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Friday, May 22, 2015

Amherst Aidan Shea was named to the Amherst Regional Middle School eight grade honor rolls. Belchertown Ryan Foley graduated from Nichols College in Dudley. An economics major, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Hadley Ronald Joseph “R.J.” Waskiewicz graduated from Westfield State University May 14 with a masters degree in public administration. The son of Ronald F. and Kristine Waskiewicz and husband of Laura Waskiewicz, he is a probation officer with the Chicopee District Court. Kezia Rose Constant was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army May 15, after graduating summa cum laude from the Georgetown ROTC. She was …

Historic Civil War plaques may find permanent display space at renovated Jones Library

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — A long-running saga to find space to publicly display the historic Civil War plaques could be nearing an end if Jones Library trustees recommend that space in an expanded and renovated main branch be reserved for the marble tablets. The buildings and facilities committee, a subcommittee of the trustees, last Friday voted in favor of a plan that would create room …

‘Out and About’: Amherst exhibit showcases varied photography of Robert Hallock

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Robert Hallock has had a distinguished career as a professor of physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, joining the faculty in 1970 after earning a bachelor’s degree from the university in 1965 and a doctorate from Stanford University in 1969. But Hallock, 71, who lives in Leverett, has long had a deep …

Planting paradise: ‘Secret garden’ will be the highlight of Forbes Library Tour

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A short walk from downtown Northampton is a marvelous “secret garden” that certainly will be the highlight of the Forbes Library Garden Tour on June 13. Julie and Harvey Silberstein transformed a three-quarter acre of lawn and a …

‘When Johnny Came Home’: Play about PTSD benefits Wounded Warrior Project

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It’s a story that’s become all too familiar for many families with members serving in the military: a son, daughter, husband or wife joins the armed forces and is deployed overseas, ready to fight and defend the nation’s …

Table Talk: It’s in their wheelhouse: Trio serves up farm-fresh arepas on new food truck

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

There’s a new food truck parked at the Amherst Farmers Market on Saturdays this season dishing up egg and pesto breakfast sandwiches, parsnip fritters snacks and arepas — a kind of stuffed South American corn bread — for …

Music as life lesson Northampton filmmaker profiles the SciTech Band of Springfield

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

They’ve been dubbed “The Pride of Springfield” for the hope they embody, both in a struggling school and the hardscrabble city they live in. And for the students in the band at Springfield High School of Science and …

Bruce Watson’s Lifestyles: Let the campaign begin

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In a stunning announcement certain to rattle the 2016 campaign, a veteran political force has declared itself a candidate for the presidency. Mammon, the long-worshipped Biblical figure better known as Money, is now running for president. Mammon has always been in politics, especially in the last few decades …

MuseFLASHES: ‘More Clearly in Dreams’ at Smith College and other arts happenings this week in the Valley

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A dream performance The final performances of “More Clearly in Dreams,” an hour-long dance/theater production created by Smith College dance professor Rodger Blum, will be presented Thursday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. in Theatre 14 …

Movie times

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 Clouds of Sils Maria (R) Daily 4:05; 9:25; Wed. no 9:25 Far from the Madding Crowd (PG-13) Daily 1:40, 4:25, 7:05, 9:35; Sat.-Mon. also 11:10 a.m. Lambert & Stamp (R) Daily 1:30, 6:50, 9:45; Sun.-Mon. also 11:20 a.m.; Wed. no …

Health briefs

Wednesday, May 20, 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 …

Friends and neighbors

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Amherst Elisabeth Strayer, a member of the class of 2015, received the 2015 Pray English Prize at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. Strayer is earning a major in English and a minor in art history. Easthampton Emily Biegner was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi …

Much credit goes to ‘collaborative pianist’ Scott Bailey as Hampshire Choral Society prepares for Sunday concert

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Scott Bailey is the longtime accompanist for the Hampshire Choral Society, a 160-voice amateur choir that rehearses in Northampton and performs in Hampshire County. But the term “collaborative pianist” better describes what Bailey accomplishes with the chorus, says …