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Speaking of Nature: Identifying an unusual critter: And an invitation to give it a name
06-17-2024 6:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

I first saw this curious little animal on June 1. It was a beautiful day outside, but the cottonwood tree that grows next to my deck was in full seed-dispersal mode and sitting outside was not really an option. Imagine a snowstorm, but the flakes of...

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Media topic of next two talks in Charlemont Forum series
06-17-2024 9:50 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

CHARLEMONT — The next two programs in the annual Charlemont Forum series are united by a common theme: the media.Ted Conover, an immersion journalist, will talk about his approach to journalistic projects on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. Jackie Jesko,...


In new hands, Green River Festival returns with headliners CAKE, Fleet Foxes and Gregory Alan Isakov
06-14-2024 6:47 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

GREENFIELD — The Green River Festival’s move in 2022 from its longtime home at Greenfield Community College to its current location at the Franklin County Fairgrounds was the most significant change it has gone through, and this year’s event, now just...


Enrollment formula change back before Heath voters
06-14-2024 2:43 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

HEATH — Having been two voters short of a quorum when the articles came up at Annual Town Meeting in May, residents will reconvene Monday to vote on regional agreement revisions that would change the school enrollment formula that is used to calculate...


Artists contribute sidewalk murals for Juneteenth celebration in Greenfield
06-14-2024 2:34 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

Greenfield is putting an artistic twist on its Juneteenth celebrations this year with the unveiling of a downtown sidewalk mural project celebrating the city’s abolitionist history.There will be a guided tour through the 12 historic sites on...


Mutton and Mead organizers chart new course with ‘Roads to Revelry’
06-14-2024 1:08 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

GREENFIELD — Though the Mutton and Mead Renaissance festival was held in Millers Falls for nine years, that all came to a close in 2019, when the organizers experienced logistical and financial problems that led to the event’s cancellation.After...


Earth Matters: A brief history of our soil: Why the Valley land produces such amazing crop
06-14-2024 11:14 AM

By TOM LITWIN

There is a stretch of road that runs north along the Connecticut River from the Whately/Hatfield line to the foot of Sugarloaf. It is no surprise its name is River Road. Leaving Northampton I often take “the river road,” the long way home. Over the...


Relay For Life of Franklin County looks to raise $100K for cancer research in 29th year
06-13-2024 4:14 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

GREENFIELD — Twenty-three years ago, Janet Seredejko’s aunt Marilyn O’Brien started a team to participate in the annual Relay For Life of Franklin County. Though O’Brien has since died from cancer, her family has continued the team, called the Johnson...


Colrain student leads local branch of Student Painters
06-13-2024 11:39 AM

By GRACE LEE

GREENFIELD — After a representative from the Young Entrepreneurs Across America organization came to speak to Josiah Crosier’s college class, the Greenfield High School graduate was inspired to get involved with Student Painters and has since...


Sounds Local: Where there is celebration there is music: Saturday’s Franklin County Pride Fest will be full of great live music
06-12-2024 2:27 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

This upcoming weekend is a big one for music fans with many choices to be had from the opening of the Mohawk Trail Concert series on Sunday afternoon to the a birthday party for Robin Lane at Flood Water Brewing in Shelburne Falls on Sunday at 7...


A simple sandwich that oozes comfort: The ‘asparadilla’ uses local produce in a classic Mexican dish
06-11-2024 2:31 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I have always had a fondness for what the late cookbook editor and writer Judith Jones called “nursery foods,” simple dishes that appeal to the child in all of us.One of my favorite such foods is grilled cheese. When my teeth sink into the crispy...


HopeFest in Leyden to raise money for CISA, food bank
06-11-2024 1:05 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

LEYDEN — After the pandemic lockdown left resident Martha Hopewell longing to hear live music back in 2022, she decided her home could make an ideal concert venue.“I thought … ‘Why not ask some friends to come up and play, and just open up my yard to...


Franklin County CDC celebrates 45 years in Greenfield
06-11-2024 11:15 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

GREENFIELD — The success of small businesses took the spotlight last week as part of a block party in honor of the Franklin County Community Development Corporation’s 45th anniversary.“We’ve worked with thousands of people over 45 years, so we’re just...


Speaking of Nature: Too slow to survive? All porcupines want is a peaceful life in the country woods
06-10-2024 6:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

I was on my way to work the other day and, at least initially, I was enjoying the morning drive. The sun rises just after 5:00 a.m. these days and the approach of my last day of school added a little buoyancy to the otherwise monotonous commute. I...


Academy of Charlemont graduates ready to launch out of the ‘basket’
06-09-2024 1:38 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

CHARLEMONT — Everyone in the Class of 2024 was a commencement speaker at the Academy at Charlemont, and each of the 11 new graduates reminisced and shared their graduation thoughts with cheering friends and family on Saturday afternoon. “Today is the...


And Then What Happened?: The flight of the young’uns
06-09-2024 11:53 AM

By NAN PARATI

Did y’all miss me?There I was, back in February, writing my regular column, pointing out all the ill effects the month of February has on people, and suddenly, Jazz Fest kicked in. I was in New Orleans at the time, working my job as head of the art...


‘Money Game’ comes home with screenings at Garden Cinemas
06-09-2024 11:52 AM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

GREENFIELD — After receiving wide acclaim at international film festivals across the country, the locally filmed movie “Money Game” will enjoy a grand homecoming this week with a premiere at the Garden Cinemas.“It’s a very, very nice chance to say,...


Div. 5 baseball: Greenfield knocks off Bourne, 7-3, to keep magical run going into semifinals (PHOTOS)
06-08-2024 5:59 PM

By GEORGE MILLER

GREENFIELD — Facing an early three-run deficit right out of the gate Saturday, the picture for Greenfield baseball looked remarkably similar to last year's MIAA Division 5 state quarterfinal.In 2023, Bourne jumped the Green Wave for an 8-1...


Rejoice in our authentic selves: Franklin County Pride kicks off June 14 with dance party premier of Carrie Ferguson’s queer anthem, ‘The Many I Am’
06-07-2024 11:48 AM

By SHERYL HUNTER

“We are beyond betweenWoman and manThere’s not enough wordsFor the many I am”Carrie Ferguson, “The Many I Am”Franklin County Pride will take place on Saturday, June 15, and this year is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet. The festivities will...


Issues with our education funding formula: Three factors that put our cities, towns and students at an unfair advantage
06-07-2024 11:14 AM

By DOUG SELWYN

Our public school system — the backbone of democracy, the great equalizer, the means by which we can level the playing field — is itself unequal, undemocratic, and badly underfunded. Though education is one of the most significant responsibilities of...


$60K in CPA money funds Sunderland church repairs
06-06-2024 6:43 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

SUNDERLAND — The First Congregational Church of Sunderland, described as “an iconic landmark” for the town, has been getting some TLC this year following the 2023 allocation of Community Preservation Act money. After experiencing leaks, the church...

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