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High schools: South Hadley softball holds off Frontier rally for 5-4 victory (PHOTOS)
04-19-2024 9:01 PM

A day after completing a comeback victory over Greenfield, the Frontier softball team looked like it had another rally in the works on Friday against South Hadley.The Tigers held a 1-0 lead going into the sixth inning when the Redhawks rallied,...

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Softball: Franklin Tech’s Hannah Gilbert holds Hopkins to two hits, leads Eagles to 7-1 victory (PHOTOS)
04-19-2024 7:42 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

TURNERS FALLS — After giving up a run in the first inning, Franklin Tech pitcher Hannah Gilbert locked in for the final six frames on Friday against Hopkins Academy. The junior gave up one hit and one walk in the first and one hit in the third, but...


$50K allocated for Poet’s Seat Tower sandblasting as officials mull vandalism prevention
04-19-2024 3:45 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Following an affirmative vote by City Council this week, $50,000 will go toward sandblasting graffiti off of Poet’s Seat Tower, where vandalism has proven to be a persistent problem.Department of Public Works Director Marlo Warner II said...


Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: What’s ahead for Greg Carvel’s crew?
04-19-2024 3:15 PM

Good morning!During Denver’s four-game run to its 10th national title, Pioneers goalie Matt Davis allowed three goals. The first was by Liam Gorman, his only goal in a UMass uniform, the second by Cornell’s Nick DeSantis, and the last was by BU’s Luke...


‘Glamping’ resort developers look to curb traffic, sewer concerns in Charlemont
04-19-2024 3:03 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CHARLEMONT — Deliberations on the conditions and potential approval of a proposed mountainside resort will come at the Planning Board’s next meeting, as the applicant laid out potential solutions to residents’ concerns about traffic on Thursday.Jeff...


As emergency action plan is crafted, Tree House to maintain 1,500 capacity for summer
04-19-2024 1:22 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — While Tree House Brewing Co. received conditional approval to triple its occupancy, the company is sticking with its current 1,500-person capacity limit for the upcoming season as the brewery continues working with public safety...


MassDOT shares plans for Church Street bridge replacement in Erving
04-19-2024 12:58 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ERVING — The state Department of Transportation held a public hearing on Thursday to outline its plan to replace the Church Street bridge over Keyup Brook starting in the spring of 2025.The bridge connects Church Street to North Street, and the...


Proposed Colrain solar bylaw changes would add definitions, expand site plan reviews
04-19-2024 12:16 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

COLRAIN — Revisions to the town’s solar bylaws that clarify what constitutes large-, medium- and small-scale projects and that expand the associated site plan review requirements are likely on tap for residents to consider at the June 4 Annual Town...


Hitting the ceramic circuit: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail turns 20 years old, April 27-28
04-19-2024 11:32 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

A lot can change in 20 years: Presidents and other politicians come and go, new cultural fads and technologies emerge, clothing styles morph, and music and movies take on different dimensions.In these parts, one tradition hasn’t changed. Since 2005,...


Best Bites: A familiar feast: The Passover Seder traditions and tastes my family holds dear
04-19-2024 11:21 AM

By ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

Passover has always been my favorite Jewish holiday. The Passover Seder my parents host annually in my childhood house in Northampton has been the most festive and joyous meal of the year for as long as I can remember.My dad’s childhood Seders were...


Deerfield voters to decide 8 capital projects at Town Meeting
04-19-2024 11:18 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — As residents prepare for Annual Town Meeting on April 29, the Selectboard and the Capital Improvements and Finance committees have laid out their approved capital projects for the upcoming year.Voters will be asked to consider directly...


Valley Bounty: Your soil will thank you: As garden season gets underway, Whately farm provides ‘black gold’ to many
04-19-2024 11:13 AM

By JACOB NELSON

“Compost is not soil, but it makes your soil better,” says Mike Mahar, owner of Bear Path Compost in Whately. “It adds life to it. If you’re going to take something out of the soil by harvesting, you should put something back in, and compost is...


Shelter money fading, but ‘not at the end of the line’
04-19-2024 10:53 AM

By CHRIS LISINSKI and SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — State dollars for the emergency family shelter system are dwindling, and restaurateurs who for years enjoyed expanded outdoor dining and the ability to sell drinks to go remain “in limbo” amid a sustained period of legislative...


Painting a more complete picture: ‘Unnamed Figures’ highlights Black presence and absence in early American history
04-19-2024 10:53 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

In partnership with the American Folk Art Museum, Historic Deerfield is presenting an exhibition on the unexplored histories of Black people in early America.“Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North” explores Black...


Earth Matters: From Big Sits to Birdathons: Birding competitions far and near
04-19-2024 10:51 AM

By JOSHUA ROSE

A few months ago, headlines flared that Peter Kaestner had seen his 10,000th bird species. This could have been anticlimactic, as Kaestner has been renowned for years among birders for traveling worldwide and seeing more species than anyone.However,...


High schools: Abigail Schreiber’s hit propels Frontier softball past Greenfield, 3-2
04-18-2024 8:58 PM

It wasn’t looking good for the Frontier softball team heading into the bottom of the sixth inning against Greenfield on Thursday. The two-time defending state champs held a 2-0 lead, but the Redhawks were able to get a run back in the sixth. Seventh...


Baseball: Frontier handles Greenfield 12-2 in five-inning victory (PHOTOS)
04-18-2024 6:55 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

GREENFIELD — All three games between the Greenfield and Frontier baseball teams last spring were decided by one run. The Redhawks made sure to leave no doubt when the two squads met Thursday at Vets Field. Frontier jumped out to a 3-1 lead after two...


My Turn: Saving planet Greenfield
04-18-2024 5:48 PM

By BRAM MOREINIS

Anthropologist Margaret Mead wrote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” If such a group were Greenfielders responding to the climate crisis, what would...


Survey shows Northfield residents want new development — but not near their homes
04-18-2024 4:24 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

NORTHFIELD — Residents want new restaurants, commercial activity, housing and business development in town, Grant Development Director Leslie Roberts told the Selectboard this week — just “not on their own streets.” Roberts presented the results of...


The Real Score: Curveballs and casinos rarely save cities
04-18-2024 4:18 PM

About 10 years ago, the two major urban centers of central and western Massachusetts decided to engage in new regional industrial policy to spur on their local economies. Worcester and Springfield had been effectively hollowed up by decades of...


Quabbin Reservoir opens for fishing season on Saturday
04-18-2024 4:04 PM

By MIKE ROCHE

It’s finally that time of year again — the Quabbin Reservoir will open for fishing on Saturday, April 20, at 6 a.m.The reservoir serves as the principal drinking water supply for 3 million of Massachusetts’ roughly 7 million residents. Since 1946,...

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