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MICKY BEDELL
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 Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School student Savannah Colon stands between two mannaquins on the schoo's float Sunday at the Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade.

Pride on parade at chilly Holyoke St. Patrick’s celebration

Sunday, March 22, 2015

HOLYOKE — Nicole Ruszala, a senior at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, came to the 64th Annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade as part of the Northampton contingent to show the world how awesome her school is. While on the route that stretched almost three miles from the Holyoke Shopping Center to Lyman Street near Pulaski Park, Ruszala was strapped …

Bill Rodgers returns for 40th St. Patrick’s Road Race

Saturday, March 21, 2015

HOLYOKE — Bill Rodgers came just to have fun. So did most of the more than 6,000 participants who ran in Saturday’s 40th St. Patrick’s 10-kilometer Road Race. But Haile Mengesha came to win. Mengesha became the second Ethiopian runner to claim the race when he crossed the finish line in 29 minutes, …

Holyoke hosts 64th annual St. Patrick’s Parade on Sunday

Friday, March 20, 2015

HOLYOKE — Irish spirit in the Valley will be on display when the 64th annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Sunday. “We’re trying to put everything together so that it is basically a parade for everyone. It’s a family event,” said Jacqueline Reardon of South Hadley, president of the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke. The 2.65-mile route will begin …

Area charter schools accept applications for enrollment

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Area charter schools are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School in South Hadley, Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley and Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke are …

The Beerhunter: All-you-can-sample nights a weekly staple at Paper City Brewery

Friday, November 28, 2014

Throw down your coasters and pull up your stools — there’s a new beer column in town. You’ll be seeing The Beerhunter every month here. But who, exactly, is this wanderer of the night? Well, I could pretend …

Key players in medical marijuana industry air implications in community forum

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Panelists at a forum on medical marijuana Wednesday discussed the various complexities of using pot medically, from the legality of growing it to finding the right dosage and knowing when it is and isn’t safe to …

UMass, Hampshire and Holyoke Community colleges get $810,000 grant to combine clean-energy studies with sustainable agriculture

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AMHERST — Agricultural students at the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College and Holyoke Community College will benefit from an $810,000 National Science Foundation grant to create collaborative programs combining clean energy studies with sustainable agriculture. “The main purpose of the grant is to marry what has for the …

District attorney’s Safe School Summit focuses on positive learning environment

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

HOLYOKE — Charles D. Appelstein does not believe there is such thing as a “bad kid.” “I think any kid who wants to do something violent really doesn’t want to do it,” said Appelstein, a youth-care specialist from Salem, New Hampshire. He said he believes that most of …

Sexual abuse allegations aired against former Holyoke YMCA swimming coach

Sunday, November 16, 2014

HOLYOKE — Allegations of sexual abuse by a former swimming coach at the Greater Holyoke YMCA publicized in a magazine article prompted the organization to issue a notice to its members Sunday about how it is upholding its responsibility to children and their families. “Under the circumstances, we …

James Ainsworth denies negligent motor vehicle homicide charges in deaths of father and daughter

Monday, November 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Family and friends of Edward D. and Brittany D. McGrath packed a Hampshire Superior Courtroom on Monday for the arraignment of the man accused in the August deaths of the father and daughter. James Walter Ainsworth, …

Bird sightings

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A golden eagle was seen in Holyoke, and a northern goshawk was reported in Northampton. A greater white-fronted goose was found in Lee. A …

Late Hampshire County judge John F. Murphy Jr. recalled as ‘pillar’ of local legal community

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In her early days as a prosecutor, Bertha D. Josephson remembers well being one of many young lawyers who got a helpful, if stern, talking-to from the late Judge John F. Murphy Jr. “As an attorney …

State Sen. Donald Humason Jr. and challenger Patrick Leahy talk goals, experience in 2nd Hampden & Hampshire District

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The candidates running in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District for the state Senate on Tuesday’s ballot have very different backgrounds. And if Republican incumbent Donald F. Humason Jr. or Democratic challenger Patrick T. Leahy knock …