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South Hadley man fatally shot in attempted robbery
04-19-2024 4:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

CHICOPEE — A South Hadley man is dead following a shooting during an attempted robbery of a smoke shop and convenience store in Chicopee Thursday night, according to the Hampden district attorney’s office.Robert Papalardo, 53, died after being taken...

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State: South Hadley’s fiber-optic revenues not public records
04-18-2024 2:23 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The Secretary of the Commonwealth has upheld South Hadley Electric Light Department’s policy of restricting public information on the fiber-optic network Fiberspring after ruling on an appeal of a public records request for Fiberspring...


Softball: South Hadley’s Ella Schaeffer records 500th career strikeout in loss to East Longmeadow
04-15-2024 7:37 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — With a pitcher as exceptional as Ella Schaeffer in the circle, a five-run lead seems plenty good enough – especially when she’s dealing.Well, the South Hadley softball team spotted the junior ace five runs thanks to a six-run bottom of...


All about conviction: PVPA team wins state, heads to nationals of Mock Trial Championship
04-15-2024 4:29 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Prepare, prepare, prepare.That’s the motto that mock trial coach Gary Huggert passes along to each new mock trial team at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School, a motto that took the team to the state finals for the past three...


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...


Track & field preview 2024: Not happy with last year’s performance, Northampton boys seeking redemption
04-12-2024 5:58 PM

By GARRETT COTE

The Northampton boys team entered last year’s Western Massachusetts outdoor track and field championships with lofty expectations.The Blue Devils felt they had plenty to not only compete with their peers, but win the whole thing. And following a...


High schools: South Hadley girls lacrosse pulls away from Belchertown for 14-7 win (PHOTOS)
04-11-2024 9:14 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Entering the second quarter of Thursday afternoon’s game between visiting Belchertown and the host South Hadley girls lacrosse teams, the score was tied at three apiece after each team held a one-goal lead but couldn’t gain any more...


South Hadley to hear residents’ thoughts on new trash system, wastewater rate increases at Saturday hearing
04-11-2024 2:47 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Residents will have a chance to weigh in on separate proposals that call for increasing wastewater rates and adopting a new trash system during two public hearings on Saturday at the Senior Center.Beginning at 9 a.m., the wastewater...


Mary Hall: A nightmare that continues to haunt us all
04-08-2024 6:05 PM

I agree with Don Michak that much more attention to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home debacle is needed, but differ from his view that the Gazette should dig into the matter now [”Dig deeper after scandalous court ruling in Soldiers’ Home case,” Gazette,...


South Hadley School Committee seeks new member to fulfill term
04-05-2024 2:20 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The School Committee is searching for a new member to serve until April 2025 after former member Lynda Pickbourn resigned at the beginning of March.In a letter to the board, Pickbourn said she needed to immediately resign for reasons...


Guest columnist Dr. Stephen Frantz: Palestinian survival is not too political
04-04-2024 4:01 PM

By DR. STEPHEN FRANTZ

Some people, organizations and government bodies will say that it is too political or polarizing to discuss the horror of the current uninhabitable conditions in Gaza.But it is not political or polarizing when you’re asking for badly needed...


James Canning: Mr. Magic, hooray
04-04-2024 3:57 PM

Mr. Magic, hooray! Mr. Magic’s come again with promises, hats, and tricks!Give attention to his strut and to his growl, so fierce. Oh, Mr. Magic, you’re divine! You take more than you give. But we’re so glad you’re here! Don’t worry! We’ll be fine....


Robert Salthouse: Electric vehicle fires are rare
04-03-2024 4:25 PM

I am writing in response to the Gazette article regarding local fire departments training for electric vehicle (EV) fires [“Firefighters prep to meet ‘unique challenge’ as electrical vehicles gain popularity,” April 1]. I was very pleased to learn...


Softball: Ella Schaeffer tosses gem, South Hadley blanks Easthampton 1-0 in season opener (PHOTOS)
04-01-2024 7:48 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

EASTHAMPTON – After an offseason spent playing travel ball, Ella Schaeffer was counting down the days until South Hadley’s first game of the season at Easthampton.After a playoff loss two years ago on the same field, Schaeffer said she started out...


Saluting their service: South Hadley celebrates Vietnam Veterans Day with a tribute to those who served
03-29-2024 4:13 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — In 1968, a young Susan Opalenik stared out of the window of her intermediate junior high school classroom at the American flag, realizing its position at half-mast was for her cousin.Robert J. Sowinski was a corporal in the U.S. Army...


South Hadley schools expect layoffs to approach 30 positions
03-22-2024 5:11 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY— The school district anticipates cutting at least 27 positions — the most any school system in Hampshire County has announced so far this spring — next fiscal year as officials grapple with a $1.2 million budget deficit being driven by...


South Hadley braces for jump in sewer rates over next five years
03-20-2024 4:38 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Just as the citizens in the musical world of “Urinetown” paid a fee for the privilege to pee, so too do residents of South Hadley — and that fee is about to go up significantly in the coming years.Over the next few months, the Select...


Girls basketball: Student, fan support helped propel South Hadley to first-ever state championship game appearance
03-18-2024 6:05 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Any opposing team that walked into South Hadley’s gym this winter knew they were in for a long night. For more reasons than one.Sure, the Tigers being as good as they were was intimidating enough – their aggressive full-court pressure...


MIAA Div. 4 girls basketball: Despite hot start, South Hadley can’t hold off top-seeded Cathedral in 69-49 state title-game loss (PHOTOS)
03-17-2024 3:33 PM

By GARRETT COTE

LOWELL — It wasn’t for lack of effort on No. 3 South Hadley’s part, the top team in Division 4 simply earned that ranking for a reason.So when No. 1 Cathedral of Boston – winners of now six state championships in the last nine seasons – ripped off 12...


Girls basketball: Underclassmen help fuel South Hadley’s state title-game run
03-15-2024 5:19 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

SOUTH HADLEY — Scouting the South Hadley girls basketball team must be a headache.And judging by the Tigers’ 19-game win streak, those scouts haven’t exactly been successful.Senior guard and captain Drew Alley may be the leading scorer, but a crop of...


History in the making: South Hadley set for powerhouse Cathedral in search of first-ever girls basketball state title
03-15-2024 4:44 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — They always say, if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.That old cliche couldn’t be more true to the No. 3 South Hadley girls basketball team’s situation. The Tigers have themselves in the MIAA Division 4 state...

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