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A black bear visits Lynne Bertrand's Williamsburg home this week.

Lynne Bertrand: A spring visitor in Williamsburg comes bearing a reminder

Friday, May 22, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A black bear materialized yesterday in the yard, a sudden presence in the shadows at the river out back. He ambled up the hill and past the house, giving off the appearance of someone who had lost his glasses and was fumbling around in the kitchen to make a sandwich. He was inexplicably thick for a spring bear, …

Editorial: US steps up to address decline in honeybee numbers

Friday, May 22, 2015

Our Pioneer Valley, a region dotted with farms, orchards and fields, makes an idyllic vision, one that conjures up “the land of milk and honey,” words from the Old Testament. Those words can be taken literally since the region provides much in the way of fresh dairy products, fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers and, yes, even honey. This bounty isn’t just some side venture …

Editorial: Historic Northampton dig offers look at living history

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Today, toss household trash out your back door and the health board might visit. At 58 Bridge St. in Northampton, authorities are on the lookout for a serial litterer. It’s a bit of a cold case — and if they find some trash, they’ll celebrate. Historic Northampton has hired an archaeologist to conduct …

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Editorial: Time to find a future for a landmark Northampton Catholic church

Friday, May 15, 2015

Wheels turn slowly at the Vatican, but decisions do come. And this month, five years after Northampton parishioners filed an appeal in Latin to save St. Mary of the Assumption Church, they lost. The Apostolic Signatura ruled the Springfield Diocese followed church law when it closed both the …

Editorial: Between the lines on a case involving False Claims Act

Friday, May 15, 2015

No, no — and no. Evan S. Dobelle, who played loose with money that belonged to Westfield State University and to Massachusetts taxpayers, sent a recent message through one of his lawyers that contains at least three questionable assertions. We’ll take them one by one. Dobelle, the former …

Jim Palermo: Beware of the corporate fix for our schools

Friday, May 15, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Why are politicians falling over themselves proposing ways to “improve” our schools, while paying almost no attention to the basic reasons so many of our students are not able to attain their full potentials? The answer is simple: Money. Or, more specifically, the opportunity for corporate …

Nat Reade: Northampton father, business owner to run for school board

Thursday, May 14, 2015

To the editor: I am writing today to announce that I am running for the Northampton School Committee as an at-large candidate. I have had two sons in our public schools for the past 10 years, and they have had great experiences at Bridge Street Elementary School, JFK …

Dr. Stephen A. Eipper: Doctor recommends using DEET to keep ticks away

Thursday, May 14, 2015

To the editor: I was glad to see Pete Reddington’s article “It’s Tick Time” in recent issues of the Gazette and the Recorder. It certainly is that time of year. As adult ticks become active, we’re now seeing many people with deer tick bites in our urgent care …

Theodore K. Selkirk Jr.: Longtime doctor with office on Nonotuck says speeding too much

Thursday, May 14, 2015

To the editor: I was glad to see a recent letter about speeding on Nonotuck Street. Having had an office on Nonotuck for 40 years, I have often seen westbound drivers accelerate after reaching the top of the hill, and I have thought there should be an extra …

Lester J. Hartman, MD: Old enough to know better about tobacco’s effects on health

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WESTWOOD — First, I would like to thank Lt. Col. John Paradis, a Gazette columnist, for his service to this great nation and for defending the rights of all Americans. In my family, three generations of men served …

Editorial: Railroad must be pushed to remove dangerous debris immediately

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To David Celino, the state’s chief fire warden, piles of thousands of used railroad ties are in effect “heavy fuels. … All it takes is one spark to get a fire going.” So why, months after rail improvements were completed along Pan Am Railways lines in the Valley, …

Ed Stockman: Glyphosate found in many foods we eat remains a concern

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: In late March, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is the research arm of the World Health Organization, declared glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and many other herbicidal products, a “probable carcinogen.” Ironically, in 2013 the Environmental Protection Agency quietly raised the …

Andy Morris-Friedman: Adventures in nature, science at N. Hadley Pond Day Saturday

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: The Friends of Lake Warner and the Mill River are excited to invite people to the first North Hadley Pond Day on Saturday, May 16. The event will include a free afternoon of nature, science, adventure and fun for the whole family. It runs from …