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Earth Matters: Swamps, stewardship and conservation: What does it mean to care for a forest?
05-31-2024 2:24 PM

By CHRISTINE HATCH

Swamps are great story villains. They are notoriously difficult to navigate due to their sinking sticky mud, spiked vines and dense vegetation; they are neither fully land nor water, negating boats and footwear as helpful vessels for traversing them;...


$1.9M budget, police cruiser spending among Colrain Town Meeting topics
05-31-2024 2:18 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

COLRAIN — Annual Town Meeting voters will be asked to adopt a $1.9 million operating budget for fiscal year 2025, buy a police cruiser, save library statuary, and add a short-term rental provision and a Floodplain Overlay District to the zoning...


Let’s Talk Relationships: Is my assumption true? Unpacking the stories we tell ourselves about other people
05-31-2024 1:57 PM

By AMY NEWSHORE

When our partner or another individual in our life says or does something that leaves us confused or troubled, there is a human tendency for us to create a story about it. Basically, we jump to conclusions. We don’t have all the facts, so we fill in...


Ballot candidate sees write-in challenge for Selectboard seat in Charlemont
05-31-2024 12:18 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

CHARLEMONT — While Stephen W. Thayer is the sole ballot candidate seeking election to a two-year Selectboard term, Kim Alison Blakeslee is challenging him with a write-in campaign.The victor in Tuesday’s election will fill the seat vacated by William...


Sounds Local: Uncovering local music lore: Wendell Historical Society offers month-long ‘Valley Rockers’ history course this summer
05-29-2024 2:44 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

When it comes to our local music scene, the Pioneer Valley has a deep and rich history that covers just about every musical genre imaginable. If you are interested in diving into the area’s musical past and perhaps have a favorite artist you’d love to...


Chief TikTok officer encourages Stoneleigh-Burnham students to ‘create a path’ for themselves
05-29-2024 11:49 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

GREENFIELD — Sophie Jamison, chief TikTok officer at the homeware company Made By Gather, visited Stoneleigh-Burnham School last week as part of the Alumnae Lecture Series to share with students her journey in the ever-changing career path of social...


Does renewed growth in Massachusetts’ higher education mark a turning point or a temporary surge?
05-29-2024 6:01 AM

By XINYI YANG

After a decade of declining enrollment, public higher education in Massachusetts finally saw the first increase in first-year undergraduate enrollment last fall, fueled by a nearly 8% increase in community college admissions.Meanwhile, at the...


‘Everyone loves our whoopee pies’: Over the Top Bakery in Orange enjoying a successful first year in business
05-28-2024 1:50 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Fran Bates is busy. She and her husband Mike are entrepreneurs on New Athol Road in Orange with three businesses to date. The most recent is Over the Top Bakery.The pair didn’t start out to run a bakery, Bates told me. They leased the property because...


‘A vacation just 10 minutes away’: Buckland Recreation Area pool opens for season
05-28-2024 11:31 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

BUCKLAND — Cynthia Schwartz was only 4 years old when the first Buckland Recreation Area swimming pool opened in 1963, but she remembers a town parade and the hoopla surrounding Buster Crabbe, an Olympic gold-medal swimmer and “Flash Gordon” film star...


Craft beverage makers speak to ‘labor of love’ at May Chamber of Commerce luncheon
05-28-2024 11:24 AM

NORTHFIELD — The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s May luncheon, “Art of the Craft,” gave craft beverage makers a platform to share their experiences within the industry and highlight how Franklin County’s craft beverage industry drives economic...


Grown by the whole community: History and roots of the Greenfield Farmers Market, now in its 50th year
05-28-2024 9:16 AM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

The people who started the Greenfield Farmers Market — with iconic local surnames like Kretzinger, Clark and Nelson — might not have imagined a 50th season, nor that it would blossom into a thriving three-season spot in Greenfield’s center where...


Push to legalize psychedelics in Mass. met with caution
05-27-2024 2:01 PM

By RUIHAN YANG

A ballot initiative and a proposed substitute version are pushing for the legalization of psychedelics in Massachusetts within the next year, but opponents said “it’s too premature.”The ballot initiative promoted by Massachusetts for Mental Health...


Speaking of Nature: The telltale song of summer: Singing green frogs welcome me back to the Thinking Chair
05-27-2024 6:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

For most people, Memorial Day marks the first day of summer. The official first day may not actually be observed until three weeks later, but the three-day weekend gives people a chance to get outside and fire up the grill, or perhaps even go camping....


GCC grads mark start of ‘a lifelong pursuit of knowledge’
05-26-2024 11:25 AM

By SAM FERLAND

GREENFIELD — Cheers and cowbells rang aloud on Saturday as members of Greenfield Community College’s Class of 2024 marched between rows of flowers to the stage, collected their diplomas, and celebrated their success with their families and friends.GCC...


Class C softball: MacKenzie Paulin tosses no-hitter, top-seeded Greenfield blanks McCann Tech 6-0 for spot in title game (PHOTOS)
05-25-2024 5:36 PM

By GEORGE MILLER

GREENFIELD — Over the last handful of years, Greenfield has made Western Massachusetts softball championship games a familiar destination, and now a very familiar local foe awaits the Green Wave there.MacKenzie Paulin buzzed through the McCann Tech...


Kayaker’s delight: Best day-paddles along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts
05-24-2024 1:31 PM

By ANNA LAIRD BARTO

Last summer, I chronicled my 68-mile paddle of 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 a...


Valley Bounty: Resourceful and really delicious: The Upper Bend in Turners Falls serves classics with local seasonal add-ons
05-24-2024 1:30 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...


Earth Matters: Biodiversity crisis in our backyard: The science behind saving habitat for wildlife
05-24-2024 11:23 AM

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...


The slow spell of Negril, Jamaica: Scenes from an idyllic island getaway
05-24-2024 11:21 AM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

“You don’t want to stay in paradise?”It’s our fourth day in Negril, Jamaica, and the fourth time we have heard this question. A local is dipping his head under our striped umbrella on the beach, trying to sell us a boat tour despite us repeating that...


Fire truck, police cruiser replacements up for vote at Charlemont Town Meeting
05-24-2024 10:58 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

CHARLEMONT — Annual Town Meeting attendees will be asked to replace a failing, 27-year-old fire truck, buy a new police cruiser, start a new fire district with Rowe and adopt a bylaw that spells out procedures for recalling an elected town...

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