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Guest columnist Joan Vohl Hamilton: Girl Scouts lead the way
06-10-2024 6:23 PM

By JOAN VOHL HAMILTON

 The decision by Boy Scouts of America to change its name to Scouting America intrigued me. This decision is, in part, to include girls and young women.A recent Associated Press article mentioned girls who have achieved the “vaunted Eagle Scout rank”...

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Academic excellence, creating community top of mind for new Pioneer principal
06-01-2024 3:07 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — The district is welcoming a veteran educator to Pioneer Valley Regional School this summer as Annie Scanlan-Emigh takes the helm as principal.The assistant principal at Michael E. Smith Middle School in South Hadley and educator of 17...


Man allegedly steals $100K worth of items from Northampton, South Deerfield businesses
04-23-2024 7:08 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A South Hadley man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire County Superior Court on Monday to charges stemming from thefts from businesses in Northampton and South Deerfield.Steven Skea, 64, is accused of breaking into two businesses and making...


My Turn: Beyond the Mideast binary — When Palestinians have hope
03-07-2024 3:53 PM

By DANIEL CZITROM

As an active member of Jewish Voice for Peace, I have been energized and heartened by the recent local protests calling for a cease-fire in Gaza, a negotiated settlement to the hostage crisis, and justice for the Palestinian people. I’ve seen a large...


FAFSA fiasco: Financial aid form meltdown trips up students, colleges
02-24-2024 10:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — A continued challenge for some prospective students and their families in accessing federal financial aid applications, and a corresponding delay in relaying the information from these forms to colleges and universities, is raising...


Guest columnist David Hernández: Climate, refugees, and the golden rule
01-23-2024 4:54 PM

By DAVID HERNÁNDEZ

Political hypocrisy is the norm for our times. One shameful example of partisan duplicity is the persistent xenophobic vilification of migrants and asylum seekers arriving to the United States in order to boost one’s political scorecard. Two repeat...


Wrestling: Franklin Tech earns win over South Hadley in tightly-contested dual (PHOTOS)
01-19-2024 7:53 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

TURNERS FALLS — It’s not often these days that a dual high school wrestling meet is competitive from start-to-finish. That was the case on Friday though, when South Hadley traveled to Franklin Tech. Of the 14 weight total classes, 11 were filled and...


Ledges GC Superintendent Amanda Fontaine a key component at 78th U.S. Women’s Open
07-09-2023 12:36 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

Northfield native Amanda Fontaine isn’t getting much sleep these days, but it’s for a good reason. Fontaine was one of 33 women who were invited to join the groundskeeping volunteer crew for the 78th U.S. Women’s Open, which was held for the first...


COVID vaccine mandate ending at UMass as state stands down from emergency 
05-07-2023 1:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A mandate for students, faculty and staff at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is ending.“Effective July 1, 2023, the university will no longer require faculty, staff and students to receive a COVID-19...


Bill would compensate towns harmed by creation of Quabbin Reservoir
04-26-2023 7:46 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

BOSTON — Four towns were disincorporated and dismantled, and another eight had land stripped from them, to create the Quabbin Reservoir in the first half of the 20th century.People were forced to find new homes and the valley was flooded with water,...


My Turn: Children need patience, care to escape grip of trauma
04-09-2023 1:05 PM

By JAMES LEVINE

‘Childhood trauma.” We hear these words so often that they’ve lost any kind of concise meaning. Virtually all children confront disturbing experiences, and rates of their diagnosed mental struggles have increased significantly, but not every one of...


Support legislation to reduce energy costs
02-09-2023 6:06 PM

State Sen. Jo Comerford and state Rep. Natalie Blais are right to point out that Massachusetts ratepayers have been hammered by increased energy costs this winter. “Natural” gas costs have soared because of the war in Ukraine. But it didn’t need to be...


John Howard: Induction stoves are safer and save money
01-26-2023 5:12 PM

There’s been a lot in the press about how bad gas stoves are for your health. They can cause asthma in children and have other gases which are not terribly good for adults (www.ecowatch.com/gas-stoves-asthma-children.html). Using the range exhaust...


New Conway, Shelburne pastor looks to build community, make faith relevant in current time
01-25-2023 12:15 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — When the United Congregational Church of Conway officially reopens its doors in February, its services will be led by a new pastor with an eye toward building community.The Rev. Marianne MacCullagh was appointed as the joint pastor for the...


Michael Kittredge, Yankee Candle founder, dies at 67
07-26-2019 12:07 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

LEVERETT — Michael J. Kittredge II, whose homemade candle as a cash-strapped teenager evolved into an industry giant, has died. He was 67.Kittredge, founder of the Yankee Candle Co., died Wednesday evening at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston...

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