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Guest columnist Dr. David Gottsegen: Age issue not so key as question of marbles
03-24-2024 2:16 PM


A poll published in The New York Times on Sunday, March 3, found that nearly half of voters now strongly agree that Joe Biden is “too old” to be president, more than twice the number of voters who strongly agree that Donald Trump is “too old.” People...

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Granby Bow and Gun Club says stray bullets that hit homes in Belchertown did not come from its range
05-10-2024 9:24 PM


BELCHERTOWN — The president of the Granby Bow and Gun Club insists that stray bullets that hit two homes and a shed in the Turkey Hill area of town did not originate from the club’s long range.Club President Ryan Downing read a statement at the...

Hampshire County youth tapped to advise governor’s team
04-29-2024 8:37 PM


Three Hampshire County students are among 60 young people statewide who will advise Gov. Maura Healey and her administrative team on issues important to young people as members of the newly minted Youth Advisory Council.The young people, ages 16-21,...

Fearful Belchertown residents blame stray bullets on nearby gun club, appeal to town for help
04-29-2024 8:29 PM


BELCHERTOWN — Jake Hulseberg won’t let his children play on the swing set he built them in their backyard on Mountain View Drive because of bullets that shattered glass doors on two houses on the street.Instead, Hulseberg keeps his kids in the front...

Jimmy Burgoff: Speed kills
04-18-2024 7:20 PM

It has become even more evident recently how careless so many local drivers act. As a driver of a big truck it always amazes me that I get cut off at speed, have to deal with cars that put on their turn signal as they’re starting to turn, and wait at...

Belchertown Select Board gives Saunders earful over state funding
04-18-2024 7:19 PM


BELCHERTOWN — A week after the town’s school system laid off 17 staff members due to funding woes, the Select Board had a simple message for state Rep. Aaron Saunders during a recent meeting — help us.Saunders, D-Belchertown, however, was not brimming...

Police investigating bullets striking homes in Belchertown
04-11-2024 6:32 PM

Staff Report

 BELCHERTOWN — Local and state police are investigating bullets striking two homes on Mountain View Drive within the past year and shattering glass doors, including one incident last week, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s...

It’s official: Belchertown’s request to create town manager position OK’d by state
04-11-2024 6:30 PM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — After nearly a year of waiting, Belchertown finally has a town manager.On March 8, Gov. Maura Healey signed legislation to create the first-ever town manager, replacing the long-used town administrator form of government. The change,...

Veteran West Roxbury community booster will lead Amherst Area Chamber
04-04-2024 6:25 PM


AMHERST — A Belchertown resident with experience in promoting economic development, leading community events and building coalitions begins his tenure as executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce this month.Jacob Robinson, most...

Jack Tullos: UMass gets a Big MAC
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

With all due deference to Gerald R. Ford, the uber-long UMass FBS independent football experiment/nightmare seems over. The 2025 season will find the Minuteman team still competing in an FBS conference, the Mid-American Conference, but the MAC...

Belchertown eyes regionalizing dispatch services with Wilbraham
03-14-2024 3:05 PM


BELCHERTOWN — The town this summer is likely to become the latest to follow a growing trend in the region of outsourcing emergency communications to regional dispatch centers.Staffing shortages for dispatchers and $7.6 million in upcoming radio...

The Rev. Vicki Kemper: A matter of survival
03-10-2024 1:47 PM

I was stunned to read the caption accompanying the Gazette’s (Feb. 17) photograph on page A3. Palestinians in Rafah, Gaza, it said, were lining up “for a free meal,” adding that basic supplies in Gaza are running short “because of the war between...

Big project wins OK at old Belchertown State School
02-23-2024 9:47 PM


BELCHERTOWN — The town has signed off on the largest project yet in its long-running efforts to redevelop the former Belchertown State School — a 100-unit mixed-income residential complex that also includes converting an old administration building...

Charges against UMass sit-in protesters downgraded to infractions
02-15-2024 8:25 PM


BELCHERTOWN — All of the UMass students who were arrested during a sit-in protest against the war in Gaza on Oct. 25 have had or will have their criminal charges converted to civil infractions, with those who accepted the lesser charges already...

Amherst chamber boss Pazmany to step down
02-08-2024 8:42 PM


AMHERST — In a region where most businesses are small, with 20 or fewer employees, having an organization to advocate on their behalf, help market them and assist them through unforeseen challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic is critical, says Amherst...

Municipal aggregation OK’d for Belchertown
02-03-2024 11:00 AM


BELCHERTOWN — State utility regulators have given a green light to municipal aggregation in Belchertown, allowing residents and businesses to act as a bulk buyer of electricity supply.Aggregation typically helps to keep electricity rates down and can...

Residents seek answers to big housing development at old Belchertown State Hospital
02-03-2024 10:48 AM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — Donna Buxton hears every day that many Belchertown residents have no idea that a 108-unit residential development may be built on the old state school property off State Street.Before the creation of the Economic Development Industrial...

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...

Belchertown dog rescue group buys Dakin site in Leverett
12-09-2023 1:18 PM


LEVERETT — For almost 25 years, a property at 163 Montague Road has served as a sanctuary for dogs, cats and other small animals, ensuring that otherwise unwanted and homeless pets would get love and attention and eventually be adopted.Now, more than...

Sunday night crash in Belchertown kills teen, engine block launched through second floor of home near site
08-25-2023 7:17 PM

Staff Report

BELCHERTOWN — A 19-year-old man was killed Sunday night after being ejected from the vehicle he was driving while being pursued by a Massachusetts State Police trooper, according to a State Police news release.Driver Miles Murray of Henniker, New...

Jack Tulloss: ‘Minority white’ population coming soon
07-27-2023 7:49 PM

When Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get,” he could have been referring to any Supreme Court decision handed down since the inaugural court was seated on March 04, 1789. For 234 years,...

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