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Speaking of Nature: Surprised by strawberries in the grass: Flowers will bloom whether you pay attention or not
05-13-2024 6:01 AM


Every week I try to end my column with an inspirational line or two in the hopes of motivating my readers to get outside and see what’s going on in their own back yards. As I sit and peck away at the keyboard this morning I realize that the...

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Sharing the gift of spring: The tradition of making May Baskets for May Day
04-30-2024 2:25 PM


May 1, May Day, arrives almost halfway between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice. Although spring officially arrives on the former day, our weather often doesn’t feel springlike until April … and, as recent weeks have shown, it can sometime...

UMass football: Spring Game closes one chapter for Minutemen, 2024 season fast approaching
04-28-2024 11:25 AM


AMHERST — For a coach who’s been in the business for as long as UMass football head coach Don Brown has, it’s hard to find something he hasn’t already seen.But during the Minutemen’s month of spring practice, they impressed the longtime coach with...

Speaking of Nature: ‘Those sound like chickens’: Wood frogs and spring peepers are back — and loud as ever
04-22-2024 6:01 AM


During a recent lecture on evolutioin I had to explain the differences between three different processes known as geographic, temporal and behavioral isolation. Geographic isolation is the easiest of these concepts to understand because it involves...

Conway resident leading pilot program to help families facing financial ‘cliff effect’
04-15-2024 2:37 PM


CONWAY — Earning a raise or getting a promotion normally sounds like a great thing, but in the case of low-income workers across the country, it isn’t so simple, as increases in income can leave families ineligible for public assistance.A pay increase...

Speaking of Nature: Indulging in eye candy: Finally, after such a long wait, it’s beginning to look like spring is here
04-15-2024 8:01 AM


I have just about reached the end of my patience with the winter of 2024. I realize that this may sound a bit strange, especially because we are now in the beginning of spring, but those of us who bore the brunt of the April snowstorm may sympathize...

$125K grant to Franklin County CDC funding biz assistance partnership
03-29-2024 2:11 PM


GREENFIELD — With a $125,000 grant, the Franklin County Community Development Corporation is partnering with Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services over the next two years to introduce technical assistance and mini grants to early-stage businesses...

Springfield man gets 5 years in Greenfield shooting case
03-26-2024 5:47 PM


GREENFIELD — A Springfield man who fired 15 bullets at a Greenfield Gardens apartment in July 2022 before fleeing was sentenced to five years in prison after changing his plea to guilty on Tuesday afternoon.Qadree M. Hutchins, 29, pleaded guilty in...

UMass football: Minutemen back to work, ‘good feeling to be back’ for Don Brown as spring practice opens
03-26-2024 5:18 PM


AMHERST — Prior to the UMass football team’s first spring practice of the season on Tuesday morning, head coach Don Brown addressed his team regarding the Minutemen’s current standing with the Mid-American Conference.Brown looked at his players and...

UMass hockey: Breaking down the four teams (Denver, Maine, Cornell, UMass) in the Springfield Regional
03-26-2024 4:54 PM


SPRINGFIELD — For the first time ever, Springfield will serve as a regional host for the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament this week.The MassMutual Center will play host to Denver, Maine, Cornell and UMass in a four-team regional with a spot...

Speaking of Nature: Is this Grackle really common? Behold the bird’s colorful iridescence on a sunny day
03-25-2024 6:01 AM


After a while, one learns what to expect with each month and each season. July is going to be hot and humid, October will be colorful and somewhat melancholy, January will be cold and sleepy, and then there is March. March is the month for which the...

Yankee Candle settles $1.2M class action lawsuit over time clock rounding
03-06-2024 12:04 PM


SPRINGFIELD — More than 2,400 current and former Yankee Candle employees are eligible to split $1.2 million from a class action lawsuit brought forward by an employee alleging the company failed to pay workers for “thousands of hours of work” due to...

UMass football: Minutemen hire Shane Montgomery as new offensive coordinator
02-15-2024 3:35 PM


Following the departure of offensive coordinator Steve Casula, the UMass football team had perhaps the most important decision of its offseason when choosing who was going to fill the hole.Casula left to take the tight ends coaching job for the...

Diocese sues Northampton for right to remove church windows before selling St. Mary church
02-07-2024 11:08 AM


NORTHAMPTON — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has filed a lawsuit against Northampton, claiming a stop-work order preventing the removal of stained glass windows at the former St. Mary of the Assumption Church ahead of an impending sale...

Guest columnist Pema Latshang : School leaders need to further invest in their teachers
02-05-2024 4:47 PM


Over the past three years, it’s become clear just how essential teachers are to the everyday lives of the western Massachusetts community. In remote and hybrid settings they were there for us throughout the pandemic, with many stepping up to do this...

Neal, McGovern: $78B tax bill a win for families
02-02-2024 5:34 PM


SPRINGFIELD — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal touted a new tax relief bill passed by the House of Representatives this week, and shared his views on U.S. foreign policy during a gathering with the press on Friday morning.Speaking at the atrium inside the...

Tom Denault: Criticism of high school sports officials
01-29-2024 3:40 PM

On Thursday, I read an amazing article titled “Officials deal with fan criticism,” [Recorder, Jan. 25]. Very well written and informative.I recently attended a young women’s hockey game at Deerfield Academy where Deerfield hosted Choate. The game was...

Springfield man, others face charges in North Quabbin drug trafficking ring
01-19-2024 5:19 PM

GREENFIELD — Josiah Cheeseboro, 24, of Springfield, was arraigned in Franklin County Superior Court on Thursday on several drug-related felony charges, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.Cheeseboro’s arrest at his Springfield...

Springfield man arrested in Whately on drug trafficking, firearm charges
01-05-2024 1:44 PM

WHATELY — State Police arrested a Springfield man Tuesday night on charges of trafficking fentanyl and illegal possession of a firearm after a traffic stop on Interstate 91.Mathew Lopez, 21, was arrested on the evening of Jan. 2 after State Police...

All aboard: Train travel picks up steam in Pioneer Valley, region
12-26-2023 5:49 PM


NORTHAMPTON — New York resident Cara Erdman can’t drive to her family’s home in Northampton for the holidays.Erdman lives in the city and rides public transit for transportation. Since she doesn’t own a car, Erdman often rides Amtrak’s Vermonter line...

Turners Falls shooting suspect can be released on $20K bail, judge rules
12-15-2023 3:33 PM


GREENFIELD — The Springfield man accused of shooting a man in Turners Falls during the summer and fleeing the scene can be released on $20,000 bail, a Franklin County Superior Court judge ruled this week.Gil Viera, 30, of Springfield, had previously...

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