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Past articles by Sarah:

Belchertown dedicates town forest in honor of late UMass forestry department head Don Mader

BELCHERTOWN — The newest piece of protected land in Belchertown commemorates a naturalist and educator who made significant contributions to the environmental movement of the 1960s.Donald Mader was a professor and eventual head of the University of... → Read More

New South Hadley playground honors principal who died

SOUTH HADLEY — A new playground built in honor of the late Paul Plummer, the Michael E. Smith Middle School principal who died suddenly last year, is one of several changes to the South Hadley school district in the coming year. “He certainly was a... → Read More

Belchertown teachers get new foundation’s first grants; STEM program at high school to launch

BELCHERTOWN — Teachers looking to try new ways to educate their students in the Belchertown schools now have a new place to turn for funding — a new education foundation.“If a teacher or staff wants to do something creative, they can write to get some... → Read More

Belchertown voters take issue with solar projects

BELCHERTOWN — Reacting to a number of solar projects proposed in town, residents at a special Town Meeting Monday night discussed many of the issues surrounding the proposals. Hundreds attended the meeting at the high school, which was called by a... → Read More

Belchertown residents air concerns over solar project at hearing

BELCHERTOWN – At a public hearing Tuesday night, residents shared their opposition to one large-scale solar array on Gulf Road, while plans for a “dual-use” array on private agricultural land raised few concerns.BlueWave Solar presented plans for an... → Read More

Special Town Meeting to address solar projects

BELCHERTOWN — Residents worried about a number of proposed solar arrays in town are bringing their concerns to a Special Town Meeting later this month in hopes of stopping two major solar array projects along Gulf Road.The three articles listed on the... → Read More

Smith worker on leave as bias investigator hired

NORTHAMPTON — The Smith College employee who called police on a student of color on her lunch break in a common area has been placed on paid leave pending an outside investigation into the incident.“The college has retained the Sanghavi Law Office to... → Read More

Black Smith College student questioned by police after campus employee reported she ‘seemed to be out of place.’

NORTHAMPTON — A Smith College employee called police Tuesday to investigate the presence of a black student sitting in a common area because she seemed to be out of place, ” according to a college administrator. “This incident has raised concerns... → Read More

Healey sees summer jobs grant in action at Holyoke Boys & Girls club

HOLYOKE — Getting young people involved in jobs that emphasize physical fitness, nutrition or public health is the aim of the Healthy Summer Youth Jobs Grant, and Attorney General Maura Healey came to Holyoke on Wednesday to see the program in action.... → Read More

Some in Belchertown wary of proposed solar developments

BELCHERTOWN — Two companies with plans to build large commercial solar arrays on private land in Belchertown are facing opposition from a community group that does not want to see forestland cleared to make room for green energy.Syncarpha Community... → Read More

Police step up boating patrols on Connecticut River

NORTHAMPTON — Over the weekend, state officials and local law enforcement teamed up to patrol boating activity on the Connecticut River amid an alleged increase in dangerous activities and safety violations. Several complaints about activities on the... → Read More

Jackson Street School hires therapy dog

NORTHAMPTON — Jackson Street School’s first ever therapy dog — a 6-month-old labradoodle named Jackson — arrived in Northampton this week from a training facility in Indiana. “We have some students have had hard pasts, bad experiences or trouble... → Read More

Schools in Northampton, Belchertown land grants to boost digital learning

Northampton and Belchertown schools are among 27 districts in the state that will receive technology infrastructure grants totaling $3.8 million to promote digital learning and technology upgrades. The Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant is... → Read More

Syrian refugee offers perspectives as war’s horrors continue

NORTHAMPTON — After seven years of war in Syria, Ahed Festuk no longer holds on to the revolutionary ideals that once inspired her to protest against the Assad regime. “That revolution we used to believe, it doesn’t exist anymore,” Festuk said Sunday... → Read More

Planners in South Hadley air proposed pot shop ban; vote set for special TM Wednesday

SOUTH HADLEY — The future of retail marijuana sales in South Hadley will likely take a step forward at a special Town Meeting Wednesday, where members will decide whether to restrict the establishment of commercial marijuana operations — or ban... → Read More

Northampton Exit 19 on-ramp to I-91 southbound closed until 3:30

NORTHAMPTON — The Exit 19 on-ramp for Interstate 91 south will be closed until approximately 3:30 p.m. today for construction. Massachusetts State Police have closed the ramp while construction crews pave the southbound side of I-91, according to... → Read More

Steady turnout at polls in Easthampton and Northampton as voters have their say

Contested races in Easthampton and Northampton had voters put pens to ballots to show their support for candidates Tuesday morning.In Northampton, voters said civic duty drove them into the brisk temperatures to vote. On their ballots, Northampton... → Read More