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Div. 5 softball: Turners Falls blanks Georgetown 5-0, captures MIAA-record 11th state championship in program history (PHOTOS)
06-15-2024 4:34 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

AMHERST – For the 11th time in program history, a state softball championship trophy is heading back to Turners Falls High School. It didn’t take long for second-seeded Turners Falls to take command against No. 4 Georgetown in Saturday’s MIAA Division...

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More than 200 acres protected for agriculture in Deerfield’s North Meadows
06-15-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With the execution of two separate conservation restrictions by Historic Deerfield and the Antonellis family, more than 200 acres of land in Deerfield will remain permanently accessible for agriculture.In early May, Historic Deerfield...


Div. 5 softball: Turners Falls father-daughter duo of assistant coach Jay Liimatainen, pitcher Madi Liimatainen celebrate Father’s Day weekend as state champions
06-15-2024 4:33 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

AMHERST — On Father’s Day weekend, Turners Falls softball assistant coach Jay Liimatainen couldn’t have asked for a better gift from his daughter.Madi Liimatainen, the Thunder’s ace, gave up a trio of base runners on a hit and two walks in the first...


$6.4M budget, slew of capital projects up for vote in Whately
06-15-2024 3:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Voters will be asked to consider a $6.4 million budget for fiscal year 2025 and a slew of capital projects at Annual Town Meeting.The meeting will be held outside Whately Elementary School on Tuesday, June 18, at 6 p.m. The $6.4 million...


Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts welcomes new CEO
06-15-2024 2:01 PM

SPRINGFIELD — The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts has appointed Vanessa Pabón-Hernandez as CEO, effective June 17.A Springfield native, Pabón-Hernandez succeeds Donna Haghighat in the key role for the philanthropic organization.Under Haghighat’s...


Bulletin Board: Montague Elks Lodge 2521 hosting a soccer shoot on Aug. 24
06-14-2024 8:29 PM

Montague Elks Lodge 2521 is hosting a soccer shoot on August 24 at Franklin County Technical School. The shoot is open for boys and girls ages seven and under and ages 8-15. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the shoot starting at 10 a.m. Participants...


American Legion baseball: Greenfield Post 81 Seniors hoping for big summer season
06-14-2024 8:27 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

GREENFIELD — It’s been a quick turnaround from the high school baseball season to the American Legion season for the Greenfield Post 81 Senior Division team. With more than half the team coming from the Greenfield and Pioneer programs — and with both...


In new hands, Green River Festival returns with headliners CAKE, Fleet Foxes and Gregory Alan Isakov
06-14-2024 6:47 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

GREENFIELD — The Green River Festival’s move in 2022 from its longtime home at Greenfield Community College to its current location at the Franklin County Fairgrounds was the most significant change it has gone through, and this year’s event, now just...


Greenfield’s Juneteenth celebration on Wednesday expected to be largest yet
06-14-2024 5:45 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — In what Human Rights Commission Chair Mpress Bennu said is expected to be the city’s largest Juneteenth celebration yet, the Greenfield community will take to the streets Wednesday for a day of art, food and Black history.Since 2021, when...


Greenfield woman recognized as ‘a driving force’ in supporting refugees
06-14-2024 5:18 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

BOSTON — Director of Bakery Operations and Executive Pastry Chef for UMass Dining Pamela Adams received a Commonwealth Heroine award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women for her role feeding and finding employment for dozens of...


Div. 5 softball: Seeking 11th state title, Turners Falls set for title-game showdown with Georgetown
06-14-2024 5:13 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

You’d be hard pressed to find a softball team with more postseason experience than Turners Falls. The Thunder were an annual contender in the old MIAA state tournament format, winning 10 state titles — most in MIAA history. Their last championship...


Shelburne Falls film screening shines light on Indigenous displacement
06-14-2024 4:28 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

SHELBURNE FALLS — “Powerlands,” a documentary film about Indigenous displacement and resistance, will be shown at Memorial Hall on Sunday, June 16, at 4 p.m. as a fundraiser for Indigenous nonprofits Native Land Conservancy and No Loose Braids.Doors...


New Salem residents to vote on paying off library loan
06-14-2024 4:05 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

NEW SALEM — Adoption of one of the final warrant articles at Annual Town Meeting on Monday would mean residents agree to use six figures of free cash to ensure the early payoff of a loan that funded the local library’s construction.The article asks if...


Sunderland Bridge being reduced to one-lane traffic next week
06-14-2024 3:38 PM

SUNDERLAND — As the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) prepares for a deck repair and resurfacing project on the Sunderland Bridge, drivers are advised there will be one-way traffic on the bridge for two days next week.On Monday, June 17,...


Enrollment formula change back before Heath voters
06-14-2024 2:43 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

HEATH — Having been two voters short of a quorum when the articles came up at Annual Town Meeting in May, residents will reconvene Monday to vote on regional agreement revisions that would change the school enrollment formula that is used to calculate...


Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Taking in the sights and sounds for Belmont weekend at Saratoga
06-14-2024 2:40 PM

Good morning!Last week’s Belmont Stakes Racing Festival was the biggest happening in upstate New York since Woodstock. Four days of horse racing in Saratoga after three days of peace and love at Yasgur’s farm. You half expected Arlo Guthrie to come...


Artists contribute sidewalk murals for Juneteenth celebration in Greenfield
06-14-2024 2:34 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

Greenfield is putting an artistic twist on its Juneteenth celebrations this year with the unveiling of a downtown sidewalk mural project celebrating the city’s abolitionist history.There will be a guided tour through the 12 historic sites on...


He may have been America’s first Black composer: Juneteenth concert at Historic Deerfield to feature music of Sawney Freeman, among others
06-14-2024 2:31 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

In celebration of Juneteenth, folks are invited to join a star-studded group of early American musical performers at Historic Deerfield, as they take on a wide variety of music from regional African American composers and band leaders.Kicking off a 7...


Town officials talk voting thresholds, term limits in Pioneer’s regional agreement
06-14-2024 2:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

BERNARDSTON — As work continues on the Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s district agreement, town officials in the three member towns are conducting their own review of the revisions at the same time.At the Bernardston Senior Center Thursday...


PHOTOS: Senior Center thanks Franklin Tech students with donation
06-14-2024 1:35 PM


Mutton and Mead organizers chart new course with ‘Roads to Revelry’
06-14-2024 1:08 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

GREENFIELD — Though the Mutton and Mead Renaissance festival was held in Millers Falls for nine years, that all came to a close in 2019, when the organizers experienced logistical and financial problems that led to the event’s cancellation.After...

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