Opinion

G. Michael Dobbs

Anniversary of casino bill important for state and region

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

So do you know what is the significance for the date Nov. 22, 2011? I don’t blame you if you don’t. I didn’t recall until the State House News Service sent us a story to remind us....
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Payton North

This year, I’m making an ad‘just’ment when choosing my words

Payton North
pnorth@thereminder.com

I follow Entertainment Tonight correspondent Keltie Knight on social media. She hosts a podcast called The LadyGang that I enjoy, and a few years back on the podcast she shared how she creates a manifest list with every new year. ...
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Chris Maza

Appreciating your own value means learning to say, ‘No’

Chris Maza
cmaza@thereminder.com

In my younger days, I was the coach of a high school swim team in Western Massachusetts. We were a small team made up of a wide range of skill groups. We weren’t competing for championships. Heck, half the time, we weren’t even realistically able to win regular season meets because the math didn&r... Read More

Local News

Chicopee Provision outsourcing kielbasa production this season

Matt Conway
mconway@thereminder.com

CHICOPEE – Celebrated as a Polish cultural staple, the time-honored Blue Seal Kielbasa from Chicopee Provision will be undergoing production changes this holiday season.

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Longmeadow comes together to participate in Christmas traditions

Sarah Heinonen
sheinonen@thereminder.com

LONGMEADOW – Families and friends gathered on the Longmeadow Town Green Nov. 28 for a sense of community and holiday spirit at the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree.

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Amherst Councilors continue debate on solar moratorium

Trent Levakis
tlevakis@thereminder.com

AMHERST – The Amherst Town Council met on Nov. 22 and discussed more on the proposed moratorium on large scale solar projects.

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Four-town meeting jumpstarts school budgeting process

Trent Levakis
tlevakis@thereminder.com

WESTERN MASS. – Amherst, Pelham, Leverett and Shutesbury met virtually on Nov. 20 for a four town meeting to get a jump start on discussions revolving around budget basics and information as preparations for the next fiscal year begins.

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Holyoke City Council discusses snow removal and Indigenous People’s Day

Carolyn Noel

HOLYOKE – The Holyoke City Council met to discuss a variety of agenda items including enforcing residential snow and ice removal and recognizing Indigenous People’s Day on Oct. 16.

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Northampton Department of Community Care implementation director selected

Ryan Feyre
rfeyre@thereminder.com

NORTHAMPTON – The city of Northampton recently announced that resident Sean Donovan will become the implementation director for the city’s newly-conceived Department of Community Care, starting on Dec. 15.

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Hubbard Memorial Library offers books and programs for all ages

Dennis Hackett
dhackett@thereminder.com

LUDLOW - Between offering books to borrow and programs for all ages, the Hubbard Memorial Library is a resource for all Ludlow residents.

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Annual Monte’s March collects more than $500,000

Ryan Feyre
rfeyre@thereminder.com

WESTERN MASS. – For the 12th straight year, Monte Belmonte, radio personality at WSRI 93.9 – The River, led a 43-mile, two-day trek across various locations in Western Massachusetts to raise awareness of food insecurity.

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Dining & Entertainment

A ‘landmark in Holyoke’ reopens for take-out services

Lynn Daris
ldaris@thereminder.com

HOLYOKE – Due to COVID-19’s impact on staffing shortages, high overhead and low business, owner Rich Fitzpatrick of Mel’s Restaurant in Holyoke, decided to close the eatery on Father’s Day, June 20, 2021. Fast forward to five months later, the family decided to reopen.

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