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Live from Argentina: Acclaimed tango guitarists to play in Northampton for dancers and music lovers alike
05-24-2024 1:27 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

If you go to a milonga, or social dance, to do tango dancing in Buenos Aires, you’ll likely be doing it to live music.In western Massachusetts? No so much.Now, though, Western Mass Tango, which has hosted tango lessons and dances in the region for...

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Class B baseball: Will Hogan’s walk-off HR lifts Hampshire past Frontier in quarters (PHOTOS)
05-20-2024 8:49 PM

By GARRETT COTE

WESTHAMPTON — Hampshire senior Will Hogan put several good swings on the ball throughout Monday’s Western Mass. Class B quarterfinal against No. 5 Frontier, but each one he pulled foul.But in his last at-bat, he stepped to the dish with two outs and...


Extreme weather forces valley farmers to adapt
05-11-2024 3:50 PM

By TANISHA BHAT

Ben Clark, the owner of Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield, received $120,000 from the $20 million Natural Disaster Recovery Program created last year after he lost the entirety of his peach crop and 70% of his apples and pears due to sudden cold...


Valley Bounty: Fibers for farmers: Western Massachusetts Fibershed turns local ‘throw away’ wool into fertilizer pellets
05-10-2024 2:58 PM

By JACOB NELSON

Local wool for your wardrobe … and for your garden?That’s the idea behind a new project from Western Massachusetts Fibershed, an organization working to strengthen our local fiber economy, right alongside our local food economy.Peggy Hart is a core...


Guest columnist Chris Egan: Facts on modern wood heat
05-03-2024 9:01 PM

By CHRIS EGAN

 I’m writing in response to Katy Eiseman’s recent column, “Must stop subsidizing wood-fired energy,” [Recorder, April 5]. We’re concerned that readers may have walked away with a misunderstanding of the issue, and hope this column will clear things...


Contentious dispute ends as Hampshire Regional schools, union settle on contract
04-23-2024 4:55 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

WESTHAMPTON — After over a year of contentious negotiations and 224 days without a contract, Hampshire Regional Education Association and the School Committee have agreed to a contract.The tentative contract between the school district and the...


Quabbin region studied for MWRA expansion
04-18-2024 9:58 AM

By SAM DRYSDALE

As House Democrats eye the expansion of its public drinking water service area, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) is considering whether the communities where that water comes from should finally get to reap the benefits of the...


State’s rental assistance leaving families in limbo
03-19-2024 12:54 PM

By XINYI YANG

Anna Smith has applied three times to a state program that provides rental assistance for families — before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic — with the intention of “saving her two kids and her life.” What she didn’t anticipate was such a bleak...


Top Girl Scout takes the helm: New CEO to focus on building an inclusive, accessible program
03-18-2024 2:35 PM

By ARIA MARTINELLI

HOLYOKE — There’s something about the Girl Scout cookie Lemon-ups that speaks to Theresa Lynn, the new CEO of Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts.In addition to a crispy lemon flavor, the cookies, which debuted in 2020, have stamped...


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: Become an educated gardener: Three upcoming symposia will answer all your gardening questions
03-08-2024 9:51 AM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

Most of us humans assume that other creatures experience the world through their senses of sound, taste, smell and touch, the same way we do. But we couldn’t be more wrong, as science writer Ed Yong explains in his fascinating new book, “An Immense...


Sweet spot: Area sugarhouses start tapping season early after warm winter days
03-03-2024 11:29 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

The groundhog predicted an early end to winter: did that also mean an earlier start to maple sugaring? Apparently so, according to several maple sugarers in the region.“This is the earliest we’ve ever started,” remarked Chip Williams of the...


Mare Berger and Molly Aronson: Voices of the people and peace must be heard
02-28-2024 5:36 PM

As Jews, we urge the Gazette to stop quoting individuals and organizations who are falsely equating antisemitism with calling for a cease-fire in Gaza. In the face of unspeakable violence by the Israeli state, it is not antisemitic to protest the...


Girls basketball: After winning a first-ever WMass title, South Hadley quickly re-focusing with state tourney on the horizon
02-28-2024 1:01 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

SOUTH HADLEY – Paul Dubuc’s beard is long.It’s white and full. And it’s been seven years since the South Hadley girls basketball coach has given it a proper trim.Midway through this season, his players asked him if he would shave it if they won the...


Class C finals: No. 3 Granby unable to get going offensively, falls to No. 1 Mahar (PHOTOS)
02-24-2024 8:58 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

HOLYOKE — Baskets were hard to come by in the Western Mass. Class C championship game between top-seeded Mahar and the No. 3 Granby boys basketball team on Saturday. The Rams held the Senators to just seven points in the second quarter but conversely...


Class C semis: No. 3 Granby locks down defending champion Drury, earns first title-game berth since 2005
02-22-2024 9:34 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

NORTH ADAMS — As soon as the Granby boys basketball team learned they would be facing Drury in the Western Mass. semifinals, head coach Dylan Dubuc immediately began scouring the Blue Devils’ YouTube channel.Every single Drury home game resides on the...


Class A semis: Banked-in last-second 3 lifts Pope Francis boys past Holyoke in OT
02-21-2024 9:36 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

SPRINGFIELD – The fourth-seeded Holyoke boys basketball team held a one-point lead as No. 1 Pope Francis passed the ball around the three-point line with the seconds ticking down in overtime of the Western Mass. Tournament Class A semifinals.The ball...


Class A quarters: Northampton boys edged by powerhouse Central 51-50
02-20-2024 10:17 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

SPRINGFIELD — In Northampton and Central’s two regular season contests this year, each team won in their home gym and the aggregate score between the two games was separated by just a single point.The difference in Tuesday night’s Western Mass...


Guest columnists Wendy Berg and Mark Reynolds: Polluters should pay at the border
02-20-2024 5:23 PM

By WENDY BERG and MARK REYNOLDS

The magnitude of global climate change has come home to us in Massachusetts. Last summer, flooding caused by intensive storms washed away roads and other critical infrastructure, destroying the crops on many local farms and in our community...


Granby boys basketball picks apart Palmer zone to advance to Class C semis
02-19-2024 9:41 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

GRANBY — Led by strong passing from Gavier Fernandez and smart off-ball movement, the Granby boys basketball team picked apart league foe Palmer’s 3-2 zone for a 51-36 home win on Monday night in the quarterfinals of the Western Mass. Class C...


HVAC company gets green light to move to Deerfield
02-16-2024 4:12 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With approval from the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and the Deerfield Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (DEDIC), a Haydenville company will move into the industrial park.Western Mass. Heating, Cooling &...


State OKs speed limit drop on Route 10 in Easthampton
01-29-2024 9:33 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON – Addressing road safety concerns, the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has approved speed limit reductions on a stretch of Route 10.The approved speed limit adjustments include a reduction from 35 to 30 mph from West Street to...

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