrolled in an environmental philosophy program based in Westhampton.Laurie Loisel, spokesperson with the Northwestern district attorney’s...


UMass Amherst obtains papers of veteran social activist and writer Al Weinrub
08-21-2023 12:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — Adding to its collection of work documenting social change, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has acquired the papers of social activist and writer Al Weinrub, co-founder of the anti-imperialist organization Science for the People...


Plainfield couple defies court order on home inspections
08-04-2023 10:56 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

PLAINFIELD — A dispute between town officials and two residents over alleged health, building and wetlands violations at their property has devolved into a legal stand-off, with the residents flouting a court order to permit inspections.Town officials...


Marina owner Luke Brunelle dies at 61
07-15-2023 7:01 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

SOUTH HADLEY — Marina owner Luke Brunelle died unexpectedly Thursday evening, the family reported in a statement.Brunelle, 61, was widely respected and admired for his dedication to providing exceptional service and fostering a welcoming environment...


‘Shantay, You Stay!’: Queens of western Mass. dispel myths, misconceptions about drag culture
07-06-2023 8:17 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

Whether he’s sporting villainous Maleficent-style horns, channeling his inner witch dressed as Winifred Sanderson, twirling in a red-and-black polka-dot a-line dress or lounging around in a raglan T-shirt, Aaron Johnson is still, “just Aaron.”Though...


Meet Stu: Easthampton’s family decorates 12-foot-tall plastic skeleton to declare allyship with LGBTQ+ community
06-29-2023 1:10 PM

By Mercy Lingle

EASTHAMPTON — Looking out over the scenic Mt. Tom range in Easthampton stands Stu, a 12-foot-tall plastic skeleton. Though it is not Halloween, Stu stands proud in a rainbow tutu, waving a Pride flag for all passersby to see. “Sometimes people stop in...


Amherst elementary students lead charge for Indigenous Peoples’ Day
06-19-2023 4:09 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

AMHERST — Seven years ago, middle school students helped usher in change to make Amherst the first community in the state to formally ditch Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.This year, a group of Fort River Elementary School...

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