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Div. 5 softball: Turners Falls blanks Georgetown 5-0, captures MIAA-record 11th state championship in program history (PHOTOS)
06-15-2024 4:34 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

AMHERST – For the 11th time in program history, a state softball championship trophy is heading back to Turners Falls High School. It didn’t take long for second-seeded Turners Falls to take command against No. 4 Georgetown in Saturday’s MIAA Division...

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More than 200 acres protected for agriculture in Deerfield’s North Meadows
06-15-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With the execution of two separate conservation restrictions by Historic Deerfield and the Antonellis family, more than 200 acres of land in Deerfield will remain permanently accessible for agriculture.In early May, Historic Deerfield...


Div. 5 softball: Turners Falls father-daughter duo of assistant coach Jay Liimatainen, pitcher Madi Liimatainen celebrate Father’s Day weekend as state champions
06-15-2024 4:33 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

AMHERST — On Father’s Day weekend, Turners Falls softball assistant coach Jay Liimatainen couldn’t have asked for a better gift from his daughter.Madi Liimatainen, the Thunder’s ace, gave up a trio of base runners on a hit and two walks in the first...


PHOTO: Rest and relaxation
06-15-2024 4:01 PM


$6.4M budget, slew of capital projects up for vote in Whately
06-15-2024 3:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Voters will be asked to consider a $6.4 million budget for fiscal year 2025 and a slew of capital projects at Annual Town Meeting.The meeting will be held outside Whately Elementary School on Tuesday, June 18, at 6 p.m. The $6.4 million...


Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts welcomes new CEO
06-15-2024 2:01 PM

SPRINGFIELD — The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts has appointed Vanessa Pabón-Hernandez as CEO, effective June 17.A Springfield native, Pabón-Hernandez succeeds Donna Haghighat in the key role for the philanthropic organization.Under Haghighat’s...


Bulletin Board: Montague Elks Lodge 2521 hosting a soccer shoot on Aug. 24
06-14-2024 8:29 PM

Montague Elks Lodge 2521 is hosting a soccer shoot on August 24 at Franklin County Technical School. The shoot is open for boys and girls ages seven and under and ages 8-15. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the shoot starting at 10 a.m. Participants...


American Legion baseball: Greenfield Post 81 Seniors hoping for big summer season
06-14-2024 8:27 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

GREENFIELD — It’s been a quick turnaround from the high school baseball season to the American Legion season for the Greenfield Post 81 Senior Division team. With more than half the team coming from the Greenfield and Pioneer programs — and with both...


PHOTOS: Walking with purpose
06-14-2024 7:41 PM


In new hands, Green River Festival returns with headliners CAKE, Fleet Foxes and Gregory Alan Isakov
06-14-2024 6:47 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

GREENFIELD — The Green River Festival’s move in 2022 from its longtime home at Greenfield Community College to its current location at the Franklin County Fairgrounds was the most significant change it has gone through, and this year’s event, now just...


Greenfield’s Juneteenth celebration on Wednesday expected to be largest yet
06-14-2024 5:45 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — In what Human Rights Commission Chair Mpress Bennu said is expected to be the city’s largest Juneteenth celebration yet, the Greenfield community will take to the streets Wednesday for a day of art, food and Black history.Since 2021, when...


Greenfield woman recognized as ‘a driving force’ in supporting refugees
06-14-2024 5:18 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

BOSTON — Director of Bakery Operations and Executive Pastry Chef for UMass Dining Pamela Adams received a Commonwealth Heroine award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women for her role feeding and finding employment for dozens of...


Div. 5 softball: Seeking 11th state title, Turners Falls set for title-game showdown with Georgetown
06-14-2024 5:13 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

You’d be hard pressed to find a softball team with more postseason experience than Turners Falls. The Thunder were an annual contender in the old MIAA state tournament format, winning 10 state titles — most in MIAA history. Their last championship...


PHOTOS: Fight prompts brief traffic backup on Hope Street in Greenfield
06-14-2024 4:56 PM


Shelburne Falls film screening shines light on Indigenous displacement
06-14-2024 4:28 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

SHELBURNE FALLS — “Powerlands,” a documentary film about Indigenous displacement and resistance, will be shown at Memorial Hall on Sunday, June 16, at 4 p.m. as a fundraiser for Indigenous nonprofits Native Land Conservancy and No Loose Braids.Doors...


New Salem residents to vote on paying off library loan
06-14-2024 4:05 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

NEW SALEM — Adoption of one of the final warrant articles at Annual Town Meeting on Monday would mean residents agree to use six figures of free cash to ensure the early payoff of a loan that funded the local library’s construction.The article asks if...


Sunderland Bridge being reduced to one-lane traffic next week
06-14-2024 3:38 PM

SUNDERLAND — As the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) prepares for a deck repair and resurfacing project on the Sunderland Bridge, drivers are advised there will be one-way traffic on the bridge for two days next week.On Monday, June 17,...


Beacon Hill Roll Call: June 3 to June 7, 2024
06-14-2024 3:33 PM

By BOB KATZEN

Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of June 3 to June 7. There were no roll calls in the Senate last week.$6.5 billion housing package (H 4070) The House, 145-13, approved and sent to the Senate a...


As I See It: Let’s celebrate these ‘true Americans’
06-14-2024 3:18 PM

By JON HUER

Whenever you are in the downtown area of Greenfield, it’s hard not to notice the usual downtown vagrants, mostly homeless and jobless. In our era of maximum consumption of comfort and pleasure, these people stand out conspicuously as the underclass of...


Connecting the Dots: Ruination of nature should bring corporate death penalty
06-14-2024 3:18 PM

By JOHN BOS

The enormity of the global climate crisis is contrasted with the actions of individuals trying to make a difference, echoing a David vs. Goliath narrative.We are living in screwed up, scary and overwhelming times. As Rebecca Solnit wrote in the...


Ahmad Esfahani: Slivers of humanity
06-14-2024 3:14 PM

Pay enough attention to our present run of widespread protests and you’ll hear a certain echo of rhetoric. Which type of rhetoric? The one which uses “comrade,” “solidarity,” and “reclaiming the the land,” or perhaps more simply put, the one whose...

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