Dearth of judges causing court bottleneck in Hampshire Superior Court, across state

07-21-2024 2:01 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Summertime is traditionally slow time in the courts, with vacations eating into the judicial system’s flow of business and occasionally leaving a court with no judge. This summer, the seasonal slowdown is only compounding the fact that...


Chance Encounters with Bob Flaherty :Weedbusters keep paradise going

07-21-2024 1:00 PM

We tend to take our vast network of rail trails for granted. We cherish the neatly trimmed borders and the freedom to bike or blade from Burgy to Belchertown and back again without a single branch in your eye or an overhanging wildflower smacking you...


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MLB Draft: Tampa Bay first-round pick Theo Gillen traces his baseball roots back to Amherst
07-21-2024 12:49 PM

The Gillen family woke up on July 14 — the first of three days of the MLB Draft in Fort Worth, Texas — and contemplated whether or not they should host a draft party for Theo Gillen, who was expected to be taken at some point during the event. They...

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Columnist Richard Fein: Saudi Arabia — Domestic progress and partner for peace
07-21-2024 12:50 PM

This column is about Saudi Arabia, a country that is changing domestically and may be important in establishing a degree of peace and security in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is an oil-rich monarchy ruled by the Saud dynasty. Sunni Islam is the...

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Ashfield , MA - Edward (Ed) J. Gougeon Ashfield MA- With broken hearts we announce Ed, 66, has passed away on Tuesday July 16th 2024 at Lahey Hospital surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Northampton on August 12th, 1957 to the ... remainder of obit for Edward Gougeon

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Pelham, MA - David Cleon Booth (Booty), 65, of Pelham, Massachusetts passed away unexpectedly on July 7, 2024. David was born in Northampton, Massachusetts on February 13, 1959 the son of Cleon (Buzzy) and Dora Beaulieu-Booth. Afte... remainder of obit for David C. Booth

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South Hadley, MA - Charles L. Hughes (Uncle Charlie), 87, passed away on July 14, 2024. Born in Providence, RI on March 13, 1937, his childhood years were spent in Warren, RI. Charlie graduated from LaSalle Academy in 1954, and from th... remainder of obit for Charles L. Hughes

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Hadley, MA - James Edward Smola unexpectedly left this world on July 16, 2024 at home. Born in Northampton, MA on November 27, 1971, he was the loving and devoted son of Edward and Joan Smola of Hadley. He grew up in Hadley and graduate... remainder of obit for James Smola

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