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Holly Perry, left, and Jim Seltzer of Easthampton take their dogs, Holmes, a five-month-old blue pointer mix standing at the bow, and Luddy, right, a seven-month-old terrier mix, on a cruise around Elwell Island in the Connecticut River at Northampton on Wednesday. It was the first time aboard a kayak for the pups, who were fitted out with their own personal flotation devices. It was a successful maiden voyage and they seemed to take to the crafts - save for a few concerned vocalizations heard from Holmes.

Dog paddle

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Stilt walkers bearing quilts aim to slow down traffic at August ArtWalk in Easthampton

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Traffic on Union Street during the August ArtWalk event will be slowed down by an unusual urban planning measure: a parade of stilt walkers carrying quilts. “Elevate Art: Quilts on Stilts with a Slow Stitch Sit-Along” is one of two traffic calming projects being deployed for Easthampton’s Aug. 8 ArtWalk, which …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 1 WP - Harley; LP - Cousland Records: A/D (6-11) Southwick (9-6) Baseball Easthampton SB …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, July 17, 2015

Amherst Of the 96 class members of the Amherst High School class of 1950, 23 former students and some of their spouses celebrated their 65th class reunion on June 29 at the Marriott Hotel in Hadley. Attendees enjoyed …

Parsons Street School development seeks renters as Easthampton’s New City neighborhood undergoes transformation

Thursday, July 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Those who have seen the transformation of the former Parsons Street School from schoolhouse to luxury apartment building say the 113-year-old structure is unrecognizable — though some historic details remain. In December, developer Kevin Perrier of …

Thursday’s summer baseball: Amherst holds off Holyoke in Mickey Mantle action

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Dylan Donaghue went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs as the Amherst Mickey Mantle baseball team held off Holyoke, 8-6, on the road Thursday. Trevor Fil went 1 for 3 as Amherst improved to 14-4. Nathan Masteralexis tossed the last two innings and struck …

Northampton Post 28 strikes early, eliminates Easthampton Post 224

Thursday, July 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton American Legion Post 28 baseball team wasted little time putting Wednesday’s shutout loss in the rear-view mirror. Post 28 needed only three batters to take the lead and scored five times in the first …

Boathouse Beach off Water Lane in Easthampton site of new Nashawannuck Pond boat launch

Thursday, July 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The latest improvement to Nashawannuck Pond — a boat launch at Boathouse Beach on Water Lane — broke ground earlier this month and will open in September. The project is being constructed and paid for by …

Four interim school administrators named in Easthampton, including Kevin Burke at high school

Thursday, July 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Superintendent Nancy Follansbee has appointed four interim administrators for the city’s schools, including an interim principal for the high school. Easthampton High School assistant principal Kevin Burke will serve as interim principal in the fall. He replaces Vito Perrone, who left the position at the end …

Aldenville cools down Easthampton Post 224 in American Legion playoffs

Thursday, July 16, 2015

CHICOPEE — After rallying in its last three games, Easthampton Post 224’s bats were silenced in the American Legion District 1/2/3 playoffs. Aldenville Post 337’s DJ Lehouiller threw a three-hitter while striking out 11 to lead his team …

Sons Robert and Michael Meeropol claim secret transcript release proves Ethel Rosenberg's innocence

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The sons of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the couple infamously convicted of espionage and executed by the government in 1953, believe the release Wednesday of grand jury testimony by Ethel Rosenberg’s brother vindicates their parents. The …

PVB dancers take their moves out of the theater and into the park

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Pioneer Valley Ballet will be tossing out the pointe shoes and ornate theaters in favor of sneakers and local parks (and a museum) this weekend, when it presents its inaugural summer tour of “FLUX ChoreoLab: Boundless Adventures in …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Music at the TreeCat Café Singer-songwriter Marcia Gomes will perform Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the opening of the TreeCat Café, a new youth-run establishment at the Treehouse Community Center, 1 Treehouse Circle in Easthampton. Gomes, who is …