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HERO Act ‘monumental’ for veterans, but one expert says it falls short on housing
06-25-2024 2:49 PM


A leading veterans agent in the region says an expansive bill soon to become law designed to improve the lives of Massachusetts veterans is “monumental” for its expanded inclusion efforts, benefits, and health care provisions, but the measure fails to...

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Legislators discussing ways to curb sale of Illegal hemp-based products
06-18-2024 11:40 AM


A statewide proliferation in recent years of intoxicating, illegal hemp-based products — gummies, energy shot-like drink bottles and seltzers, to name a few — has raised concern among state officials and the cannabis sector alike.While these products...

Protesters decrying US role in Gaza siege set flag afire outside McGovern’s office
05-29-2024 10:46 AM


NORTHAMPTON — Protesters angered by Israel’s most recent deadly attack in Gaza brought a metal trash can and an American flag to the sidewalk outside Rep. Jim McGovern’s Pleasant Street office on Tuesday.As passersby honked in support or shouted...

Franklin County youth tapped to advise governor’s team
04-15-2024 4:29 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 young people as a member of the newly minted Youth Advisory Council.The council members, ages...

COVID cases trending up in area, though levels still lower than last year
09-17-2023 6:03 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Cases of COVID-19 have been on the rise throughout the Pioneer Valley over the past month, although not to the extent that they were a year ago, according to health officials. According to the Athol Board of Health, wastewater data for...

New walkers help make rougher Mass Audubon trails accessible
08-22-2023 5:00 PM


EASTHAMPTON – Flora Majumder, age 88, enjoys taking a 20-minute walk every day. Where she lives — at Lathrop Retirement Community in Easthampton — paths, trails and exercise classes that accommodate the use of a cane or walker are plentiful.But, due...

They’re like ‘vampires:’ Heavy rains, warm temperatures cause mosquito excess
07-30-2023 5:00 PM


NORTHAMPTON — On a cloudy and humid Thursday morning, John Briggs was doing the same thing he has done since 2014: placing mosquito traps and collecting them for testing in the lab.But this time, recent prolonged heavy rains and heat meant that he was...

At risk: Eight dams in Hampshire/Franklin counties at threat to fail as a warming climate brings bigger storms
07-26-2023 4:14 PM


In July 2021, heavy rainfall caused a beaver dam to burst, leading to the collapse of a 20-foot-long portion of East Street in Belchertown and causing property damage to nearly half a dozen homes.While the beavers faced the brunt of the blame,...

Northampton Fire Chief Davine tapped as state fire marshal
07-21-2023 4:00 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Fire Chief Jon Davine was 27 years old when he entered the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy as a new recruit, before joining Northampton Fire Rescue in 1998. Now 25 years later, Davine will soon be the highest-ranking...

Western Mass. housing advocates measure challenges at gathering
05-15-2023 4:13 PM


HOLYOKE — Twice facing the trauma of eviction and once making a vehicle home for herself and her four children, as well as living inside a mold-filled apartment, Shaundell Diaz of Springfield brings firsthand knowledge of homelessness.Now the...

McGovern faces pushback from activists on Cuba, Venezuela sanctions
05-14-2023 5:00 PM

By Maddie Fabian

NORTHAMPTON — Local activists for Cuba and Venezuela are calling on U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern to sign a letter to President Joe Biden condemning sanctions that they say have impacted the countries’ economies and contributed to a surge of migrants at...

Passenger rail commission hears extensive testimony at public hearing in Northampton
03-23-2023 4:19 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Supporters of enhanced passenger rail service in western Massachusetts packed the Senior Center Tuesday to testify before the legislative commission studying the project’s governance and funding.From as far afield as Greenfield, Palmer...

Sullivan sworn in for fourth term as district attorney
01-04-2023 3:04 PM


NORTHAMPTON — In the old courtroom at the Hampshire County Superior Court, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan took the oath of office Wednesday for the fourth time after being reelected to the position. As in the previous two elections for...

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