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Youth basketball: Granby teams post undefeated seasons
03-25-2024 3:06 PM

It was an outstanding winter on the hardwood for the youth basketball programs in Granby.Two programs posted undefeated seasons and won championships in their respective divisions.The girls’ 7th/8th grade squad won their bracket championship in the...

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Sen. Markey informs Deerfield Elementary students about online privacy law
04-11-2024 5:11 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Fifty-two students coming of age during a time enveloped by social media and online influence spoke with U.S. Sen. Ed Markey on Monday to discuss proposed legislation that would update a law enacted 26 years ago to better protect...


Youth hockey: Nonotuck Knights Mite-Black U8 capture third tournament win of season
03-19-2024 4:07 PM

The Easthampton-based Nonotuck Knights Mite youth hockey team celebrated St. Patrick’s Day weekend by winning the Spring Classic Hockey Tournament held in Hookset, N.H. this past weekend.The Knights, a team that typically plays half-ice hockey, faced...


Local briefs: Northampton fencing club strong at states
03-04-2024 5:36 PM

On Feb. 25, the Northampton High School fencing club traveled to Cambridge to compete in the Massachusetts state championships. The Blue Devils were one of 13 schools to participate on Sunday, and the tournament format was a single elimination team...


Former Northampton High School student Ella Andrews will represent the U.S. at the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games in South Korea
12-13-2023 8:48 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

Ella Andrews has accomplished what many athletes only ever dream of. The former Northampton High School student was one of the lucky few named by U.S. Ski & Snowboard to represent the United States at the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games.The Winter...


Regional roadmap seeks to address youth mental health ‘crisis’
12-01-2023 5:36 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

In response to the youth mental health crisis, as many experts have called it, the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts has worked with over 25 organizations and many stakeholders on a regional roadmap designed to get youth the help they...


Making themselves heard: Northampton Youth Commission members share perspectives on issues from climate to BMI
11-20-2023 6:14 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

NORTHAMPTON — Willa Polin, a junior at Northampton High School, grew up outspoken and extroverted, excited to speak her mind during class.Now that she’s a little older, Polin said she is often told to speak louder, speak quieter, or not to talk at...


Centering trans youth: Boston photographer’s ‘Are you OK?’ project to stop in Northampton next month
09-03-2023 4:25 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

NORTHAMPTON — When she was in first grade, Kristal, a transgender girl, was pushed down a rocky hill by a schoolmate while playing basketball, leaving her with a large scar on her back. Another time, a classmate pushed her down in gym class, causing a...


New leaders, novel ideas at Edwards Library in Southampton
06-04-2023 5:00 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

SOUTHAMPTON — As a self-professed dilettante, Johanna Rodriguez Douglass feels especially comfortable surrounded by stacks of stories at the Edwards Public Library.Douglass began settling into her role as the director of the Southampton library last...


Students focus on peers’ struggles: Getting to Y pilot program at Easthampton High seeks to address concerns raised in health survey
05-31-2023 4:37 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — A yearlong pilot program called “Getting to Y” is helping a group of city high school students gain a better understanding of what their peers are going through when it comes to a variety of health-related concerns, ranging from suicidal...


Slam it: Academy of Music to host its first Youth Poetry Slam 
04-22-2023 5:14 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

There are poetry readings, the workshop leader said, and then there are poetry slams — and it’s important to know the difference.“Slam poetry,” said Lyrical Faith, “is about winning. It’s a very competitive sport.”Faith should know. She began...


Arts Briefs: Film in Northampton, theater at UMass, and a public art proposal in Easthampton
02-10-2023 12:33 PM

STEVE PFARRER

Climate change on film in NorthamptonNORTHAMPTON — Tonight (Friday, Feb. 10) from 6 to 8 p.m., CLICK Workspace in Northampton will present several short videos by Smith College students exploring the challenges of climate change.Students in a class on...


Nonotuck Knights PeeWee Black youth hockey team takes 3rd in tourney
02-03-2023 7:13 PM

The Easthampton-based Nonotuck Knights PeeWee Black youth hockey team finished third in the Green Mountain Avalanche Tournament last month in Jay Peak, Vermont, after finishing with a 2-2 record.The Knights fell in their first game 6-3 against...


Easthampton Community Center on front lines of fight against hunger 
01-30-2023 9:20 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — Almost every morning, Robin Bialecki is up at 5 a.m. to make her rounds at grocery stores like Big Y and Stop & Shop, salvaging unsellable food items that can be distributed to those in need through the food pantry at the Easthampton...


Holyoke lands $555K-plus grant to address youth, gang violence
03-07-2022 7:42 PM

By SOFI SHLEPAKOV

HOLYOKE — Holyoke and Chicopee have landed a large state grant to help pay for programs — from career exploration to youth development and recreation — designed to address gang and youth violence in their communities.The Shannon Community Initiative...

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