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My Turn: Biden should resign over role in genocide
07-09-2024 2:58 PM

By IAN RHODEWALT

 While it is true that President Joe Biden gave a historically disastrous debate performance, and the fallout in the following week put his chances of winning r-election in distinct jeopardy, we should not forget that he has been funding, abetting,...

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Study finds Franklin County homeless population on the rise
07-04-2024 9:22 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

The number of homeless people in Franklin County has more than doubled in the last year, as the annual Point-in-Time count in January found 252 people sleeping in shelters or outside, compared to 104 in January 2023.Franklin County accounted for...


‘Janet Planet’ comes into orbit: Annie Baker’s debut film, about to open in Valley, features performances and input from some area residents
06-21-2024 10:41 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

After generating some local news in 2022 when scenes were filmed in a number of locations around the Valley, “Janet Planet,” the debut film by celebrated playwright Annie Baker, is set to make its debut in Amherst and Greenfield on June 27.The movie,...


Will local control be lost? State climate bill likely to usurp authority over siting of clean energy infrastructure
06-20-2024 3:53 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

Regional planning groups and local municipalities remain wary of the looming implications on municipal jurisdiction, should the state’s massive climate bill move ahead in the coming weeks with promises to reform the slow process of siting and...


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...


Class C softball: MacKenzie Paulin strikes out 17, big 5th inning lifts Greenfield past Tech for 3rd straight WMass title (PHOTOS)
05-29-2024 9:06 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

WESTFIELD — After Greenfield defeated Franklin Tech 1-0 in the regular season, the rematch in the Western Mass. Class C title game between the top-seeded Green Wave and the No. 2 Eagles on Wednesday was predicted to be a low-scoring contest. Through...


Class D softball: Anne Kolodziej’s late heroics send Turners Falls past Lee for 24th WMass title (PHOTOS)
05-29-2024 7:55 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

WESTFIELD — Turners Falls’ Anne Kolodziej has a knack for coming through in the clutch. The top-seeded Thunder found themselves in a pitchers’ duel against No. 2 Lee in the Western Mass. Class D softball championship game at Westfield State University...


Class B baseball: Will Hogan’s walk-off HR lifts Hampshire past Frontier in quarters (PHOTOS)
05-20-2024 8:52 PM

By GARRETT COTE

WESTHAMPTON — Hampshire senior Will Hogan put several good swings on the ball throughout Monday’s Western Mass. Class B quarterfinal against No. 5 Frontier, but each one he pulled foul.But in his last at-bat, he stepped to the dish with two outs and...


Valley Bounty: Fibers for farmers: Western Massachusetts Fibershed turns local ‘throw away’ wool into fertilizer pellets
05-10-2024 3:11 PM

By JACOB NELSON

Local wool for your wardrobe … and for your garden?That’s the idea behind a new project from Western Massachusetts Fibershed, an organization working to strengthen our local fiber economy, right alongside our local food economy.Peggy Hart is a core...


My Turn: Modern wood heat not carbon bogeyman
05-01-2024 5:31 PM

By CHRIS EGAN

 I’m writing in response to Katy Eiseman’s recent column, “Must stop subsidizing wood-fired energy,” [Recorder, April 5]. We’re concerned that readers may have walked away with a misunderstanding of the issue, and hope this column will clear things...


Quabbin region studied for MWRA expansion
04-18-2024 10:02 AM

By SAM DRYSDALE

As House Democrats eye the expansion of its public drinking water service area, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) is considering whether the communities where that water comes from should finally get to reap the benefits of the...


High schools: Digging deeper into how the MIAA ranking formula fared this winter
03-29-2024 5:45 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

It’s always an interesting exercise to review the MIAA winter tournament brackets and see how the rating system fared in regard to ranking teams. The MIAA says the rating system is simple and transparent, noting on its website “the benchmark is...


‘Get Fit, Give Back’ events in Greenfield shining spotlight on nonprofits
03-05-2024 2:09 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

GREENFIELD — The missions of Common Ground Fitness Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western Mass collided on Sunday during the “Get Fit, Give Back” event. By donating a suggested $25 to Big Brothers Big Sisters, participants were able to take a...


Regional Notebook: March 5, 2024
03-04-2024 4:21 PM

Jewish Federation of Western Mass. offers scholarshipsSPRINGFIELD — The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts’ Jewish Endowment Foundation is inviting undergraduate and college-bound students to apply for its annual Common Fund and Springfield...


Regional Notebook: March 4, 2024
03-03-2024 2:01 PM

Applications open for Habitat for Humanity Projects Applications are available for two new Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity projects: a one-bedroom, one-story adaptable home in Greenfield and a three-bedroom, two-story home in Northampton.The...


High school basketball: Pioneer girls, Mahar boys eyeing Western Mass. titles
02-23-2024 4:59 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

It’s Championship Saturday for two local high school basketball programs.The Pioneer girls and Mahar boys will look to add some hardware on Saturday when they both take the floor to play in Western Massachusetts championship games.The Panthers get a...


The team that went all the way: Turners Falls High School baseball won State Championship in 1942; next month they will be inducted into the Western Mass Baseball Hall of Fame
02-23-2024 2:01 PM

By RICHARD ANDERSEN

Imagine this. It’s 1942. Springtime. The country is in the first of months of a war that is already one of the deadliest catastrophes in world history. By the time it ends in 1945, 30 million people are no longer among the living.You’re 18 years old...


Class C semis: Top-seeded Mahar beats rival Athol for a 3rd time, books WMass final ticket for first time since 2012
02-22-2024 9:00 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

ORANGE — When two rivals meet in a Western Mass. semifinal, the expectation is that points will be hard to come by.That was the case on Thursday when top-seeded Mahar and No. 4 Athol squared off with a spot in the Western Mass. Class C final on the...


My Turn: Polluters should pay at the border
02-22-2024 5:18 PM

By WENDY BERG and MARK REYNOLDS

The magnitude of global climate change has come home to us in Massachusetts. Last summer, flooding caused by intensive storms washed away roads and other critical infrastructure, destroying the crops on many local farms and in our community...


Presentation, dance at GCC to shed light on Native American culture
02-22-2024 10:56 AM

GREENFIELD – Western Mass Rights of Nature and the Nolumbeka Project are holding a pair of events at Greenfield Community College on Friday and Saturday that will teach attendees more about Native American culture.The two organizations first invite...


High schools: Kyler McClelland (28 points) powers Pioneer girls into Class D title game
02-21-2024 9:20 PM

The Pioneer girls basketball team is on to the Western Mass. Class D championship game. After knocking off Duggan in the quarterfinals, the third-seeded Panthers traveled to Monson to take on the No. 2 Mustangs on Wednesday in the semis. Pioneer...

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