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Weekend Planner — Tour: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A springtime tradition, the annual two-day Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour winds from Florence in the south up through Hadley and Pelham and then north to Greenfield, Shelburne Falls and Northfield, encompassing nine pottery studios located in barns, farm houses, reclaimed factory buildings and even a converted Airstream trailer. The self-guided tour runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can stop by the studios in any sequence or combination that suits their interests and itinerary (look for the yellow “Pottery Trail” signs when leaving the main highways on the weekend of the event). Maps are available at each studio or can …

Weekend Planner — Reading: The Florence Poets Society

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Florence Poets Society was founded in 2004 by firefighter Tom “Twilite” Clark and attorney Carl Russo, who met because they had children in the same kindergarten class and who became fast friends when they discovered they shared the mutual avocation of poet. Meeting monthly on the second Thursday at the Lilly Library …

Greenfield hires owner of Lake Hitchcock Development as temporary, part-time economic development director

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The owner of a development firm in Sunderland is the new part-time economic development director in Greenfield who will work for the next three months. Mayor William Martin said Larry Jutras, owner of Lake Hitchcock Development in Sunderland, has taken the job and will work on six projects, including the former Bendix-Repal property on the Laurel Street extension and the former …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Meat for Tea celebrates new issue with multi-media event

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

For nine years, local magazine Meat for Tea: The Valley Review has showcased local writers and artists of every kind, and not just in its pages — four times a year when new issues are published, editor-in-chief Elizabeth …

Your Photos

Friday, February 27, 2015

The search for the best breakfast sandwich

Friday, February 27, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The last name of Chris and Andrea Zawacki, co-owners of Tandem Bagel Company in Easthampton, was misspelled in a story about egg sandwiches Feb. 28. On a recent frigid morning, I followed a series of footprints …

Shamaad Jones of Springfield admits to robbing Cumberland Farms in Florence in 2013

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Cumberland Farms employee Alyssa Larochelle told a Hampshire Superior Court judge Tuesday that she has post-traumatic stress disorder after being ordered to the floor of the Florence store by two masked robbers wielding weapons in the early morning of Dec. 19, 2013. “If someone goes by …

Christopher Burnham of Florence fined $1,875 after misleading police at traffic stop

Thursday, January 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man was fined $1,875 after a jury found him guilty of driving with a suspended license and misleading police by sliding into the passenger seat and claiming that he was not driving when he got pulled over last February. A Hampshire Superior Court jury …

Robert Pyers of Florence resigns from job as Greenfield economic development director

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s economic development director has resigned effective at 5 p.m. Feb. 2, and the mayor said Friday he is taking some responsibility for that decision. Robert Pyers, 63, of Florence, who has been in the …

Lawrence George of Florence plans Brick & Feather Brewery in Turners Falls

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — An industrial building near the edge of downtown could soon be turning out beer, adding a sixth brewery to Franklin County and a second to the town of Montague. Lawrence George, 38, of Florence, has …

Greenfield Economic Development Director Robert Pyers of Florence placed on paid leave for unspecified reason

Friday, January 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s economic development director has been placed on paid administrative leave, but the mayor said he is not ready to say why. Mayor William Martin said it is currently a “personnel issue being investigated internally.” …

Toddler Time

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

VETERANS VOICE

Friday, January 2, 2015

Calling the Roll Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between Dec. 18 and 31. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary. James “Bud” Finn, 86, Easthampton, d. Dec. 14; he enlisted in the U.S. …