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Marian Mesrobian MacCurdy talks about her book, "Sacred Justice: The Voices and Legacy of the Armenian Operation Nemesis", in her office at Hampshire College.

Payback Time: New book examines Operation Nemesis, effort to avenge the Armenian genocide of 1915

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The 20th century began awash in blood, from violence in Europe’s African colonies, to a protracted guerilla war in the American-seized Philippines, to the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5. There were two separate wars in the Balkans between 1912 and 1913 — and then came the staggering death toll of the first year of World War I. But in 1915, the body count grew even higher, not just from war but from targeted killing, as the first of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were massacred by the Ottoman Turks in a genocidal campaign. This month marks the centennial of the start of those massacres, known in …

‘Lyric Visions’: UMCA exhibit shows breadth of UMass faculty artwork

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Here’s the challenge: Put together a thematically and visually cohesive art exhibit, featuring the diverse work of artists who work in an array of mediums, who come from varied backgrounds, whose ages span decades, and who each has a distinctive style. Accepting that challenge: Lorne Falk, a Five College visiting associate professor of …

Bruce Watson’s Lifestyles: If you’ve (still) got it, play it

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring training comes late to Sandlot but it arrived last Sunday on the dusty Amherst Middle School field. There, even as major leaguers played in cavernous stadiums around the country, 14 of us were out, stretching, groaning and joking about the torture baseball inflicts on aging boys who love it more than they …


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Childhood art “The Origin of Line,” an exhibit of paintings by local artist Max Armen, will be on view through May 7 at the Augusta Savage Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Armen uses his childhood drawings …

Movie Times

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 Clouds of Sils Maria (R) Daily 1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 9:15; Sat.-Sun. also 11:15 a.m. Pierrot Le Fou (NR) Sun. 2; Tues. 7 While We’re Young (R) Daily 2, 4:30, 7, …

Movie Review: Tom Hardy excels but ‘Child 44’ feels like 40 movies

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The best-selling novel “Child 44” by Tom Rob Smith runs well over 400 pages, and that’s perhaps the first hint as to why the movie based on it seems to veer in 40 different directions. It’s a political …

Health briefs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health briefs visit BREAST-FEEDING —The Greater Western Massachusetts Chapter of Breastfeeding USA will hold a monthly peer to peer breastfeeding support group on the second Friday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at The Belchertown Family Center, 720 Franklin St. (Route …

Engagement: Anna Wright & Christopher Kim

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Anna Mary Soo Ok Wright and Christopher Sung Kyum Kim of Los Angeles California, along with their delighted families, announce their engagement.  The bride, the daughter of Jonathan and Meg Kelsey Wright of Northampton, is a graduate of …

Friends and neighbors

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Amherst August Jon Miller has been selected for a student faculty research grant fellowship funded by the National Science Foundation entitled “Numerical Simulations of Black Holes, Neutron Stars and Gravitational Radiation.” Miller is a physics major at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Sarah Winter Kulp, a senior at …

Unpublished letter written by Deerfield militiaman describing Shays’ Rebellion battle sells for $35,000

Saturday, April 18, 2015

DEERFIELD — An unpublished letter describing an account by a Deerfield militiaman of the principal battle of Shays’ Rebellion sold at auction last week for $35,000. An unidentified private collector bid on the 228-year-old letter written by Epaphras …

Deerfield program showcases archaeological dig at Sugarloaf site which yielded Paleolithic tool and weapon stones

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DEERFIELD — It’s not often you get your hands on a mastodon foot. Along with some ancient local history, Richard Michael Gramly gave people who attended an archaeological event in the Conway Street municipal building Sunday an up-close …

Daffodil Days celebration of spring in downtown Amherst this weekend

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AMHERST — Daffodils are beginning to push up from the earth and bloom in areas of downtown Amherst, just in time for a weekend of activities planned to coincide with the arrival of the flowers. Daffodil Days, a …

A gentle end: Amherst author’s book, ‘The Way to Go,’ shares stories from hospice

Monday, March 16, 2015

Recently, on a gloriously sunny, spring-like morning, author Marietta Pritchard stood in the kitchen of the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst, fixing herself a cup of tea, talking about how she would like to die. “I’ve …