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The joint was jumping at the county jail: Young@Heart Chorus teams up with inmates for a rockin’ in-house concert

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, and together they warmed up with scales. Up and down, they sang: “la-la-la-la-LA-la-la-la-la,” then one note higher: “mi-mi-mi-mi-MI-mi-mi-mi-mi.” Then one note higher, …

Music as life lesson: Northampton filmmaker profiles the SciTech Band of Springfield

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

They’ve been dubbed “The Pride of Springfield” for the hope they embody, both in a struggling school and the hardscrabble city they live in. And …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Mario Pavone

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

“He works his strings with the force and persistence of a sculptor chipping away at granite,” says The New Yorker of jazz bassist and composer …

Music review: A life in music and words: Bruce Cockburn explores range of human emotion at Iron Horse show

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

When you’ve been writing and playing songs for 45-plus years, you have a lot of material to work with. In fact, you might have so much that you’d need to write a memoir to put it all in …

A glimpse of the past: Furniture gallery at Historic Deerfield offers ‘perfect marriage’ of art and history

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Christine Ritok’s eyes narrowed slightly as they fell over the legs of an intricately carved antique chair in Historic Deerfield’s “Into The Woods” furniture gallery in the Flynt Center. A sharp click, and the dull blue beam of …

A LOOK BACK

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

50 Years Ago  Robert T. Foote Jr., president of the Greater Northampton Young Democrats, and Augustus A. Perfito will attend Massachusetts Young Democrats Day tomorrow in Lawrence, over which Sen. Edward Kennedy will preside.  “Jake” Arnold, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert C. Arnold of 160 …

Adv21 For release Thursday, May 21

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, May 21, the 141st day of 2015. There are 224 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 21, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis monoplane near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight …

Amherst Rotary Town Fair will be held on common next week

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AMHERST — An annual tradition returns to the Town Common May 27 when the Amherst Rotary Town Fair opens for its four-day run. Carnival rides such as a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round, a climbing wall and a variety …

A LOOK BACK

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

50 Years Ago  An estimated 110 men’s suits, valued at approximately $7,000, were stolen from Cliff Allen’s Clothing Store, 44 Main St., Amherst during the night. Entry was gained by breaking in a rear bulkhead and entering the adjacent Aubuchon’s Hardware Store. Thieves then chiseled out a …

Today in History

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, May 20, the 140th day of 2015. There are 225 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 20, 1915, Israeli soldier-statesman Moshe Dayan was born at Deganya Alef Kibbutz. On this date: In 1712, the original version …

A LOOK BACK

Monday, May 18, 2015

50 Years Ago  Mrs. Renwick Caldwell was named president of the Women’s Fellowship of Edwards Church at the annual meeting Monday night. Others elected were: Mrs. Ralph Gage, vice president; Mrs. James Ross, treasurer; Miss Margaret Spahr, secretary.  Two men accused in District Court this morning …

Taylor Swift makes history at Billboard Music Awards

Monday, May 18, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Taylor Swift had a historic night at the Billboard Music Awards: The pop star is the most decorated artist in the show’s history with 20 wins, beating Garth Brooks’ 19-win record. She won eight awards …

Adv19 For release Tuesday, May 19

Monday, May 18, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, May 19, the 139th day of 2015. There are 226 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 19, 1935, T.E. Lawrence, also known as “Lawrence of Arabia,” died in Dorset, England, six days after being injured in …