CISA farm workshops begin Thursday
Jan15

CISA farm workshops begin Thursday

On Thursday, Jan. 18, CISA (Communities Involved in Sustainable Agriculture) hosts the first of seven workshops this winter on labor issues for farms. The topic is: “The Full Cycle of Labor Management,” with Mary Peabody of the University of Vermont Extension. It will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Northampton Senior Center at 67 Conz St. CISA has been doing annual winter workshops that focus on improving farmers’ knowledge of legal...

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Cod catch at all-time low, but rebound could be near
Jan15

Cod catch at all-time low, but rebound could be near

PORTLAND, Maine — America’s catch of cod is at an all-time low, but the fishery might finally experience a rebound in the coming fishing year. Atlantic cod were once the backbone of New England’s commercial fishing fleet, but catch has plummeted in the wake of overfishing and environmental changes. The 2016 catch, which is the most recent to be fully tabulated, was the lowest in recorded history, according to statistics from the...

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UMass basektball rallies for 2nd straight second half comeback, beats Saint Joseph’s
Jan15

UMass basektball rallies for 2nd straight second half comeback, beats Saint Joseph’s

AMHERST — The comeback started a little later, but the hole was a little smaller. Either way, the result was the same.Behind more additions to Luwane Pipkins’ highlight reel, UMass climbed out of another double-digit hole and sent another Philadelphia team home disappointed, as the Minutemen beat Sa…

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UMass basketball rallies for 2nd straight second half comeback, beats Saint Joseph’s
Jan15

UMass basketball rallies for 2nd straight second half comeback, beats Saint Joseph’s

AMHERST — The comeback started a little later, but the hole was a little smaller. Either way, the result was the same.Behind more additions to Luwane Pipkins’ highlight reel, UMass climbed out of another double-digit hole and sent another Philadelphia team home disappointed, as the Minutemen beat Sa…

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Athol ball field flooded
Jan14

Athol ball field flooded

ATHOL — Situated right next to the Millers River, the Chuck Stone Little League Field was quickly inundated with water Saturday morning after the combination of heavy rain and rapid snow melt caused the river to overflow its banks into the basin where the ball field sits. Along with covering the field, the water also flooded the concession stand and equipment shed. Despite the mess, the league is still planning to have the field ready...

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Ice jams keep damaged bridge, threatened housing complex closed
Jan14

Ice jams keep damaged bridge, threatened housing complex closed

ATHOL — While the Exchange Street Bridge remained barricaded to vehicle traffic Sunday, a small crowd stood on the bridge, taking pictures and peering down at the ice-laden river and its banks strewn with large chunks of ice. Before being allowed to reopen, the extent of damage to the bridge must be inspected by the Department of Transportation, according to Fire Chief John Duguay, who also acts as the town’s emergency management...

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