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My Turn: What stuck out about the debate
07-04-2024 10:03 AM

By JOEL A. FEINMAN

  Joe Biden had a terrible night during the presidential debate. He looked wooden while walking, his stutter was the most pronounced that I’ve seen, his smile was frozen, he looked like a deer in the headlights at his podium, he got lost in answers,...

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Parade, barbecue on Saturday will mark Leverett’s 250th birthday
07-04-2024 9:37 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — Numerous floats representing local organizations such as the Rattlesnake Gutter Trust, joined by community groups and officials, will be part of a 53-group parade celebrating the town’s 250th anniversary and stepping off Saturday at 10...


My Turn: The wise ask why
06-24-2024 4:49 PM

By GENE STAMELL

 It is a ludicrous endeavor to attempt to fit all human beings into two distinct categories. But if my life depended upon my doing so (or if I were to refuse to do so at the risk of being condemned to sit in a cinema, watching “The Piano” over and...


My Turn: Why challenge to Israel is felt as fear
06-21-2024 3:13 PM

By JOSEPH LEVINE

 A common theme in the justification for the violent police raids on the pro-Palestine encampments on campuses across the country, including my own at UMass Amherst, has been their alleged antisemitic character and the consequent feelings of being...


My Turn: ‘Bigger than Dobbs’: So many rights at risk
06-16-2024 8:12 PM

By LOUISE ANTONY and ANN FERGUSON

 June 24 will be the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s earthshaking decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which eliminated the constitutional right to abortion, established in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Reversing nearly...


South County Notebook: June 5, 2024
06-04-2024 2:52 PM

Friends of Deerfield and Deerfield 350th Committee burying time capsule SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Friends of Deerfield and the town’s 350th Committee are burying a 350th anniversary time capsule on Saturday, June 8, at 11:30 a.m. at the South Deerfield...


My Turn: Digging up lost diaries of first dogs
05-30-2024 4:06 PM

By GENE STAMMEL

Note: These excerpts from recently unearthed diaries offer unique perspectives on the lives of important historical figures in American history.Sweet Lips (March 26, 1785)When I was a little pup, I kept sniffing around for Aunt Vernon. That is what I...


Officials sorting out disarray at Leverett Elementary School
05-26-2024 12:36 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — With the interim Leverett Elementary School principal on a leave that began in March after being criticized for a lack of transparency, representatives of the teachers union are seeing the leadership situation as contributing to a “very...


South County Notebook: May 24, 2024
05-23-2024 2:36 PM

Schoen Books hosting charity book sale on Sunday SOUTH DEERFIELD — Schoen Books is hosting a charity book sale at its 7 Sugarloaf St. location from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m on Sunday, May 26.Folks will be able to check out the store’s collection of...


Walk for Peace in Gaza set for Saturday in Leverett
05-16-2024 2:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — A Walk for Peace in Gaza, bringing participants from Town Hall to the New England Peace Pagoda, takes place Saturday, an event that organizers view as a way to stand with those experiencing loss and grief.Sponsored by the Village of Light...


South County Notebook: May 11, 2024
05-10-2024 1:30 PM

Historical Society hosting ‘French Flintlock Musket: A Game-Changer in the Struggle for Independence’ CONWAY — The Conway Historical Society is presenting its May program on Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to learn about the role...


Guest columnist Gene Stamell: We know what we know
05-02-2024 9:06 PM

By GENE STAMELL

 Columnist’s note: The following contains many parenthetical asides and seemingly unimportant details that somehow, one hopes, lead to a conclusion that the reader finds moderately interesting or entertaining or, at the very least, bearable.  Once...


My Turn: How to keep right on killing
04-30-2024 8:01 PM

By NANCY GROSSMAN

 Say, “I don’t believe the numbers.” Insist “It’s complicated.”Say, “There is no alternative. Hamas has called for the destruction of the state of Israel and thus, Hamas must be destroyed.” Disregard the Israeli leaders who have called for the...


Leverett residents back Gaza cease-fire resolution at Saturday’s Town Meeting
04-28-2024 2:01 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

LEVERETT — Residents elected town officials, signed off on a $7.56 million budget for fiscal year 2025 and passed a resolution calling for a permanent cease-fire in Gaza during their Annual Town Meeting on Saturday.After uncontested elections, the...


Leverett Town Meeting voters will decide cease-fire call, budgets
04-23-2024 9:29 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — Money for continued restoration of the North Leverett Sawmill, a citizen’s petition calling for a permanent cease-fire in Gaza, and a $7.56 million budget for fiscal year 2025, which adds a fourth police officer to the Police Department,...


My Turn: Call for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza
04-21-2024 10:26 AM

By PATRICIA CROSBY

 As Friends (Quakers), we respect the humanity of all people, which is why we have sought nonviolent responses to conflict anywhere. Our experience teaches us that violence only creates hatred, fear, hopelessness, and endless new cycles of war and...


County cleanups on tap for Earth Day
04-17-2024 5:12 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Residents across Franklin County plan to get their hands dirty in celebration of Earth Day, with various cleanup events on the horizon.In Colrain, residents can roll up their sleeves and pick up roadside litter as part of “Spruce Up Colrain.” There is...


Sounds Local: Spring is singer-songwriter season: A host of local performers celebrate new work
04-17-2024 2:27 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

We are fortunate to live in an area where we can experience all types of music, and when it comes to singer-songwriters, we are fortunate to have so many talented ones living among us. Any given weekend, you can head out to one of the local breweries...


South County Notebook: April 9, 2024
04-08-2024 2:37 PM

Sunday Speaker series continues at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Holy Family Roman Catholic Church’s Sunday Speaker series continues this Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m., with “Mysteries of Fatima.” The presentation will be led...


Hollie Kalkstein: Must accept ‘collateral damage of peace’
03-20-2024 6:08 PM

To be a Jew right now, and the child of a Holocaust survivor, compels me to speak. Israeli children do not out-value Palestinian children across a boundary that hems them in.Why is the collateral damage of war accepted but the collateral damage of...


Styrofoam recycling collections coming to four Franklin County towns
03-15-2024 1:55 PM

The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District is collaborating with the towns of Leverett, Montague, Northfield and Wendell to offer free recycling collections of blocky Styrofoam packing material specifically for residents of the four...

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