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103-year-old World War II veteran honored during Whately’s Memorial Day event
05-26-2024 5:04 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

WHATELY — While Whately’s annual Memorial Day parade came and went as is tradition on Sunday, this year’s proceedings marked a particularly special occasion for World War II veteran Walter Harubin.Harubin, 103, was honored as Whately’s oldest veteran...

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A Look Back: May 27
05-26-2024 3:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago■Improvements to Pulaski Park, summer scene of rock concerts, will come under discussion at a special meeting to be held at the City Planning Department’s office Thursday. York Phillips, city planner, said a University of Massachusetts...


Class B girls lacrosse: Amherst holds off Greylock, sets up title-game showdown with Belchertown
05-25-2024 9:27 PM

By HOWARD HERMAN

WILLIAMSTOWN — Lexi Politis' goal with 21 seconds remaining pulled the Mount Greylock girls lacrosse team within a goal of visiting Amherst in Saturday’s Western Mass. Class B semifinal.While Greylock got the ball back with 19 seconds, the Hurricanes...


A Look Back: May 25
05-24-2024 11:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years Ago■Joseph Fenno has opened a new grocery and flour store in the southeast room of Curtis’ Hotel in Northampton. He has received and offers for sale a general assortment of groceries, such as liquors, teas, spices, fruit, loaf and brown...


High Schools: Hampshire girls lacrosse sees comeback against Hoosac fall just short in Class C semis
05-24-2024 9:33 PM

By HOWARD HERMAN

CHESHIRE — A furious comeback by the Hampshire Regional girls lacrosse team fell just short Friday afternoon.The third of three unanswered goals by Rylie Simmons had the Raiders leading by one after trailing by as many as six goals.But Ashlyn Lesure...


Valley Bounty: Resourceful and really delicious: The Upper Bend in Turners Falls serves classics with local seasonal add-ons
05-24-2024 1:25 PM

By JACOB NELSON

The Upper Bend Cafe and Bruncheonette in Turners Falls aims to be reliably amazing. That means serving familiar breakfast and lunch favorites while unleashing their creativity, squeezing every drop of goodness from farm-fresh local food.“Using as many...


There is a Season with Molly Parr: Sweet and simple: A rhubarb spoon bread recipe you can tweak to your liking
05-24-2024 11:12 AM

By MOLLY PARR

If I’m remembering correctly, the last time I came to this space to talk about rhubarb, I mentioned a rhubarb compote from the book “The Lost Kitchen” by Erin French. The recipe leaned into lemon and worked well with ginger and strawberries.This year...


Kayaker’s delight: Best day-paddles along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts
05-23-2024 5:05 PM

By ANNA LAIRD BARTO

Last summer, I chronicled my 68-mile paddle of the Connecticut River through Massachusetts. Along the way, I became very well acquainted with the river, its bends and currents, dams and bridges, trees and wildlife — even its sewage overflows! Here are...


Earth Matters: Biodiversity crisis in our backyard: The science behind saving habitat for wildlife
05-23-2024 2:36 PM

By KARI BLOOD

One of the reasons many of us love living in the Valley is being able to see wildlife around us. But those sightings will become increasingly rare if humans don’t take bold steps to slow the loss of species around the world. Scientists are sounding...


Speaking of Nature: Wilson’s warbler sighting my first in a decade: The story of a bird named after the ‘Father Of American Ornithology’
05-21-2024 1:37 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

In 1794, a Scot named Alexander Wilson arrived in the newly-independent nation of the United States of America and got to the business of starting a new life for himself. He had been employed as a weaver back home and thought he could make a go of it...


Narcan distribution growing at UMass as campus embraces harm reduction philosophy
05-17-2024 4:50 PM

By GRACE FIORI

AMHERST — At the University of Massachusetts, a passionate team is expanding campus access to Narcan and fentanyl testing strips, and their efforts are being welcomed by students, staff and faculty.At a recent outreach event — one of many initiatives...


Speaking of Nature: Surprised by strawberries in the grass: Flowers will bloom whether you pay attention or not
05-14-2024 11:47 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

Every week I try to end my column with an inspirational line or two in the hopes of motivating my readers to get outside and see what’s going on in their own back yards. As I sit and peck away at the keyboard this morning I realize that the...


Extreme weather forces valley farmers to adapt
05-11-2024 3:50 PM

By TANISHA BHAT

Ben Clark, the owner of Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield, received $120,000 from the $20 million Natural Disaster Recovery Program created last year after he lost the entirety of his peach crop and 70% of his apples and pears due to sudden cold...


Valley Bounty: Fibers for farmers: Western Massachusetts Fibershed turns local ‘throw away’ wool into fertilizer pellets
05-10-2024 2:58 PM

By JACOB NELSON

Local wool for your wardrobe … and for your garden?That’s the idea behind a new project from Western Massachusetts Fibershed, an organization working to strengthen our local fiber economy, right alongside our local food economy.Peggy Hart is a core...


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: Venture beyond your garden walls: Plant sales and noteworthy gardens to visit this season
05-10-2024 2:56 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

After long weeks of yearning for gardening weather, we’re suddenly inundated by spring. Endless outdoor chores beg for our attention — composting, mulching, edging, scrubbing birdbaths and, at least in my garden beds, pulling out multitudes of maple...


An artist with a green thumb: The creative vision and resilience of Kathleen Chapman, designer of Tuesday Market poster
05-09-2024 3:20 PM

By PAT JAMES

Kathleen Chapman (“KC”) and I met under a clothesline near her patchwork garden behind McDonald House in downtown Northampton. I wanted to learn more about her artwork, what brought her to Northampton, and how she connected with Grow Food Northampton...


Only Human with Joan Axelrod-Contrada: Dating across the aisle: Can we see past politics in our relationships?
05-09-2024 12:57 PM

By JOAN AXELROD-CONTRADA

Every time I hear “One Tribe” by the Black Eyed Peas my idealistic and dance-happy sides unite in sonic bliss.I picture everyone coming together in some magic club beaming the feel-good vibes of the boundary-busting band, washing away all our...


Speaking of Nature: Capturing my Bermuda nemesis: The Great Kiskadee nearly evaded me, until I followed its song
05-07-2024 1:51 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

We’ve reached that point in the school year when it is actually painful (I mean physically painful) for me to leave my yard in the morning. May is the true month of the reawakening and blooming of Nature’s splendor and last week she was in full...


A Look Back, May 6
05-05-2024 2:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago ■Preservation Week, a nationally celebrated event sponsored by historic preservation groups, will be observed in Northampton by an inventory of buildings and a tour of historic downtown sites. The Northampton Historical Commission will...


‘We can just be who we are’: Thousands show support for LGBTQ community at Hampshire Pride
05-05-2024 12:18 PM

By ELISE LINSCOTT

NORTHAMPTON — While the focus was on celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ community on Saturday during Hampshire Pride, there were also calls for Palestinian liberation, disrupting the mayoral proclamation with chants calling for a cease-fire and...


A Look Back, May 4
05-03-2024 11:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years Ago ■Lord & Hutchinson (two doors north of Warner’s Coffee House) keep constantly on hand a complete assortment of ladies’ shell combs; also, a great variety of fancy articles, fruits, toys for children, etc. Shell combs mended with or...

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