Music in the sky: Summit House Sunset Concert Series returns to its 173-year-old home

07-12-2024 3:00 PM

For the first time in two years, The Friends of Mount Holyoke Range have returned the Summit House Sunset Concert Series to its namesake, Skinner State Park’s historic Summit House. The Summit House, which sits at a 935-foot elevation on top of Mount...

Knitters’ paradise: Webs, ‘America’s Yarn Store’ and a mainstay for Valley crafters for generations, turns 50

07-12-2024 3:03 PM

When Webs opened their doors on May 16, the first day of the store’s annual tent sale, store manager Angela Cheek watched as a rush of people flowed through the doors for three whole continuous minutes on a Thursday morning. Within an hour, the...


Hampshire County's toughest golf holes: Ledges Golf Club, South Hadley
07-12-2024 2:55 PM

(NOTE: This is the second installment in a weekly series featuring some of the toughest golf holes across Hampshire County. The series will run each Saturday in print throughout the summer.)SOUTH HADLEY — When it comes to the overall condition of a...


Olin Rose-Bardawil: Control of the river highlights risks in harnessing green power
07-12-2024 9:01 AM

For many, the natural beauty of western Massachusetts is a cornerstone of what makes this region so special. For me, the area’s wild places help to shape its distinct regional identity.Yet as Raymond DiDonato clearly conveyed in a recent guest column,...

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07-10-2024 7:42 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Newell Brands, Yankee Candle’s parent company, announced Monday that Sept. 9 will be the last day of operations at its distribution facility at 27 Yankee Candle Way.The news of an official date to end distribution operations there...


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Obit photo for Judy Feldman Judy Feldman

Northampton, MA - Judy Feldman (Belson), died at the age of 86 on July 9 th , 2024. Judy was devoted to family, art and Judaism and, as she grew older, her own independence. Judy Belson was born in Boston in 1937 and had wonderful memo... remainder of obit for Judy Feldman

Obit photo for Shirley Pappas Larouche Shirley Pappas Larouche

Easthampton, MA - Shirley (Pappas) Larouche, 93, of Easthampton passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, surrounded by her loving family. Shirley was born in Easthampton on Sept. 23, 1930, the d... remainder of obit for Shirley Pappas Larouche

Obit photo for Leo S. Hourihan Leo S. Hourihan

Leyden, MA - Leo S. Hourihan, of South Schoolhouse Road, Leyden, MA died Sunday 7/7/24 at his home. He was born in Dover, NH on May 17, 1942, the son of Leo and Janet (Forcier) Hourihan. Leo was a clergyman for the United Church of Chr... remainder of obit for Leo S. Hourihan

Obit photo for Judith E. Matusko Judith E. Matusko

Northampton, MA - Judith E. Matusko, 83, of Northampton, passed away peacefully on July 9, 2024, after a period of failing health. She was born in Ware, on July 25, 1940, to the late Harland F. and Grace (Bosworth) Purrington. She marr... remainder of obit for Judith E. Matusko


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