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PHOTO COURTESY OF SCAC.
Members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus (SCAC) outside a concert hall in Talinn, Estonia, where they performed alongside Estonian musicians during a tour of the Baltic region in 2013.

A lifetime of music Smith College Alumnae Chorus to honor composer Alice Parker, class of 1947, in special concert

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Who says your time singing in college has to end with graduation? For members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus, launched four years ago, choral music remains a means for forging connections among graduates of different classes and keeping their voices raised in song. For Alice Parker, Smith class of 1947, choral music has been a lifelong calling — as …

Five College consortium to build library annex to hold excess 2.5 million volumes from member campuses

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMHERST — Prompted mainly by the need for more space at the University of Massachusetts and Smith College libraries, the Five College Consortium expects to begin construction next spring of a 2.5-million volume annex to hold lesser-used books and materials. The consortium, based in Amherst, plans to purchase land this fall for a 24,000-square-foot building that will cost between $9 million and $12 …

RYAN D. WELCH MURDER TRIAL: DNA expert tells jurors only DNA found at scene from Welch, slaying victim Jessica Ann Pripstein

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A DNA analyst testified Thursday that the only DNA found in multiple blood stains at the scene of the 2012 slaying belonged to Jessica Ann Pripstein and Ryan D. Welch, the man accused of killing her. Jessica Hart of the State Police Crime Lab took the stand Thursday on the sixth day of Welch’s murder trial before Hampshire Superior Court Judge …

Worpek brothers of Chesterfield deny charges of stealing truck parts in Westhampton

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two brothers from Chesterfield denied multiple charges in Northampton District Court Tuesday after they were allegedly caught in the act of stealing a radiator and other parts from a Mack truck parked at a gravel pit in Westhampton on Monday. Jeffrey Worpek, 27, and Joseph D. …

Maureen Shea re-joins Dance Generators in Northampton as artistic director

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Seven years after departing from the local Northampton dance group Dance Generators, Maureen Shea is coming back as artistic director. Taking over the position from Kristin Horrigan, who was the artistic director from 2006 to 2014, Shea says …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The Soul Magnets, will bring the funk to ‘RibFest Cook-Off Fundraiser’ at Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

“There is so much good music that other people have written that it seems a little silly to write more,” said Luke Jaeger, the guitarist and force behind the brand-new Valley group The Soul Magnets, a cover band …

A lifetime of music; Smith College Alumnae Chorus to honor composer Alice Parker, class of 1947, in special concert

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Who says your time singing in college has to end with graduation? For members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus, launched four years ago, choral music remains a means for forging connections among graduates of different classes and …

UPDATED: AG files suit against Ryder Funeral Home; $342,000 said missing from pre-paid funerals; remains of two people unknown

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than $342,000 and the cremated remains of a Granby man and his wife are missing four months after the Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley was shut down by state regulators, according to two lawsuits …

UPDATED: Forensic scientist in Ryan Welch murder trial says blood on slaying victim Jessica Ann Pripstein dripped on her from above

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A forensic scientist who was at the crime scene after the 2012 slaying of Jessica Ann Pripstein told jurors Wednesday that the pattern of red stains on Pripstein’s fleece jacket appeared to be from “dripping blood …

Northampton tree survey volunteer gets a lesson in identification skills

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Before volunteering in the Northampton tree surveying project last weekend, I would have guessed that a “London plane” was something that flew in and out of Heathrow Airport. Now, thanks to a group of dedicated arborists, …

Area briefs

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Northampton TEACHING POLISH: Beginning this week, the Rev. Adam Czarnecki of St. Valentine Parish, 127 King St., is teaching Polish language classes at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the parish hall of the church. There is no charge. For further information, call the rectory office at 584-0133. Deerfield ART …

Tuesday’s high school cross country:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Hampshire Regional boys and girls cross country teams each swept their quad meets Tuesday to open their Pioneer South schedules with two wins. Mike Sears placed first overall in 16 minutes, 44 seconds to pace the boys team on its 2.93-mile course in Westhampton. Hampshire beat Palmer, …

Kinder Morgan files plans for gas pipeline running through Franklin County with federal regulators

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. made its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project official Monday, with a “pre-filing” to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The 36-inch-diameter pipeline, which would include 167 miles in Pennsylvania and New York and another 177 …