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KEVIN GUTTING
A shaft of sunlight illuminates a small amount of cellulose dust leaking from the foot-thick walls that Hanna Daboul, right, of Longmeadow was filling with blown-in insulation during a "Super Insulation - Installation Day" at the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity house on East Street in Easthampton on Friday. Women Build, a branch of PV Habitat, is undertaking the construction of the "green" two-family house and was recruiting about 50 women volunteers to help with this day's task.

Volunteers make light work of insulating Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity project in Easthampton

Friday, July 3, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A long line of vehicles stretched down the road outside 246-248 East St. on Friday morning as nearly 50 volunteers gathered for Pioneer Valley Habitat For Humanity’s “Super Insulation-Installation Day” for the two homes they are building there. “I am very happy with the turnout. We have about 20 regular volunteers and about 20 new volunteers here for …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Channeling Dashiell Hammett

Friday, July 3, 2015

I was seated at the bar when she walked in ... She strode toward me with an air of confidence — like a woman who was in her element. “Are you Tim?” she asked. “I am,” I answered, and knew I was looking squarely into the face of ... Amanda, aka Madame Barfly. …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Taking stock of our ‘grand old flag’

Friday, July 3, 2015

The first patriotic song I ever learned, probably around age 5 or 6, was the one that begins “My country, ’tis of thee” — official title, “America.” For many years afterwards, I certainly had no idea what the words “ ’tis of thee” meant. If asked, I suppose I might have answered that it was another name for our country. Good patriotic songs …

’Ted 2’ falls short of expectations as ‘Jurassic World’ continues winning streak

Monday, June 29, 2015

By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES - Seth MacFarlane’s comedy “Ted 2” fell short of box-office tracking expectations with a $32.9 million launch in theaters this weekend, as “Jurassic World” and “Inside Out” continued a close race for No. 1 at the box office. Universal …

‘General Hospital’ actor Geary to end role as Luke Spencer

Monday, June 29, 2015

By ALICIA RANCILIO Associated Press NEW YORK — Anthony Geary, whose character Luke Spencer’s marriage to Laura in 1981 on “General Hospital” was the biggest moment in daytime television history, will appear in his final episode next month ABC announced in May that Geary decided to leave the …

Cosby lawyer: Unsealing court records ‘terribly embarrassing’

Monday, June 29, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — A lawyer for Bill Cosby argued Friday that it would be “terribly embarrassing” for the comedian if documents from a 2005 sex-assault lawsuit were unsealed. Cosby is fighting efforts by The Associated Press to unseal motions …

Northampton Family Fourth Celebration postponed to Sunday due to heavy rain in forecast

Saturday, June 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With rain in the forecast for Saturday evening, organizers of the Northampton Family Fourth Celebration and fireworks display have postponed the event to Sunday. The event will begin at 5 p.m. at Look Park Sunday, according …

Northampton Family Fourth organizers postpone celebration to Sunday at Look Park

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With rain in the forecast for Saturday evening, organizers of the Northampton Family Fourth Celebration have decided to postpone the fifth annual event to Sunday at Look Park. The schedule remains the same with a carnival and food sales beginning at 5 p.m. The celebration also …

Engagement: William Musante & Emily Klassen

Friday, June 26, 2015

William J. and Maureen (Nolan) Musante, of Florence, announce the engagement of their son, William “Bill” Musante, to Emily Klassen, both of Alexandria, Virginia. Emily is the daughter of Richard and Nancy Klassen of St. Louis, Missouri. The …

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Naming the baby

Friday, June 26, 2015

GRUSZKOWSKI — Zakary John, son of Michael and Mary Gruszkowski of Southampton, was born April 26, 2015 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. The maternal grandparents are Charles and Caroline Growhoski of Easthampton. The paternal grandparents are Walter Gruszkowski of Chesterville, Maine and Valeda Andrew of Greenfield. Zakary …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, June 26, 2015

Amherst Sarah Winter Kulp graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Spanish from McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland. Tori Juster, daughter of Emily Juster and granddaughter of Norton and Jeanne Juster, all of Amherst, graduated from …

Valley Bounty: Sugar Snap Peas

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sugar Snap Peas Sugar snap peas are a recent and widely successful addition to the pea family. Introduced in the late 1970s, these plump, sweet edible pod peas are a top seller for some regional seed companies and …