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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...


Easthampton author Emily Nagoski has done the research: It’s OK to love your body
05-03-2024 3:44 PM

By MELISSA KAREN SANCES

‘Emily’s mission in life is to teach women to live with confidence and joy inside their bodies.”This sentence mesmerized me.It’s an assured statement about a complicated topic: body image and sexuality, and it is the crux of sex educator Emily...


Earth Matters: Honoring a local hero: After 40 years, Hitchcock Center bids farewell to educator and creative leader, Colleen Kelley
05-03-2024 1:51 PM

By TED WATT and HELEN ANN SEPHTON

This column honors Colleen Kelley, the education director at the Hitchcock Center, who will soon be leaving her post after 40 years.In the fall of 1984, Colleen walked into the Hitchcock Center — young, bright, idealistic, and fresh off a position as...


Valley Bounty: Delivering local food onto students’ plates: Marty’s Local connects farms to businesses
05-03-2024 1:50 PM

By LISA GOODRICH

Nick Martinelli, CEO of Marty’s Local, began his career with a stint at the Farm School in Athol, hoping to learn how he might participate in the local agricultural economy. While conducting market research in 2015, he recognized there was a lot of...


Let’s Talk Relationships: Breaking up is hard to do: These tools can help it feel easier
05-03-2024 1:49 PM

By AMY NEWSHORE

All of us have probably decided to end a relationship at some point in our lives, as well as having been in a relationship where we were broken up with.A breakup, separation, or divorce is a pivotal and tender time in one’s life. I’d like to shed some...


Around and About with Richard McCarthy: Coffee at the pearly gates: The importance of a moment of connection, even with a stranger
05-02-2024 4:16 PM

By RICHARD MCCARTHY

About a mile from where I live, there is a convenience store and a doughnut shop. For a period of a few years, a woman of perhaps 60 years of age could be found standing outside one of these establishments on most days. She would be shuffling her...


Speaking of Nature: Bird of my dreams, it’s you: Spotting a White-tailed Tropicbird on our cruise in Bermuda
04-30-2024 12:11 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was the morning of April 16 and I was up early. It seems to be impossible for me to sleep late at this time of year because I am so excited about seeing the first birds of the season, but this particular morning was a little different. It was the...


Leverett residents back Gaza cease-fire resolution at Saturday’s Town Meeting
04-29-2024 12:29 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

LEVERETT — Residents elected town officials, signed off on a $7.56 million budget for fiscal year 2025 and passed a resolution calling for a permanent cease-fire in Gaza during their Annual Town Meeting on Saturday.After uncontested elections, the...


A Look Back, April 27
04-26-2024 11:01 PM

By Jim Bridgman

200 Years Ago ■For sale, that valuable farm and buildings which Martin Burt formerly owned, situated in the westerly part of Southampton. This farm, which contains 150 acres, and three years ago was appraised for cash at $3,200, will be offered and...


Embracing both new and old: Da Camera Singers celebrates 50 years in the best way they know how
04-25-2024 1:18 PM

By JUDSON BROWN

Da Camera Singers Director Sheila Heffernon wasn’t hiding her exasperation in addressing her tenor section after a recent rehearsal preparing the group for a 50th anniversary concert coming up May 11 and 12.“Watch me! Watch me! Watch me!” she wrote on...


Advancing water treatment: UMass startup Elateq Inc. wins state grant to deploy new technology
04-24-2024 2:03 PM

By XINYI YANG

AMHERST — In the four years since its founding on the UMass campus, startup Elateq Inc., a water treatment and hardware company, has landed contracts big (think PepsiCo) and small (think town of Amherst).Now the company, which uses advanced...


Speaking of Nature: ‘Those sound like chickens’: Wood frogs and spring peepers are back — and loud as ever
04-23-2024 12:44 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

During a recent lecture on evolutioin I had to explain the differences between three different processes known as geographic, temporal and behavioral isolation. Geographic isolation is the easiest of these concepts to understand because it involves...


A Look Back: April 23
04-22-2024 11:01 AM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago■More than half of the physicians at Northampton State Hospital may leave the hospital in July because of recent changes in state regulations requiring that foreign graduate physicians take a special licensing exam. Nine of the hospital’s...


Amherst seeks public input on opioid settlement money
04-20-2024 6:58 PM

By GRACE FIORI

In 2023, Hampshire County received almost $1 million from the settlement payments of pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors involved in the opioid crisis. While Amherst received upward of $162,000 in fiscal year 2023, the town has yet to spend...


A Look Back: April 20
04-20-2024 6:01 AM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years AgoMiss B. Fisher offers for sale, at the house of Mr. Alexander Wright on the plain, straw bonnets of all kinds — the latest patterns from Charleston, S.C., Baltimore, and New York. Straws and Leghorns cleansed and repaired, and custom...


Best Bites: A familiar feast: The Passover Seder traditions and tastes my family holds dear
04-19-2024 11:20 AM

By ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

Passover has always been my favorite Jewish holiday. The Passover Seder my parents host annually in my childhood house in Northampton has been the most festive and joyous meal of the year for as long as I can remember.My dad’s childhood Seders were...


There is a Season with Molly Parr: Crowd-pleasing potatoes: If you’re not smashing your potatoes, you’re missing out
04-19-2024 11:18 AM

By MOLLY PARR

Last column I wrote that I am currently on a pretty limited diet that cuts out certain types of carbs — FODMAP for short (the full acronym stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols). Well, it turns out that a...


Valley Bounty: Your soil will thank you: As garden season gets underway, Whately farm provides ‘black gold’ to many
04-19-2024 11:13 AM

By JACOB NELSON

“Compost is not soil, but it makes your soil better,” says Mike Mahar, owner of Bear Path Compost in Whately. “It adds life to it. If you’re going to take something out of the soil by harvesting, you should put something back in, and compost is...

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