The Republican, MassLive win big in New England Better Newspaper Competition

The Republican brought home seven first-place prizes and several other commendations earlier this year in the New England Better Newspaper Competition. Recently retired photographer Dave Roback won two first-place prizes, in the feature photo and portrait categories, for images a child cooling off at Hampton Ponds in Westfield and two veterans at a Memorial Day ceremony in East Longmeadow. Photographer Don Treeger won for general news photo with an image of Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi celebrating his election victory.

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