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Gravel pit defenders in Granby make case
04-18-2024 7:14 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — David Trompke grew up walking and riding his bike down Bachelor Street back when five gravel pits were in operation.Now, at 75, the lifelong Granby resident whose family developed a subdivision off Trompke Avenue wants to lease 19 acres for a...

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Interim leader chosen to lead Granby schools while search for permanent superintendent takes place
06-06-2024 7:27 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — Mary Jane Rickson will head the district as interim superintendent while the School Committee searches for a permanent replacement for Superintendent Stephen Sullivan, who leaves for a new job in Greenfield at the end of the school year.The...


Labonte wins tight Select Board race in Granby
05-28-2024 10:47 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — David Alan Labonte narrowly edged out three other candidates to win a seat on the Select Board on Monday. Labonte received 307 votes, or 36 more than Micheline Turgeon’s 271 votes. The other two candidates, John Arcouette and Nathaniel Albin...


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

By EMILEE KELIN

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...


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

By EMILEE KLEIN

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...


Charles LaPiene: Peace at last
04-18-2024 7:20 PM

Now that the Easthampton City Council and three other local municipalities have called for a Gaza cease-fire, Hamas is sure to heed their pleas. We should be hearing soon that Hamas has pulled out, stopped their shooting, and all the hostages have...


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...


Adding up fire losses at Red Fire Farm: $1M in damages includes barn full of supplies and memories
02-23-2024 9:43 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — Days after a large fire engulfed Red Fire Farm’s barn and farm store on Carver Street on Saturday afternoon, farm staff slowly recounted the equipment and inventory lost in the fire, as well as the memories attached to them.The fire caused an...


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

By SCOTT MERZBACH

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...


Granby budgets up for approval in second part of Town Meeting
06-01-2023 6:24 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

GRANBY — Town and school budgets and other major expenditures will be presented to voters for approval when the second half of the annual Town Meeting gets underway Monday, June 5.What isn’t on the warrant this year but could be in the near future...


Christopher L. Miller: Thought it was April Fool’s Day joke
04-12-2023 7:33 PM

Honestly, Gazette, you had me going (“Easthampton school superintendent job offer abruptly rescinded“ April 1). According to your story, the Easthampton School Committee sent a cop car to roust Vito Perrone out of bed after midnight, so they could...


Effort underway to update ‘Granby girl’ headstone from Unknown to Patricia Ann Tucker
03-16-2023 7:14 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

GRANBY — The mystery that surrounded the case of the murder victim who came to be known as “Granby Girl” was one that struck a lot of people, including the town’s retired police chief, Lou Barry.Though he took the helm at the Police Department in 1987...

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