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Hadley police rescue baby hawk from blueberry bush
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HADLEY — The hawk freed from the St. John Cantius bell tower in Northampton was not the only hawk rescued from danger in the area on Wednesday.Hadley Police received a report of a baby hawk caught in a resident’s blueberry bush netting, the department reported on its Facebook page.Police said Office...
Hadley Select Board uncertain about joining ValleyBike Share system
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HADLEY — Representatives from ValleyBike Share, calling Hadley the missing piece in the regional puzzle, are again trying to get a bike station established in town.But the Select Board voted 5-0 last week to postpone a decision on becoming the ninth community to join the ValleyBike system, seeking...
Book Bag: ‘Regicide in the Family’ by Sarah Dixwell Brown; ‘What Remains To Be Said’ by Robert B. Shaw
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Regicide in the Family: Finding John Dixwellby Sarah Dixwell Brown; Levellers Press Any number of families might have an outcast somewhere in their ranks, the proverbial black sheep of the family.What if you had someone in your family tree who played a role in the beheading of King Charles I in 1649...
James Canning: Unshakable spirit of courage
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My Zen calendar for today quotes Marcus Aurelius as saying: “The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.” These words capture what was so important about last week’s presentations by Bennie Thompson, Liz Cheney, Caroline...
Rafael Devers’ late home run lifts Red Sox over Mariners 2-0
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SEATTLE — Rafael Devers hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, spot starter Kutter Crawford and five relievers combined on a one-hitter, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 Sunday.Boston closed out a successful West Coast swing by shutting down Seattle’s offense, allowing only Lu...
Hartsbrook celebrates graduation of ‘loving family’
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HADLEY — Against the backdrop of rolling green hills, family, friends and well-wishers gathered Saturday morning under a large white tent on the campus of the Hartsbrook School for the class of 2022 graduation.Facing difficulties, embracing change, and finding strength and wisdom in those who came...
Senate announces modest legislative package on gun safety
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WASHINGTON — Senate bargainers on Sunday announced the framework of a bipartisan response to last month’s mass shootings, a noteworthy but limited breakthrough offering modest gun curbs and stepped-up efforts to improve school safety and mental health programs.The proposal falls far short of tougher...
Police arrest neo-Nazi group near Idaho Pride
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After the arrest of more than two dozen members of a white supremacist group near a northern Idaho pride event, including one identified as its founder, LGBTQ advocates said Sunday that polarization and a fraught political climate are putting their community increasingly at risk. The 31 Patriot Fron...
Pair’s disappearance in Amazon tied to ‘fish mafia’
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ATALAIA DO NORTE, Brazil — A main line of police investigation into the disappearance of a British journalist and an Indigenous official in the Amazon points to an international network that pays poor fishermen to fish illegally in Brazil’s second-largest Indigenous territory, authorities said.Freel...
Hopkins Academy’s Andrew Ciaglo will continue basketball career at DII Cameron University
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Andrew Ciaglo worried there wouldn’t be a spot for him. College coaches who told the Hopkins Academy senior he’d be able to play for them turned around and said their rosters were full.“I didn’t know what was going to come after I kept getting those phone calls,” Ciaglo said. “We just stuck with it....
Mass. opioid overdose deaths reached new high in 2021
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The rate of opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts climbed 9% last year, to a level that surpasses the state's previous high point in 2016.Data released Wednesday by the Department of Public Health tracked an overdose death rate of 32.6 per 100,000 residents in 2021, up from 29.9 in 2020 and 28.8...
National champion Denver, tournament in Wisconsin highlight 22-23 UMass hockey schedule
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The last two NCAA Division I men’s hockey national champions have a date at the Mullins Center.Denver, the reigning champions, will visit 2021 champ UMass for a two-game set Oct. 14-15, according to the team’s schedule released Thursday.The Minutemen, which have played in the past three NCAA Tournam...
Town counsel: Battery storage project prohibited by zoning in Hadley
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HADLEY — A stand-alone battery storage system proposed for a gravel pit on Breckenridge Road will not move forward after Hadley officials received a legal opinion stating that such a project is prohibited by town zoning. The Planning Board on June 7 voted unanimously to accept the withdrawal, withou...
With Senate override vote, driver’s license bill becomes law
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BOSTON — A bill that would allow immigrants in the country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses in Massachusetts has become law after the state Senate voted Thursday to override the veto of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. The 32-8 vote followed a successful override vote Wednesday in the House. Mass...
Sounds Local: Getting pumped for the Green River Festival
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The countdown is on — we are just a couple of weeks away from one of the most anticipated events of the summer: the Green River Festival.Now in its 35th year, the festival will be held the weekend of June 24-26 at its new home, the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield. This year, some of the ac...
My Turn: There is no last straw in America
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The Uvalde school massacre has, if I am not mistaken, aroused more news media and political ire than any other mass shooting. Mass shootings are so predictable and formal in their enactment — a four-stage process involving the shooting, the news media dissection, a frantic sense of public urgency,...
Trader Joe’s employees continue push for union in Hadley
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HADLEY — Employees looking to organize a union at Trader Joe’s in Hadley have been filing daily unfair labor practice charges against their employer after management demanded they remove union buttons or go home, according to a union organizer. As of Wednesday, the employees were able to wear their...
John Roberson: Community support is critical
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As the new executive director for Pathlight, the regional organization that serves individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, I have been so impressed with the support I’ve seen from the community for our programs, especially Whole Children in Hadley.Both Steve Lewis Subaru and Fl...
Jenny Fleming-Ives: An American tragedy
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As a mother and grandmother my heart aches for the families in Uvalde, Texas. What can it have been like for those parents waiting outside that school, not knowing if the children they loved were alive or dead.As a health care professional with 40 years experience in reproductive health, it seems to...
Guest columnist Brad Riley: Funding education today for a better tomorrow
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From time immemorial, there is an architecture of learning where trusted elders in a community nurture the minds of our youth to prepare them for the world they are about to enter as adults. Whether it was in circles around a fire, square shaped rooms with square shaped desks, or hallways in Eastha...
Barbara Solow: Baker shows his true colors
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In vetoing a long-sought immigrant drivers’ license bill, Gov. Charlie Baker is showing his true colors — and they aren’t pretty. The majority of state legislators support The Work and Family Mobility Act because it would improve road safety, and remove a source of fear and hardship for undocumented...
Darcy K. Sweeney: State must do its part in protecting public lands
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Thank you to the authors of the guest column “Conserving America the Beautiful” (May 29, Gazette) for pointing out that preserving our open lands must be a top priority at every level of government. But how many Massachusetts residents are aware that our public forests are being logged by the very...
Guest columnist Peter Demling: Select a new school site after a thorough assessment, not the loudest voices
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I think the current push by some local political groups and blogs insisting that the Elementary School Building Committee choose Fort River as the site of the new school building is ridiculous.I will wholeheartedly support the new building project regardless of which site is chosen because of the cl...
Hadley Select Board wants dog leash, no swimming rules posted on new kiosk
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HADLEY — A requirement that dogs be on leashes and a prohibition on people swimming in the reservoirs are likely to be among rules the Select Board will ask to have placed on a new kiosk being installed on Bay Road by Kestrel Land Trust.Board members at Wednesday’s meeting told Town Administrator Ca...
‘How united we are’: Hopkins Academy’s 35 grads defined by care and dedication to each other
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HADLEY — Hopkins Academy’s 2022 graduating class has been defined by the love, care and dedication its members have shown toward each other, class valedictorian Kyle Uchneat said during his address at the school’s 358th graduation exercises in the high school gym Friday evening.“When I think of our...
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