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Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative.

Strawberry fields

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tuesday’s summer baseball/softball: Northampton Post 28 pulls out wild win against Easthampton Post 224

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In a game that was more memorable than pretty, Northampton Post 28 gave up a lead, and then came back with three runs in the seventh to edge Easthampton Post 224, 7-6, in a wild American Legion game at Arcanum Field on Tuesday. Northampton (7-3) only had four hits in the game, but two came in the decisive seventh. Yet Post 28 did …

Jody Kasper makes history in taking over Northampton Police Department as chief

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police Chief Jody D. Kasper acknowledges that generally speaking, these aren’t good times for police squads across the country, something she finds both daunting and inspiring as she assumes leadership of the city’s 74-person department. She vowed to meet that challenge by building on community partnerships, seeking accountability, taking care of …

Quincy Biddle walks 100 miles — setting Jackson Street School record

Sunday, June 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Just weeks shy of graduating from Jackson Street School, Quincy Biddle crushed a new school record. As a fifth-grader, Quincy, 10, completed 100 miles in the school’s walking program, a feat accomplished over four years. She …

Valley businesses prepare for state’s new earned sick time law which takes effect Wednesday

Saturday, June 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Coming down with an illness often leads to a laundry list of expenses — visits to a doctor and medicine among them. Missing a day of work, however, has often been the most expensive part of …

Northampton Family Fourth Celebration postponed to Sunday due to heavy rain in forecast

Saturday, June 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With rain in the forecast for Saturday evening, organizers of the Northampton Family Fourth Celebration and fireworks display have postponed the event to Sunday. The event will begin at 5 p.m. at Look Park Sunday, according …

Friday’s summer baseball: Northampton Post 28 shuts out Amherst Post 148

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sam Walker allowed two hits and struck out eight over six shutout innings in earning a 4-0 road win for Northampton Post 28 over Amherst Post 148 Friday night. Ian Ostberg went 3 for 4 and scored a run for Hamp (5-3), while Will O’Connor had two hits …

The late Arthur Neipp, who worked as painter and color consultant at Smith College, leaves $115,000 to Greenfield Community College

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The late Arthur E. Neipp, although never able to attend college, ensured that his three children and seven grandchildren were able to do so. And now, with a $115,000 bequest to the GCC Foundation he has …

Parties in downtown Northampton on Friday celebrate marriage equality

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Under a billowing rainbow-colored banner reading “Everyone is Welcome” outside First Churches in Northampton, the Rev. Todd Weir delivered a brief address to people streaming through downtown during rush hour late Friday afternoon. “This is a …

Peter Mulvey’s song ‘Take Down Your Flag’ urges end to flying Confederate symbol

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A local musician is leading a musical charge urging South Carolina to take down the Confederate flag at its Statehouse with his song “Take Down Your Flag.” Peter Mulvey was preparing to open for Ani DiFranco at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on June 19 when …

Final vote on Jody Kasper’s appointment as Northampton police chief scheduled for Monday; swearing-in ceremony Tuesday

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Pending a final vote by the City Council Monday night, Northampton Police Capt. Jody D. Kasper will be sworn in as the city’s new police chief Tuesday in a ceremony at the Academy of Music. The ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Academy, 274 …

Northampton’s Erin Voss relishes first experience competing against Olympian Missy Franklin

Friday, June 26, 2015

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials are a year away, but Erin Voss got a glimpse of what to expect last weekend at USA Swimming’s Arena Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara, California. The Northampton rising senior swam four …