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Massachusetts senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren meets with editorial staff of the Daily Hampshire Gazette on Monday, October 22, 2012.

Six senators, including Elizabeth Warren, urge VA to cover stateside Agent Orange exposure

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Six U.S. senators, including Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat representing Massachusetts, have sent a letter imploring the federal government to allow pilots and crews who flew Agent Orange-contaminated plans on stateside missions to qualify for benefits. The letter could push the four-year quest of a retired pilot from Belchertown closer to his goal of getting veterans falling ill from Agent Orange-related …

Planning Board approves assisted living facility proposed for grounds of former Belchertown State School

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — The Grantham Group is a step closer to building an 83-unit assisted living facility on the grounds of the former Belchertown State School after the Planning Board unanimously approved a site plan on Tuesday. The vote positions the developer to apply for a tax credit worth $4.5 million, which the federal government makes available to the state to promote affordable housing. …

National Grid to lower rates May 1

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Valley home and business owners can expect some relief from high electric bills this spring. On Monday, National Grid announced that, pending Department of Public Utilities approval, the cost of power is expected to drop from the current rate of more than 16 cents per kilowatt-hour to just above 9 cents per kilowatt-hour, …

South Hadley topples Tantasqua, wins 7th WMass Division 2 title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — South Hadley boys basketball coach Jeff Guiel emerged from the locker room on Saturday with an unraveled tie draped around his neck. He was wearing a T-shirt that read “If not now” on the front and …

Belchertown beats Pittsfield in Division 2 girls final, wins school’s first basketball title

Sunday, March 8, 2015

AMHERST — The Belchertown girls basketball team had a six-point lead with 31.5 seconds left in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament final when coach Jay Woodcock told sophomore Cara McKenzie she had made the play of the …

Hoosac ends Granby girls undefeated season in D3 final, 55-29

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — It had been 367 days since the Granby girls basketball team last lost. On Saturday, the No. 2 Rams’ 22-game win streak was snapped by top-seeded Hoosac Valley, 55-29, in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament …

In stunning turnaround, Hopkins wallops top-seeded Monson in D-4 championship

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team made a minor change to its defense at halftime. Sure, the Golden Hawks trailed top-seeded Monson by five, but their defense was working with the exception of Stephen O’Shea, who …

One year later: After Blarney Blowout 2014 revelers paid fines, wrote letters of apology, and met other conditions, all charges against them dismissed

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — Whatever transpires at this year’s Blarney Blowout Saturday, University of Massachusetts senior Ryan Young will not be there. “I kind of don’t want to be anywhere near the school at all, and not because I think …

Undefeated Granby, upset-minded Belchertown seek WMass girls basketball titles

Friday, March 6, 2015

At a preseason practice in December, Granby girls basketball coach Tom Burke worked diligently with his nine varsity players. Learning and running plays was taking longer than in past years as his roster included two sophomores, two freshmen …

Hopkins Academy, South Hadley vie for Western Massachusetts boys basketball titles

Friday, March 6, 2015

One thing the Hopkins Academy and South Hadley boys basketball teams have in common is the Curry Hicks Cage. The Golden Hawks and Tigers are very familiar with the UMass gym and they are both playing there Saturday. …

Gabrielle Nagy & Daniel Miller

Friday, March 6, 2015

Stephen and Susan Nagy of Leverett announce the engagement of their daughter, Gabrielle Nagy of Leverett, to Daniel Miller of Belchertown. Daniel is the son of Douglas and Sue Miller of Belchertown. Gabrielle works for the Greenfield Public …


Friday, March 6, 2015

Food Bank Family Volunteer Day — In partnership with Hilltown Families, the Food Bank of Western Mass. invites familes to attend a volunteer session March 21, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Food Bank, 97 North Hatfield Road, Hatfield. The agenda includes an informational tour of the warehouse …

school lunch menus

Friday, March 6, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Crispy chicken patty sandwich, baked Tater Tots, cucumber coins, applesauce, orange TUESDAY: Mozzarella sticks, marinara, carrot and celery sticks, peaches, Bartlett pear WEDNESDAY: Cheeseburger, sweet potato fries, vegetarian baked beans, pineapple cup, banana THURSDAY: Two soft tacos, brown rice, black beans, diced pears, orange FRIDAY: Cheese …