Massachusetts boy dies after trying TikTok ‘blackout challenge’

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – A grieving Massachusetts family is trying to bring awareness to the dangers of a social media challenge that caused the death of their eighth-grader this week. Amherst Regional Middle School student Nate Squires was found unresponsive at home Monday after attempting the “blackout challenge,” his family...
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What do you know about 'the most imposing structure in Gardner'?

It has been referred to as “the most imposing structure in Gardner.”. The 110-foot Romanesque tower stretching toward the heavens has overlooked the “French section” of Gardner as well as the downtown section of the city for the past century. On Oct. 3, 1915, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary...
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Finalists named for Greenfield schools superintendent

GREENFIELD — Five finalists have been named in the search for a new superintendent of the Greenfield School Department. “Of eight people who applied, we chose five,” School Committee member Jean Wall told fellow members on Wednesday evening at the committee’s first in-person meeting since March 2020, held at the John Zon Community Center. “This is remarkable to have five strong candidates going forward for the School Committee to choose from.”

Truck driver faces charges for damaging Putney bank drive-thru

Gary has the latest forecast. Essex High School celebrates 50 years of graduates. Essex High School is celebrating a big milestone this morning -- it's 50th class has now graduated. National. 78-year-old cancer survivor earns black belt in taekwondo. Updated: 7 hours ago. |. Tom Gustafson is a 78-year-old veteran...
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Northampton zoning reform aims for affordability and choice, but sparks fight with residents concerned with changing neighborhoods

Around midnight on April 1, after five hours of public comment and deliberations on everything from climate change to decriminalized psychedelics, the Northampton City Council turned its attention to a pair of zoning ordinances. The first dealt with affordable housing — city planners wanted to make obtaining permission for projects...
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SteepleCats Split Pair at Home

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams SteepleCats Wednesday split a double-header with the Upper Valley Nighthawks at Joe Wolfe Field. In the opener, Wilfrido Valenzuela scattered five hits and allowed just one earned run in five innings to earn the win on the mound. Jeremy Lea doubled, and John...
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Steeple City Sound Concert Series

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A three-day series of free concerts, featuring North Adams musicians playing improvised music, will take place at three locations throughout the city starting June 18. The concerts will be among the first sets of live music to be played in the Northern Berkshires since the lifting...

BrattRock Seeks Youth Bands and Youth Musicians for Sept. 25 Festival

BrattRock, a youth rock festival organized by Youth Services, is seeking bands and solo musical artists from around New England to take the stage at 118 Elliot in downtown Brattleboro on Saturday, Sept. 25. This is BrattRock 2021, the sixth annual Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival and the first live festival since before the pandemic.
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Religion Notes: June 17, 2021

East Longmeadow - St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will hold a giant tag sale on Saturday, June 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on church grounds. There will be something for everyone, 1 Porter Road, East Longmeadow. Online Devotions. Easthampton - The Baha’i Community of Western Mass./Southern Vt. invites everyone to its regular,...
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Montague Updates

Daily Weather Forecast For Montague

Here’s the forecast for the next four days in Montague: Thursday, June 17: Sunny during the day; while mostly clear overnight; Friday, June 18: Sunny during the day; while mostly cloudy then slight chance of rain showers overnight; Saturday, June 19: Chance of showers and thunderstorms during the day;

Bill’s Massachusetts Garden

My name is Bill Hodgeman, and I’ve been gardening on my property in Sunderland, Massachusetts, since 2015. My neighborhood was a swamp for thousands of years, then before it was developed, a lot of clay was brought in from Connecticut. So the ground is very nutritious, somewhat poorly draining, and difficult during periods of drought. I have brought in a lot of composted manure to make the soil more pliable. As a result, things grow very well—often quite a bit larger than advertised! But I love gardening here.