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Bringing a little bit of the island to Holyoke
10-13-2022 10:46 AM

By JACOB NELSON, Zoraia de Jesus Barros and Dan Burke Perez

HOLYOKE — Maiz (corn). Pimientos (peppers). Ajo (garlic). Berenjena (eggplant). Calabaza (squash). Gandules (pigeon peas). Habichuelas (beans). Tomate (tomatoes). These are just some of the crops grown by farmers at Nuestras Raices’ 30-acre community...


A dual milestone for The Cedar Chest: Thornes anchor turns 75, while sister store officially opens Friday
10-12-2022 2:39 PM

By MAX BOWEN

NORTHAMPTON — Cedar Chest, one of downtown’s longest-running businesses, is celebrating two important occasions this month — its 75th birthday and the opening of a sister business.Known as Stay Golden, the recently-opened shop features a wide array...


Bringing back nightlife
09-22-2022 3:55 PM

By MELISSA KAREN SANCES

At 9 p.m. on a balmy Friday, my friends and I stood outside Tellus & the Satellite Bar, while the host checked our IDs and welcomed each of us by name.“You’re the second group here,” she said proudly. “We just opened a few minutes ago.” Dark curls...


Call it dirt paradise
08-24-2022 5:16 PM

By REBECA PEREIRA

In Worthington, tucked behind a kempt grassy landscape of standard backyard detritus and outdoor furnishings, cushioned lawn chairs and an above-ground pool, is an undulating race track befitting the small town’s biggest bike enthusiasts.It’s a...


Earth Matters: everything you wanted to know about fungi
08-19-2022 4:13 PM

By JOSHUA ROSE

Fungi — bane or blessing? Nuisance or nourishing? Delicious or deadly? Answer: Yes, and more.On the plus side, as I explain below, many of Earth’s plant and animal species depend on fungi. On the minus side, fungi have been implicated in widespread...


Best Bites: Eat up Shelburne Falls
08-12-2022 6:41 PM

By ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

The hamlet of Shelburne Falls, cradled in the gently rolling foothills of the Berkshires, is a rustic spill of 1800s mill buildings and even older wooden barns along an elbow bend of the Deerfield River. It’s my favorite easy day trip or overnight...


Community in concert: Amid personal tragedy, songwriter Roger Salloom preps for his annual community concert
07-18-2022 7:56 PM

By Bob Flaherty

NORTHAMPTON — The jangling distant chords called to Jamie Kent at a young age. The Nashville recording artist’s childhood Florence home was a stone’s throw from the entrance to Look Memorial Park and the iconic Pines Theater nestled within. When...


Search underway in Murray cold case disappearance
07-14-2022 4:47 PM

By MAUREEN MILLIKEN

New Hampshire State Police and state Fish and Game Department personnel were conducting a ground search Wednesday in connection with missing Massachusetts woman Maura Murray.The search is in Landaff and Easton off Route 112, a sprawling area north of...


Matching memory with paper: Northampton and the 1950 census
06-18-2022 2:59 PM

By KATE KEELAN, ARIA MARTINELLI and LAURA FAY

A ring of teenage boys stashes cigarettes under stacks of napkins. A fleet of college girls whizzes past on bicycles, black robes billowing out behind them. Another pack of boys gathers on a bridge, ready to pelt them with water balloons.With the...


Creating a brave space: Trans, nonbinary and gender-expansive youth theatre collective to debut musical
06-10-2022 4:00 PM

By REBECA PEREIRA

NORTHAMPTON — Western Massachusetts’s first trans, nonbinary and gender-expansive youth theater collective, Co-ACT, debuts on stage Wednesday with its initial musical production, breathing life into a scripted retelling of the ensemble’s real...


An artistic evolution: Valley artists land grants for their work
06-10-2022 3:00 PM

By REBECA PEREIRA

Four generations of Deerfield fruit farmers have stewarded the land at Clarkdale Fruit Farms for more than a century, harvesting an heirloom apple variety that measures just around 1 inch in diameter, a bite-sized Lady apple most popular among the...


Something wicked this way comes: New wine bar, French bistro opens in Northampton
03-16-2022 3:00 PM

By Monte Belmonte

NORTHAMPTON — Chef Michaelangelo Wescott has opened a new restaurant on Main Street in Northampton, in the old Belly of the Beast spot. And he’s calling it Wine Witch, a new French-inspired bistro right in the heart of downtown.Wescott’s “familiar” in...


Holyoke lands $555K-plus grant to address youth, gang violence
03-07-2022 7:42 PM

By SOFI SHLEPAKOV

HOLYOKE — Holyoke and Chicopee have landed a large state grant to help pay for programs — from career exploration to youth development and recreation — designed to address gang and youth violence in their communities.The Shannon Community Initiative...


There is a season with Molly Parr: Whipping up a cool, creamy custard
12-03-2021 5:39 PM

By MOLLY PARR

A few weeks back, my girls went apple picking with family friends and returned with far too many apples. I went through my usual repertoire of fall baked goods, which included a very simple Shaker apple cake recipe that I adore, and a Mollie Katzen...


Power from the air? Local company Flooid claims new source of clean, sustainable energy
11-07-2021 4:59 PM

By FRAN RYAN

EASTHAMPTON — As the world tries to combat global climate change and find workable clean alternatives to energy production, a small Easthampton company says it has a patented new way of creating electricity, one that could revolutionize how power is...


Beware of jumping worms: Locals can help thwart invasive found in forests, gardens
10-08-2021 2:38 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Those of us lucky enough to live in western Massachusetts sometimes feel at least partly insulated from global crises. Of course, our region is not immune to challenges. Fortunately, the creativity that makes us the envy of visitors helps us find...


Amherst event marks 75th year of independence for India and Pakistan
09-27-2021 1:23 PM

By TALVIN DHINGRA

AMHERST — Friday was the 75th anniversary of India and Pakistan’s independence, and it was the first time Amherst celebrated the historic event.The hour-long celebration of South Asian culture included speeches about the event’s cultural importance,...


The solar divide: Plans for large-scale solar projects in forests and on farms have riled neighbors who are fighting back
09-26-2021 8:21 PM

By BOB FLAHERTY

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article originally appeared in the Valley Advocate Sept. 2.When it’s right in front of you, like the nine decaying cherry trees on Northampton’s Warfield Place that the city of Northampton recently removed in...


Shutesbury designer brings vision and long view to laying out greenspace
09-09-2021 5:05 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

SHUTESBURY — Many of us find ourselves puzzling over what to do with a bare yard, or an outdoor space that doesn’t quite work, or even an established garden that has gone “meh.” We want to make a change, but we’re stuck. We might have too many ideas,...


Meet the big donors behind the Ranked Choice Voting 2020 Committee
10-27-2020 3:00 PM

By GWYNETH BURNS

BOSTON – Wealthy philanthropists from around the country are teaming up to carry the burden of financial support for Question 2, the Massachusetts ranked-choice voting ballot initiative, citing it as an important political reform.Amid growing...

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