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Pushback: Tax fund option helps keep elders in homes
04-17-2024 6:02 AM

By AL NORMAN

There are elderly and disabled individuals in Greenfield who are struggling to pay their property tax bills. At-large City Councilor Wahab Minhas wants to keep them out of the foreclosure pipeline, and in their homes.When property owners fall behind...

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High Schools: Two-run first inning propels Pioneer baseball past Turners
04-16-2024 9:09 PM

Turners Falls pitcher Joey Mosca did all he could to hold down a potent Pioneer lineup on Tuesday. Mosca gave up two runs in the first inning but settled in from there, not allowing a run the rest of the way while striking out six. The Turners bats...


Softball: Hannah Gilbert allows two hits as Franklin Tech knocks off Blackstone Valley, 7-3 (PHOTOS)
04-16-2024 8:11 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

TURNERS FALLS — It was a unique early season challenge the Franklin Tech softball team faced on Tuesday. The Eagles hosted Blackstone Valley Tech — an unfamiliar Central Mass. team which made it to the MIAA Div. 4 Round of 16 last year and bumped up...


Cleary Jewelers plans to retain shop at former Wilson’s building until 2029
04-16-2024 6:17 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — More than a year after she was told her business would need to vacate its storefront in the former Wilson’s Department Store, Cleary Jewelers owner Kerry Semaski said she plans to keep her shop at its current location until July 2029...


UMass basketball: Matt Cross reportedly enters transfer portal
04-16-2024 5:44 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — The vicious one-two frontcourt punch that helped the UMass men’s basketball team to its best season in a decade is now gone.Forward Matt Cross has entered the transfer portal, according to multiple reports early Tuesday afternoon. Cross...


Two local school advocates tapped to lead state’s new Small and Rural Schools Committee
04-16-2024 5:29 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As rural schools and their challenges continue to become a more prominent topic at the state level, two local champions of Franklin County’s schools have been tapped to serve as co-chairs of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ (MASC)...


PHOTOS: Blended learning
04-16-2024 4:53 PM


Crunch time for matzo: An easy-to-make sweet treat that’s Passover Seder-friendly
04-16-2024 4:08 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Passover begins this coming Monday night. This eight-day holiday means many things to many people: the survival of the Jewish people in the book of Exodus, the overall history of Judaism, and even the last supper of Jesus.This year Easter came more...


Orange man gets 12 to 14 years for child rape
04-16-2024 3:21 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — An Orange man will spend 12 to 14 years in prison after being convicted in Franklin County Superior Court of aggravated rape and abuse of a child.David Prue, 36, was sentenced by Judge John Agostini on Tuesday morning following a jury...


With new library comes new venue for annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest
04-16-2024 1:36 PM

By GRACE LEE

GREENFIELD — The annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest is seeing a change of venue in its 33rd year, transitioning from Stoneleigh-Burnham School to the new Greenfield Public Library.The contest will be held Tuesday, April 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This...


15th annual NELCWIT fundraiser set for Thursday
04-16-2024 11:26 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The Friends of NELCWIT will hold the 15th annual “Power to Persevere” fundraiser on Thursday, and this year’s event will be the first to include a dance element.The celebration, set for 5 to 8 p.m. at the Guiding Star Grange on Chapman...


Wheeling for Healing returns to South Deerfield to raise money for cancer treatment
04-16-2024 11:03 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After a successful move to Yankee Candle last year, the 17th annual Wheeling for Healing event is back on May 19, as the fundraiser seeks to continue raising tens of thousands of dollars for cancer patients receiving treatment within...


High schools: Mahar softball can’t stay with Northampton in 20-6 loss (PHOTOS)
04-15-2024 9:05 PM

The Mahar softball team is working hard to get its first win in a long time. The Senators — which are still searching for their first win post COVID — hosted Northampton on Monday, but the Blue Devils put runs up on the board in a hurry. Northampton...


Baseball: Sam Connors, Mahar get past Smith Academy for win No. 2 (PHOTOS)
04-15-2024 8:13 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

ORANGE — The Mahar baseball team couldn’t have asked for a better first inning on Monday against Smith Academy. After Sam Connors shut down the Falcons in the top of the frame, it didn’t take the Senator bats long to get going when it was their turn...


$427K to expand Camp Apex capacity in Shelburne
04-15-2024 6:56 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

SHELBURNE — Thanks to $427,000 in congressionally directed spending, Franklin County’s YMCA will renovate Camp Apex to expand its capacity, allowing more families, including those relying on financial aid or scholarships, to send their children to...


With eye toward teaching firearm safety, Mahar’s Junior ROTC adding air rifles
04-15-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — It appears Ralph C. Mahar Regional School’s Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps will participate in competitions with an air rifle aspect next year, though the program’s instructors are still waiting on air tanks, targets and other...


My Turn: How to welcome a refugee family into your community
04-15-2024 4:45 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

The loud and shameless politics that surrounds the issue of undocumented immigration makes it easy to miss the moves that the Biden administration has been making in the realm of legal immigration, from rebuilding the refugee program to expediting the...


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

By ABNER ROJAS

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...


Orange resident selected for governor’s Youth Advisory Council
04-15-2024 2:04 PM

By XINYI YANG

Orange resident Christiana Dunn is among 60 young people statewide who will advise Gov. Maura Healey and her administrative team on issues important to her demographic as a member of the new Youth Advisory Council.The council members, ages 16 to 21,...


Franklin County Fairgrounds hosting regional dog agility competition
04-15-2024 1:39 PM

GREENFIELD — Hundreds of canines and their handlers will compete at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on April 26 through April 28, vying for top honors in the United States Dog Agility Association’s (USDAA) New England Regional Championship.Organized...


Shutesbury Elementary School principal leaving in June after 10 years
04-15-2024 12:49 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — After 10 years as principal at Shutesbury Elementary School, Jacqueline Mendonsa is leaving the position at the end of June to relocate to the Boston area.“It is very hard for me to put into words my true love and appreciation for our...

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