Cummington, MA

Protest at Greenfield Fireworks

(Photo submitted by Ellie Richardson) (Greenfield, MA) – The Greenfield Recreation Department held its annual 4th of July fireworks display on Friday night. And people at Beacon Field were witness to a silent protest of the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. During the national anthem, a group of women dressed in “Handmaid’s Tale” style robes lined up in front of the stage. The group that organized the protest submitted the following press release afterwards:
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Dogs die in Berkshire County house fire

A couple says four dogs died in a house fire in Becket, Massachusetts. The Berkshire Eagle broke the story Friday evening, when a house on Benton Hill Road went up in flames. Officials said no one was injured, but the couple, who was renting the house, run Berkshire Poodles, a company that breeds award winning poodles.
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Greenfield fireworks, a success!

Greenfield’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks celebration was yesterday and the fun got underway much earlier in the day. Hundreds of people came out to Beacon Field for the beloved tradition. As always, in addition to fireworks it featured plenty of good food, fun activities, and live music by local bands including Lakeside Drive, and Janet Ryan & Straight Up.

Freight Yard Owners Propose $2M Investment in Heritage State Park

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There have been more than a few ideas lobbed around for reinvigorating Western Gateway Heritage State Park — including a model railroad museum and an artists market. But the answer may be closer to home. So close, it's already inside the park. Colleen and...

AJ Vinatieri, Son Of Ex-Patriot Adam Vinatieri, Decommits From UMass

One step forward, two steps back. Such is life for UMass Football. The Minutemen suffered a blow to their 2022 recruiting class, as kicker/punter AJ Vinatieri announced he would be decommitting from UMass on Twitter. “I have decommitted from the University of Massachusetts, and my recruitment is now 100% open,”...

Dozens Rescued From Skyfari Sky Ride at Southwick Zoo

Medon, Mass. - Shortly after 3 pm on Friday, July 1st, emergency personnel were called to the Southwick Zoo for reports of 40 people trapped on the Skyfari Sky Ride, according to the MA District 7 Twitter page. The ride allows 2-3 people, per seat, to cruise approximately 25 ft above many of the park's wildlife exhibits. When the ride stopped many of these riders were suspended directly over zoo animals.

Community coming together to help victims of Holyoke fire

HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - An early morning fire tore through a Holyoke apartment building and left over 20 people without a place to stay. On Friday, we spoke with one woman from Providence Ministries, who was there on the scene as soon as the fire broke out. Now, she said efforts are underway to help the people who lost everything.

7 candidates ballot for vacant Springfield City Council seat

SPRINGFIELD — The slate for the upcoming special election to fill a vacancy on the City Council will feature seven candidates, according to Election Commissioner and City Clerk Gladys Oyola-Lopez. Oyola-Lopez said the number of candidates is considerable. “I have never seen seven candidates for one ward seat,” she...

First Alert Weather Day to Kickoff The Holiday Weekend

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - Some woke up to natural fireworks with lots of lightning and thunder early this AM!. We have Issued a First Alert Weather Day for today, Saturday due to the threat for a few strong to severe storms this afternoon and evening. Clouds should give way to...

Berkshire Community College Pinning Ceremony

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College on Thursday graduated a dozen future nurses in a pinning ceremony held in the college's Connector space. Dean of Nursing Lori Moon commended the graduates of the 10-month course for entering the health-care industry especially after the pandemic and a national nursing shortage. She left them with some final advice -- to remember why they started this journey, to continue to ask questions and to have empathy.

Letter: Amherst’s Residential Taxes Are Too High

My wife and I decided to move to the Town of Amherst, Massachusetts and consequently purchased our condominium in June 2019. One of the first questions we asked the owner/builder of the condominium, both real estate agents, the closing lawyers, and the Town of Amherst Tax Assessors Office was, how much are the real estate taxes on our unit? No one was able to answer because we were part of a condominium association that had not been completely sold and the condominium association had not been set up. Furthermore, we were told that the original house was taxed approximately $11 -$12K yearly and if you divide the 6 units into that figure you should have an approximate figure.
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Westfield High School Student Journalists Win Prestigious Honor

Westfield High School’s weekly student newspaper, Hi’s Eye, has received a prestigious 1st place award by the American Scholastic Press Association. The association critiques college and high school newspapers from around the United States annually and scores them on format, content, presentation, and other criteria. Founded in 1935 and continuing today as an independent, uncensored, student-run newspaper, Hi’s Eye was among a number of student newspapers at high schools across the country within a specific enrollment category to receive 1st place recognition for 2021-2022.

Town Of Amherst Public Pool Update

War Memorial Pool will not be open this weekend (7/2-7/3) or next week (7/9-7/10), as we are awaiting the arrival of a replacement pump. The Spray Park at Groff Park will be open, 10am to 8pm, and Mill River Pool will be opened as scheduled.