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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...


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A Look Back: May 25

05-24-2024 11:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years Ago■Joseph Fenno has opened a new grocery and flour store in the southeast room of Curtis’ Hotel in Northampton. He has received and offers for sale a general assortment of groceries, such as liquors, teas, spices, fruit, loaf and brown...


Bridge name will honor Belchertown son killed in Iraq

05-24-2024 4:57 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — Without any money to spend on the latest 1990s entertainment, teenage Tracy Taylor amused her young son by rolling down grassy hills at the Quabbin Reservoir, giggling with big smiles once the two reunited at the bottom.“I think we just...


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...


Photos: King Street shuffle

05-24-2024 3:48 PM


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...


Around Amherst: UMass, town advocacy could boost Palmer train stop

05-24-2024 2:35 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An effort to bring a train platform to Palmer could mean the return of passenger rail service to Amherst, which lost its direct to access to trains when the Springfield to Greenfield Knowledge Corridor tracks opened at the end of 2014.Anne...


Beacon Hill Roll Call, May 13-17

05-24-2024 2:34 PM

By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of May 13-17. There were no roll calls in the Senate last week. The House gave near unanimous approval to two major bills — one making major...


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...


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...


Photo: Balancing act

05-23-2024 4:11 PM


Communities to mark Memorial Day with parades, ceremonies

05-23-2024 4:09 PM

The last Monday in May is Memorial Day, a federal holiday originally called Decoration Day that was formalized in 1868 and serves as the nation’s foremost annual day to honor its deceased service men and women.A bevy of parades and commemorative...


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...


Water, sewer rates may rise in Amherst

05-23-2024 11:01 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An average Amherst homeowner’s annual water and sewer bills will rise by about $57 if water and sewer rate increases proposed by Town Manager Paul Bockelman are implemented by the Town Council, Based on projections included in a May 14 memo...


Brunelle resigns from Holyoke School Committee

05-23-2024 10:56 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — Erin Brunelle, who has been a committed advocate for returning the city’s schools to local control, has stepped down from the School Committee.Brunelle, who was the committee’s vice chair, said in a statement that “this year has been...


A Look Back: May 23

05-22-2024 11:01 PM

50 Years Ago■A cool breeze yesterday spurred on close to 100 persons, as they walked, limped, or ran to raise money for Threshold. No definite count of the money raised has been made yet, but counselor Paul McGowan, one of the three-member staff of...


Cost divides town into camps over new Jabish Brook school project

05-22-2024 8:09 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — While driving to Town Meeting earlier this month, Lynn Sikes noticed signs punctuating the lawns of homes, urging residents to vote “yes” or “no” on a Proposition 2½ debt exclusion override to fund a new $122.6 million Jabish Brook...



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