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In the spotlight: Former backup singer Lisa Fischer takes center stage at Calvin Theatre

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BACKUP singer turned solo powerhouse Lisa Fischer is on a national tour that brings her to Northampton Tuesday. After being featured in the documentary film “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” Fischer has gone from singing backup for acts like The Rolling Stones and Sting, to having her name on the marquee at venues all around the country. Fischer will take center …

Paying homage: Robert Floyd gallery presents 14th annual ‘Women in History Month’ photo contest and exhibit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Every March, in honor of Women’s History Month, the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center hosts a photo contest and exhibit that pays homage …

Music review: Johannes Quartet delights at Music in Deerfield concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Johannes Quartet, new to the Music in Deerfield concerts, performed at Smith College’s Sage Hall Sunday before a large and enthusiastic audience. The concert …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: It’s a wrap

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Construction sites are often a fun place to look for photos. People, materials, structures and light come together to form scenes seldom seen by those who aren’t in the business. Here, I like the minimal, simple symmetry of …

Melting away: Photo exhibition at Amherst College tracks disappearing glaciers in Alaska

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Even before scientists announced in January that 2014 had been the hottest year on record, signs of climate change had likely become clear to all but the most determined skeptics. Extreme weather events, from drenching downpours in some …

A LOOK BACK

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

50 Years Ago  The civil rights issue, centering around the right of blacks to vote in the South, assumed the spotlight both nationally and locally today, as the march to Montgomery, Ala., reached its climax. The Northampton-Amherst area was gladdened by the news of the release from …

Author Ellen Conford dead at 73

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NEW YORK — Ellen Conford, an award-winning children’s writer whose comic tales about everything from the travails of high school to a girl’s summer camp crush made her a favorite for at least one generation of readers, has died. Conford died at home in Great Neck, New York, …

Adv25 For release Wednesday, March 25

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, March 25, the 84th day of 2015. There are 281 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 25, 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 people to the Alabama state capitol in Montgomery after a …

Southampton seeks oral historians to help preserve memory of Sen Edward Kennedy’s 1964 plane crash

Monday, March 23, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — It was, perhaps, the only local news that could dwarf coverage of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. On June 20, the day after that bill passed, the top headline on the front …

Pride on parade at chilly Holyoke St. Patrick’s celebration

Sunday, March 22, 2015

HOLYOKE — Nicole Ruszala, a senior at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, came to the 64th Annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade as part of the Northampton contingent to show the world how awesome her school is. While …

A LOOK BACK

Monday, March 23, 2015

50 Years Ago  The Pallet Shop on Chesterfield Road, Williamsburg, owned and operated by Arthur LaCasse Jr., of Goshen Road, was destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon. The building was a total loss, though some of the machinery was salvaged, and damage was estimated at about $15,000.  …

‘Insurgent’ tops box office

Sunday, March 22, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Sean Penn’s “The Gunman” was no match for the rebel kids of “Insurgent.” The second installment in the “Divergent” series easily topped the box office with $54 million from 3,875 theaters, according Rentrak estimates Sunday. …

‘Glee’ ends its 6-season run

Sunday, March 22, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The “Glee” series finale delivered glorious news that William McKinley High School is being turned into an arts school and that Will Schuester, who started its glee club way back in 2009, will become its principal. Oh, and that wondrous show choir, New Directions, …