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Developer pitches new commercial building on Route 9 in Hadley
04-17-2024 12:44 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — An Amherst developer is proposing to construct a new commercial building on Route 9 that will become the headquarters for a Holyoke metal roofing and gutter company.At Tuesday’s Planning Board meeting, Thomas Reidy, an attorney at Bacon...

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News Briefs: Roadwork in Plainfield; bake sale in Hadley
04-16-2024 11:48 AM

Road closurein PlainfieldPLAINFIELD — Route 8A will be closed this week to through traffic from Route 116 (near the old package store) through Hawley to Charlemont for emergency repairs.The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will be repairing...


Softball: South Hadley’s Ella Schaeffer records 500th career strikeout in loss to East Longmeadow
04-15-2024 7:37 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — With a pitcher as exceptional as Ella Schaeffer in the circle, a five-run lead seems plenty good enough – especially when she’s dealing.Well, the South Hadley softball team spotted the junior ace five runs thanks to a six-run bottom of...


All about conviction: PVPA team wins state, heads to nationals of Mock Trial Championship
04-15-2024 4:29 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Prepare, prepare, prepare.That’s the motto that mock trial coach Gary Huggert passes along to each new mock trial team at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School, a motto that took the team to the state finals for the past three...


Venus venture: Mount Holyoke professor among leaders for first mission to planet in 30 years
04-14-2024 1:01 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — A planetary scientist has a mix of expertise in history, science and politics.But it took more than 300 papers and 40 years in astronomy research for Mount Holyoke Chair of Astronomy M. Darby Dyar to tackle the latter.Dyar is the deputy...


Photo: Spring spruce up
04-13-2024 12:53 PM


Track & field preview 2024: Not happy with last year’s performance, Northampton boys seeking redemption
04-12-2024 5:58 PM

By GARRETT COTE

The Northampton boys team entered last year’s Western Massachusetts outdoor track and field championships with lofty expectations.The Blue Devils felt they had plenty to not only compete with their peers, but win the whole thing. And following a...


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...


South Hadley to hear residents’ thoughts on new trash system, wastewater rate increases at Saturday hearing
04-11-2024 2:47 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Residents will have a chance to weigh in on separate proposals that call for increasing wastewater rates and adopting a new trash system during two public hearings on Saturday at the Senior Center.Beginning at 9 a.m., the wastewater...


Three vying for two Hadley Select Board seats in sole contested race
04-09-2024 12:46 PM

HADLEY — A three-way race for two seats on the Select Board is the lone contest anticipated at the May 21 town election.Amy Parsons, who currently chairs the board, is running for a second three-year term and will face former board member David J....


Mary Hall: A nightmare that continues to haunt us all
04-08-2024 6:05 PM

I agree with Don Michak that much more attention to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home debacle is needed, but differ from his view that the Gazette should dig into the matter now [”Dig deeper after scandalous court ruling in Soldiers’ Home case,” Gazette,...


Hadley hits pause on EV charging station plan
04-08-2024 3:58 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A proposal to bring an electric vehicle charging station to the municipal parking lot between the Hadley Public Library and Hadley Senior Center is being put off by the Select Board until a determination is made on whether reserving spaces...


WMass on display in new movie trailer for Annie Baker’s ‘Janet Planet’
04-08-2024 12:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Mount Pollux in Amherst and The History of Women Mural in Northampton are among area locations visible in the first trailer released for “Janet Planet,” the feature film directorial debut from playwright Annie Baker that is expected to hit...


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...


As Hadley works on energy storage bylaw, some question why the town has to allow them at all
04-06-2024 11:12 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — As a proposed energy storage bylaw continues to be refined by the Planning Board in advance of annual Town Meeting next month, some residents are questioning whether it’s appropriate to allow such systems in Hadley.“Sometimes we have to stand...


South Hadley School Committee seeks new member to fulfill term
04-05-2024 2:20 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The School Committee is searching for a new member to serve until April 2025 after former member Lynda Pickbourn resigned at the beginning of March.In a letter to the board, Pickbourn said she needed to immediately resign for reasons...


Guest columnist Dr. Stephen Frantz: Palestinian survival is not too political
04-04-2024 4:01 PM

By DR. STEPHEN FRANTZ

Some people, organizations and government bodies will say that it is too political or polarizing to discuss the horror of the current uninhabitable conditions in Gaza.But it is not political or polarizing when you’re asking for badly needed...


James Canning: Mr. Magic, hooray
04-04-2024 3:57 PM

Mr. Magic, hooray! Mr. Magic’s come again with promises, hats, and tricks!Give attention to his strut and to his growl, so fierce. Oh, Mr. Magic, you’re divine! You take more than you give. But we’re so glad you’re here! Don’t worry! We’ll be fine....


Robert Salthouse: Electric vehicle fires are rare
04-03-2024 4:25 PM

I am writing in response to the Gazette article regarding local fire departments training for electric vehicle (EV) fires [“Firefighters prep to meet ‘unique challenge’ as electrical vehicles gain popularity,” April 1]. I was very pleased to learn...


Hadley ZBA frowns on oversize Subaru dealership sign request
04-02-2024 3:14 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — The Zoning Board of Appeals is taking a dim view of a variance requests from a Route 9 Hadley car dealership that would allow the installation of a new business sign exceeding the size limits imposed by town regulations and violating a...


Softball: Ella Schaeffer tosses gem, South Hadley blanks Easthampton 1-0 in season opener (PHOTOS)
04-01-2024 7:48 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

EASTHAMPTON – After an offseason spent playing travel ball, Ella Schaeffer was counting down the days until South Hadley’s first game of the season at Easthampton.After a playoff loss two years ago on the same field, Schaeffer said she started out...

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