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Sunderland receives $195K grant to study, design multi-use trail from Whately to Amherst
07-17-2024 9:26 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With a $195,090 MassTrails grant, visions of people walking and biking on the Norwottuck North Shared-Use Path from Whately to Amherst are one step closer to becoming a reality.Alongside a $76,840 match from Sunderland, which is the lead...

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Deerfield Selectboard picks company for South County Senior Center feasibility study
06-20-2024 3:47 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With a grant extension in hand, the Deerfield Select Board has selected edmSTUDIO, a Unionville, Connecticut-based architecture firm, to conduct a feasibility study to help the South County Senior Center determine an optimal site for...


Kayaker’s delight: Best day-paddles along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts
06-06-2024 7:22 PM

By ANNA LAIRD BARTO

Last summer, I chronicled my 68-mile paddle of the Connecticut River through Massachusetts. Along the way, I became very well acquainted with the river, its bends and currents, dams and bridges, trees and wildlife — even its sewage overflows! Here are...


Mystery shrouds case of injured moose euthanized in Sunderland
05-30-2024 5:41 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — Police responded to the area of Bull Hill Road and Route 116 on the morning of May 23 for a report of a moose struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival shortly after 7 a.m., though, there were more questions than answers, as first responders...


Frontier’s response to alleged sexual misconduct draws ire
04-18-2024 7:22 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Several parents and community members criticized the Frontier Regional School District on April 9 for its lack of communication over alleged sexual misconduct on campus during school hours in March.Speaking during public comment at...


Residents seek to balance intersection upgrades with preservation of Sunderland character
04-11-2024 6:31 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With Stantec consultants back in town to gather feedback on potential changes to downtown Sunderland, streetscape improvements, traffic-calming measures, multi-use paths and other similar infrastructure were at the top of residents’ minds...


Longtime employees buy Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — The change of the seasons, as farmers know, often brings a slew of other changes along with it, and at Kitchen Garden Farm, this spring brings the largest change of all.Soon the farm will change hands for the first time since its founding...


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

By SCOTT MERZBACH

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...


Pedestrian killed by vehicle in Hadley on Saturday ID’d as Melvin Wilson, 33
01-11-2024 11:48 AM

Staff Report

HADLEY — Melvin L. Wilson, 33, of Sunderland, is identified as the pedestrian killed after being struck by a vehicle on the Route 116 bypass early Saturday morning, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.Wilson was hit by a car...


Brian Cooper: Train travel not so great
01-05-2024 9:05 PM

My eyes rolled a bit when I read about how wonderful and convenient it is that we can take an Amtrak train between Northampton and New York City (“More Aboard!” Gazette, Dec. 27). It certainly is convenient for the city dweller without a family car,...


Guest columnist Michael Seward: Leverett housing a counter to injustice
01-05-2024 9:05 PM

By MICHAEL SEWARD

After about 100 years of exclusionary zoning, there was bound to be a reckoning. Antiquated and discriminatory housing policies among the towns of the Pioneer Valley resulted in a severe housing shortage. The housing proposal presented at a recent...


Residents at Sunderland’s Cliffside Apartments form tenant association
12-26-2023 10:59 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — In response to what residents at Cliffside Apartments say is a failure to provide proper maintenance, dozens have joined forces to create a tenant association.Tenants said this week that maintenance requests for their apartments are...


Sunderland partners with engineering firm to reimagine village center
11-22-2023 6:11 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — The town has partnered with the Stantec engineering firm to come up with a vision for the village center and what possibilities the community could explore to encourage development.“The reason the committee was formed was so we can be...


Smiarowskis celebrate 100 years of Pioneer Valley farming
09-14-2023 11:12 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — If you live in the region and have picked up locally grown asparagus or potatoes, odds are you purchased something grown by the Smiarowski family.On Saturday afternoon at the family’s Sunderland farm, members of the Smiarowski clan,...


Corn and computation: Mike’s Maze for 2023 poses the question of ‘What makes us human?’
09-06-2023 7:50 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — A question is posed in the corn at Warner Farm: In the age of artificial intelligence, what makes us human?Thinking.The one-word answer carved in the 8-acre cornfield serves as the centerpiece of Mike’s Maze 2023 theme, as people are...


Solar biz celebrates 2,000th installation, energy independence for Sunderland housing complex
08-16-2023 7:58 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — With the flip of a switch, Sanderson Place’s solar array kicked on Aug. 9 and set the senior housing facility on the road to energy independence.At the same time, the event marked Pioneer Valley Photovoltaics’ (PV Squared Solar) 2,000th...


New Community Enrichment Center in Sunderland to offer caregiver support
08-14-2023 7:35 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — Two social service agencies are working together to support not only older adults and people with disabilities, but also their families who care for them through the creation of a new enrichment center. Thanks to $450,000 in state...


Sunderland psychologist, inspired by personal experience, is expert in field of religious trauma
07-19-2023 2:04 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

It was during her freshman year of college that Marlene Winell’s faith in Jesus began slipping.As a child of missionaries, Winell had grown up dedicated to spreading the word of Christ, attending Christian rock concerts and witnessing baptisms on...


PVTA seeks grant to pilot Amherst-Greenfield route
07-13-2023 11:35 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — As the South County Senior Center continues to work with neighboring transit authorities, Pioneer Valley Transit Authority representatives shared news last week that there may be a potential solution to some of Sunderland’s transportation...


Kayak program now available for Sunderland Public Library patrons
07-13-2023 11:33 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — As libraries continue to expand their services into less traditional areas, the Sunderland Public Library is looking toward recreation through its new partnership with Adventure East.The library is joining forces with the Sunderland-based...


South County EMS chief to take post with Department of Public Health
06-28-2023 7:57 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After nearly a decade at the helm and more than 20 years working for the town, South County EMS’ first and only chief will step down from the role at the end of the month.Zoe Smith, the longtime head of South County EMS, is resigning...

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