A blooming movement: Pollinator gardens proliferate as homeowners, others look to create ecosystems on their properties

06-24-2024 5:36 PM

FLORENCE — Morey Phippen and Brian Adams’ yard looks nothing like the traditional blanket of green grass associated with suburban lawns.Instead, bumblebees and butterflies bob and weave around her destined for the nearby foxglove, pink primrose, red...

‘It’s time:’ Plainfield Fire Chief Alvord hangs up his helmet

06-24-2024 4:14 PM

PLAINFIELD — In 48 years with the local fire department, David Alvord has seen plenty of changes. In 1976, there were fewer than 10 firefighters in a town with half the population it has today. Compared to the automatic mutual aid system in place...


UMass basketball: Minutemen tour Hadley’s Mapleline Farm as part of community service, outreach
06-24-2024 8:40 PM

HADLEY – Jessica Dizek pulled out a four-pint bottle of milk and posed a question to the barn: any takers? The UMass men’s basketball team was on a tour of Mapleline Farm, where Dizek is a co-owner, and they had reached the barn full of Mapleline’s...


Guest columnist Gene Stamell: The wise ask why
06-24-2024 4:44 PM

 It is a ludicrous endeavor to attempt to fit all human beings into two distinct categories. But if my life depended upon my doing so (or if I were to refuse to do so at the risk of being condemned to sit in a cinema, watching “The Piano” over and...

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Whately Selectboard considers easing Club Castaway’s police detail requirement long-term
06-22-2024 3:27 PM

WHATELY — Club Castaway can continue to operate without a police detail on Thursdays for a while longer, while the Selectboard considers dropping the Thursday night requirement on a more long-term basis.The board has been easing the strip club back...


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Obit photo for Barbara A. Miner Barbara A. Miner

Holyoke, MA - Barbara A. (Brown) Miner, age 81, of Holyoke, formerly of Northampton, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2024. She was born on December 7, 1942 to the late Henry S. and Marie A. (Hynes) Brown. She grew up in West Springfield... remainder of obit for Barbara A. Miner

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Amherst, MA - Lois Barbara Yohans Wogrin ("Barbara"), 94, died peacefully on June 12, 2024, surrounded by her family. Born in New Haven CT in 1929, daughter of Carl and Irene Phillips Yohans, she graduated from Hill House High School a... remainder of obit for Lois Barbara Wogrin

Obit photo for Carol MacIver Murphy Carol MacIver Murphy

Lenox, MA - Carol MacIver Murphy, mother of three and retired librarian, passed away peacefully at home in Lenox, Mass., on June 12, at age 90. Born in Portland, Me., in 1933, she was the daughter of the late L. Leslie "Mac" and Gertrud... remainder of obit for Carol MacIver Murphy

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Harold Sewall Ricker Leverett, MA - Harold (Hal) Sewall Ricker died June 13, 2024, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Mass., from complications of pneumonia and dementia. He was born October 27, 1931, in Worcester, Mass., the s... remainder of obit for Harold Seawall Ricker


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