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A Look Back: June 18

■Mayor Dunphy showed a pretty fair form as he tossed out the first ball for the opening of the 1971 Junior Legion baseball season for the Northampton team. The opening on Monday was marred by a loss to South Hadley, but the Hamp team, Post 28, will play tonight at Hadley.
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WMass playoffs: Holyoke boys volleyball sweeps Bechertown in opening round

Lewis Torres had eight kills, five assists and 20 digs, as the Holyoke boys volleyball team defeated Belchertown 25-9, 25-9, 25-18 in a 3-0 sweep Friday in the Western Massachusetts first round. The fifth-seeded Purple Knights will host No. 13 Ludlow in Monday’s quarterfinals. The 13th-seeded Lions upset No. 4...
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A LOOK BACK

■Mrs. Louis Hardy of 380 Chesterfield Road, Northampton, was awarded the Fred Graves bowl from Garden Club president Thomas Yarrows of West Hatfield. This award for the best house plant was judged best of all entries in a house plant exhibit held recently by the Hampshire County Garden Club at the People’s Institute in Northampton.
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Mary Ingari: More productive alternatives to panhandling

I am writing in support of the guest columnist, Jalil Johnson, whose opinion was in the June 9 edition of the Hampshire Gazette. I completely agree that giving panhandlers and beggars money encourages this phenomenon that has taken over Main Street for the past few years. It’s co-dependent and enables people to get off buses from other cities and congregate here on Main Street Northampton.
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River Valley Co-op readies for July 1 opening in Easthampton

EASTHAMPTON – The new River Valley Co-op on 228 Northampton St. in Easthampton will officially open its doors to the public with a ribbon cutting on July 1. This will be the second store to open in Hampshire County, the first being in Northampton. According to Rochelle Prunty, the general...
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Podcast: Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz

In this week’s edition of The Even Better Western Mass Podcast, Dave Madsen’s guest is Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz. Narkewicz has served as mayor of Hampshire County’s biggest community for 10 years and earlier this year announced he would not seek a fourth term. We talk about that decision, his time in office, the impact of COVID-19 on the city, and lots more.
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A Look Back: June 14

■Charles R. Longworth has been named the new president of Hampshire College. Under a new leadership arrangement, the current president, Franklin Patterson, will move from direct operating responsibility as president to the positions of chairman of the board of trustees and founder president on July 1. ■Mayor Sean M. Dunphy,...
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Many communities scrambled to leave state mosquito spraying program

During the past few months, several western Massachusetts communities have scrambled to meet a May 28 deadline to opt out of the state’s mosquito control spraying program. Northampton became the latest municipality to opt out of the program under the State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board (SRMCB) following in the footsteps of other towns like Amherst, Pelham, Williamsburg, Westhampton, Whately, Goshen and Greenfield.
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Guest columnist Maisy Sylvan: Unsung heroes of social progress

Earlier this year, I interviewed eight progressive cafe owners across Hampshire County as part of a graduate school research project. Through ethnography, I sought to explore the ways that social progressivism and small-business ownership interact. I also posed questions about if and how the pandemic affected business owners’ ideological purviews. What resulted were long phone calls and Zoom sessions about humanity, adaptability and how we navigate the sociopolitics of space and place.
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Amy Timmins: Available services for those in need

In his July 8 message, guest columnist Jalil Johnson offered several excellent examples of the services available in Northampton to address the needs of people who are hungry or homeless. We would simply like to clarify that the Grove Street Inn and Hampshire County Resource Center, both of which he...
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High Schools: Belchertown girls lacrosse bests St. Mary’s

Erin Lucas accumulated seven points on five goals and two assists, as the Belchertown girls lacrosse team bested St. Mary’s 17-8 at home Friday. Allison Bessette and Elyssa Wrona scored four goals and had an assist each. Ryan Lauzier, Madysen Lepage and Kelsey Reardon contributed a goal and an assist...
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High School Softball/Baseball: Hopkins Academy softball hands Southwick its first loss

Taylor Barry delivered a walk-off hit for the Hopkins Academy softball team Friday, beating Southwick 4-3 and knocking the Rams from the ranks of the unbeaten. Hopkins Academy trailed 3-0 heading to the bottom of the seventh in Hadley. The first two Golden Hawks made outs. Then Lily Ela walked, and Ana Dyjach and seventh grader Laney Bailey (2-for-3) singled to load the bases.
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Panel talks resources, solutions for combating food insecurity

Legislators and community partners representing western Massachusetts participated in a virtual panel discussion this week to share information about resources for families and individuals facing hunger, and to examine policies and solutions that can solve hunger throughout the state. The discussion was recorded and livestreamed on the Facebook page of...
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Big inning sends Hopkins Academy baseball past Frontier, secures league title

HADLEY — With the Hampshire League West title on the line, a pitcher’s duel was expected between Frontier’s Tyler Baranowski and Hopkins Academy’s Jack Feltovic on Thursday. Through three innings, that’s exactly how it was playing out. Frontier pulled ahead early with an RBI double from Liam Skribiski-Banack in the...
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Community leaders feted in online ceremony

NORTHAMPTON — Valley residents who were exemplary for their volunteerism and dedication to making their communities better were recognized for their contributions on Tuesday morning. Nearly 133 people joined a “coffee cup celebration” on Zoom for the announcement of this year’s winners of the Daily Hampshire Gazette and United Way...