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FAFSA fiasco: Financial aid form meltdown trips up students, colleges
03-03-2024 1:47 PM


NORTHAMPTON — A continued challenge for some prospective students and their families in accessing federal financial aid applications, and a corresponding delay in relaying the information from these forms to colleges and universities, is raising...

Valley Bounty: Micro but mighty: At a new farm in South Hadley, small is beautiful — and delicious
02-15-2024 8:18 PM


If there’s a lesson to be learned from Love Leaf Farm in South Hadley, it’s this: don’t judge a farm by its size … or the size of their crops, for that matter.In the words of farmer-owner Michael Fredette, “Love Leaf Farm is a very small, indoor...

The power of pickleball: Courts are springing up around the region as its legions of devotees continue to grow
01-11-2024 11:48 AM


On any given weekday morning, upward of 40 people fill the Holyoke Community College gymnasium to partake in the sport that has become a favorite pastime for those looking to socialize and for people of all ages and abilities looking for a little...

Arts Briefs: An Emily Dickinson drama in Holyoke, a closing art exhibit in Amherst, and more
01-11-2024 11:46 AM

The poet Emily in the Paper CityHOLYOKE — MIFA Victory Theatre is combining forces with the Emily Dickinson Museum and a New York theater company for a fresh look at The Belle of Amherst and her poetic legacy.“Because I Could Not Stop: An Encounter...

School Building Authority advances new school projects in Belchertown, South Hadley
12-26-2023 11:05 AM


A new Jabish Brook Middle School in Belchertown and a replacement building for Mosier Elementary School in South Hadley are continuing to make progress, with the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s board of directors moving both projects forward...

Amherst, South Hadley land grants to study green infrastructure
12-09-2023 1:18 PM


AMHERST — Amherst and South Hadley are among six Massachusetts communities receiving technical assistance from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to improve stormwater management and advance environmental justice in the face of Earth’s...

Granby eyes merging town offices into old West Street School; special TM coming up
11-29-2023 8:49 PM


GRANBY — Five years since elementary students ran through its halls, the West Street Building might become the permanent home to town government offices if town voters approve $5.6 million for renovations at a coming Special Town Meeting.“The town...

Loomis Communities in midst of big $12.4M rehab, expansion at its Amherst, South Hadley locations
11-29-2023 8:35 PM


SOUTH HADLEY/AMHERST — One of the region’s largest independent and assisted living communities is in the middle of a significant renovation at its Amherst and South Hadley locations that it says will provide more apartments, add community spaces and...

Showcasing arts and culture: South Hadley introduces a new festival to highlight music, dance, and more 
09-14-2023 10:48 AM


Several years ago, South Hadley created a community block party, FallsFest, that was designed to bring people together in the Falls area, the oldest neighborhood in town, with the long-range goal of revitalizing the area, home to many businesses, and...

Time to swing: Jazz drummer and South Hadley native Joe Farnsworth returns to the Valley for a concert honoring his idol, Max Roach
08-31-2023 5:18 PM


Joe Farnsworth was 10 or 11 when he got the chance to meet a drumming legend: Max Roach.It was at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in 1979, where Roach taught. Farnsworth, who grew up in South Hadley, remembers how one of his older brothers,...

State doles out grants for trail work in several area communities
06-28-2023 8:05 PM


An infusion of $320,000 from the state’s MassTrails Grant Program will bring the design and engineering phase for a new 3½-mile rail trail in Southampton another step closer to completion.Meanwhile, a $60,000 grant will improve the Robert Frost Trail...

COVID vaccine mandate ending at UMass as state stands down from emergency 
05-03-2023 8:30 PM


AMHERST — A mandate for students, faculty and staff at the University of Massachusetts to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is ending.“Effective July 1, 2023, the university will no longer require faculty, staff and students to receive a COVID-19...

Mount Holyoke names Danielle Ren Holley as its new president
02-16-2023 9:14 PM


SOUTH HADLEY — Danielle Ren Holley, a legal educator and social justice scholar, will become the 20th president of Mount Holyoke College on July 1, becoming the first Black woman to serve as a permanent president in the college’s 186-year history.In...

South Hadley schools, union move forward with new contract, though 46% of members vote against ratification
02-16-2023 9:10 PM


SOUTH HADLEY — After a particularly contentious contract negotiation cycle that began in the fall of 2021, the school district and the South Hadley Education Association have solidified their contract agreements.Members of the 270-member union of...

Martha Terry: Encourages input on short-term rentals bylaw 
02-01-2023 10:21 AM

I am writing to alert South Hadley citizens of a public hearing to be conducted by the Planning Board regarding the proposed short-term rental zoning bylaw and proposed short-term rental general bylaw. A virtual public hearing will be held on Monday,...

Linda Young: Short-term rentals at what cost?
02-01-2023 10:21 AM

South Hadley residents, what do you want your town to look like come this summer? On Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. the Planning Board is hosting a Zoom meeting to hear your thoughts on short-term rentals, possibly by right. What does this mean? The home next to...

Mary Hayden Hall: People and the planet
01-25-2023 10:56 AM

Every human life is precious. And that is why it is so very tragic that so many people subsist in unbearable conditions. Just yesterday, I listened to a story on public radio about Nigeria, where it seems most everyone is trying to leave the country....

South Hadley’s superintendent, on leave for nine months, officially resigns
01-12-2023 2:05 PM


SOUTH HADLEY — Nine months after being placed on paid leave, Jahmal Mosley has tendered a one-sentence resignation as superintendent. School Committee Chairwoman Allison Schlachter confirmed Monday that Mosley resigned as of Dec. 31 and is no longer...

South Hadley teachers, district reach tentative contract agreement
01-12-2023 2:05 PM


SOUTH HADLEY — After more than two months of working only their contracted hours, the town’s public school teachers, paraeducators and other staff members are no longer “working-to-rule.” Members of the South Hadley Education Association put an end to...

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