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PHOTO COURTESY OF LARRY HOTT
Gary Bernice, the SciTech Band's inspirational director, works through a passage with Andre Fraser, on trombone, during the filming of "SciTech Band: Pride of Springfield," the new documentary by Florence filmmaker Larry Hott.

Music as life lesson: Northampton filmmaker profiles the SciTech Band of Springfield

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

They’ve been dubbed “The Pride of Springfield” for the hope they embody, both in a struggling school and the hardscrabble city they live in. And for the students in the band at Springfield High School of Science and Technology (HSST) — as well as the band’s inspirational director, Gary Bernice — music is just one part of a life lesson …

Area business briefs

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Spa holds opening celebration in Florence FLORENCE — Simply Serenity @ Franki’s, a spa and salon at 40 Main St., will hold a grand opening celebration at 1 p.m. May 23, with refreshments and face-painting and balloons for children. It is owned by Franki Fernandez-Nieves, formerly the manager at Bucci’s. James Winston to …

Weekend college recaps: Amherst College men’s lacrosse advances to NCAA Quarterfinals

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Kane Haffey and Quinn Moroney each netted a hat trick to propel the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team further in the Division III NCAA Tournament with a 16-10 win over Middlebury on Saturday at home. Moroney added an assist for the Lord Jeffs (18-2) in the win. Charlie Gill (two assists) and Chris Albanese each added two goals. Amherst advances to the NCAA …

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. …

Area briefs

Friday, December 12, 2014

Amherst HOLIDAY GIFT COLLECTION: A collection of children and young adult books and family board games and puzzles at the Amherst Survival Center continues through Friday. The items are needed as part of the center’s holiday gift program, which will benefit families with children up to 18 years …

Rockin’ at the preschool: Award-winning musician brings his tunes into the classroom

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Back in 2000, musician Nick Deysher was on his way to an interview for a job as a preschool teacher when he decided to grab his guitar and take it along. Good decision. Deysher, now of Leeds, got …

For 25 years, a Florence parade for everyone

Sunday, November 30, 2014

FLORENCE — For more than two decades, raft horses, boy scouts, bagpipers and Santa Claus himself marched through town in the annual Christmas Parade, held on the Saturday afer Thanksgiving. At the head of the parade, now in …

Florence woman cited for texting while driving after car hits telephone pole

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Deborah L. Feen-Epstein, 52, of 168 Maple Ridge Road, Florence, was given a written warning for texting while driving after her vehicle struck a telephone pole on Pine Street in Florence Tuesday evening. Feen-Epstein was not injured in the accident. According to police, she was driving …

River walks and paddle created by the Mill Ri er Greenway Initiative

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Here are the river walks and one paddle created by the Mill River Greenway Initiative. ■ Downtown Northampton I: Paradise Pond to Old South Street ■ Downtown Northampton II: Old South Street to Hockanum Road ■ Bay State Village: Paradise Pond to the Cutlery Building ■ Florence I: …