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South Hadley native training to fly worldwide missions with U.S. Navy
06-22-2024 3:26 PM

By JOHN OSBORNE

SOUTH HADLEY — South Hadley native Edward Thomas is serving in the U.S. Navy assigned to Training Squadron (VT) 27 where naval aviators learn the skills they need to fly missions around the world.Thomas, a 2018 graduate of Pope Francis High School,...

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Natural history, art museum leaders at UMass raise concerns about storage of collections
03-01-2024 3:58 PM

By NAILA MOREIRA

UMass does not have a natural history museum, something of a quirk of history.Specimens from the university’s collection were once stored and displayed in large glass cases in South College, which burned down in the late 1800s. The collection was...


A second chance: CDH program offers pregnant, postpartum moms — and their babies — a ‘New Beginning’
01-18-2024 8:27 AM

By LAURIE LOISEL

Editor’s note: This story is part of a Hampshire HOPE series about local efforts addressing the opioid epidemic.Sitting in a rocking chair holding 3-month-old Avaree, Kellyann Kaiser participated in a Zoom interview earlier this month, disappearing...


State is a ‘pioneer’ in life sciences, but experts say more help needed to maintain industry leader status
11-26-2023 3:00 PM

By Lindsay Shachnow

Laura Kleiman was running a research center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute when her mother was diagnosed with cancer.In exploring potential treatment options, Kleiman said she discovered that repurposing drugs — particularly generic ones that are...


Tackling the early child care crisis: Common Start bill would subsidize families, divert money to providers
10-24-2023 4:36 PM

By EDEN MOR

BOSTON — New Village, a nonprofit early education community in Northampton, has long faced the brutal reality of the early child care crisis. The school, which offers progressive and social justice-minded education for families across western...


Comerford, Domb push for ‘accountability’ on the green and healthy schools
10-16-2023 5:41 PM

By EDEN MOR

Two Pioneer Valley lawmakers are seeking a more concrete plan — including the creation of a “watchdog group” — to improve the health of public school buildings and reduce their environmental impact throughout the commonwealth.Sen. Jo Comerford,...


Bill in works for insurers to cover biomarker testing for people with cancer, other diseases
05-25-2023 4:34 PM

By SYDNEY KO

When she was 13 nearly a decade ago, University of Massachusetts graduate student Maggie Buswick was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Her doctors informed her that she needed to receive the “highest level” treatment of radioactive iodine, which is a...


CISA to host annual storytelling event at the Academy of Music Theater on Sunday
04-28-2023 9:21 AM

By Maddie Fabian

NORTHAMPTON — For the first year since the pandemic, the Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture will host its annual storytelling event, Field Notes, in person Sunday at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton.The event, which was first...


Progress report: McGovern addresses steps needed to end hunger in 7 years at western Mass. strategy session
03-23-2023 6:15 PM

By Sydney Ko

Seven years. That’s how long Massachusetts, and the nation, have to meet an ambitious goal of eradicating hunger.It’s an ambitious goal, but one that advocates and politicians who work tirelessly to address hunger believe is within reach if momentum...


Protecting reproductive health care: Mass. lawmakers, advocates continue to press for ‘full spectrum’ care
02-21-2023 10:38 AM

By Sydney Ko

BOSTON — Despite the 2020 passage of the ROE Act and a multimillion-dollar investment in reproductive health care access, infrastructure, and security last year, advocates say Massachusetts still faces a threat from efforts to restrict interstate...


Report finds fewer students heading to college; pols call for more investment
02-09-2023 7:00 PM

By SYDNEY KO

BOSTON — The number of students choosing to attend post-secondary education in Massachusetts has dropped significantly in recent years, a trend that started nearly a decade ago and has only been exacerbated during the pandemic.“The pandemic’s impact...


Amherst resident named winner in Mass Audubon photography contest for image of baby porcupine
01-31-2023 1:07 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

AMHERST — Sometimes patience pays off — at least it certainly did for Amherst photographer Darya Zelentsova, whose image of a baby porcupine at the Quabbin Reservoir last summer recently won top honors from the Massachusetts Audubon Society.The...


The Caribbean is coming: Downtown Amherst to get new nightclub, restaurant
12-01-2021 1:14 PM

By AIDAN POOLE

AMHERST — Junior Williams, a Jamaican immigrant and restaurater, plans to bring a taste of the Caribbean to downtown Amherst this month when he opens a new restaurant and nightclub, Hazel’s Blue Lagoon.“We’re trying to bring a different type of...


Police charge 5 with running painkiller pipeline from China to Franklin County
12-12-2017 11:06 PM

By JOSHUA SOLOMON

GREENFIELD — Five people who police allege operated an illicit painkiller pipeline from China to Franklin County have been indicted by the Franklin County Grand Jury.Police allege the five people were involved in importing as much as half a kilogram...


Van Gogh paintings brought to animated life
10-21-2017 12:09 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

DEERFIELD — Vincent van Gogh’s life story is perhaps best told in the 2,000 artworks he left behind before dying at age 37, plagued by mental illness and poverty.A new, groundbreaking feature film, “Loving Vincent,” looks at van Gogh’s life through...


Longtime director leaving Pioneer Valley Symphony
08-03-2017 9:40 PM

By RICHIE DAVIS

GREENFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Symphony has begun its search for a new music director and conductor to replace Paul Phillips, who has led the community symphony for 23 years. He has been named to a new position at Stanford University in...


Children get a prehistoric experience at Rock, Fossil and Dinosaur Shop in Deerfield
07-31-2017 9:33 AM

By ANDY CASTILLO

SOUTH DEERFIELD — “I’m not getting up until I find something good,” announced one youngster earlier this month while sifting through sand at The Rock, Fossil and Dinosaur Shop on Greenfield Road.Six students used shovels and screens to search for...


Labor unions rally in support of Baystate Franklin nurses
07-20-2017 9:31 PM

By JOSHUA SOLOMON

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin nurses head back to the bargaining table Friday, the first time since before a strike and lockout that Baystate Health announced Thursday cost the organization about $1 million.Nearly a month since the nurses went to...


What are the odds? With help, Greenfield woman finds lost diamond in dumpster
07-19-2017 11:18 PM

By ANDY CASTILLO

GREENFIELD — A lost diamond in the rough is what one Greenfield woman got returned from the bottom of a two-cubic-foot dumpster — found after a lengthy search by the owner of West Hatfield’s Alternative Recycling Systems.“There is no way I, my husband...


Traffic stop leads to cocaine bust in Deerfield
07-07-2017 11:24 PM

By ANDY CASTILLO

DEERFIELD — An Interstate 91 traffic stop Monday of a Jeep Cherokee for loud exhaust noise subsequently led to a substantial cocaine bust.The driver, Amanda Dodge, 31, of Winchester, New Hampshire, was arrested for driving illegally and passengers...


State senators register concern over Baystate Franklin nursing talks
06-24-2017 12:09 AM

By JOSHUA SOLOMON

GREENFIELD — State legislators weighed in on the ongoing negotiations between Baystate Franklin Medical Center and the nurses’ union as a one-day strike looms for Monday and the hospital plans a three-day lockout of its nurses.“We urge continued...

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