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Lesser: How we turn Western MA into a high-tech hub

Those of us in Western Mass watched for two generations as the 128 corridor boomed and greater Boston turned into one of the world’s great tech centers. Meanwhile, our largely manufacturing-based economy, once a thriving ecosystem, was unable to compete as the technology revolution took hold and policymakers focused elsewhere — leading to a steady […]

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Fannie Stebbins Refuge

Work to begin on Fannie Stebbins Refuge

LONGMEADOW – Thanks to a grant from the federal government, more than 8,000 shrubs and trees will be planted at the Fannie Stebbins Refuge, making it the largest forested flood plain in the Connecticut River Watershed. Conservation Commission Chairman Albert Laakso said the refuge received the grant to reforest the area as well as manage […]

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Fifth-grader Benjamin Barilaro earned a spot in the Grand Final of the Bananagrams Challenge earlier this month. (Submitted photo)

Longmeadow student reaches finals in word game competition

LONGMEADOW – Blueberry Hill fifth-grader Benjamin Barilaro recently defeated 15,000 other students throughout New England to win a place at the live Grand Final of the Bananagrams Challenge. After triumphing over his classmates in the first stage of the free-to-enter tournament earlier this year, Barilaro’s impressive word skills in the online rounds secured him one […]

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Points well taken

Clay Moseman (32) moves the ball into scoring position with a Westfield defender lurking nearby.

LONGMEADOW – Spencer Robbins made a strong point, seven to be precise (5 goals, 2 assists), as Longmeadow cruised past visiting Westfield by a score of 15-6 on Thursday, April 13. Noah Skole added four goals for the Lancers. Longmeadow’s defense allowed just six shots on goal, three of which found the back of the […]