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Four Rivers boys knock off Xaverian to win Four Rivers Ultimate Tournament on Saturday (PHOTOS)
05-11-2024 7:44 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

GREENFIELD — It was a successful day for the Four Rivers boys ultimate team while hosting the Four Rivers Ultimate Tournament on Saturday at Greenfield Community College. Twenty-eight teams from all over New England made their way to Greenfield for...

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Resilient Greenfield aims to unite community in face of climate change
05-17-2024 1:10 PM

By ABNER ROJAS

GREENFIELD — Whether it be wildfires or flooding, the effects of climate change can be felt across the country. Now, a new organization is asking what the people of Greenfield can do on the local level to be ready to combat those growing...


Extreme weather forces Pioneer Valley farmers to adapt
05-13-2024 5:08 PM

By TANISHA BHAT

Ben Clark, the owner of Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield, received $120,000 from the $20 million Natural Disaster Recovery Program created last year after he lost the entirety of his peach crop and 70% of his apples and pears due to sudden cold...


Spilka pledges ‘comprehensive climate bill’ in Senate
04-23-2024 11:49 AM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Signaling the potential for more change in the transportation and energy sectors, Senate President Karen Spilka revealed Monday that the Senate plans to tackle a major climate bill within the next three months.The Ashland Democrat said at a...


Ashfield considers seeking ‘Climate Leader’ designation
04-18-2024 2:25 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ASHFIELD — About 35 people turned out to Town Hall on Wednesday for a forum about the possibility of getting Ashfield a “Climate Leader” designation from the state and what that would entail.The Energy Committee hosted Chris Mason from the state...


Franklin County Fairgrounds hosting regional dog agility competition
04-15-2024 1:39 PM

GREENFIELD — Hundreds of canines and their handlers will compete at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on April 26 through April 28, vying for top honors in the United States Dog Agility Association’s (USDAA) New England Regional Championship.Organized...


More than man’s best friend: Emotional support dog brings priceless comfort to Greenfield teen with PTSD
04-05-2024 1:45 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

Zeal, a soulful-eyed chocolate lab, may well be “man’s best friend” to 15-year-old Rain Sanborn. But if all goes well, Zeal will also be a great comfort to the boy who suffered through years of trauma and anxiety brought on by a near-fatal ski...


Climate expert to speak at All Souls Church in Greenfield
04-04-2024 12:58 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — William Moomaw is accustomed to giving lectures on the effects of climate change, but not from the pulpit of a place of worship.That is set to change on Sunday morning, when the retired Tufts University professor will visit Greenfield to...


Sounds Local: Coming out in her own time (signature): Kim Chin-Gibbons to release first single as solo artist, ‘7848’
04-03-2024 3:44 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Kim Chin-Gibbons of Amherst has been playing in bands for over a decade. Most know her from her work with ZoKi, a group she co-founded with Zoe Lemos of Ashfield when they were in their teens and students at the Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) in...


‘The butler did it’: A story about ‘Jeopardy,’ body image and tomato sauce
04-02-2024 4:06 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I frequently wow my nephew as we compete to yell the answers to the questions (or rather the questions to the answers) on “Jeopardy” at the television set. My secret is that I have had way too much schooling and have read way too many books.I was...


PHOTOS: Playtime at Paws Park
04-01-2024 4:41 PM


Firefighters prep to meet ‘unique challenge’ as electrical vehicles gain popularity
03-29-2024 4:23 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Take a drive down Routes 5 and 10 and count the number of electric or hybrid vehicles you see. Compare those numbers to what you saw two years, five years or 10 years ago and you’re likely looking at a significant increase.Data from the Massachusetts...


Pioneer Valley farmers spotlight agricultural drainage ditch troubles
03-27-2024 8:38 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — During a summer in which area farms dealt with significant rainfall and flooded fields, keeping agricultural drainage ditches cleared became essential to protecting crops by ensuring excess water could be removed.Often, though, farmers found...


First day of school: Orange PD’s new K-9 begins training
03-25-2024 9:50 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Police Department’s newest officer is joining the academy this week.Swoop, a 1-year-old black Labrador, has been in Officer Kyle Johnson’s care for four weeks and is now beginning narcotics training at the Hampden County Jail and House of...


PHOTO: Peaceful park
03-20-2024 4:25 PM


State gripped by solar slowdown: Worst year in decade for installations
03-18-2024 5:35 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

Massachusetts’ solar development just had its worst year in more than a decade in terms of new installations, but Greenfield Solar partner Claire Chang says her firm that does jobs throughout the Pioneer Valley hasn’t experienced the same downturn.As...


Thanks in part to Turners Falls shelter, state spay/neuter voucher program reaches milestone
03-17-2024 6:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

TURNERS FALLS — The state Department of Agricultural Resources recently announced it has cared for at least 20,000 animals through its spay/neuter voucher program since 2012, and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter estimates...


PHOTO: Pups and pinecones
03-17-2024 8:24 AM


Public comment sought on responsible clean energy development
03-13-2024 6:26 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Residents have until Friday to submit their input regarding the process by which clean energy projects are permitted in Massachusetts.An online survey is soliciting public comment on how the state should protect health, safety and community livability...


Biologists, governor visit bear den in Pelham
03-13-2024 10:15 AM

PELHAM — State biologists took the governor for a visit to a black bear den in Pelham last week as part of ongoing research.Each winter, biologists from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) visit the dens of female black...


$50K grant will fund geothermal heat study in South Deerfield
03-07-2024 5:38 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With the help of a $50,000 grant, the town will explore the feasibility of a geothermal heating and cooling system for the proposed town campus project.Over the next year, Deerfield will explore the possibility of using the earth below...

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