Can you get there from here? Online tool tracks how reach to food pantries and stores without a car — or not

02-21-2024 6:34 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Food and other necessities can be found at the Goshen General Store on Route 9. For low-income individuals in Goshen and surrounding communities, the Hilltown Food Pantry, at the nearby Town Office Building, distributes food every...

Luthier to hang up his tools: After 53 years, Tony Creamer closing Fretted Instruments in Amherst this spring

02-21-2024 6:31 PM

AMHERST — Tony Creamer began his career in luthiery upstairs at 49 South Pleasant St. in 1969, and he’ll be ending it there, too, when he closes the Fretted Instrument Workshop on April 1. “I will have completed 53 years in business,” he said last...


Class A semis: No. 2 Northampton grinds past Minnechaug 43-39, earns spot in WMass final
02-21-2024 10:56 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Just over two months on the calendar separated two similar meat-grinder ballgames between Northampton and Minnechaug, but Wednesday night’s rematch promised the golden ticket to Saturday’s Western Mass. girls Class A championship.On Dec....


Guest columnist Michael Seward: Coaches failed students, not MIAA — and hypocritical for legislator to demand accountability
02-21-2024 9:10 PM

Belchertown coaches failed to submit paperwork for the girls’ swim team, preventing them from competing in a tournament. Somehow it’s the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s fault, according to state Rep. Aaron Saunders.Although the...

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UMass basketball: Minutemen bounce back, roll to 74-52 victory over VCU
02-20-2024 10:23 PM

AMHERST — Anxious murmurs percolated throughout the Mullins Center crowd as a Roosevelt Wheeler layup cut VCU’s deficit to 48-38 – the closest it had been since 12-2 in the opening minutes – with exactly 14 minutes to go in regulation.The UMass...


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I took this photo while watching a red fox hunt for rodents in an open field. Those huge ears are the key to success for a hungry fox.
Speaking of Nature: Midnight wail — The call of the Red Fox
02-20-2024 9:22 AM

It was early in the morning.  I had a fresh cup of coffee and a little something to nibble on as I sat down at my computer and tried to make a decision.  What was I going to write about this week?  There were two ideas rattling around in my head but...


Obit photo for William R. Munroe William R. Munroe

Hamden, CT - William Roberts Munroe, 81, of Hamden, Connecticut, died on February 15, 2024. Bill was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, to George Burden Munroe, Jr., and Mary Hunter Roberts Mun... remainder of obit for William R. Munroe

Obit photo for Sylvia J. Burruto Sylvia J. Burruto

Amherst, MA - Sylvia Joan Burruto passed away on February 15, 2024, in the presence of her loving husband of 61 years John Burruto following a prolonged period of declining health. Sylv... remainder of obit for Sylvia J. Burruto

Obit photo for Donald Sibley Donald Sibley

South Hadley, MA - Donald Sibley, 93, passed away peacefully on December 22, 2023, with his loving family surrounding him. Don was a kind and compassionate man, a lifelong learner and teach... remainder of obit for Donald Sibley

Obit photo for Corinne A. Lucia Corinne A. Lucia

Easthampton, MA - Corinne A. Lucia, 85, of Easthampton, MA passed away on February 6th at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Born in Holyoke MA, on September 22, 1938, she was the daughter of W... remainder of obit for Corinne A. Lucia


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