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Management role: Forestry experts explain efforts to bolster forest health, climate resilience
02-22-2024 12:09 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

With the state dealing with catastrophic consequences of climate change, the debate around forest management continues to make headlines as Massachusetts policymakers discuss the best way to maximize carbon sequestration in forests.Trees and other...

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New Salem’s Veterans Park gets flag that flew over U.S. Capitol
02-22-2024 11:17 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

NEW SALEM – It’s at least 400 miles from Washington, D.C., to South Main Street in this quiet town of about 1,000 residents.But that’s the journey taken by the American flag that flies over Veterans Park, after having been flown over the U.S....


With 55K at risk of losing internet service, activists call on Congress to extend pandemic-era program
02-21-2024 9:29 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

SPRINGFIELD — Local activists, organizations and representatives from western Massachusetts’s congressional delegation are urging the U.S. federal government to extend a pandemic-era program that covers internet costs for 55,000 low-income residents...


Former Greenfield Police Chief Haigh: ‘I am forced to say goodbye’
02-21-2024 9:14 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD – In his retirement letter to Mayor Ginny Desorgher, former Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr. said he was stepping down “because of your refusal to support this department and your chief.”“It is with such disappointment and sadness that I must...


Class D semis: No. 3 Duggan hits shot with six seconds to play to knock off No. 2 Pioneer (PHOTOS)
02-21-2024 9:05 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

NORTHFIELD — There will be a new Western Mass. Class D boys basketball champion this year. It was a battle for the entire 32 minutes between second-seeded Pioneer — the defending Class D champs — and No. 3 Duggan on Wednesday at Messer Gymnasium....


Girls hockey: Alyssa Frazier’s OT winner lifts Williston past Deerfield in NEPSAC showdown (PHOTOS)
02-21-2024 9:01 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

EASTHAMPTON — Alyssa Frazier played hero for the Williston Northampton girls hockey team on Wednesday afternoon.Frazier ripped the game-winner from the high slot with less than a minute remaining in overtime to give the Wildcats a 2-1 win over...


Class B hockey: Greenfield’s bid for 4-peat halted by Taconic in semifinal round
02-21-2024 9:00 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

WEST SPRINGFIELD — After winning three consecutive Western Massachusetts titles, the Greenfield hockey team has found itself as the target of teams across the region.Taconic, which lost in the finals of two of those three championships, was finally...


Adding up the losses at Red Fire Farm: $1M in damages includes barn full of supplies and memories
02-21-2024 10:40 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — Days after a large fire engulfed Red Fire Farm’s barn and farm store on Carver Street in Granby on Saturday afternoon, farm staff slowly recounted the equipment and inventory lost in the fire, as well as the memories attached to them.The fire...


UMass basketball: Minutemen bounce back, roll to 74-52 victory over VCU
02-20-2024 10:26 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Anxious murmurs percolated throughout the Mullins Center crowd as a Roosevelt Wheeler layup cut VCU’s deficit to 48-38 – the closest it had been since 12-2 in the opening minutes – with exactly 14 minutes to go in regulation.The UMass...


H.S. Roundup: No. 1 Mahar pulls away in fourth quarter to defeat No. 8 Lenox in Class C quarters
02-20-2024 9:18 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

ORANGE — The Lenox boys basketball team gave top-seeded Mahar all it could handle on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Western Mass. Class C tournament.The No. 8 Millionaires were hitting shots early while its zone gave the Sens problems, with Lenox...


Class D quarters: No. 2 Pioneer controls the glass, runs away from No. 7 Smith Academy for 63-27 win (PHOTOS)
02-19-2024 8:14 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

NORTHFIELD — It was the type of performance Pioneer boys basketball coach Scott Thayer was hoping to see from his team on Monday during the quarterfinals of the Western Mass. Class D tournament. Hosting No. 7 Smith Academy, the second-seeded Panthers...


UMass basketball: Red-hot VCU comes to Mullins Center on Tuesday
02-19-2024 5:40 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — The saying all season long for the UMass men’s basketball team is a simple one: Don’t let the highs be too high, and don’t let the lows be too low.After a disappointing loss to then last-place La Salle over the weekend, the Minutemen are...


UMass hockey: Amherst’s Ryan Leonard scores hat trick to lift No. 1 Boston College past Minutemen 6-4
02-18-2024 4:58 PM

By GARRETT COTE

For the second time in three days, the UMass hockey team was overwhelmed by the offensive firepower of Boston College, as the N0. 1 Eagles completed a weekend – and season – sweep of the Minutemen with a 6-4 victory at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill on...


Hockey: Cooper Smith, Greenfield blank Easthampton 3-0 to win Wright Division title (PHOTOS)
02-17-2024 10:20 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

GREENFIELD — The Wright Division title was on the line at Collins-Moylan Arena Saturday night. The Greenfield hockey team entered its final regular season game of the season against Easthampton with a 7-0 record in the division while the Eagles came...


UMass hockey: Boston College locks down Minutemen, pulls away for 5-1 victory in front of packed Mullins Center (PHOTOS)
02-17-2024 12:13 AM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Late in the third period, Boston College freshman Ryan Leonard found himself free in the attacking zone, skating into the slot with nobody between he and UMass goalie Michael Hrabal.Leonard loaded up and snapped a wrist shot into the top...


Five local wrestlers still alive after Day 1 of MIAA Division 3 Championships
02-16-2024 7:36 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

Five local wrestlers are still in the mix at the MIAA Division 3 Wrestling Championships.Brackets were wrestled down to the semifinal round and consolation round of four after Day 1 action on Friday at Wakefield Memorial High School. Day 2 action...


PVIAC basketball: Mahar boys earn No. 1 seed in Class C field
02-16-2024 4:48 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

The basketball postseason is upon us.The PVIAC released brackets for next week’s sectional tournaments on Friday, and the majority of Franklin County high school programs found their way into the postseason fields.Four local boys’ teams and five...


Treasure in the attic: Woman steps up to save long-lost mural of 1800s Jewish immigrant congregation
02-16-2024 1:58 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

Forgotten and gathering dust in the attic of a North Adams apartment building for more than a century, a mural that’s a part of eastern European Jewish immigrant history may soon see the light of day again.If it does, it will be thanks largely to the...


Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr. retires
02-16-2024 9:51 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — City officials have announced that Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr. is retiring from his position, effective Friday, Feb. 16.Deputy Police Chief William Gordon will assume responsibilities as acting/provisional police chief, under his...


Turners Falls man faces 9 charges in high-speed chase through multiple towns
02-15-2024 9:39 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Turners Falls man faces nine charges after allegedly trying to hit a Greenfield Police cruiser before leading authorities on a high-speed chase to Sunderland which ended in Greenfield.Jason B. Griswold, 40, pleaded not guilty in...


Big fourth quarter lifts Eagle Hill boys basketball past Four Rivers in RVAL championship game (PHOTOS)
02-15-2024 9:06 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

BUCKLAND — After Sam Whitney drained a three-pointer to end the third quarter, it looked like the the Four Rivers boys basketball team had gained momentum going into the final eight minutes of the River Valley Athletic League championship game on...

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