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A celestial occasion: Franklin County residents admire solar eclipse
04-08-2024 5:53 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE andANTHONY CAMMALLERI

Franklin County residents watched in awe as the moon and sun reversed roles and our star took on the shape of a crescent during the so-called “Great North American Eclipse” Monday afternoon.For about two hours beginning at around 2 p.m., the moon...

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$1M in grants to boost local food system in Franklin, Hampshire counties
02-27-2024 4:20 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE and JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Area organizations are welcoming grant awards that will boost the supply of fresh, local food available to those in need and provide support for local farmers.“We’re really thrilled to have been selected,” said Lev BenEzra, executive...


House fire in Orange displaces family
01-10-2024 5:17 PM

By DOMENIC POLI and PAUL FRANZ

ORANGE — Four people were displaced Wednesday morning when a fire damaged a single-family house at 86 Mechanic St.The Salvation Army Athol Corps is reportedly assisting Donna and Kevin Sweeney and their sons, Sean and Nicholas, following the blaze...


UMass AD Ryan Bamford says finding a long-term conference home “very important to the health and ultimate success of our football program”
12-06-2023 3:57 PM

By GARRETT COTE and JEFF LAJOIE

AMHERST — A little over a week ago, the University of Delaware announced a move to Conference USA in all sports, part of the football team’s move up from FCS. A popular connection among Hampshire County fans was that UMass would make a similar move....


Through The Maroon: UConn-UMass rivalry, Stefanie Kulesza and packing the Mullins Center
11-24-2023 1:33 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS, GARRETT COTE and THOMAS JOHNSTON

Thomas JohnstonOne of the great things about college sports is the rivalries between local schools. It's what makes weekends like this so exciting, getting to see Michigan play Ohio State, Auburn take on Alabama, etc. It's one of the best weekends in...


Through The Maroon: Tackling conference realignment, Josh Cohen’s ascension
11-15-2023 5:07 PM

By GARRETT COTE, HANNAH BEVIS and THOMAS JOHNSTON

In this week’s edition of Through the Maroon, our writers tackle both the football and men’s basketball teams ahead of important games.The men’s basketball team looks to stay unbeaten with a rare Friday night home game against Harvard while the...


Through the Maroon: Amherst’s Dwayne Killings returns with Albany 
11-08-2023 4:45 PM

By GARRETT COTE, TOM JOHNSTON and HANNAH BEVIS

Garrett CoteFor the second time in as many seasons, Albany men’s basketball head coach Dwayne Killings visited the Mullins Center to match up against a Minutemen team he once suited up for in the early 2000s.Killings, an Amherst native, grew up going...


Two newcomers, one incumbent secure Greenfield School Committee seats
11-08-2023 4:26 PM

By MARY BYRNE and JULIAN MENDOZA

GREENFIELD — Two newcomers will join the School Committee as Ann Childs and Stacey Sexton secured seats alongside incumbent School Committee Chair Amy Proietti following Tuesday’s city election.Voters were asked to decide on a four-way contest for...


DeSorgher victorious: Greenfield mayor-elect defeats Wedegartner, winning every precinct
11-07-2023 10:55 PM

By MARY BYRNE and JULIAN MENDOZA

GREENFIELD — After years of rising through the ranks of municipal government, Virginia “Ginny” DeSorgher will serve as the city’s fourth mayor with a convincing victory in Tuesday’s election.DeSorgher defeated incumbent Roxann Wedegartner for a...


Through The Maroon: Fall and winter seasons merging at UMass
10-25-2023 7:59 PM

By GARRETT COTE, THOMAS JOHNSTON and JEFF LAJOIE

We’re hitting that lovely part of the collegiate athletic calendar where fall and winter sports overlap, making things particularly busy at the University of Massachusetts over the next few weeks.Here’s this week’s installment of Through The Maroon,...


10 local schools classified as ‘requiring assistance or intervention’ following MCAS results
09-29-2023 6:45 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA, BELLA LEVAVI, MARY BYRNE and MAX BOWEN

Gill Elementary School and Petersham Center School have emerged as two of the state’s 66 strongest-performing schools relative to MCAS test taking, while 10 others in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region have been classified as “requiring...


$808K boosts region’s climate resilience planning
09-05-2023 5:54 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI andDOMENIC POLI

Six Franklin County communities are getting a $808,200 funding boost to support climate resilience implementation and planning efforts.The grants are part of a total $31.5 million that was awarded statewide as part of the latest Municipal...


GCC readies for new students with launch of free community college program
08-25-2023 4:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACHand CHRIS LARABEE

More than 1,300 students age 25 and older attend Holyoke Community College, where the Itsy Bitsy child watch center, the Homestead Market and the Adult Learning Center are among the offerings aimed at improving their educational careers.With thousands...


Athol home destroyed, Millers Falls house spared in Tuesday fires
08-15-2023 6:12 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE andMARY BYRNE

Just hours after a second-alarm fire destroyed a home on Main Street in Athol, a Millers Falls homeowner’s quick thinking helped minimize damage to her house when a power tool battery caught fire on Tuesday.“Thank God I have [a fire extinguisher],”...


Local opinions mixed on Trump indictment
06-13-2023 6:42 PM

By DOMENIC POLI, MAX BOWEN and ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Video recordings and photos are prohibited inside the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Miami, but that’s done nothing to quell public discourse around Donald Trump becoming the first former U.S. president to face federal criminal...


Firearm, assault charges result from Main Street fight in Greenfield
06-08-2023 10:24 AM

By MARY BYRNE and DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Two men pleaded not guilty in Greenfield District Court on Wednesday following an altercation at the corner of Main Street and Bank Row on Tuesday.Devantae Maguire, 19, was charged with assault and battery as well as various firearms...


Five injured in 3-car crash in Gill 
05-12-2023 2:36 PM

By PAUL FRANZ and CHRIS LARABEE

GILL — Five people were injured Friday morning in a three-car crash that forced a four-hour closure of Route 2 in Gill just east of Barton Cove, according to police.At approximately 8:42 a.m., an Audi C5 and a Hyundai Azera collided head on near the...


$223K to aid in PFAS remediation for Franklin County, North Quabbin
04-06-2023 6:56 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE and MAX BOWEN

A total of $223,079 in state grant funding is headed to four Franklin County and North Quabbin towns to help filter potentially harmful chemicals from their water systems.The Healey-Driscoll administration and the state Department of Environmental...


Olver left indelible mark: Colleagues, constituents, friends remember longtime politician, who died Thursday at 86
02-24-2023 7:13 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACHand BELLA LEVAVI

AMHERST — John Olver of Amherst, who served as a U.S. congressman for 22 years and was for more than 40 years on the local and national political stage, died Thursday, leaving a legacy of progressive advocacy and achievements that continues to benefit...


Greenfield’s Winter Carnival ushers in family fun in 101st year
02-07-2023 7:32 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI and JULIAN MENDOZA

GREENFIELD — Despite the subzero temperatures of Friday and Saturday, families continued to come out all weekend long for festivities planned as part of the 101st annual Winter Carnival.Most events throughout the weekend went off without...


Chiefs say Greenfield’s police cuts will hurt surrounding towns 
01-23-2023 6:18 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE, DOMENIC POLI and JULIAN MENDOZA

In the wake of the Greenfield Police Department’s decision to leave its overnight shift unstaffed, calls will be funneled to State Police and mutual aid partners, a move that other local chiefs say will have an effect on the vast majority of Franklin...

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