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State ditches bike trail plans connecting Hatfield, Northampton
06-01-2024 1:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — A 1¼-mile-long shared-use path to bring a bicycle and pedestrian connection from Damon Road in Northampton to Elm Court in Hatfield is on indefinite hold because of safety concerns and prohibitive costs.Representatives from the...

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Hatfield Market rapped for underage alcohol sale
06-13-2024 1:58 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — Management at a Hatfield store that sold alcohol to an underage person during a police sting last month is being advised by town officials that continued violations of state law, and lack of steps to curtail them, could lead to enforcement...


Smith Academy Class of 2024 ‘small’ and ‘mighty’
06-09-2024 2:30 PM

By Elise Linscott

HATFIELD — At Smith Academy on Friday, 19 graduates walked step by step into the Sherry A. Webb Gymnasium while “Pomp and Circumstance” played on the piano. Dressed in purple and white caps and gowns, they took their seats on the stage in front of...


Plans for large indoor sports arena in Hatfield advance
06-07-2024 1:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A large indoor arena featuring tennis and pickleball courts, locker rooms, a pro shop and a snack bar could break ground this summer and open sometime in 2025 on a section of Routes 5 & 10 in North Hatfield, following Planning Board...


CISA’s first Pedal to Pasture event offers ‘a unique way to learn about farms’
05-30-2024 3:55 PM

By SAM FERLAND

HATFIELD — Bicyclists will be able to savor the local scenery while learning about the struggles farmers in the Connecticut River Valley are facing as they pedal a flat 12-mile loop on a guided tour of three different farms.This is the first year that...


Matt Levin: GOP troubled by facts, ‘silences’ McGovern
05-29-2024 4:26 PM

When James McGovern told Congress, “We have a presumptive nominee for president facing 88 felony counts, and we’re prevented from even acknowledging it,” and, “He’s also charged with conspiring to overturn the election. He’s also charged with stealing...


Guest columnist Pickles? Or, pickleball?
05-28-2024 7:20 AM

By EDWARD MALINOWSKI

Three generations ago my great-grandfather chose North Hatfield to farm. He had limited resources, an indomitable Polish work ethic, two draft horses, minimal command of the local language and a family to follow and feed. Hardship often rained down:...


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...


Hatfield voters reject override for Fire Department
05-22-2024 12:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — Voters at Tuesday’s town election rejected a $66,000 Proposition 2½ tax cap override designed to provide additional compensation for Hatfield Fire Department staff, ensuring their wages remain competitive with area communities.By a narrow...


Hatfield residents give blessing to all warrant articles at Town Meeting
05-18-2024 4:27 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A $14.52 million fiscal year 2025 operating budget for town and school services and an additional $1.4 million to cover the costs of wastewater treatment plant upgrades were approved by voters at this week’s annual Town Meeting, along with...


Hatfield Town Meeting to consider $1.4M for plant upgrades as part of 28-article warrant on Tuesday
05-11-2024 3:59 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — An additional $1.4 million for wastewater treatment plant upgrades, special legislation to allow golf carts on the town’s public ways and zoning amendments to promote cluster housing developments and permit detached accessory dwelling units...


Proposed Hatfield pickleball/tennis building raising eyebrows
05-06-2024 6:33 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A large indoor tennis and pickleball building, proposed to take up a portion of a nearly nine-acre business-zoned site just north of 253 West St., is raising concerns for neighbors about the potential neighborhood impacts.But the Planning...


Hatfield eyes reserves to cover unexpected spike in payments to Smith Vocational
04-25-2024 2:37 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — Town officials are recommending the use of free cash to cover a significant and unanticipated increase associated with the cost of tuition and transportation for Hatfield students attending Smith Vocational and Agricultural School in...


Baseball: Smith Academy can't overcome early deficit in 13-6 loss to Mahar
04-15-2024 8:14 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

ORANGE — The Mahar baseball team couldn’t have asked for a better first inning on Monday against Smith Academy. After Sam Connors shut down the Falcons in the top of the frame, it didn’t take the Senator bats long to get going when it was their turn...


Annual town election in Hatfield to feature uncontested races
04-08-2024 12:49 PM

HATFIELD — Incumbents and a couple of newcomers, all in uncontested races, will make up the ballot for the May 21 town election.Edmund E. Jaworski Jr. is running for another three-year term on the Select Board, having been first elected to the...


Hatfield to seek $1.4M more for wastewater treatment plant upgrade, two years after TM OK’d $12M for project
04-04-2024 12:45 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A $12 million upgrade to the town’s wastewater treatment plant is proceeding, but another $1.4 million is expected to be sought from town voters this spring to complete all aspects of the project.The Select Board Tuesday voted unanimously...


Baseball: Big first inning powers Granby past Smith Academy in season opener (PHOTOS)
03-29-2024 8:14 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

GRANBY — After inclement weather caused every outdoor game on Thursday’s opening day of the spring season to be postponed, Hampshire County teams finally started spring regular season play Friday on a sunny, 50-degree afternoon.And the Granby baseball...


Hatfield Historical Society exhibit to focus on indentured servant children in 1700s
03-19-2024 12:31 PM

HATFIELD — The Hatfield Historical Society’s featured exhibit this year will focus on 10 children in need who became indentured servants with Hatfield families during the 18th century, as part of what was known as the Overseers of the Poor program.On...


Wildlife Spotters: Hatfield elementary students tracking animal activity as part of science project
03-11-2024 1:15 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HATFIELD — If deer, bobcats or foxes are passing through their neighborhood, Hatfield Elementary School students have a new way of finding out.With the help of two Amherst College students and two Smith Academy eighth-graders, John Higuera and Ted...


Piano scarf gets its due: Needlework made by Hatfield resident in 1700s is on display at Washington, D.C. museum
03-10-2024 11:44 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A hand-woven linen known as a piano scarf, designed in the 18th century by a Hatfield woman with expertise in embroidery and then completed by three women over a period of 153 years, is on view this month at the Daughters of the American...


Grant approved, bids checked for $12M Hatfield sewer plant upgrade
03-06-2024 1:28 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, coupled with a $9.5 million 40-year loan, is providing the upfront funds for wastewater treatment plant upgrades expected to get underway this spring.Town officials announced...

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