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Guest columnist William Lambers: 80 years later, D-Day inspires us
06-06-2024 6:31 AM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

 When I was growing up in Andover, we had a nice neighbor known as Mr. Burke. He let us go through his backyard when we were setting up a basketball hoop.What I did not know about Mr. Burke until years later, long after we had moved away, was that he...

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Thinking peace on Memorial Day
05-27-2024 9:44 AM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

 On Memorial Day we can honor the sacrifices of our soldiers and continue the quest for world peace.As President Dwight Eisenhower said of Memorial Day, “Let us reverently honor those who have fallen in war, and rededicate ourselves through prayer to...


Dial ‘A’ for anachronism: Landlines languishing in US
02-26-2024 7:00 AM

By DEEPTI HAJELA

NEW YORK — When her cellphone’s service went down last week because of an AT&T network outage, Bernice Hudson didn’t panic. She just called the people she wanted to talk to the old-fashioned way — on her landline telephone, the kind she grew up with...


Ominous ocean warmth points to an active Atlantic hurricane season ahead
02-20-2024 9:21 AM

By SCOTT DANCE

Hurricane season is still more than three months away, but in parts of the tropical Atlantic, it feels like we might as well already be in the thick of it. Across a strip of ocean where many cyclones are born, February ocean temperatures are closer to...


Guest columnist William Lambers: A tale of two presidents against famine
02-19-2024 6:01 AM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

It was February 1946 when former President Herbert Hoover was contacted by President Harry Truman about an alarming crisis. World War II had been over for months, but there was one fierce enemy remaining: hunger.Food shortages were so bad in the...


Guest columnist Rob Okun: Will men organize to end gun violence?
02-13-2024 4:26 PM

By ROB OKUN

Guest columnist Rob Okun: Will men organize to end gun violence?


Guest columnist William Lambers: Expand child tax credit to reduce hunger and poverty
01-26-2024 8:55 AM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

Congress can take action against hunger and poverty by bringing back the expanded child tax credit that was so successful in 2021. They can start by voting in favor of the bipartisan tax proposal put forward by Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron...


Trump wins Iowa’s leadoff caucuses
01-15-2024 10:11 PM

By The Associated Press

Donald Trump has won Iowa’s leadoff presidential caucuses.The former president’s victory on Monday night gives him a strong start in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination as the contest moves to New Hampshire.Former U.N. Ambassador...


Burning Man at crossroads: New crowd, changing vibe for iconic counterculture festival
01-05-2024 3:38 PM

By SCOTT SONNER

The blank canvas of desert wilderness in northern Nevada seemed the perfect place in 1992 for artistic anarchists to relocate their annual burning of a towering, anonymous effigy. It was goodbye to San Francisco’s Baker Beach, hello to the Nevada...


Guest columnists Amy Wiwuga and Sylvia Ghazarian: Preserving reproductive justice — The imperative of separating church and state
12-31-2023 7:00 AM

By AMY WIWUGA and SYLVIA GHAZARIAN

In the ongoing battle for reproductive justice, the intersection of religious beliefs and public policy casts a long shadow over the fundamental rights of individuals, particularly those in marginalized communities, including LGBTQ+ and non-binary...


White House clean-energy spending boom puts Biden in the crosshairs
12-26-2023 9:28 AM

By EVAN HALPER

The Biden administration raised the stakes on its politically fraught bet on massive subsidies for nascent clean-energy technologies Friday, rolling out a plan for awarding billions of dollars in tax credits to the makers of ultrapowerful “green”...


Speaking of Nature: An immature Cooper’s Hawk gives me a glare
12-26-2023 9:27 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

Dear Reader: I can’t believe that 2023 is almost over. Next week I am going to work on my traditional Year-In-Review column, but today I have decided to give myself permission to go back to one of my favorite photos of 2023. This is a photo that I...


Guest columnist William Lambers: A beautiful Christmas story
12-22-2023 5:00 PM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

It was December 1947 and Captain Allan Smithies would not be home for Christmas. The Captain of the American Leader vessel was on a special mission playing the role of Santa Claus.As reported in the Hartford Courant, Smithies was guiding a ship of...


MIAA Div. 5 baseball final: Bourne rallies from early deficit to take down Hopkins Academy, 10-5
06-18-2023 6:40 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

WORCESTER — Bourne’s bats built a bridge too far for Hopkins Academy.The No. 9 seed Golden Hawks rallied in nearly every game of the state tournament but couldn’t make it all the way back against the No. 2 Canalmen in the MIAA Division 5 championship...


Father’s Day special for Hopkins Academy dads along for the Division 5 state title-game ride
06-18-2023 6:33 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

WORCESTER — Father’s Day plans around Hadley improved when rain pushed the MIAA Division 5 baseball state championship game between Hopkins Academy and Bourne to Sunday.Rather than going to brunches or cookouts, the dads descended on Polar...


Rain postpones Hampshire Regional-Joseph Case Div. 4 softball final in 2nd inning
06-16-2023 8:48 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

AMHERST — No. 1 Joseph Case and No. 2 Hampshire got through just an inning and a half of play before the skies opened up during Friday's MIAA Division 4 championship game. Midway through Hailey Berube’s at-bat in the bottom of the second, the umpires...


It’s all coming together for Hopkins Academy as MIAA Div. 5 baseball final with Bourne awaits
06-15-2023 6:18 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Hopkins Academy smashed its way to the MIAA Division 5 baseball state championship game.The No. 9 seed Golden Hawks scored at least six runs in all four games to reach the final against No. 2 Bourne at Polar Park in Worcester (noon, Saturday). Hopkins...


CC Thayer’s three-run double powers Hampshire Regional past Clinton, into Div. 4 state final (PHOTOS)
06-13-2023 8:07 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

WORCESTER – CC Thayer never saw the ball drop. With how Clinton’s Ella Repole pitched against Hampshire Regional, it wouldn’t have surprised if it found a glove instead of grass. But the neon yellow ball fell just beyond the center fielder’s...


MIAA tourneys: 3 local teams eye title-game appearances as state semifinals approach
06-12-2023 6:36 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Saddle up.After coach Brian McGan’s “yeehaw” punctuated the last out of the Hampshire Regional softball team’s MIAA Division 4 quarterfinal win over defending champion Amesbury, the No. 2 Raiders will hit the road for the first time all tournament...


Hopkins Academy baseball takes down top-seeded Georgetown to advance to Div. 5 Final Four (PHOTOS)
06-11-2023 7:58 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

GEORGETOWN — Every Hopkins Academy runner that crossed the plate popped up flexing, roaring and pointing. The Golden Hawks put two fingers in the air, and the dugout responded in kind.Once the No. 9 seed from Hadley started rolling, it flattened No. 1...


Frontier baseball falls to Ayer-Shirley in MIAA Div. 5 quarterfinals
06-11-2023 7:50 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

AYER — Going into the season, the Frontier baseball team set three goals for its squad – win the league, win a Western Mass. title and win at least a couple of games in the state tournament.The Redhawks were able to check all of those goals off over...

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