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Arts and Humanities Awards from WFCR at the Log Cabin

WFCR honored author Jane Yolen, Easthampton City Arts +, and The Performance Project/First Generation tonight with an evening of thoughtful commentary, some jazz, some performances and provocative ideas from Robert The Performance Project/ First Generation. Krulwich, of NPR's Radiolab. It was a fun evening of familiar people and impressive honorees tonight at the Log Cabin. In charge and happy that his big project is just about to come to fruition, WFCR General Manager Martin Miller thanked his family for putting up with the long and 0

Electric bikes: A workshop and a test ride in Gill

On Saturday morning I awoke to grey skies with promise for a nice-looking day, and joined a dozen others up at the Gill Town Hall. There, Peter Talmage, a science professor at GCC was giving a talk about the current state of electric bicycles. Peter explained that he was looking for an easier way to commute to Greenfield and realized that the new pedal-assist electric bikes provided a sweat-free means of transport, and at 20 mph, it's a great alternative to the car. Peter Talmage 0

A chance to interview candidates for Deerfield Town Manager

I got this message today by email:  The Deerfield Board of Selectmen invites town officials, members of the public and all interested parties to meet the three candidates for the position of Town Administrator at a Candidates Reception on May 14, 2014 at the Deerfield Municipal Offices from 5-6 p.m. Formal interviews will follow this reception beginning at 6 p.m.  The public is invited to submit questions via email or postal delivery to Patricia Kroll at patk@town.deerfield.ma.us no later than May 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. All 0

Under the Dome, a fascinating group of people and a rockin' party

I had big plans on Saturday night, and happy to report, they did not disappoint. My two cousins, Paul and Steve, were joining me on an excursion to Bernardston, to the pictured dome here. It turned out to be a tremendous party filled with many friends and a great sound from being inside a domed soccer stadium. It seemed like many of the people who were there, some of whom were dressed in appropriately 'sporty' apparel like gym shorts, cheerleader's skirts and cleats, knew Dre 0

Sleep is your only tegret: This year's cultural freak-out under the dome  

Dre Rawlings is at it again. She's famous as the brains behind what she describes as her "annual cultural freak-out" and this year's event is already getting good Facebook buzz. Anyone who has been knows what I'm about to describe, and if you're not familiar with this Valley artist, designer and event maker, you will be soon. Dre Rawlings Dozens have already bought tickets and shared the May 3 event with friends. This year it's called Sleep Is Your Only Regret,' and the festivities take 0

The Lunchbox: things that never happen sometimes happen

Over the weekend we took in a movie at Amherst Cinemas called The Lunchbox. Apparently we were among many who wanted to see this movie, because the 7 pm showing was sold out. So instead of bagging out, we bought tickets for the 9:30 pm show, and went and did some errands while we waited for the start time to come around.  I never thought that this would be the case, but a movie that starts at 9:30 is a dangerous idea. How many times have 0

Green River Festival: Today's the last day to buy early bird tickets!

Some of my friends remarked that were not happy about the fees that apply when you buy Green River Festival tickets on line. Well, I have the answer but you better hurry!  Today is the last day you can buy the discounted tickets, the price goes up after this. But if you want to save the $14.93 fee that applies to tickets you by online at Ticketfly, then walk over to Signature Sounds on Masonic St, near Packards. Go to the back door, and bring CASH! 1

Coal is here to stay, and China is working on ways to capture the CO2

   Yesterday was Earth Day, and in commemoration, I read a story in Wired about the future of a particularly controversial source of energy, coal. The point that the story made is that there is no way that the world is going to stop using coal for electricity, it's too entrenched, plentiful, and cheap, so the best way to achieve a happy ending is to push to develop ways to capture the carbon and bury it deep underground.  Yes Virginia, there IS such a thing as 0

A community supper brings neighbors together in South Deerfield this Friday night

Julie Cavacco wants to bring people together in our small village of South Deerfield. So that's why she's organizing a community supper this Friday night, with a free dinner for anyone who wants to sit down at the table at the Congregational church on North Main Street from 6-7 pm.  I admire that Julie is putting this together, and I totally understand why she wants to do it. Like Julie, I like feeling a sense of community, and I like occasions where I can talk to 0

Things we learned from our kitchen renovation

We're just days away from being finished with our kitchen renovation, and we've learned quite a bit along the way. Here are a few of the things we picked up in this process, which has been percolating in my head for many years.  I have been staring at a stain on the kitchen ceiling for more than 10 years, and that's one of the motivators that pushed me to decide to go for this. Ceiling stains are caused by plumbing problems so if you have this 0