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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...

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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...


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...


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...


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...


Hampshire Regional educators, backers rally for long-stalled contract
01-26-2024 5:03 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

WESTHAMPTON — As Hampshire Regional School District teachers approach five months of working without a contract, over 115 community members showed up to an online forum Thursday night in support of the union’s fight for a new deal.The forum was held...


State Rep. Carey to run for Hampshire County Clerk of Courts
01-22-2024 4:59 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

NORTHAMPTON — After longtime clerk Harry J. Jekanowski Jr. announced earlier late last week that he would not seek reelection for Hampshire County Clerk of Courts, state Rep. Daniel Carey, D-Easthampton announced his candidacy for the position on...


Western Mass. legislators call for changes in Healey housing bill to meet region’s needs
01-19-2024 5:47 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

As the state considers the governor’s proposed $4.13 billion Affordable Homes Act — a comprehensive roadmap for affordable housing across the Commonwealth — a group of 16 western Massachusetts legislators are advocating for amendments to meet housing...


With coyotes in midst of mating season, pet owners urged to be cautious
01-17-2024 11:16 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

As coyotes become more active during their mating season, spanning January through March, pet owners are urged to stay vigilant.The eastern coyote — which resembles a medium-sized dog in its size and shape, but has pointed ears and denser fur — can be...


Briefs: ‘On The Run’ columnist John Stifler among the Western Mass. Runners’ Hall of Fame Class of 2024
01-16-2024 2:08 PM

Another talented class of runners will be inducted into the Western Mass Runners’ Hall of Fame in March.The WMRHOF’s Board of Directors announced the inductees for the third class to enter the hall this week, with induction set for March 8 at the...


The power of pickleball: Courts are springing up around the region as its legions of devotees continue to grow
01-05-2024 5:53 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

On any given weekday morning, upward of 40 people fill the Holyoke Community College gymnasium to partake in the sport that has become a favorite pastime for those looking to socialize and for people of all ages and abilities looking for a little...


The State of Solar: In a final forum at UMass, experts debate best ways to implement solar projects
01-01-2024 2:21 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final article from the Western Mass. Solar Forum series. The first three forums took place in September, and another series of forums is in the works for this spring. AMHERST — Most experts agree solar energy is...


The infinite imaginarium of Leo Lionni: A groundbreaking Rockwell exhibit
12-29-2023 9:21 PM

By DON STEWART

As an inquisitive boy growing up in Amsterdam, he kept a menagerie of snails and toads and other small woodland fauna in his room, populating the glass terrariums he’d filled with mosses and ferns.Influenced by one uncle, an architect, and two others...


Western Mass Arm Wrestling League puts athletics, theater on display in the name of giving
12-28-2023 7:49 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

A woman dressed in pajamas walks into a Cottage Street bar and challenges a random stranger to an arm-wrestling match.The circumstances sound like the set-up of a joke. It’s not.The woman is Rose Lynch of Easthampton, and over the next few weeks...


Keeping eagles aloft: Marking 50 years of Endangered Species Act successes in Valley and beyond
12-28-2023 4:45 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Ask almost any conservationist about an Endangered Species Act (ESA) success story and they will tell you about the bald eagle.“Growing up, I would have never seen a bald eagle in western Massachusetts,” said Jeff Collins, senior director of...


Guest columnist Shel Horowitz: Backlash against immigrants inhumane
12-16-2023 7:00 AM

By SHEL HOROWITZ

Remember when the previous administration tore babies and children from their families’ arms and locked them in little cages? Bad news: Republicans in Congress and far-right activists, including that former president, are heating up even worse...


A farming intervention: The new Farmland Action Plan offers long-term ideas to help farms statewide
12-08-2023 5:54 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

For farms across western Massachusetts, the effects of climate change were tangible during the 2023 growing season.At Red Fire Farm in Granby, co-owner Sarah Voiland said that after the May frost event, the farm’s full harvest on multiple acres of...


Around the Hamptons: Easthampton woman named as commissioner on Status of Women, Girls
12-05-2023 1:17 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — Growing up, Luzed Guzman Romano was raised to believe that she could do and become anything she put her mind to.Her mother grew up in a modest home in Puerto Rico, came to New York at around 15 years old, and had Guzman Romano at 19...


A mental health crisis: Youth are struggling like never before as experts grapple with ways to help
12-04-2023 11:04 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

NORTHAMPTON — Like many of their peers, 15-year-old Kai Imperial-Jewett experienced “some pretty dark times” during the quarantine and isolation days of the pandemic.Even with supportive parents, as an only child and middle-schooler without any...

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