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High schools: Holyoke boys volleyball sweeps Athol for 5th straight victory (PHOTOS)
04-12-2024 9:05 PM

By GARRETT COTE

HOLYOKE — Already down two sets to none against Holyoke, the Athol boys volleyball team was in a do-or-die situation late in the third set. With the frame tied at nine apiece, the Bears used a 7-2 run to storm ahead 16-11 and capture all momentum...

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Next 5-story building cleared to rise in downtown Amherst
04-13-2024 12:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A five-story mixed-use building to be attached to the historic Hastings building at 45 South Pleasant St. can move forward following final site plan review and special permit approvals from the Planning Board.Board members unanimously...


‘Not over it yet’: At 87, Northampton Holocaust survivor joins with others to share her story
04-12-2024 6:08 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — For Francisca Kan, the horrors of the Holocaust and the Second World War could be felt even as a young child.Kan was born into a Jewish family in Hilversum, the Netherlands, in the year 1937. Her father ran a successful bicycle factory,...


Amherst regional superintendent candidate stresses inclusion, broad expertise
04-12-2024 5:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

Editor’s note: The first of three finalists for the job of superintendent was interviewed this week. Stories about visits of the other two finalists will appear when they interview the week of April 22.AMHERST — A strong work ethic, an ability to...


Road funding bill speeding toward enactment
04-12-2024 5:42 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — The Senate on Thursday unanimously approved $375 million in bond authorizations for statewide transportation projects, including $200 million for the state’s Chapter 90 program and, for the second year in a row, $25 million for rural...


Gazette seeks nominations for Person of the Year, Young Community Leader awards
04-12-2024 5:33 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

NORTHAMPTON — The Daily Hampshire Gazette, together with the United Way of Franklin and Hampshire Counties and the Greenfield Recorder, have opened nominations for two annual awards recognizing individuals creating positive impact in their...


Northampton School Committee takes stand for budget increase during emotional meeting
04-12-2024 5:12 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — An emotionally intense meeting Thursday over the school budget for the city schools ended with the School Committee bucking the recommendations of the mayor and superintendent and approving at least a 14% increase in spending next year.A...


Spring brings new art: A look at what's on tap in April at selected local galleries
04-12-2024 2:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

April weather can be fickle, as this week, with some warm, sunny days to start, followed by a few days of clouds and rain, has shown.But if you can’t get out into nature as much as you’d like, you can still see plenty of artwork in the region, which...


Book Bag: ‘Dear Oliver: An Unexpected Friendship With Oliver Sacks’ by Susan B. Barry; ‘Benjy’s Messy Room’ by Barbara Diamond Goldin
04-12-2024 11:54 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Dear Oliver: An Unexpected Friendship with Oliver SacksBy Susan R. BarryThe Experiment, LLCSusan Barry, a former Mount Holyoke College professor of neuroscience, behavior, and biology, was born with a significant case of strabismus — crossed eyes —...


Around Amherst: Education foundation funds array of projects
04-12-2024 8:50 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Special programs and projects outside of school budget funding are being supported with $24,594 in grants from the Amherst Education Foundation, which is in its 30th year of helping educators at the four Amherst and Pelham elementary schools...


High schools: South Hadley girls lacrosse pulls away from Belchertown for 14-7 win (PHOTOS)
04-11-2024 9:14 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Entering the second quarter of Thursday afternoon’s game between visiting Belchertown and the host South Hadley girls lacrosse teams, the score was tied at three apiece after each team held a one-goal lead but couldn’t gain any more...


Trial run for Main Street redesign: Easthampton aims for safer, more walkable area
04-11-2024 5:54 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

EASTHAMPTON — Drivers and pedestrians will be noticing a change on Main Street this week as the city implements a trial run of a proposed redesign, adding bike lanes and narrowing the street for a key pedestrian crossing.The experiment, on the section...


Sen. Markey informs Deerfield Elementary students about online privacy law
04-11-2024 5:11 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Fifty-two students coming of age during a time enveloped by social media and online influence spoke with U.S. Sen. Ed Markey on Monday to discuss proposed legislation that would update a law enacted 26 years ago to better protect...


Boys lacrosse preview 2024: Amherst program led by family, friends
04-11-2024 4:18 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Rich Ferro has been around Amherst boys lacrosse for decades. He played at Amherst in the 1990s, served as the Hurricanes’ athletic director from 2001-2019 and has been coaching hockey and lacrosse on and off for most of the past two decades.This...


Belchertown Select Board gives Saunders earful over state funding
04-11-2024 12:45 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — A week after the town’s school system laid off 17 staff members due to funding woes, the Select Board had a simple message for state Rep. Aaron Saunders during a recent meeting — help us.Saunders, D-Belchertown, however, was not brimming...


The risk in revealing: 2023 Grammy winner Madison Cunningham comes to Northampton
04-11-2024 10:19 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Madison Cunningham, who comes to Northampton’s Academy of Music April 19, won the 2023 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album, for her 2022 release, “Revealer.”In fact, Cunningham, who grew up in southern California and still lives there, also has won...


Softball: Bats come alive as Granby pulls away from Smith Academy 21-8 (PHOTOS)
04-10-2024 8:56 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

GRANBY – After an even first few frames, the Granby softball team’s bats came to life late against Smith Academy. The Rams captured a 21-8 victory under a consistent drizzle on Wednesday afternoon.With the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth...


UMass basketball: Rahsool Diggins signs NIL deal to stay with Minutemen
04-10-2024 8:20 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Another member of the band has made his decision, and it’s a good one for the UMass men’s basketball team.Following a career year, junior Rahsool Diggins has signed an NIL deal with The Massachusetts Collective, the collective announced on...


Northampton High students walk out of school, camp in mayor’s office over proposed cuts to theater department
04-10-2024 5:01 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton High School students marched to City Hall and occupied the mayor’s office on Wednesday to protest planned cuts to the school’s theater department, ramping up pressure on the city and the School Committee ahead of what is...


Girls lacrosse preview 2024: Hampshire Regional program continues to grow
04-10-2024 4:15 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The Hampshire Regional girls lacrosse team has come a long way since head coach Grace Ahrensdorf helped start up the program in 2017.Hampshire joined St. Mary and Westfield Tech’s cooperative program in 2018 and played a varsity schedule under the St....


Amherst requests state grant to develop Puffer’s Pond improvement plan
04-10-2024 3:35 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A Puffer’s Pond improvement plan, with recommendations for enhancing both the dam and the dike surrounding the body of water, could be developed through funding from a state grant program.Assistant Town Manager David Ziomek announced to the...

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