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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2009 file photo, actress Sonia Manzano, right, performs at the Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Manzano, who has played the role of Maria on the groundbreaking kid show "Sesame Street" since 1971, is retiring. Manzano broke the news Monday, June 29, 2015 at the American Library Association's annual conference. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Sonia Manzano, Maria on ‘Sesame Street,’ will retire

Sunday, July 5, 2015

NEW YORK — “Sesame Street” is about to be less A-OK. Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria on the groundbreaking kid show since 1971, is retiring. Manzano, 65, broke the news last week at the American Library Association Annual Conference. She said she wouldn’t be part of PBS’ new “Sesame Street” season. A beloved resident of Sesame …

The week in photos: Hampshire County scenes from June 29 to July 4, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Time seems to slow as the Pioneer Valley slips into the heart of summer, and the Independence Day holiday week brings the timeless routines of fireworks and parades. It’s a time of long days in a season that, in a matter of weeks, will feel like it was all too short. Above, scenes …

Fireworks for the Fourth

Saturday, July 4, 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 …

Sail away

Friday, June 26, 2015

Beach Eats in our own backyard: No need to head to the ocean for fresh seafood

Friday, June 26, 2015

Under a hot sun, a subtle breeze carries the scent of fried seafood out to the lot outside Captain Jack’s Roadside Shack on Route 10 in Easthampton where customers are dining on the fresh fish at picnic tables …

Lou & Lucy’s leftovers: Lou has an herb to pick

Friday, June 26, 2015

I’ve discovered a whole lot of new friends in my retirement. Why, just in the past few weeks they’ve really been growing on me. My new friends hang out on our deck and practically beg me to snip them every day. And you know how I love to …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Looking with a (new) eye toward the future

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A few weeks ago, I had cataract surgery, something that has become, as my friend Nancy noted, a regular rite of passage for the elderly. I spent half a day in the well-run, high-tech Cataract and Laser Center in West Springfield, where my ophthalmologist’s group, Eye Physicians of …

ID: Jeremy Smith: an active activist

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jeremy Smith is an active man, and an activist: He is a founding board member at Flywheel Arts Collective, a volunteer-run, not-for-profit community arts space in Easthampton, where he volunteers as a deejay, and is on the board …

Your Time: Sugarloaf Youth Track League, Northampton

Thursday, June 25, 2015

There is a time — before winning becomes the main reward, losing means only disappointment, parents become all-too vocal coaches and participation in track meets is done for glory — when competing in a track meet and the …

Hulu recreates Seinfeld apartment as it releases all nine seasons

Thursday, June 25, 2015

By LUQMAN ADENIYI Associated Press NEW YORK — “Seinfeld” fans are getting an open invitation into Jerry’s apartment. Hulu has teamed up with production shop Magnetic Collaborative to remake Jerry Seinfeld’s TV apartment for the iconic show’s Wednesday …