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High schools: Mount Greylock holds off Smith Vocational in Class C baseball semis
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WILLIAMSTOWN — It was uncharted territory for the Smith Vocational baseball team.The Vikings, which beat McCann Tech in the quarterfinals of the Western Massachusetts Class C tournament on Monday, had just won their first tournament game in 25 years. The rough news for the Vikings was they had a dat...
Making News in Business, May 26
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bankESB makes $500,000 challenge grant to Cooley DickinsonEASTHAMPTON — bankESB has made a $500,000 challenge grant to support the Emergency Department at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. The funds will support a capital campaign for a $19.76 million expansion, reconfiguration, and renovation effort to...
Area property deed transfers, May 26
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AMHERSTJonatan Steenbrink and Elizabeth Sullivan to Elizabeth A. Sullivan, 91 Hulst Road, $40,000 Charles T. Russett and Joan Bodden-Russett to Bernadette Harrigan, 12 Kingman Road, $550,000 John W. Olver and Martha Olver to Massachusetts Comm Of, West Street, $13,000 B...
Boys tennis: Belchertown holds off Northampton for WMass final berth (PHOTOS)
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BELCHERTOWN —  Belchertown’s Trevor Weiss rallied for 1 minute, 45 seconds to secure a spot in the Western Massachusetts final.Northampton’s Reilly Fowles served facing match point, and neither of the two No. 2 singles players gave their opponent an opening to finish the point.Fowles faltered first,...
High schools: Frontier volleyball punches WMass final ticket (PHOTOS)
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Aleks Carey fired home 11 kills, as the top-seeded Frontier Regional boys volleyball team took down No. 4 Athol 3-0 in the Western Massachusetts Class C semifinals Tuesday in South Deerfield.He had four bocks in the 25-15, 25-16, 25-12 win.Frontier’s Jesse Kurkulonis put down 10 kills with 13 digs...
Peter Crowley: Pelham TM proves democracy is messy, but works
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The vote was 30-23. And with that, the final and most contentious warrant article of the 2022 Pelham Town Meeting carried with a 57-43% majority. Although that is not enough to end debate and advance a bill in the U.S. Senate, it would constitute a landslide in a presidential election. And yet in a...
Eric Stocker: ‘The library is a basic service’
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I ran into a Shutesbury neighbor in town the other day. Among other things, we discussed the proposal for a new library. He said he was opposed to it because it represented the “gentrification” of the town and would lead to an increase of property values and would make the town more “exclusive.”It...
Sally Fairfield: Another chance for the library
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This Saturday, the town of Shutesbury will once again vote at Town Meeting whether or not to build a new library. Ten years ago the town voted in favor of doing so. With much disagreement and dissension, it didn’t happen. In those 10 years, the Friends of the MN Spear Library and the town have worke...
Penelope Kim: Fixing what is broken
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As a personal philosophy, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” has its usefulness — until it doesn’t. Take for example, your aging car. At first a few parts fail. You fix them. One day it is no longer cost effective to repair. You rely on your car. You take out a loan to replace it. The cost falls on...
Making News
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Tractor Supply remodels, introduces servicesBELCHERTOWN — Tractor Supply has completed a remodel of its entire store at the Belchertown location at 30 Turkey Hill Road. The store is now home to a new, extensive Garden Center loaded with plants, lawn and garden essentials for everyone from first-time...
Consumer Corner with Anita Wilson: Beware when lures aren’t pretty and fishing is phishing
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Editor’s note: In this new monthly column, the leader of consumer protection at the Northwestern district attorney’s office will focus on important consumer issues, fraud trends or other such topics.My email inbox has been bursting at the seams lately and I bet yours has too. Every day, I have doze...
Columnist Johanna Neumann: A lesson from the Celtics on going green
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No major accomplishment, such as a National Basketball Association championship, is possible without setting a lofty goal and then working diligently to achieve it.Like many Bay Staters, my family and I have been glued to the Boston Celtics’ latest playoff run. The Celtics have a goal of winning a...
10 people displaced in house blaze in Holyoke
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HOLYOKE — An overnight fire at a Hampden Street home has displaced 10 people, though no injuries were reported.In a statement, the Holyoke Fire Department said that it responded to 645 Hampden St. at around 12:09 a.m. on Wednesday. At the scene, they found heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof.T...
A Look Back: May 18
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50 Years Ago■Keys to Forbes Library’s old bookmobile, a familiar sight at local schools for several years, have been turned over to Smith Vocational High School, which will use the vehicle in the carpentry home building department. It will be used to transport students and materials to various work...
In Buffalo, Biden mourns with families, says ‘evil will not win’
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BUFFALO — President Joe Biden mourned with Buffalo’s grieving families on Tuesday, then exhorted the nation to reject what he angrily labeled the poison of white supremacy. He said the nation must “reject the lie” of the racist “replacement theory” espoused by the shooter who killed 10 Black people...
Road deaths hit 16-year high
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DETROIT — Nearly 43,000 people were killed on U.S. roads last year, the highest number in 16 years as Americans returned to the roads after the coronavirus pandemic forced many to stay at home.The 10.5% jump over 2020 numbers was the largest percentage increase since the National Highway Traffic Saf...
Leverett Spring Fling co-op festival returns Sunday
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LEVERETT — An annual outdoor community festival featuring live music, food, games and a live auction is returning to the Leverett Village Co-op on Sunday.Held for at least a quarter-century and paused by the pandemic, the Spring Fling will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the 180 Rattlesnake Gutter Ro...
Belchertown Select Board incumbents keep seats
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BELCHERTOWN — Incumbents Jennifer Turner and Edward Boscher kept their seats on the Select Board at Tuesday’s town election, according to unofficial results posted by Town Clerk Theresa Camerlin.Turner, with 860 votes, and Boscher, with 785, turned back a challenge from Christopher “Luke” Dunn, who...
High schools: Belchertown’s Jeremy Mankowsky delivers walk-off single in win over Ludlow
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Joey Mankowsky knocked in a walk-off single with two outs to score Ben Anderson in the eighth inning and deliver the Belchertown baseball team a 3-2 home win against Ludlow on Monday. He led the Orioles with three hits and an RBI.Brady Perkins tripled and singled, scoring a run. Tyler McDonald also...
High schools: Cote helps Belchertown softball past Granby
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Laura Cote struck out five in five innings of work, and added a triple and an RBI at the plate to aid the Belchertown softball team in a 14-2 five-inning victory over Granby on Thursday.Jessa Troy smacked three hits for the Orioles, which trailed 1-0 after one inning but scored three times in the se...
Guest columnist Matthew R. Bailey: Activists should stop monkeying around with lifesaving research
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Alzheimer’s research is a matter of life and death. But it also involves a lot of monkey business — literally.The scientists working to cure Alzheimer’s rely heavily on monkeys because humans and monkeys share extremely similar pre-frontal cortices, the part of the brain that controls memory, concen...
For families of fallen Soldiers’ Home vets, relief along with the anguish
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HOLYOKE — When Kara Kapinos’ 91-year-old father, Ted, was dying of COVID-19 in 2020, she wasn’t able to get into the Soldiers’ Home, where he lived, to say goodbye. She and her husband had to wait in the parking lot while her mom, Helen, was granted access to say her last goodbye.Her father, a longt...
NCAA Tournament: After ‘slim chance’ to get in, UMass women’s lacrosse prepared for Princeton
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The selection committee gave the UMass women’s lacrosse team a chance to stay together.The Minutewomen considered their season ended when Saint Joseph’s upset them in the Atlantic 10 Championship game at Garber Field two weeks ago. The Atlantic 10 had never received two NCAA Tournament bids since th...
Baseball: Tyler Dubreuil, Tyler Baranowski lift Frontier past Greenfield (PHOTOS)
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SOUTH DEERFIELD — Much like the first showdown between the Frontier and Greenfield baseball teams, hits weren’t easy to come by during the second meeting of the season between the two clubs with Tyler Baranowski on the hill for the Redhawks and David Carey pitching for the Green WaveGreenfield manag...
The Beat Goes On: A young guitar phenom, a young rock band with a retro sound, western swing, and more
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Formed at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina and now based in the Northeast, retro rockers The Nude Party drew their name from rehearsing in the buff while they were students at Appalachian State and even playing a few parties au naturale.College hijinks might be behind them, but...
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