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Max, 5 of Amherst, shovels snow while making a snow fort near his home Saturday January 24

‘Where’s winter? Well, here it is’: After Saturday’s snowfall, a major storm could hit Monday night

Saturday, January 24, 2015

While snowfall in Hampshire County is expected to taper off by 8 p.m. Saturday, the region may face another storm starting Monday night, said Bill Simpson of the National Weather Service in Taunton. Across the Pioneer Valley, Saturday’s accumulation is expected to total 4 to 6 inches. Though the precipitation let up in the afternoon, Simpson expected the storm to …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘The Great Mix CD Mix-Up’ — A musical message in a bottle

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January? Dullsville. Gray skies, gray ground, treacherous ice, bitter cold. But luckily every year there’s an event that transforms any winter rut with colorful new sights and sounds: “The Great Mix CD Mix-Up.” Since 2009 it’s been a …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Fast Five’ at Northampton Arts Trust Building

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Back by popular demand, the Connecticut River Valley Poets’ Theatre’s production of “Fast Five” will be presented Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Northampton Arts Trust building. A spoof of the Vin Diesel action-flick series, the …

A reluctant icon: A documentary by Northampton filmmaker Kate Geis illuminates the creative process of the very private dance master, Paul Taylor

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Documentary filmmaker Kate Geis experienced a certain satisfying symmetry in her life while making her film “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain.” She had been a fan of Taylor and his company since she was introduced to his work as …

Area briefs

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Northampton TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON: The annual “teacher appreciation luncheon” will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in the Northampton High School cafeteria. Every year, parents prepare lunch for the teachers on a professional development day. To sign up to bring a dish, visit the event’s …

Overcoming the odds: Jim Egan of Easthampton has his life back after unlikely kidney transplant

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — James “Jim” Egan III of Loudville Road had been hoping for a kidney transplant since an extremely rare autoimmune disease killed his kidney function over four years ago. But his doctors told him that due to …

Medical waste spill cleaned up on Northampton streets early Wednesday

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police believe a truck hauling refuse from hospitals early Wednesday morning spilled several large bags of medical waste on streets around the city. The mess was cleaned up later Wednesday morning. Police Capt. Jody Kasper said police discovered at 12:20 a.m. that medical waste, including bloody …

Northampton High School students battle ‘zombie apocalypse’ by turning off devices for a day

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — What would happen if high school students turned off their phones and iPads for an entire school day? At Northampton High School, the result was pretty simple: they talked to each other — face to face. …

Valley anti-poverty advocates laud President Barack Obama’s tax proposals

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Advocates for the middle class on Tuesday applauded President Barack Obama’s proposed tax changes to make life easier for the majority of Americans, even if the chance of putting these programs into action appears bleak. “To the extent …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Hampshire boys run away from Southwick

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Hampshire Regional boys basketball team had a 10-point halftime lead, but a huge third quarter resulted in a 70-43 road win over Southwick on Tuesday. The Raiders (8-3, 6-2 Bi-County) outscored the Rams (2-7, 2-5) 25-4 in the third quarter to break the game open. Conor Cronin …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Northampton girls swim past Amherst Regional to stay perfect

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Maela Whitcomb was the only multiple-event winner as the Northampton girls swimming & diving team kept its perfect season going Tuesday afternoon by beating Amherst Regional 120-56 in Amherst. Whitcomb took first in both the 100 fly and …