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I have lived in Westhampton for the last 18 years. It is my home, my community. Thursday a fire resulted in a total loss of the Parsons home, a red house I passed everyday on my way home.  I watched as the Parsons tried to make sense of losing everything. As I was getting ready to leave I looked up and saw Ed watching as his house was torn down, the foam they used to put the fire out blowing as the house hit the ground. No one injured, thank goodness, but I could not let go of all the pictures lost,  and then I realized when I passed that house I knew I was home. The big red barns, farm and other houses still stand but that beacon is gone and will so very missed.

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Lost beacon

Monday, November 30, 2015

I have lived in Westhampton for 18 years. It is my home, my community. Last week, a fire resulted in a total loss of the home of Ed and Trina Parsons, an historic red house at the Mayval Farm on Easthampton Road that I have passed every evening on my way home from my job as photo editor at the …

Art Maker: Edwin Lynch | Sculptor

Monday, November 30, 2015

Forty-one years ago, sculptor Edwin Lynch carried a hunk of alabaster back to his loft and began to bang away — untaught but confident, he says, that he could discover a head within. “I was happy, doing what I dreamed of at age 12,” said Lynch, 77, of Hatfield. And then, a single …

Style Stop: Sally Noble’s beer-bottle bling

Monday, November 30, 2015

Sally Noble, 27, of Northampton, was on a business mission for her bar, The Foundry, on Main Street in Northampton, when the Style Stop team noticed her unique bottle-cap earrings. Sally said her style is highly influenced by her job. FROM THE BOTTOM UP: I stand like 12 hours a day, so I …

Tuned In Ken Maiuri on Valley Music

Monday, November 30, 2015

Larry Howes, the Valley music scene legend known as Dancing Larry, passed away on August 30 at the age of 60. The bald-headed Howes brought his shimmying, quivering, vibrating moves to as many shows as he could, even …

Your Time: Engineering Challenge in Williamsburg

Monday, November 30, 2015

As directions go, it was pretty straightforward: using a generous number of three-by-five index cards — but only ten inches of tape — build a structure at least ten inches high that would support the weight of a …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life: Now we’re cooking with gas

Monday, November 30, 2015

Recently, while reading in the Gazette about the purported shortage of natural gas and efforts to stop the Keystone Pipeline Project, my thoughts drifted back to 1969 and the only sad Thanksgiving I ever experienced. My family owned the Imperial Bakery in Northampton then, and the day before …

Chef’s Best: Heat up the holidays by making batches of hot sauce as gifts

Monday, November 30, 2015

Right around Thanksgiving, I usually start my holiday gift-making. Most years, my mother and I make wild persimmon fruitcakes, which we wrap in bourbon-soaked cheesecloth. They are so delicious. But this year, I’ve decided to start a spicy …

Style Stop: Eileen Muir’s Scottish-influenced style

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Style Stop team took notice of Eileen Muir, 59, of Goshen as she bustled down Main Street in Northampton on her way to a meeting. She was willing to take a few moments to tell us about …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Road trip with Ma

Friday, November 20, 2015

It occurred to me that I’ve often prevailed upon friends to join me on my trips to taste the Valley’s cocktails, but I’ve never asked Ma. The truth is that at 85 years young, her social life is …

Art Maker: Lilian Kravitz | Photographer

Friday, November 20, 2015

As a youth living in Brooklyn, Lilian Kravitz was encouraged to draw and paint. She studied art in high school and took weekend art classes at Brooklyn College, the Brooklyn Museum and the Pratt Institute. Kravitz, 66, received …

Book Bag: ‘Blue Butterfly Open: Moments From a Child Psychology Practice’ by Alice Barber; “Where do I end and you begin?’ by Shulamith Oppenheim; ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas in New England’ by Toni Buzzeo

Friday, November 20, 2015

BLUE BUTTERFLY OPEN: MOMENTS FROM A CHILD PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE By Alice Barber Gallery of Readers Press www.galleryofreaders.org Local child psychologist Alice Barber sees a similarity between her work and the rare blue butterfly, what she calls the “brief …

Valley Readings

Friday, November 20, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: Amherst History Museum: David Bosse of Historic Deerfield presents “Reading the Rural New England Economy Through Account Books” Friday, 12:15 p.m., Amherst History Museum / Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity St., …

Movie capsules

Friday, November 6, 2015

THE 33: When a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days. Based on a real-life event. Stars Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche. Rated PG-13. THE ASSASSIN: An assassin accepts a dangerous …