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Budget rift emerges at Granby TM: Finance Committee at odds with School, Fire departments
06-17-2024 1:01 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — The town recently completed its two-part annual Town Meeting, at which residents passed a $29.1 million budget for fiscal 2025 while also listening to a contentious disagreement between the Finance Committee and the School and Fire...

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Valley Bounty: Pea time is upon us: Dave’s Natural Garden in Granby grows a variety of the seasonal favorite
06-14-2024 11:32 AM

By LISA GOODRICH

After the cold of winter in New England, spring on our region’s farms is a treat for the senses. While locals may argue over whether asparagus or strawberries declare the arrival of spring, Meghan Hastings, owner and farm manager of Dave’s Natural...


Interim leader chosen to lead Granby schools while search for permanent superintendent takes place
06-03-2024 12:00 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — Mary Jane Rickson will head the district as interim superintendent while the School Committee searches for a permanent replacement for Superintendent Stephen Sullivan, who leaves for a new job in Greenfield at the end of the school year.The...


Labonte wins tight Select Board race in Granby
05-21-2024 3:37 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — David Alan Labonte narrowly edged out three other candidates to win a seat on the Select Board on Monday. Labonte received 307 votes, or 36 more than Micheline Turgeon’s 271 votes. The other two candidates, John Arcouette and Nathaniel Albin...


Two-part Town Meeting in Granby begins Monday night
05-10-2024 4:08 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — Town Meeting members will consider capital purchases, money transfers to stabilization accounts and a handful of operational budgets for ambulances and sewer, for a total of $5,019,193, at the first of a two-part annual Town Meeting on...


Four-way race shapes up for Granby Select Board
05-10-2024 4:06 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — Candidates in the coming town election — including the seven candidates in contested races for Select Board and Housing Authority — recently outlined their views at a candidate night forum in hopes of swaying residents to vote for them when...


Granby Bow and Gun Club says stray bullets that hit homes in Belchertown did not come from its range
05-01-2024 4:41 PM

By EMILEE KELIN

BELCHERTOWN — The president of the Granby Bow and Gun Club insists that stray bullets that hit two homes and a shed in the Turkey Hill area of town did not originate from the club’s long range.Club President Ryan Downing read a statement at the...


Fearful Belchertown residents blame stray bullets on nearby gun club, appeal to town for help
04-18-2024 3:19 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — Jake Hulseberg won’t let his children play on the swing set he built them in their backyard on Mountain View Drive because of bullets that shattered glass doors on two houses on the street.Instead, Hulseberg keeps his kids in the front...


Charles LaPiene: Peace at last
04-12-2024 2:28 PM

Now that the Easthampton City Council and three other local municipalities have called for a Gaza cease-fire, Hamas is sure to heed their pleas. We should be hearing soon that Hamas has pulled out, stopped their shooting, and all the hostages have...


Gravel pit defenders in Granby make case
04-09-2024 2:31 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — David Trompke grew up walking and riding his bike down Bachelor Street back when five gravel pits were in operation.Now, at 75, the lifelong Granby resident whose family developed a subdivision off Trompke Avenue wants to lease 19 acres for a...


Hopkins Academy in Hadley to launch clean energy career pathway for students
04-07-2024 3:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Hopkins Academy is one of five schools across Massachusetts that will be home to a Clean Energy Innovation Pathways pilot, with students getting hands-on learning opportunities related to the renewable energy sector.On Wednesday, Gov. Maura...


Police investigating bullets striking homes in Belchertown
04-05-2024 3:31 PM

STAFF REPORT

BELCHERTOWN — Local and state police are investigating bullets striking two homes on Mountain View Drive within the past year and shattering glass doors, including last week, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.Mountain View Drive...


Tree wreckers causing havoc: Spongy moth, emerald ash borer killing off oak and ash populations in area towns
04-01-2024 5:05 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — The trees along the roadsides in Granby keep disappearing.Resident Cheryl Funk first noticed the phenomena during daily trips past West Street Cemetery, where trees that had long greeted mourners were suddenly gone. Then she realized the tree...


Charles LaPiene: Call for cease-fire?
03-13-2024 4:39 PM

Hamas opened fire without any warning or concern for women, children, hospitals or survival needs. They took civilian hostages. The Israel Defense Forces responded and kicked their butts.Suddenly now, Hamas has concerns for women, children, hospitals...


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...


Four-alarm blaze at Red Fire Farm in Granby causes an estimated $1M in damages
02-18-2024 5:02 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

GRANBY — A blaze engulfed Red Fire Farm’s barn and farm store on Carver Street on Saturday afternoon, leaving the west side of the barn “completely obliterated” and causing an estimated $1 million in damages, according to co-owner Ryan...


Charles LaPiene: What are we?
01-12-2024 1:12 PM

A Jan. 6 article says President Joe Biden is concerned Donald Trump is a “threat to democracy.” It is true. He is.The USA is not a democracy (mob rule); we are a constitutional republic (rule of law). Biden needs to go back to high school and retake...


Guest columnists Matt L. Barron and Jon Weissman: Rep. Neal selling out patients for drug industry
12-25-2023 5:53 PM

By MATT L. BARRON and JON WEISMANN

On Dec. 11, the U.S. House passed the Lower Costs, More Transparency Act, legislation to require Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) to disclose drug rebates and discounts, revealing what they pay drug makers for prescription drugs. The bill would also...


Granby voters OK $5.3M to rehab old school into space for town offices, senior center
12-13-2023 12:39 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — After 13 years, Granby will finally have a dedicated town hall.A majority of voters at a special Town Meeting on Monday approved spending roughly $5.36 million to renovate the old West Street Building, the former elementary school, into town...


ThérèseSoukar Chehade: Denounce war 
10-29-2023 4:35 PM

Thank you to Shelly Berkowitz and D. Dina Friedman for the thoughtful columns, “What ‘both sides’ really means in the Israel-Hamas struggle” and “Losing the light.” More than ever, we must choose peace over war and reject the cycle of retribution and...


Guest columnist Jon Weissman: Legislature needs to move on ‘Medicare for All’
08-23-2023 6:05 PM

By JON WEISSMAN

I am grateful for Merriam Ansara’s letter to the Gazette (“Grateful for hospital alliance, more work to do,” Gazette, July 17). As chair of the board of Mass-Care: the Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health Care, I can “explain … the details...

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