Playing catch-up on housing: Affordable projects in pipeline around Valley as gap keeps growing

07-12-2024 4:59 PM

Thousands of new affordable housing units will be built in western Massachusetts in the next few years, but local housing advocates say this still will not be enough to meet the massive regional demand for housing relief.The lack of affordable housing...

Knitters’ paradise: Webs, ‘America’s Yarn Store’ and a mainstay for Valley crafters for generations, turns 50

07-12-2024 3:03 PM

When Webs opened their doors on May 16, the first day of the store’s annual tent sale, store manager Angela Cheek watched as a rush of people flowed through the doors for three whole continuous minutes on a Thursday morning. Within an hour, the...


NECBL: Granby’s Mike Toth living childhood dream with Valley Blue Sox
07-13-2024 6:44 PM

It was mid-August of last summer, and Valley Blue Sox director of baseball operations John Raiola started the process of drafting the Blue Sox roster for 2024.His first call was in the same area code.After years of struggles with defense behind the...


Guest columnist Jonathan Kahane: Bragging is just so gauche
07-13-2024 9:46 PM

 I don’t like braggarts. I seem to find myself in their company more and more these days. It makes me feel quite uncomfortable, whether I’m in their midst or simply reading about them in a book or journal, or even listening to them drone on during...

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Sunderland contractor fined over asbestos abatement violations at UMass
07-12-2024 5:32 PM

AMHERST — A Sunderland contractor is facing a state fine of almost $30,000 for violations that occurred during asbestos abatement work at the University of Massachusetts, authorities announced Friday.The state Department of Environmental Protection...


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Music in the sky: Summit House Sunset Concert Series returns to its 173-year-old home
07-12-2024 3:00 PM

For the first time in two years, The Friends of Mount Holyoke Range have returned the Summit House Sunset Concert Series to its namesake, Skinner State Park’s historic Summit House. The Summit House, which sits at a 935-foot elevation on top of Mount...


Obit photo for Joanne F. Talbot Joanne F. Talbot

Portland, ME - Joanne F. (Hines) Talbot, 88, died December 12, 2023 in Portland, ME. She was the wife of Richard J. Talbot, to whom she had been married for 62 years. Born in Boston, MA, the daughter of Edward G. and Frances C. (Connoll... remainder of obit for Joanne F. Talbot

Obit photo for Donald W. Britt Donald W. Britt

Ware, MA - With sorrow we announce Donald, 90, has passed away. He was born in Amherst and resided with his parents and six siblings until he married his wife, Eleanor, and moved to Belchertown. Donald was a diligent worker, from pedali... remainder of obit for Donald W. Britt

Obit photo for Gail Frenier Gail Frenier

Florence, MA - With great sadness, we announce the loss of our beloved mother Gail Leah Frenier, 78 of Florence, who passed away July 10, 2024 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. She was born in Northampton March 24, 1946 the daughter of the ... remainder of obit for Gail Frenier

Obit photo for Eleanor L. Peterson Eleanor L. Peterson

Eleanor L. (LaValle) Peterson Amherst, MA - Eleanor L. (LaValle) Peterson, 87 of 258 Violet's Crossing at RockRidge passed on July 5, after a short illness at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Born in Amherst, June 19, 1937, she was the daughte... remainder of obit for Eleanor L. Peterson


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