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He may have been America’s first Black composer: Juneteenth concert at Historic Deerfield to feature music of Sawney Freeman, among others
06-14-2024 2:10 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

In celebration of Juneteenth, folks are invited to join a star-studded group of early American musical performers at Historic Deerfield, as they take on a wide variety of music from regional African American composers and band leaders.Kicking off a 7...

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Deerfield Selectboard picks company for South County Senior Center feasibility study
06-15-2024 2:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With a grant extension in hand, the Deerfield Selectboard has selected edmSTUDIO, a Unionville, Connecticut-based architecture firm, to conduct a feasibility study to help the South County Senior Center determine an optimal site for...


‘Join Or Die’ screening, discussion to take place Tuesday at Forbes Library
06-14-2024 4:34 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

NORTHAMPTON — Loneliness impacts everyone, but the cure could be as simple as joining a local organization.Trauma-Informed Hampshire County will host a screening of “Join Or Die,” a film chronicling the work of renowned social scientist Robert Putnam...


Valley Bounty: Pea time is upon us: Dave’s Natural Garden in Granby grows a variety of the seasonal favorite
06-14-2024 11:32 AM

By LISA GOODRICH

After the cold of winter in New England, spring on our region’s farms is a treat for the senses. While locals may argue over whether asparagus or strawberries declare the arrival of spring, Meghan Hastings, owner and farm manager of Dave’s Natural...


Celebrating Sojourner Truth, with modern elements: Florence performance mixes arias, history and AR
06-13-2024 2:09 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Sojourner Truth has long been a symbol of a strong Black woman: a straight-talking, formerly enslaved woman who remade herself as an ardent abolitionist and women’s rights activist, a preacher, and a riveting speaker who wowed audiences with her wit...


The Beat Goes On: Jazz manouche and choro in Northampton, Pride music celebrations in Greenfield, and jazz in Amherst
06-13-2024 2:03 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It was 20 years ago today … Well, maybe not exactly to the day, but Django in June, the annual Northampton celebration of the music created by the legendary Belgian-French guitarist Django Reinhardt, is marking its 20th anniversary this year.That’s no...


Around the Hamptons: Biz publication lauds Easthampton as ‘hidden gem’; free concerts at Conant Park; and more
06-13-2024 2:01 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — The vibrant culture and ample opportunities that abound in Easthampton have been recognized by Business View Magazine, which recently awarded the city as one of the best managed cities in its “Best of 2024” series. Called “a hidden gem...


Summer Ultimate League of Amherst (SULA) starts next week
06-12-2024 5:13 PM

The Summer Ultimate League of Amherst (SULA) is set to return for another action-packed summer. Starting next week, three different leagues will begin and run through the first week of August.The league is geared toward people who want to enjoy the...


Easthampton creates fund to receive estimated $1M in opioid settlement money over next 10-15 years
06-12-2024 4:37 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — The city recently took an initial step to start spending money it has and will receive as part of a nationwide set of settlements holding companies accountable for the opioid epidemic. Councilors at a meeting last week voted to establish...


Kiwanis Club renews chapter in Southampton, Easthampton
06-09-2024 11:51 AM

By Alexa Lewis

EASTHAMPTON/SOUTHAMPTON — After four years out of operation, the Kiwanis Club of Easthampton and Southampton is back, and celebrated the presentation of its new charter on Friday.The club was brought back to life by George Delisle, who in addition to...


Bring on the summer music and arts: Concert series and more return to Hadley and Huntington
06-07-2024 12:33 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Summer brings outdoor music as well as any number of artistic performances, including theater, literary readings, dances and more.And it’s not just big blowout events like the Green River Festival.In Hadley, the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum has...


MIAA tourneys: Previewing the 5 quarterfinals featuring Hampshire County programs
06-06-2024 5:51 PM

By GARRETT COTE

And then there were five.Following MIAA Round of 16 matchups, Hampshire County is down to just five teams standing in the state tournament. Each of them will be in action this weekend, with two teams on Friday, two on Saturday and one on Sunday.Of the...


A half-century of photography: Forbes Library exhibit showcases the vintage work and world views of photographer and digital printmaker Stan Sherer
06-06-2024 3:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When Stan Sherer was growing up in the Bronx in New York City in the 1950s, an uncle paid a visit to his family one day and brought along some World War II-era darkroom equipment.Sherer didn’t know it just then, but he was about to find his life’s...


Around and About with Richard McCarthy: ‘You’re a strong man to do that’: Observations from this side of the shuffleboard court
06-06-2024 3:33 PM

By RICHARD MCCARTHY

When I was 18 years old, I hitchhiked alone from western Massachusetts to St. Petersburg, Florida and back. Hitchhiking was fairly common among young people then, although not typically for such a long distance. I had some trials along the way, not...


Guest columnist William Lambers: 80 years later, D-Day inspires us
06-06-2024 6:31 AM

By WILLIAM LAMBERS

 When I was growing up in Andover, we had a nice neighbor known as Mr. Burke. He let us go through his backyard when we were setting up a basketball hoop.What I did not know about Mr. Burke until years later, long after we had moved away, was that he...


Easthampton taking public comment on new community electricity program
06-05-2024 4:46 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — The city is taking public feedback on a draft plan for a new community electricity program that seeks to offer more renewable energy options to homes, businesses, and municipal buildings at competitive and stable prices.Officials on...


UMass athletics: Former XC, track coach Ken O’Brien passes away at age 82
06-04-2024 5:53 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Men's cross country and track and field coach emeritus and former head coach at the University of Massachusetts, Ken O’Brien, passed away Monday at the age of 82.O'Brien spent half a century in Amherst, coaching cross country and track and...


HCC graduates share stories of triumph, perseverance at 77th commencement ceremony
06-02-2024 1:17 PM

By ELISE LINSCOTT

SPRINGFIELD — When Carineh Santana was hit by a car last summer, she doubted she’d graduate from Holyoke Community College as planned this spring. That wasn’t the only challenge she’d faced, either, identifying as a queer, Latinx, first-generation...


Area briefs: Belchertown Farmers Market to open; CISA gives loans to farmers; Leverett foundation awards grants to school
06-01-2024 1:42 PM

Belchertown Farmers and Artisans Market set to open BELCHERTOWN — The Belchertown Farmers and Artisans Market will open for the season on Sunday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Belchertown Common (corner of Route 202 and Jabish Street). “A...


Around the Hamptons: Parking lot project to close Easthampton Senior Center
06-01-2024 1:38 PM

By Alexa Lewis

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton Council on Aging and Enrichment Center will be closed starting Monday and lasting through Friday, June 14, due to parking lot reconstruction. No safe access to the building will be available during construction, and...


Mount Holyoke’s decision to cut tennis program “really shocking,” according to players
05-31-2024 4:03 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Earlier this month, the Mount Holyoke College tennis team say they were blindsided by an email from the school’s administration announcing that the program is being dropped.On May 13, exactly two weeks following the end of the Lyons’...

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