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Nancy Lacey: Holyoke Girls Track 4x1 needs community's help to get to Nationals
05-17-2024 2:11 PM

There is something really good happening at Holyoke High School. Four young women have qualified for the 4x1 at Nationals in Eugene, Oregon. They are the first ever Holyoke team to qualify for this event. When they were told "no," they problem-solved...

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Comerford: Free community college plan will lift up students, offer immediate return on investment
05-07-2024 6:27 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

A plan unveiled by Senate Democrats on Monday to make community college free for all in Massachusetts starting this fall has the potential to have a big impact for prospective students across the state, including here in the Pioneer Valley.The...


Holyoke Police Chief Pratt retiring: ‘It’s time to go’
05-03-2024 5:49 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

HOLYOKE — After more than 30 years of serving on the force, Holyoke Police Chief David Pratt has announced he will be retiring from his post, effective the end of July.Pratt, who has served as chief since 2021, announced his resignation at a press...


The Beat Goes On: A trombone celebration in Holyoke, Lord Russ shifts gears, and the Hampshire Young People’s Chorus turns 25
05-02-2024 4:54 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Holyoke Civic Symphony has titled its 2023-2024 season “The Brass Menagerie,” not to be cute but to highlight a series of concerts dedicated to celebrating the family of brass instruments: the horn, the tuba, the trumpet, and the trombone.On May...


A Waterfront revival: Two years after buying closed tavern, Holyoke couple set to open new event venue
05-01-2024 3:26 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — After almost two years of reconstruction and remodeling, the Waterfront, Holyoke’s new event venue, is ready for its public unveiling.Owners Carlos and Evelyn Colón and family will host a grand opening Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with...


Baseball: Bailey Davis’ walk-off single lifts Easthampton past Holyoke 7-6
04-29-2024 9:07 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

EASTHAMPTON – The Easthampton baseball team is taking a trip to Burger King, and sophomore left fielder Bailey Davis’ usual order of chicken nuggets is going to taste extra special.It’s a tradition the Eagles have after every win, but this season has...


Daniel Barker: Time for peace in Ukraine
04-28-2024 10:53 PM

Like the letter of April 16 [“More fuding for Ukraine not the answer”] about the war in Ukraine, I too think we must stop prolonging this conflict and carnage with more and more weapons, and urge Ukraine to negotiate a cease-fire and a political...


Locking up carbon for good: Easthampton inventor’s CO2 removal system turns biomass into biochar
04-24-2024 4:44 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — Like many people, Michael Garjian believes global warming is a pressing issue of our times.Unlike most, he’s putting his ideas for reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into practice — and at the same time bidding for a share of the $100...


Mount Holyoke names Abby Wemhoff as new head basketball coach
04-23-2024 5:56 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Mount Holyoke College Director of Athletics Andrea Ricketts-Preston announced Abby Wemhoff as the basketball program’s new head coach on Tuesday – the 14th in program history.Wemhoff served as the top assistant coach on the Juniata College...


New HCC president reflects on journey: Timmons sees his own struggles and arc in students’ paths
04-19-2024 4:43 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

HOLYOKE — George Timmons knows just how much a difference a college president can make in a student’s life.As a senior at Norfolk State University, a historically black university in Virginia, Timmons faced the possibility of not being able to...


Historic murals restored at Victory Theatre in Holyoke
04-19-2024 3:17 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HOLYOKE — A $400,000 restoration of two 23-foot-tall murals at the Broadway-style Victory Theatre, created by Italian immigrant Vincent Maragliotti in 1942, is complete, another step in the process toward reopening the 1920 building that has been...


Holyoke man finds bear paw in his yard
04-17-2024 12:40 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — Armand Laramee was heading out on his morning walk around 6 a.m. Tuesday when something lying in his yard caught his eye.His first thought was perhaps his neighbor’s black cat had been hit by a car. He went to check on it.“Then I saw that...


Boyfriend accused in slaying of Hampden sheriff’s assistant, former legislator’s top aide
04-16-2024 5:31 PM

By SAM DORAN

HOLYOKE — A Chicopee woman killed in Holyoke early Sunday was a former legislative staff member who was currently employed as executive assistant to Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi.Authorities said Eileen Monaghan, 48, was stabbed by a man...


Springfield man charged with murder in Holyoke stabbing
04-15-2024 1:08 PM

HOLYOKE — A Springfield man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a 48-year-old Chicopee woman on South Water Street early Sunday morning, according to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office.Authorities identified the suspect as Jason...


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...


Spring brings new art: A look at what's on tap in April at selected local galleries
04-12-2024 2:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

April weather can be fickle, as this week, with some warm, sunny days to start, followed by a few days of clouds and rain, has shown.But if you can’t get out into nature as much as you’d like, you can still see plenty of artwork in the region, which...


Book Bag: ‘Dear Oliver: An Unexpected Friendship With Oliver Sacks’ by Susan B. Barry; ‘Benjy’s Messy Room’ by Barbara Diamond Goldin
04-12-2024 11:54 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Dear Oliver: An Unexpected Friendship with Oliver SacksBy Susan R. BarryThe Experiment, LLCSusan Barry, a former Mount Holyoke College professor of neuroscience, behavior, and biology, was born with a significant case of strabismus — crossed eyes —...


Arts Briefs: An arts festival at Smith College, a theatrical version of an iconic 1920s novel, and more
04-12-2024 8:40 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Editor’s note: The performance at Northampton’s A.P.E. Gallery tonight with Fumi Tomita has been canceled. However, Tomita and Allen Fowler will be present for the artist’s reception at the gallery from 5-8 p.m.​​​​​​A new arts celebrationNORTHAMPTON...


Accused Holyoke ex-councilor Puello-Mota bolts to join Russian army
04-11-2024 5:05 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

A one-term Holyoke city councilor who appears to have decamped to fight with Russian forces in the Ukraine war to avoid having to register here as a sex offender has, unsurprisingly, become the focus of national and international media coverage.Wilmer...


Bail set at $7,500 for Holyoke man on drug, weapons charges
04-08-2024 11:15 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Superior Court judge set bail at $7,500 for a Holyoke man charged with drug trafficking and weapons offenses at his arraignment March 27.Judge Edward McDonough also ordered that Carlos Santiago Cosme, 29, submit to GPS monitoring,...


U.S. Rep. Neal scopes out new veterans home
04-03-2024 5:18 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

HOLYOKE — Congressman Richard Neal often frequented the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke years ago to visit his grandfather and uncle — the latter of whom served in the Korean War for exactly one year, one month and one day — and witnessed firsthand the...

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