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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 …

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 …

Area brief

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hatfield HISTORICAL SOCIETY: An antique appraisal night scheduled for May 21 at the Hatfield Congregational Church as the program for the annual meeting of the Hatfield Historical Society has been canceled. The annual meeting will be held as planned at 6 p.m. and a different program will be …

A LOOK BACK

Friday, May 15, 2015

200 Years Ago  For sale! A quantity of goat’s hair, in the best order for mattresses. Enquire of Seth Russell, No. 1, Merchant’s Row.  Robert Peckham would inform the public that he has taken his brother into company with him in the painting business under the …

Friday, May 15, 2015

50 Years Ago  Frank Giroux, a junior at Northampton High School, recently was elected president of the Student Council by his fellow students. Also running for office were Timothy Goggins, who was elected vice president, Alice Rost and Mark O’Connell.  Superintendent of Schools William R. Barry …

B.B. King, guitar legend and ‘King of the Blues’, dead at age 89

Friday, May 15, 2015

LAS VEGAS — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las …

Old Home Day in South Deerfield will feature road race, dog show and parade, ball games, and music

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Road races? Blues music? A dog show? You’ll be able to find it all in South Deerfield on Saturday during the Recreation Committee’s Old Home Day. The festivities kick off at 9 a.m. with the Deerfield 5K Road Race. The race starts in the Frontier …

Weekend Planner — Festival: Six Week of Fun Festival

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The South Hadley Public Library begins its Six Week of Fun Festival Saturday with a performance of jazz from the 1920s and ’30s by the newly former duo Skylarkz — flutist Sarah Clay and pianist Nick Kachulis. The …