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Adding up fire losses at Red Fire Farm: $1M in damages includes barn full of supplies and memories

02-20-2024 5:52 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — Days after a large fire engulfed Red Fire Farm’s barn and farm store on Carver Street on Saturday afternoon, farm staff slowly recounted the equipment and inventory lost in the fire, as well as the memories attached to them.The fire caused an...


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With 55K at risk of losing internet service, activists call on Congress to extend pandemic-era program

02-21-2024 6:37 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

SPRINGFIELD — Local activists, organizations and representatives from western Massachusetts’s congressional delegation are urging the U.S. federal government to extend a pandemic-era program that covers internet costs for more than 55,000 low-income...


Photos: Hadley walks in Hadley

02-21-2024 6:36 PM


Can you get there from here? Online tool tracks how reach to food pantries and stores without a car — or not

02-21-2024 6:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — Food and other necessities can be found at the Goshen General Store on Route 9. For low-income individuals in Goshen and surrounding communities, the Hilltown Food Pantry, at the nearby Town Office Building, distributes food every...


Luthier to hang up his tools: After 53 years, Tony Creamer closing Fretted Instruments in Amherst this spring

02-21-2024 6:31 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

AMHERST — Tony Creamer began his career in luthiery upstairs at 49 South Pleasant St. in 1969, and he’ll be ending it there, too, when he closes the Fretted Instrument Workshop on April 1. “I will have completed 53 years in business,” he said last...


Healey’s former partner Wolohojian begins hearings for SJC post

02-21-2024 6:28 PM

By STEVE LeBLANC

BOSTON — Appeals Court Associate Justice Gabrielle R. Wolohojian, a former romantic partner of Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey, testified Wednesday before the Governor’s Council on her nomination to the state’s highest court. Healey has said her past...


Area briefs: Record fair to return to Northampton; Amherst, Southampton Dems to caucus; Carey makes it official

02-21-2024 6:28 PM

Record Fair poised for a comebackNORTHAMPTON — After a four-year hiatus, an annual record fair is set to return to Northampton on Sunday, March 3, at Union Station, 125 Pleasant St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Local and regional record dealers from around...


Grow Food secures $230K in grants to support core operations

02-21-2024 6:25 PM

]NORTHAMPTON — The nonprofit Grow Food Northampton has secured two foundation grants worth more than $230,000 that will bolster the organization’s core operations, allowing it to decide how best to use the funds.The Point32Health Foundation, a joint...


Court vacates moratorium on federal coal sales

02-21-2024 6:16 PM

By MATTHEW BROWN

BILLINGS, Mont. — A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down a moratorium on coal leasing from federal lands in a move that could open the door to future coal sales from vast, publicly owned reserves of the fuel that’s a major source of...


Fire at Amherst apartment complex displaces 11

02-21-2024 4:39 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A Tuesday morning fire displaced 11 residents at six apartments at Village Park Apartments off East Pleasant Street. Fire Chief Tim Nelson said firefighters were called to the 497 East Pleasant St. location at 11:26 a.m. for a report of a...


A Look Back, Feb. 22

02-21-2024 4:35 PM

50 Years Ago ■Peter Pan World Travel in Northampton is presenting a travel fair entitled “Travel Expo 74” in the Colonial Hilton Hotel this week. The Colonial Hilton, located at the junction of Routes 91 and 5, has cooperated with Peter Pan World...


Chinese charter school planning for a second campus in Hadley

02-21-2024 3:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A Venture Way office building is being envisioned as a second campus for the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School.Executive Director Richard Alcorn told the Planning Board Tuesday that the school has a purchase-and-sale agreement...


NH hiker describes 11-hour ordeal on Mount Washington, admits he was ‘underprepared’

02-21-2024 1:43 PM

By NICK PERRY

MEREDITH, N.H. — As temperatures plunged on Mount Washington and ferocious winds made it near impossible to see, hiker Cole Matthes began to drift away from the trail. Then he hit a patch of snow-covered ice and slid hundreds of feet down a ravine.His...


June dates set for big school vote in Belchertown

02-21-2024 11:58 AM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — Voters in June will get their say whether to authorize funding for a new $121 million Jabish Brook Middle School, now that the Select Board has selected dates for a special election and special Town Meeting to take place about a month...


Northampton City Briefing: New lighting rules in effect, survey to guide opioid settlement spending; outdoor dining rules

02-21-2024 11:19 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A new ordinance meant to curb light pollution has officially taken effect in the city. The standards would ensure that the installation of any new lighting covers the lightbulb entirely. Additionally, the new rules ban incandescent...


Making news in business, Feb. 22

02-21-2024 9:45 AM

HCC environmental science professor awarded national fellowshipHOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College’s Laurel Carpenter of South Hadley, an associate professor of environmental science, received a national fellowship focusing on STEM education at...


Area property deed transfers, Feb. 22

02-21-2024 8:23 AM

AMHERST Alfred J. Albano Jr. to Historic Renovations & Re, 68 Mcclellan St., $335,000 Stanley L. Warner and Signia R. Warner to Philip B. Torrey and Nancy G. Torrey, 31 Middle St., $600,000 Jeffrey P Roth-Howe RET and Jeffrey P. Roth-Howe to...


A Look Back, Feb. 21

02-20-2024 11:01 PM

50 Years Ago ■Local real estate agents handling the McCallum’s department store property say that they have “a few very good prospects” for buying the building and retaining it as a department store. McCallum’s, which had operated on Main Street for...


CDC considers dropping 5-day COVID isolation rule as local hospitals bring back mask requirements

02-20-2024 5:55 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering loosening isolation requirements for people who test positive for COVID-19, meaning they would no longer have to stay at home for at least five days when infected with the virus.Under the...


Half of 2024 ballot question field facing legal challenges

02-20-2024 4:11 PM

By Chris Lisinski

BOSTON — Two more high-profile ballot questions could soon face the state’s highest court after opponents challenged the eligibility of measures seeking to eliminate the separate tipped minimum wage and to allow Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize.A...



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