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Through our lens: Images from the pandemic, May 18-24

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  • During communion at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Northampton on Saturday, May 23, 2020, Father Francis Reilly, right, places a host into the open hands of a parishioner, instead of directly onto her tongue. Reilly and Father Paul Norman, left, offered communion to about 40 congregants under new social distancing procedures. After receiving the host, the communicant turns, walks six feet away, lifts their mask to take the host, then leaves the sanctuary directly through a side door - without returning to their seat. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • "Glory to God - look at all these beautiful people!" proclaims Father Paul Norman, center, as he enters St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church to help Father Francis Reilly celebrate Mass for 40 congregants on Saturday, May 23 2020, in Northampton. Though considerably fewer than the 100 or 150 that Reilly estimates would gather on a typical Saturday before the pandemic, it represents two thirds of a new seating capacity that allows for social distancing. Only every third pew is open and each pew will seat three unrelated people. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Father Paul Norman, left, of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish hears confessions under a birch tree in the parking lot of the Northampton church before Saturday Mass on May 23, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Taneka Mintzer of Easthampton, from left, Karina Schrengohst of Easthampton and Kate Scoles of West Springfield wear inflatable unicorn costumes while waiving to passing traffic, Friday, May 22, 2020 at Pulaksi Park in Easthampton. "We want to make people smile," Schrengohst said. "We're a couple of renegade unicorns," Scoles added. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • The entrance to Sei Bella Salon is decorated with hearts for businesses and employees in the surrounding Boltwood Walk neighborhood and throughout Amherst. The salon plans to reopen on June 2. Photographed on Friday, May 22, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Workers from JL Construction Corporation in West Springfield tend to final details on the Groff Park Modernization Project in Amherst, Friday, May 22, 2020, which includes a water park, front. Though it will be ready for use soon, the playground is closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Katrina Staples, co-owner of Sei Bella Salon in Amherst, cleans one of the five stations - down from six to allow social distancing - before a planned reopening of the Boltwood Walk business on June 2, 2020. Photographed on Friday, May 22, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Mo Ryan is reflected in a downtown Northampton storefront as she and other workers with LandScapes, LLC, tend the newly installed planters on Main Street on Friday morning, May 22, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • People and families enjoy the warm weather Thursday afternoon at the DAR in Goshen. The signs say all picnic areas are closed and to please maintain social distancing protocols while in the park. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Bella, a four-year-old Maltese-Havanese/Shih Tzu mix, fetches a stick while on a walk by the Mill River in Northampton with her owner, Pat Dolci, of New Jersey and Dolci's daughter, Kristin Dolci, of Northampton on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Dolci said she loves visiting, saying, "You can't come to Northampton and not enjoy yourself." STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Kristin Dolci, left, of Northampton throws a stick for her mother's dog, Bella, a four-year-old Maltese-Havanese/Shih Tzu mix, at the Mill River in Northampton on Thursday, May 21, 2020, while her mother, Pat Dolci, of New Jersey, relaxes with Kristin's dog, Mazzy, an 11-year-old Labradoodle she adopted nine years ago. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Craig Schiff of Florence, who is a member of Yankee Rowing Club, sprays off his shell after rowing on the Connecticut River with Bob Sleigh of Amherst, Friday, May 22, 2020 at Sportsman's Marina in Hadley. They have been members of the club for about 20 years. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Green rectangles on the floor of The Verb is Herb, the new cannabis dispensary on Cottage Street in Easthampton, indicate where customers can stand to maintain social distancing - once they are allowed inside in phase two of the state’s plan for reopening business in the COVID-19 pandemic. The store interior is decorated in a mid-century modern atomic theme or, as Canna Provisions Chief Operating Officer Erik Williams, center, coins it, “Don Draper meets George Jetson.” Photographed on Thursday, May 21, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Pastor Frances Reilly looks at the closed off pews to allow for every third one to be open for seating at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Parish in Northampton. The church is having its first mass this Saturday at 4:00 since COVID required them to shut down. They will also be open for mass Sunday at 8:00 and 11:00 as well as daily at 7:30 am Monday - Friday and 5:30 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday. —STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Sign at Holyoke and East streets in Easthampton. Photographed Thursday, May 21, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Amherst Regional High School football coach Chris Ehorn Jr. readies chicken wings, onion rings, French fries and macaroni and cheese on the top of his car during a celebration he held for the senior members of the team, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in the parking lot at Hangar Pub and Grill in Amherst. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Amherst Regional High School football coach Chris Ehorn Jr. hands a varsity letter to Jack Nagy during a celebration he held for the senior members of the team, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in the parking lot at Hangar Pub and Grill in Amherst. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Senior members of the Amherst Regional High School football team eat wings, French fries, onion rings and macaroni and cheese during a celebration hosted by their coach, Chris Ehorn Jr., Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in the parking lot of Hangar Pub and Grill. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Mark Scheel, who works for the Northampton DPW, hangs a sign stating that masks must be worn and that violators are subject to a $300 fine, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 on Main Street. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Volunteer Sherry Grabon puts flags in place on the Stars & Stripes Field of Honor outside the Northampton Lodge of Elks #997 on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Organizers plan to have 256 personal flags this year, an increase of 40 from 2019, the first year of the display which honors veterans, service members, first responders and their spouses. Inside the hall a crew of three other volunteers were busy assembling the flags and creating bows for the completion date of Friday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Shirley Slahetka, center, and other volunteers make bows inside the Northampton Lodge of Elks #997 for the Stars & Stripes Field of Honor located outside the hall on Spring Street in Florence on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Organizers plan to have 256 personal flags this year, an increase of 40 from 2019, the first year of the display which honors veterans, service members, first responders and their spouses. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • A message to customers hangs in the window of Hope and Feathers Framing in Amherst. Photographed Wednesday, May 20, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Edith Eisenhauer-Beach, from left, Luke Fletcher, Aviva Barry, Zeben Fletcher, Liesl Barry, Leo Fletcher and Lex Beach, a family from Northampton, canoes on the Mill River in Northampton, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. When asked why they were out canoeing, Lex Beach said, "What else are we going to do?" She said they have had the canoe for about 10 years, but this was only the second time they'd used it, since they had no paddles. After borrowing some, they carried it to the river. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Josh Levine, a singer and bassist, performs at Smith College, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. He said he was “hunkering down” from New York City.  While playing near Paradise Pond at the college, he described himself as a lifelong busker who frequently sets up in Central Park. When schools closed, his work as a music educator for Leap, a supplemental arts education non-profit, ended. Then his gigs were canceled and he said, “there was only downside to staying in New York City.” He has been staying at his parents' home in Northampton for about seven weeks. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Alison Rex paints a fence by her home in Hadley. She works at Sei Bella Salon in Amherst and had just heard she could go back to work. "I'm excited to see my clients, and I know my boss will make it safe but I am nervous of the unknowns," she said about returning. Monday, May 18, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • A sign recognizes the medical staff at Linda Manor's assisted care facility in Leeds. Photographed Monday, May 18, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • A sculpture of a pink flamingo wears a mask and displays a sign thanking essential workers at 319 Haydenville Road in Leeds. Photogrpahed Monday, May 18, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Signs at the construction site of the new Easthampton K-8 school, Monday, May 18, 2020 remind workers to follow COVID-19 guidelines. According to Gov. Charlie Baker's reopening plan, construction work can continue. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • A pair of workers from GP East Steel Company in Wareham erect structural steel for the new Easthampton K-8 school at the site of the former White Brook Middle School, Monday, May 18, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • A pair of workers from GP East Steel Company in Wareham erect structural steel for the new Easthampton K-8 school at the site of the former White Brook Middle School, Monday, May 18, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Published: 5/24/2020 12:32:23 PM



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