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High schools: Mahar softball can’t stay with Northampton in 20-6 loss (PHOTOS)
04-15-2024 9:05 PM

The Mahar softball team is working hard to get its first win in a long time. The Senators — which are still searching for their first win post COVID — hosted Northampton on Monday, but the Blue Devils put runs up on the board in a hurry. Northampton...

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Baseball: Sam Connors, Mahar get past Smith Academy for win No. 2 (PHOTOS)
04-15-2024 8:13 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

ORANGE — The Mahar baseball team couldn’t have asked for a better first inning on Monday against Smith Academy. After Sam Connors shut down the Falcons in the top of the frame, it didn’t take the Senator bats long to get going when it was their turn...


$427K to expand Camp Apex capacity in Shelburne
04-15-2024 6:56 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

SHELBURNE — Thanks to $427,000 in congressionally directed spending, Franklin County’s YMCA will renovate Camp Apex to expand its capacity, allowing more families, including those relying on financial aid or scholarships, to send their children to...


With eye toward teaching firearm safety, Mahar’s Junior ROTC adding air rifles
04-15-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — It appears Ralph C. Mahar Regional School’s Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps will participate in competitions with an air rifle aspect next year, though the program’s instructors are still waiting on air tanks, targets and other...


My Turn: How to welcome a refugee family into your community
04-15-2024 4:45 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

The loud and shameless politics that surrounds the issue of undocumented immigration makes it easy to miss the moves that the Biden administration has been making in the realm of legal immigration, from rebuilding the refugee program to expediting the...


Conway resident leading pilot program to help families facing financial ‘cliff effect’
04-15-2024 2:37 PM

By ABNER ROJAS

CONWAY — Earning a raise or getting a promotion normally sounds like a great thing, but in the case of low-income workers across the country, it isn’t so simple, as increases in income can leave families ineligible for public assistance.A pay increase...


Orange resident selected for governor’s Youth Advisory Council
04-15-2024 2:04 PM

By XINYI YANG

Orange resident Christiana Dunn is among 60 young people statewide who will advise Gov. Maura Healey and her administrative team on issues important to her demographic as a member of the new Youth Advisory Council.The council members, ages 16 to 21,...


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...


Shutesbury Elementary School principal leaving in June after 10 years
04-15-2024 12:49 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — After 10 years as principal at Shutesbury Elementary School, Jacqueline Mendonsa is leaving the position at the end of June to relocate to the Boston area.“It is very hard for me to put into words my true love and appreciation for our...


‘Bringing harvest to the community’: Shelburne Falls Community Orchard on the move
04-15-2024 11:47 AM

By VIRGINIA RAY

Though her original idea to start a small community orchard at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School doesn’t appear to be in the cards, Julia Godfrey will instead donate and move most of her fruit trees and bushes to the Demonstration Permaculture...


Speaking of Nature: Indulging in eye candy: Finally, after such a long wait, it’s beginning to look like spring is here
04-15-2024 8:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

I have just about reached the end of my patience with the winter of 2024. I realize that this may sound a bit strange, especially because we are now in the beginning of spring, but those of us who bore the brunt of the April snowstorm may sympathize...


Northfield’s new grant development director ‘already off and running’ to maximize funding
04-14-2024 12:20 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

NORTHFIELD — Following the unexpected departure of Mallory Sullivan, a new grant development director is “already off and running” to maximize funding opportunities for Northfield.Leslie Roberts, a Fairfield, Vermont native and Holyoke resident, took...


Proposed Greenfield tax fund would benefit elderly, residents with disabilities
04-14-2024 10:36 AM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — At-Large Councilor Wahab Minhas is proposing a local tax option that would allow residents to donate to the elderly or people with disabilities who are struggling to pay their taxes. If approved by a City Council vote, establishment of...


Of nearly 180 canoes in River Rat Race, Zaveral/MacDowell team claims victory
04-13-2024 6:56 PM

By GREG VINE

Despite fickle weather conditions, canoeists and spectators alike enthusiastically awaited the start of Saturday’s 59th running of the River Rat Race from Athol to Orange.From about 11 a.m. until just before boats were put in the water — around 12:30...


Wealth of historic Quabbin Reservoir photos available online
04-13-2024 3:01 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

When the work on the Quabbin Reservoir began, photographers began documenting the project — from real estate, to cemeteries, to the construction of the reservoir itself. Their photos, snapshots in time, can be seen at Digital Commonwealth thanks to an...


Spotlight on women in classical music: Brick Church Music Series’s season comes to a close, April 28-29, with Champlain Trio
04-13-2024 12:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Join the First Church of Deerfield for two days of classical music, as the Brick Church Music Series’ 2023-2024 season comes to a close on April 28 and 29.The two-part event begins on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. at the First Church of Deerfield, 71...


High schools: Big fifth inning powers Pioneer baseball past Greenfield
04-12-2024 8:40 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

NORTHFIELD — Not even the pouring rain could slow down the Pioneer bats in the fifth inning on Friday against Greenfield. It was the Green Wave that kicked off the scoring in the fifth, putting three runs on the board in the top of the frame to take a...


Boys volleyball: Athol can’t stay with Holyoke in 3-0 loss (PHOTOS)
04-12-2024 8:29 PM

By GARRETT COTE

HOLYOKE — Already down two sets to none against Holyoke, the Athol boys volleyball team was in a do-or-die situation late in the third set. With the frame tied at nine apiece, the Bears used a 7-2 run to storm ahead 16-11 and capture all momentum...


The World Keeps Turning: Ending, and restoring, tyranny
04-12-2024 5:45 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

A mob of angry men, many recently unemployed, gathered in front of an ornate, stately building, the largest in the area and a symbol of government power. Confident, because the government had taken little action after previous mob attacks, and...


Greenfield seeks answers for $1M in state funds for Green River School
04-12-2024 5:31 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — As the Greenfield School Department works to decommission the vacant Green River School and transfer ownership to the city, challenges have arisen as the district works to tie up loose financial ends with the Massachusetts School Building...


What defines a restaurant? Bernardston residents to vote on change in zoning bylaws
04-12-2024 5:12 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

BERNARDSTON — Following a citizen’s petition signed by 15 residents, voters at Annual Town Meeting will consider the definition of a “restaurant” for the purposes of the town’s zoning bylaws.The petition proposes that the definition of “restaurant” be...

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