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Skyler Steele, Kylee Gamache help West to softball gold medal at 2024 Bay State Games
07-11-2024 6:37 PM

By GARRETT COTE

DEVENS — When the best-of-the-best from around the state gathered to play in the gold medal game of the 2024 Bay State Games, high-level performances are expected.And through seven innings of Thursday’s softball finale at Willard Field Complex,...

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Legion baseball: Greenfield Post 81 Juniors fall to Westfield, end 6-game winning streak (PHOTOS)
07-09-2024 7:43 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

WESTFIELD – The Greenfield Post 81 Juniors saw their six-game winning streak come to an end on Tuesday night.Host Westfield Post 124 halted the spree with a 4-2 win in an American Legion Junior Division contest at Bullens Field.It was Greenfield’s...


Propane blast torches home in Rowe
07-09-2024 2:58 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

ROWE — At least 42 firefighters responded to battle a house blaze at 32 Davenport Branch Road on Tuesday that resulted from an excavator striking a propane tank, according to Charlemont Fire Chief Dennis Annear.The fire was reported at around 1:15...


Greenfield murder suspect pleads not guilty, held without bail
07-09-2024 12:06 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Taaniel Herberger-Brown, the Greenfield man accused of murdering Christopher Hairston, of Pittsfield, and leaving his body at his Chapman Street apartment, was held without the right to bail after he pleaded not guilty at his arraignment...


Murder suspect to be arraigned in Greenfield District Court
07-08-2024 7:21 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — More than two months after police found the body of Christopher Hairston, 35, of Pittsfield, decomposing inside 42-year-old Taaniel Herberger-Brown’s Chapman Street apartment, the suspect will be arraigned in Greenfield District Court on...


Eleven local athletes set to compete in 2024 Bay State Games
07-05-2024 2:16 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

The 2024 Bay State Summer Games are here, with softball and baseball action kicking off this coming Tuesday while the majority of the other showcase sports get underway later in the week. Eleven Franklin County athletes will be competing across the...


Local high school basketball teams improving during DRIVE League summer action
07-05-2024 2:01 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

GREENFIELD — The summer is a great time to work on your game, and the DRIVE League provides that opportunity for a number of local boys high school basketball teams. Games take place multiple nights a week at Greenfield High School, with local schools...


Hilltown Tents trying to win Tri-County Baseball League title in first year of existence
07-04-2024 1:01 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

The Tri-County Baseball League of Western Massachusetts has undergone numerous changes since its inception in 1929, and this summer, a new area team has emerged. With Teddy Bears Pools, the longtime area team, struggling to fill out a roster last...


Montague and Sunderland officials look to curb wetlands violations, erosion at Falls Farm
07-03-2024 6:17 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

SUNDERLAND — Following wetlands violations and erosion that stemmed from tree clearing on 3 acres of land, Falls Farm owner Dr. James Arcoleo is continuing to discuss a restoration and mitigation plan with the Conservation Commission.Tuesday’s meeting...


Tractor driver injured in Northfield collision
07-01-2024 6:51 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

NORTHFIELD — A collision between a Ford Explorer and a tractor on Route 10 sent a man flying off the tractor and led him to sustain what Northfield Police Officer Curtis Weaver described as “apparent minor injuries.” Northfield Police and Fire...


Turners Falls High School Athletic Director Adam Graves stepping down after a decade
06-28-2024 5:12 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

For the first time in a decade, Turners Falls High School will have a new athletic director. Turners Falls alum Adam Graves has held the post since 2014, but he decided to step away following the conclusion of the school year earlier this month.During...


The long view: Reflecting on 30 years in local journalism
06-28-2024 3:25 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

In the early 1990s, I answered an ad for a reporting job at the Gazette. I had editorial experience — I’d worked as a copywriter, a copy editor, and a proofreader — and I liked writing, but I’d never worked for a newspaper, unless you counted a few...


‘All ages need imagination’: Dungeons & Dragons group in Sunderland offers community for teens
06-28-2024 12:56 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

What began as a basic security contract for a new forest resort at the Wavering Woods soon turned into a nightmare, as the team hired for the job soon found itself at odds with the mystical creatures of the woods, who had grown incensed at the resort...


Millions provided in state, federal funding for Wilson’s redevelopment in Greenfield
06-27-2024 6:44 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The Property Management Company Community Builders, LLC received more than $12.37 million in state and federal tax credits and subsidies for its conversion of the former Wilson’s Department Store on Main Street into a 61-unit affordable...


MIAA tournaments: Breaking down the 2024 spring sports season by the numbers
06-27-2024 5:32 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

The 2023-24 high school sports season has come and gone. The Recorder area had one spring state champion in the Turners Falls softball team, which knocked off Georgetown in the MIAA Division 5 final earlier this month at UMass. It was the Thunder’s...


With taxes unpaid, Whately Selectboard reinstates Club Castaway police detail requirements
06-27-2024 11:39 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — With taxes unpaid as of Tuesday evening, the Selectboard has opted to reinstate the police detail requirement at Club Castaway for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.The decision at Tuesday’s Selectboard meeting came after the club’s...


Legion baseball: Greenfield Post 81 pulls away from Westfield for 14-1 victory
06-26-2024 8:11 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

GREENFIELD — It didn’t take long for the Greenfield Post 81 Senior American Legion team to get its bats going against Westfield Post 124 on Wednesday. After struggling to hit in a 2-1 loss to Westfield earlier in the summer, Post 81 didn’t have any...


GCC union seeks dismissal of provost, though call for president’s resignation fails
06-26-2024 6:01 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Fifty-three out of 62 voting members of the Greenfield Community College Professional Association, the college’s faculty and staff union, voted in favor of Provost Chet Jordan’s dismissal Tuesday after GCC allegedly suppressed a...


Figure skating: New England West sending 7 youth athletes to 2024 State Games of America in San Diego
06-26-2024 3:46 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

New England West Skating Club figure skaters will be competing against some of the top competition in the country next month at the State Games of America. New England West Skating Club, which competes out of Deerfield Academy, has been growing back...


Legion baseball: Greenfield Post 81 wins forfeit appeal, will get a chance to finish game against Belchertown
06-26-2024 1:27 PM

By GARRETT COTE

After Greenfield Post 81 was forced to forfeit their game with Belchertown Post 239 on Tuesday, Post 81 protested the ruling in hopes to overturn it and resume it at a later date – a protest in which they won. The two teams were already continuing a...


Greenfield native and former UMass basketball player Ross Burns training prospects ahead of Wednesday’s NBA Draft
06-26-2024 10:16 AM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The 2024 NBA Draft is on Wednesday and Thursday, and though no UMass men’s basketball players are likely to be selected, a former Minuteman has his fingerprints all over the pre-draft process.Ross Burns, a Greenfield native who walked on at UMass and...

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