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Past articles by David:

One-year settlement on table amid pay increase negotiations for Union 38

DEERFIELD — Negotiations between the Union 38 Teachers Association and the Union 38 school committees have been ongoing since November 2018, and it looks like they might have to pick up again next year.The Teachers Association, representing the... → Read More

Conway woman arrested on assault, numerous gun charges

CONWAY — Police responding to a domestic disturbance ended up seizing seven firearms, including a fully automatic weapon, from a woman with no license to carry or firearms identification card (FID).Grace M. Desotle, 58, of Conway, was arrested at her... → Read More

Comerford files bill to study ‘real-life costs’ of special ed

BOSTON — Sitting in her office on Beacon Hill last Tuesday, state Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, announced her latest legislative effort, “An Act quantifying the SPED Gap by comparing actual special-education costs to current special-education... → Read More

Comerford to file bill for special ed. study, awareness

In the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District of the state Senate, 20 out of 24 municipalities get less than they need from the state to fully fund special education. Now, the legislator representing that area, state Sen. Jo Comerford,... → Read More

Legislators mull House bill to restrict state forest logging

BOSTON — Touted as a measure that will combat climate change and preserve forests’ recreational value, House Bill 897 is now being considered by legislators, having had its first hearing two weeks ago.The proposed state legislation, “An Act Relative... → Read More

Families rally for, against parole for murders bill at Statehouse

BOSTON — In Massachusetts, 1,084 people are serving life in prison without the possibility of parole, the mandatory sentence for first-degree murder, according to Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts. With raw emotions, and facing proposed... → Read More

Bills allowing parole hearings for murderers stir outrage

ORANGE — After hours upon hours in court, listening to the graphic details of her mother’s murder, reading her victim’s impact statement and seeing her mother’s killers put away for life, Lucinda Costa thought the grueling process was finally over.But... → Read More

Prospect Meadow Farm offers opportunities for farmhands with disabilities

Justin Cabral, 28, of Greenfield, remembers opening his first paycheck five years ago.“I was like a kid under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning,” Cabral said, his face lighting up while recalling that special moment.Cabral knows himself well,... → Read More

Dean’s Beans wins ‘Best For The World” award

ORANGE — As a company that not only buys and sells coffee beans, but trains coffee growers in Sumatra to herd elephants back into the woods and away from crops, Dean’s Beans is not the norm. And that’s why it continues to win awards.Orange’s Dean’s... → Read More

Friends, family remember late Yankee Candle founder Michael Kittredge

BERNARDSTON — Family and friends, employees and acquaintances — the scores of people who honored Michael J. Kittredge II over the weekend recalled a man who always thought of others first.On Saturday, an open house memorial was held for the late... → Read More

Up, up and away at the Green River Festival

GREENFIELD — Music, art, food and fun — there was something for everyone at the Green River Festival this weekend. In its 33rd year, the Green River Festival drew thousands of people from all over — and of all ages — who flocked to three prominent... → Read More

Federal agents search Whately home

WHATELY — Federal agents searched a Whately home on Tuesday afternoon.Vehicles and men were seen entering and exiting 223 State Road.Whately Police Chief James Sevigne Jr. confirmed that federal agents were conducting an operation at the home, and... → Read More

From stone to bronze: New life for a Civil War soldier

DEERFIELD — The sentry has resumed his post.Those who visited the Old Deerfield Common this last week may have seen a sight that is technically new, but — for those who have been in Deerfield for more than a few years — familiar.That’s because a... → Read More

A master class in smoothies

Making smoothies is an art, and no two drinks are ever exactly the same. But there’s also a science to tinkering with the ratios of fruits, vegetables and spices. “My favorite? I don’t have a favorite. It’s like picking my favorite kid,” said... → Read More

Literacy program to tutor adults in region

ATHOL — It’s the little things that make the biggest difference when it comes to self-esteem — applying for a job, passing a driving test, reading a menu at the restaurant.For adults who are illiterate or have poor reading skills, struggling at tasks... → Read More

Wendell State Forest protesters accuse DCR of “intentional stonewalling”

WENDELL — The group protesting a state logging project in Wendell State Forest has accused the state Department of Conservation and Recreation of withholding information about the project.The Wendell State Forest Alliance and nonprofit RESTORE: The... → Read More

Mahar French students test their language learning on Quebec trip

ORANGE — Having returned from their trip to Quebec last month, a group of Ralph C. Mahar Regional School students and teachers are reflecting on the enriching experience of practicing their French with native speakers. The 20 students and several... → Read More

Comerford, Whipps to talk food access, local issues at Quabbin Harvest

ORANGE — Food access and farming, energy and education are just some of the key issues to the North Quabbin region that local legislators will discuss on Friday.State Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, and state Rep. Susannah Whipps, I-Athol, will both... → Read More

Quilts of Valor

Physically, it’s just a quilt — red, white and blue cloth stitched together methodically. Symbolically, it is so much more — a token of gratitude and recognition, a well deserved honor and the culmination of not only weeks of quilting, but years of... → Read More

Thousands flock to 43rd annual Gas Engine Show and Flea Market

BERNARDSTON — A 1906 Ford Model T, black and still sleek, a 1910s green Mogul engine, still running, and a bevy of tractors from all eras — the 43rd annual Gas Engine Show and Flea Market had nearly everything for engine enthusiasts.This weekend was... → Read More