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COURTESY HANNAH LABRIE
Bob Labrie stands on the ice of Hammond Pond after setting up the 2015 "Goshen Meltdown" flag. The 69-pound block is attached to an electric clock in a nearby shed. When the ice breaks and the flag sinks, it pulls the plug on the clock, recording the precise time.

Hilltown Voices: ‘Goshen Meltdown’ begins, Highland Ambulance to get half of the proceeds

Saturday, February 21, 2015

With temperatures in the single digits, and 3 feet of snow on the ground, it may be hard to imagine that spring is around the corner. One event that signals warmer weather ahead, however, is the annual “Goshen Meltdown.” This year is the 11th annual contest in which people buy tickets to guess when the ice on Hammond Pond will …

Bryant Free Library in Cummington means just that with no-charge computer classes taught by Ken Graf

Monday, February 16, 2015

CUMMINGTON — At 82, Ken Graf has a lot of reasons to believe in the right click. If you’ve used a computer as long as he has, you’ll know why. If such talk leaves you cold, you might be a candidate for his next free course. Graf is not only a Hilltown elder, …

Delaney Cantwell, 7, of Chesterfield, youngest ever to win Williamsburg Rod and Gun Club ice-fishing derby

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Every year the Williamsburg Rod and Gun Club sponsors an ice-fishing derby in February. A surprising first in the 22nd event Feb. 8 left many seasoned fishermen dumbfounded. Delaney Cantwell, 7, of Chesterfield, who landed the winning 3-pound bass, was the youngest competitor ever to take home the derby’s grand prize, in this …

Challenger Dylan Korpita and incumbent 1st Franklin state Rep. Stephen Kulik engage in ‘spirited debate’

Friday, October 17, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Sparks flew this week during a debate between Republican challenger Dylan Korpita and incumbent Democratic state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, in what has been an otherwise low-key race in the 1st Franklin District. The forum …

Debates set for contested Franklin House seats

Monday, October 13, 2014

Debates are scheduled this week in two House districts where there are contests in the Nov. 4 election. 1st Franklin state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, a 12-term incumbent, and Republican challenger Dylan Korpita, a political newcomer from Deerfield, will participate in a “conversation” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at …

Bankruptcy forces ex-Major League Baseball pitcher Matt White to sell Swift River Stone quarry in Cummington

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

CUMMINGTON — Matt White once was known as “The Billionaire” when he was a Major League Baseball player — not a result of his pitching skills, but rather because the 50 acres he bought in Cummington contained tons …

Williamsburg Rod and Gun Club turkey shoot has tasty payoffs for good marksmanship

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fall is here and as cooler days signal the trees to begin their yearly show of color, the Williamsburg Rod and Gun Club is gearing up for its annual turkey shoots. Every year during the months of October and November, the club hosts turkey shoots where people of …

Volunteers help restore garden, build greenhouse at renovated Anne T. Dunphy School in Williamsburg

Saturday, September 27, 2014

An important part of the plans for the recently renovated Anne T. Dunphy School in Williamsburg was to make sure that the school’s garden would not be overlooked or lost due to the additions on the building. The …

Retired Goshen Fire Chief Francis Dresser dies at 89, instrumental in Hilltown ambulance services

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

GOSHEN — “The Hilltowns have lost a pioneer, mentor and friend,” Goshen Fire Chief Sue Labrie said Tuesday of the passing of retired chief Francis Dresser, who died at his Main Street home Sunday. Dresser, 89, served the …

SLIDESHOW Demolition derby at the Three County Fair in Northampton

Monday, September 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — You know it’s a hot, sunny day at the Three County Fair when the stand selling fresh-squeezed lemonade runs out of lemons. That’s what happened Monday afternoon, when temperatures hit 87 degrees, and the lemonade stand …

Area police officials lukewarm about surplus military gear programs flagged for review by president

Monday, September 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — President Barack Obama last week ordered a review of programs that put surplus military gear into the hands of local police in the wake of outcry about heavily armed Ferguson, Missouri, police officers in armored trucks …

For some, nostalgia, yesteryear, main attraction at Cummington Fairgrounds

Saturday, August 23, 2014

CUMMINGTON — As a procession of oxen made its way to the Lumberjack Arena at the Fairgrounds Saturday afternoon for the 20th annual Ox Teamster’s Challenge, a crowd of New Englanders grew eager to visit their historical roots. …