Point of pride: After two centuries, South Congregational Church is getting a new steeple — an exact replica of the old one

06-23-2024 7:00 AM

AMHERST — Battered by storms, ice and snow for two centuries, it was only a matter of time before the South Congregational Church’s post-and-beam steeple needed more than cosmetic repairs. That time came this spring when Wilcox Builders of Hatfield...

Easthampton’s LaBombard named clerk of the year

06-22-2024 8:25 PM

EASTHAMPTON — Barbara LaBombard is a powerful, behind-the-scenes force keeping Easthampton running smoothly on a daily basis. As the city clerk for over 30 years, LaBombard has witnessed Easthampton change from a town to an expanding city, and has...


Title run ‘a beautiful thing’ for Northampton native and die-hard Boston Celtics fan Christopher Camposeo
06-21-2024 5:31 PM

Christopher Camposeo couldn’t muster up the energy to fly back to Boston for Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks. Born and raised in Northampton but now living in Miami, Fla., the 41-year old die-hard Celtics fan...


Guest columnist Joseph Levine: Why challenge to Israel is felt as fear
06-21-2024 3:06 PM

A common theme in the justification for the violent police raids on the pro-Palestine encampments on campuses across the country, including my own at UMass Amherst, has been their alleged antisemitic character and the consequent feelings of being...

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Valley Bounty: From seed to vase: At Passalongs Farm and Florist in Florence, Adrienne Bashista grows and designs custom floral arrangements
06-21-2024 10:32 AM

“In a different life, I think I would have been an artist from the beginning,” says Adrienne Bashista, owner of Passalongs Farm and Florist. “I wasn’t forbidden from a career in art, it just didn’t occur to me. But now in my 50s, I’ve realized what I...


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Obit photo for Theodore Edward Bishko Theodore Edward Bishko

Theodore (Ted/Teddy) Edward Bishko Hadley, MA - Theodore (Ted/Teddy) Edward Bishko, 62 passed away Wednesday June 12, 2024 at Cooley-Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts. Born in Northampton on April 22, 1962, he was born th... remainder of obit for Theodore Edward Bishko

Obit photo for Cecilia Jacobson Cecilia Jacobson

Hatfield, MA - Cecilia (née Pérez Verdía Schuster) Jacobson of West Hatfield, MA passed away peacefully at home on June 1, 2024 after a prolonged illness with Parkinson's disease and related dementia. She was born and raised in Mexico C... remainder of obit for Cecilia Jacobson

Obit photo for Mary R. Mazzei Mary R. Mazzei

Agawam, Ma, MA - Mary Regina (Mae) Mazzei, 88, formerly of Amherst, was born on January 6, 1936 to Maurice C. and Suzanne W Garvey and raised in Amherst. She was a resident of Agawam West Nursing and Rehab facility at the time of her de... remainder of obit for Mary R. Mazzei

Obit photo for John Burt Sr. John Burt Sr.

John Burt, Sr. Plainfield/Easthampton, MA - Plainfield, MA – John Henry Burt Sr, 55, of Plainfield, and formerly of Easthampton, Massachusetts, died suddenly on June 15, 2024. Born on March 24th, 1969, John was the son of William Burt a... remainder of obit for John Burt Sr.


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