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Class B girls tennis: Led by 10 seniors, Belchertown breaks through to capture championship with 5-0 win over St. Mary’s
05-24-2024 9:06 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

SPRINGFIELD – Ava Shea ripped a crosscourt backhand, turned around, faced her teammates and raised her arms in the air. A wash of relief spread across her face.Belchertown’s No. 1 singles player had just clinched the Orioles’ first Western Mass. girls...

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High Schools: Hampshire girls lacrosse sees comeback against Hoosac fall just short in Class C semis
05-24-2024 9:33 PM

By HOWARD HERMAN

CHESHIRE — A furious comeback by the Hampshire Regional girls lacrosse team fell just short Friday afternoon.The third of three unanswered goals by Rylie Simmons had the Raiders leading by one after trailing by as many as six goals.But Ashlyn Lesure...


Class B boys tennis: Belchertown falls to East Longmeadow in title match, shifts focus to state tourney
05-24-2024 9:05 PM

By GARRETT COTE

WILBRAHAM — The entire No. 3 Belchertown boys tennis team sat behind the fence of the third singles court where sophomore Luke Dudek battled with No. 4 East Longmeadow’s Ryan Kulla.Trailing 3-1 on the team scoreboard with just the one match remaining,...


Class A boys tennis: Longmeadow holds off Northampton 3-2 to capture WMass title
05-24-2024 5:42 PM

By GARRETT COTE

LONGMEADOW — With two matches still being played, the No. 2 Northampton boys tennis team held a 2-1 advantage over No. 1 Longmeadow during Friday afternoon’s Western Mass. Class A championship match at Blinn Tennis Courts.After losing 3-2 to the...


Officials sorting out disarray at Leverett Elementary School
05-24-2024 4:02 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — With the interim Leverett Elementary School principal on a leave that began in mid-March after being criticized for a lack of transparency, representatives of the teachers union are seeing the leadership situation as contributing to a “very...


Incumbent stays on health board in Pelham
05-24-2024 4:00 PM

PELHAM — An incumbent member of the Board of Health earned reelection to a three-year position in the only contested election at the town’s May 14 election.In an election where write-ins appear to have won many of the seats, William E. Pula earned...


Frontier students meet local veterans while placing flags for fallen heroes
05-24-2024 3:59 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Thanks to a collaboration between Frontier Regional School students and the Hale-Clapp Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3295, veterans’ graves in South Deerfield’s three cemeteries got fresh American flags ahead of Memorial...


Balise finds temporary home for Subaru dealership in Hadley
05-24-2024 3:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Two vacant Route 9 commercial buildings will be used on a temporary basis as the headquarters for Balise Subaru, as the dealership transitions from Steve Lewis Subaru and constructs a new showroom and service area at 315 Russell St.The...


Looming rent hikes worry artists at Cottage Street Studios in Easthampton
05-24-2024 3:35 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — Tensions are rising within the iconic walls of One Cottage Street as the building’s longtime owner moves ahead with rent increases that many artists who work there say could jeopardize the vibrant arts community they’ve built in the...


Civil War tablets honoring Amherst veterans help open high schoolers’ eyes to unsung Black history
05-24-2024 2:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — African American soldiers from Amherst who served in the famed 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment and 5th Calvary were among those who arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and to announce that...


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...


Valley Bounty: Resourceful and really delicious: The Upper Bend in Turners Falls serves classics with local seasonal add-ons
05-24-2024 1:25 PM

By JACOB NELSON

The Upper Bend Cafe and Bruncheonette in Turners Falls aims to be reliably amazing. That means serving familiar breakfast and lunch favorites while unleashing their creativity, squeezing every drop of goodness from farm-fresh local food.“Using as many...


National grant powers AI-assisted research at UMass into ‘carbon efficiency’
05-24-2024 12:57 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

AMHERST — Artificial intelligence could be key in leading us toward a greener future. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, researchers were just awarded $12 million by the National Science foundation to develop a new field that aims to use...


Book Bag: ‘Journeys of Voices & Choices’ by Ernie Brill; ‘Here in Sanctuary — Whirling’ by D. Dina Friedman
05-24-2024 11:15 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Journeys of Voices & ChoicesBy Ernie BrillHuman Error PublishingNorthampton poet Ernie Brill, a former English teacher at Northampton High School, is a longtime writer who has worked with many small presses over the years. A consistent theme of his...


High School Track: Amherst’s Logan Alfandari and Moriah Luetjen finish second at state meet
05-23-2024 9:46 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

WESTFIELD – Northampton and Amherst athletes competed at the MIAA Division 4 Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday evening, and Amherst’s Logan Alfandari (discus) and Moriah Luetjen (200) secured second-place finishes.The championships are...


High Schools: Hampshire falls to Pittsfield in Western Mass. baseball semifinals
05-23-2024 9:45 PM

The top-seeded Pittsfield baseball team lived up to the billing on Thursday afternoon, as they scored 15 unanswered runs against No. 4 Hampshire after falling into a 3-0 hole.The Raiders fell 15-3 to the Generals in the Western Mass. Class B semifinal...


Guest columnist Larry Hott: ‘Daughter of Cummington’ brings stories to the stage
05-23-2024 7:54 PM

By LARRY HOTT

In 1945, the U.S. Office of War information came to Cummington to shoot “The Cummington Story,” a propaganda film about tolerance and acceptance of immigrants.The people of the small western Massachusetts hilltown had several European refugees living...


GOP silences McGovern over Trump remarks
05-23-2024 5:28 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

For the first time in his 27-year career in Congress, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern had his remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives struck from the record on Wednesday, after he criticized former U.S. President Donald Trump for his numerous...


Kayaker’s delight: Best day-paddles along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts
05-23-2024 5:05 PM

By ANNA LAIRD BARTO

Last summer, I chronicled my 68-mile paddle of the Connecticut River through Massachusetts. Along the way, I became very well acquainted with the river, its bends and currents, dams and bridges, trees and wildlife — even its sewage overflows! Here are...


Deerfield Planning Board OKs Hamshaw Lumber expansion
05-23-2024 4:07 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — An extensive addition to Hamshaw Lumber’s South Deerfield location can move forward following the Planning Board’s site plan review and stormwater permit approval last week.The New England hardware store is seeking to construct a new...


Arts Briefs: The Paradise City Arts Festival returns to Northampton, the MIFA Victory Players perform in Holyoke, and more
05-23-2024 2:41 PM

Paradise by the fairground lightsNORTHAMPTON — One of the area’s largest artistic celebrations returns this weekend, as some 220 artists and craftspeople gather at the Three County Fairgrounds for the Paradise City Arts Festival.The biannual festival,...

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