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A Look Back: July 13
07-13-2024 6:01 AM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years Ago■The Boston & Albany mail stage will run in the following manner: leave Boston every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 2 o’clock A.M.; arrive at Northampton same days at 8 o’clock, P.M.; leave Northampton every Tuesday, Thursday and...

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Music in the sky: Summit House Sunset Concert Series returns to its 173-year-old home
07-12-2024 3:00 PM

By PAIGE HANSON

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...


150 years at home: Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke to open retrospective exhibit July 22; reception July 17
07-12-2024 2:50 PM

By PAIGE HANSON

On July 22, the Wistariahurst Museum will open a new retrospective exhibit, “Wistariahurst at 150: Reflections of the Museum.”“This exhibit looks at Wistariahurst’s history as a building in the City of Holyoke — first as a family home; then as a...


A Look Back: July 12
07-12-2024 7:01 AM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago■Plans for the 77-unit Tinkham Woods subdivision on Westhampton Road were approved unanimously last night in a vote of the Northampton Planning Board. The board’s decision was made with the knowledge that many Northampton residents were...


A hobby that rocks: Self-taught Whately stone carver sculpts whatever inspires him
07-11-2024 1:29 PM

By PAIGE HANSON

Around 15 years ago, Frank Popkiewicz was in Aroostook County, Maine, when he found a stone, in a shape that he thought resembled a bear, face down in the Earth.Since finding that stone, Popkiewicz’s interest in stones and rocks has only increased...


Valley Bounty: Rising from the ashes: One year after tragic fire, J & J Farms in Amherst enters new chapter with community backing
07-11-2024 1:27 PM

By JACOB NELSON

For over two decades, J & J Farms stood alone as the last dairy farm in Amherst. Many other small New England dairies shuttered as the economy shifted even more in favor of mega-dairies, but the Waskiewicz family held on, milking cows while also...


Let’s Talk Relationships: Triggers happen: What to do when your buttons get pushed
07-11-2024 1:23 PM

By AMY NEWSHORE

We all get “triggered” at times in significant relationships with loved ones. This happens when we react so strongly to what the other person is saying or doing that our thoughts, feelings and behaviors are out of proportion to the current situation....


Only Human with Joan Axelrod-Contrada: Laugh more, stress less: How humor can help us through our most painful times
07-11-2024 1:23 PM

By JOAN AXELROD-CONTRADA

Songs that combine a good metaphor with a bouncy beat rocket me into my word-nerd, ear-worm stratosphere. “Everyday I Write the Book” by Elvis Costello tops my list.How cool to think of our lives as books that we’re writing! Costello frames the song...


Speaking of Nature: Selective mowing: Finding the right balance of how much and how often to cut back the grass
07-09-2024 1:17 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

I think it is safe to say that most everyone is familiar with the notion of something called “No Mow May.” Basically, the concept promotes the idea that all mowing be put on hold during the month of May in order to allow our pollinators to get the...


Dakin reopening Kitten Intensive Care Unit
07-09-2024 12:18 PM

By ABNER ROJAS

SPRINGFIELD — As Dakin Humane Society reopens its Kitten Intensive Care Unit at 171 Union St. this month, Pioneer Valley residents are ready to continue their mission of nursing critically ill kittens back to health.The volunteer program was put on...


This hiking club’s first rule? No diet talk: The Body Liberation Outdoor Club is coming to the Valley
07-05-2024 1:05 PM

By MELISSA KAREN SANCES

The founder of the Body Liberation Outdoor Club saw “The Fat Babe Pool Party” in “Shrill,” the Hulu series about a heavy woman’s journey to embracing her body, and felt like she was in a dream. In the fourth episode of Season 1, the main character has...


Valley Bounty: Blueberry fields forever: Family farm in Heath cultivates connection to a special summer crop
07-05-2024 12:44 PM

By JACOB NELSON

“This is a farm, but it feels like a wild place,” says Meredith Wecker about The Benson Place. “That’s why I fell in love with it.”The Benson Place is a diversified farm that Wecker runs with her husband, Andrew Kurowski, and is best known for their...


Meet the dinosaurs of western Mass: The Rock Fossil and Dinosaur Shop makes the prehistoric accessible for kids and adults
07-05-2024 12:40 PM

By PAIGE HANSON

Driving down the road on Route 5 in South Deerfield, commuters are met with a prehistoric surprise: a giant volcano with a huge dinosaur statue smack in front of a bright-green shack. Most find themselves asking, “What in the world is this...


Around and About with Richard McCarthy: Handling our devices: Or, are our devices handling us?
07-05-2024 9:50 AM

By RICHARD MCCARTHY

When I was a teenager, among the last things in the world I thought would render me uncool and out-of-it when I got older was technology. In fact, I don’t remember ever using, or even coming across the word “technology,” except my knowing MIT stood...


Lil Bit goes a long way: Residents at Northampton assisted living facility mourn the loss of a beloved chihuahua
07-04-2024 10:13 AM

By PAIGE HANSON

In the early morning of June 23, one of the most beloved residents at Christopher Heights Assisted Living Facility in Northampton passed away: a chihuahua named Lil Bit.Lil Bit was a 13-year-old service dog belonging to Janice Clark, who has lived at...


Speaking of Nature: Become a part of the background: Reasons why you can, and should, take up nature bathing
07-02-2024 1:20 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

Sometime back in the 1980s, in response to increased urbanization and technological development, the government of Japan decided that it was a good idea for people to turn off their electronics and get back to nature. Thus it was that the concept of...


A Look Back, July 1
06-30-2024 11:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago ■Forty members of the First United Methodist Church of Northampton voted unanimously last night to sell the church property at 90 Elm St. to Smith College for the sum of $200,000. A spokesman for the college said Smith has “no immediate...


Down on the farm: With outsize stresses for farmers fueling a mental health crisis, program seeks to lend a helping hand
06-29-2024 11:07 AM

By LEAH VERESS

Alice Colman recalls the day a routine fennel harvest turned into a wake-up call. As she stood in her field, carefully examining a plant’s feathery leaves, she felt herself growing increasingly frustrated with the crop’s appearance. When she kneeled...


There is a Season with Molly Parr: A veggie recipe I can’t not share: Garlic-marinated fried zucchini inspired by an ancient Roman Jewish dish
06-28-2024 12:56 PM

By MOLLY PARR

I go back and forth with sharing this recipe for garlic marinated zucchini. On the one hand, it’s extremely delicious, especially served with some slices of thick sourdough and fresh mozzarella. It takes time to salt, fry, and then marinate, but it’s...


A history of satire, lampoons and lawsuits: Rockwell Museum celebrates Mad magazine’s 72nd year with first major retrospective
06-27-2024 2:13 PM

By DON STEWART

“Working for Mad means never having to grow up.” John Ficarra, Mad magazine editor-in-chief 1985-2018The Norman Rockwell Museum’s current exhibit provides a nostalgic voyage for Baby Boomers, a gold mine for pop historians and a wellspring of ideas...


Corn stalk fiddle gets its moment: History and music meet this weekend for ‘Corn Stalk Fiddles: Soundscape & Place in 19th Century Hadley’
06-27-2024 2:11 PM

By PAIGE HANSON

Today and tomorrow, June 28 and 29, in the Hadley Public Library at 7:30 p.m., the Hadley Historical Society and the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum will be presenting “Corn Stalk Fiddles: Soundscape & Place in 19th Century Hadley.”The show will be...

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