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Weekend Planner — Clubs: Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, The Free Radicals in Florence

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, Northampton’s newest roots-rock Americana band, has been kindling excitement over the past year at the Shutesbury Athletic Club, Liston’s Bar & Grill in Worthington and at Greenfield’s Independence Day celebration. Featuring acoustic, electric and pedal-steel guitars, mandolin, accordion, a stand-up bass and five strong voices, the sextet — Wild Bill, Nick Sparks, Paul Slappy …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Kneebody churns up the music at Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Towering bass player Kaveh Rastegar was the affable spokesperson for Kneebody, a brilliant bicoastal jazz quintet that played the Iron Horse in Northampton this past Monday night. The small audience (35 people tops) was appreciative and enthusiastic — at the end of its eight-song hour-long set, the band received a standing ovation — …

Tomas Clark of Florence dies in early morning crash in Williamsburg

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — A 25-year-old Florence man extricated from a vehicle that smashed into a utility pole at high speed in Williamsburg early Sunday morning died in the hospital several hours later from his injuries. Tomas Q. Clark was the only passenger in a Toyota Camry whose driver lost control of the car at …

City authorities and state Department of Environmental Protection investigate apparent oil leak near Mill River inlet

Friday, May 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Authorities are investigating the cause of an apparent gear oil leak discovered near an inlet to the Mill River at the intersection of Pine and Nonotuck streets in Florence on Friday night. Northampton Deputy Fire Chief Timothy McQueston said there is no hazard to public health …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, May 2, 2014

■ Spring Sprint — Amherst Education Foundation hosts 4th annual 5K walk/run and 1-mile fun run to benefit Amherst-area public schools, May 3, 10 a.m., beginning and ending at Wildwood Elementary, 71 Strong St., Amherst. Registration starting 9 a.m. For more information go to amhersteducationfoundation.org ■ ∎ Birding By Ear: Quabbin …

Naming the Baby

Friday, May 2, 2014

CLARK — Jesse Preston Clark V, son of Emily and Jesse Clark, of Windsor, was born March 20 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Karl and Colleen Wickland of Chesterfield. The paternal grandparents are Preston and Susan Clark of Jaffrey, New Hampshire. The maternal great-grandmother …

Around Florence: Second ‘Night Out’ kicks off spring season, fireworks back from the brink, and a summer’s worth of ‘Music on the Porch’

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The “Florenaissance” continues this week with the second Florence Night Out arts event Thursday. Last year’s inaugural event was held in September and drew about 600 people according to organizers. Riding a wave a positive feedback and a …

Naming the Baby

Friday, April 25, 2014

NELSON — Zachary James, son of Amy (Fabig-Roosa) Nelson and Kenneth Nelson, of Portland, Maine, was born March 14 in Maine Medical Center, Portland. The maternal grandparents are Diane Fabig and Doug Roosa of Florence. The paternal grandparents are Norah and James Nelson of Downer’s Grove, Ill. The …

Memories, dedication bring organizers to Relay For Life

Friday, April 25, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of guest articles that explains aspects of Relay For Life of Hampshire County. a yearly American Cancer Society fundraiser. This year’s Relay will be June 13-14 at Look Memorial …

Clay shapers: Studios along the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail open for 10th annual event

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The earthy smell of fresh clay. The warm glow emanating from a kiln. Doors to working studios thrown open to the public. It’s that time of year again. The Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, a self-guided driving tour of …


Friday, April 18, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst David Julien was named to the …

Making News: Local banks, new owner for Easthampton Machine & Tool, nutrition grant for elders and Blue Cross honors

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ewald named vice president and financial reporting manager at Hampden Bank SPRINGFIELD — Arley R. Ewald of Northampton has been named vice president and financial reporting manager at Hampden Bank. In her new position, Ewald will be responsible …

Naming the Baby

Friday, April 4, 2014

BALKUS — Liam Thomas, son of Thomas Balkus and Lindsay Rhoades, of Holyoke, was born March 15 at The Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The maternal grandparents are John and Lisa Rhoades of Florence. The paternal grandparents are Joan and Robert Tremblay of St. Cloud, Fla., and Thomas …