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Senators, public health officials discuss disparities, inequities

Public health officials talked and state senators listened as issues of disparity, racism and inequity were discussed during a live online broadcast on Monday.Sens. Jo Comerford and Adam Hinds joined colleagues as they heard from Frank Robinson at... → Read More

CISA offers more interest-free loans for Pioneer Valley farms

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) has opened the second round of its Emergency Farm Fund, offering more loans to aid farms throughout the Pioneer Valley that have been affected by the global pandemic.“It is the... → Read More

State committee advances slew of health-minded bills

The state’s Joint Committee on Public Health chaired by Sen. Jo Comerford is pushing bills that protect children’s health, expand MassHealth coverage and facilitate access to emergency care.According to Comerford, D-Northampton, the Community Immunity... → Read More

Legislators seek more reporting from elder care facilities

The House passed and sent legislation to the Senate requiring nursing homes, assisted living facilities and senior housing to track COVID-19 cases and deaths, and report them daily to local and state public health officials. But the Senate has since... → Read More

Senator, advocates speak to how COVID-19 is ‘shining a light on hunger’

Farmers and advocates looking to end hunger in the Pioneer Valley and beyond met online this week to discuss with state Sen. Jo Comerford what can be done.Comerford, D-Northampton, brought advocates together to discuss not only the issues and how they... → Read More

Bar-Way Farm in Deerfield donates milk to families in need

DEERFIELD — A local dairy farmer did his “small part” last week to help those during the COVID-19 pandemic by donating milk that went to families in need.Peter Melnik, co-owner of Bar-Way Farm in Deerfield, said he did it as part of the “Farmers... → Read More

Legislators’ work pays off in new state regs for nursing homes

After weeks of advocating for one of the most vulnerable populations in Massachusetts, with a large number of illnesses and deaths among them during the COVID-19 pandemic, local legislators are seeing some of the fruits of their labors as the governor... → Read More

Local farmers challenged by pandemic, uncertainty

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the Valley, upending people’s lives along the way, farmers say they’re heading into a season filled with uncertainty and more challenges than usual.Schools, restaurants, universities and some... → Read More

Five suspected COVID-19 cases reported at Baystate Franklin

GREENFIELD — There are five suspected cases of COVID-19 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center at this point, the hospital’s chief nursing and administrative officer reported Tuesday.“We have five people who presented with symptoms that were bad enough... → Read More

Funding for Healthy Incentives Program restored

The state Senate followed the House this week and voted to approve another $2 million for the Health Incentives Program, better known as HIP, putting an end to the temporary suspension that went into effect on Feb. 23.Gov. Charlie Baker signed the... → Read More

Legislators protest suspension of state food program

Legislators who make up the western Massachusetts delegation are among 89 lawmakers to send a letter to the governor and lieutenant governor expressing their “deep disappointment” over the administration’s suspension of the Healthy Incentives Program... → Read More

Comerford, committee advance 75 health bills

The Legislature’s Public Health Committee, headed by state Sen. Jo Comerford, has advanced 75 bills that, if passed, would strengthen environmental protections in the state, advance women’s health, eliminate disparities, regulate prescription drug... → Read More

Comerford’s bill, amendments in Senate climate package

The state Senate included several amendments and a bill by Sen. Jo Comerford in its climate package that’s designed to accelerate the transition of vehicles to carbon-free power, set a “next-generation” climate policy and curb the nearly 40 percent of... → Read More

Literacy Project had highest grad rate in state in 2019

GREENFIELD — The Literacy Project had the highest number of high-school equivalency graduates of any Adult Basic Education program in Massachusetts last year, according to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.The Literacy Project... → Read More

Gift of land to Red Gate Farm in Ashfield helps secure ‘lasting legacy’

ASHFIELD — Red Gate Farm Education Center has received a donation of 3.5 acres from Walter Popper and his family that will expand its existing pastures and hiking trails and secure a lasting legacy, the farm’s assistant director says.“Our goal is to... → Read More

Scouting a way of life for Greenfield Maloney family

They say families that play together, stay together, but for the Maloneys, scouting is what keeps them close. Mark and Martha “Marty” Maloney raised their three boys in Greenfield. Mark himself was a Boy Scout. Now, all three of his sons are Eagle... → Read More

Chilifest bringing heat to late summer this weekend

SUNDERLAND — While temperatures start to cool as fall approaches, things will heat up again this weekend at Kitchen Garden Farm’s Chilifest.The annual festival will be held at Mike’s Maze, 23 South Main St. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15,... → Read More

As teen and her horse head to college, parents face empty nest

LEVERETT — While 18-year-old Brooke Griswold is settling into her first week of college, making new friends and realizing her life will never be the same, her parents are struggling at their home in Leverett with the realization that they are now... → Read More

Local legislators, state to talk solar

State Sen. Jo Comerford says in this time of climate crisis, legislators want to ensure the state is doing everything it can to promote the development of renewable energy resources.So, Comerford, D-Northampton, state Rep. Natalie Blais, D-Sunderland,... → Read More

Drag queen and supporters plan to create art from recent vandalism

GREENFIELD — Joe Dulude II was in England when he heard the news that two portraits of him that had hung on the former First National Bank on Bank Row for the past month had been vandalized — torn to shreds.“Unfortunately, these amazing photos that I... → Read More