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Baxters celebrate 1st anniversary

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sara Goodwin and Cory Baxter, of Amherst, were married Sept. 6, 2013, in Laconia, New Hampshire. Sara is a finance manager for Palomar Health of San Diego and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. Cory is a helicopter pilot and officer recruiter for the United States Marine Corps, and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. The couple will celebrate their first wedding anniversary Sept. 13, in Northampton. …

Naming the Baby

Thursday, September 11, 2014

REINKE — Andrew Robert, son of Matthew Reine and Caitlin Vassallo Reinke, of Hadley, was born Aug. 23 at Tufts Medical Center, Boston. The maternal grandparents are John and Trish Vassallo of Hadley. The paternal grandparents are Gus and Carol Reinke of Hadley. The paternal great-grandparents are Roger and Madeleine Bachand of Granby. Andrew has one brother, William John. …

Pelham composer John Cooper headed to India to promote the blending of Eastern and Western musical styles

Monday, September 8, 2014

PELHAM — John Cooper, 89, of Pelham, will head to India for 10 days in November, where he and his longtime friend and collaborator, John McConville, will present a blend of Eastern and Western musical styles through dance and piano performances. While there Cooper also will be conducting workshops about his book, “Musicianship …

Network Amherst The Lehrer Report

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Reminder: Tuesday, Sept. 9, is a voting day, a primary for the Republican and Democratic parties candidates. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. It’s free. * * * Betsy and David Mullins, and Denise …

VIDEO Adventurous couple seals wedding vows with forest leap in Shutesbury

Sunday, August 31, 2014

SHUTESBURY — The highlight of the Fahey-Shaw wedding Sunday was, of course, the taking of the vows and the first kiss of a married couple. A close runner-up would be what happened about an hour and a half …

Residents and their favorite chairs wanted for photo montage as part of Deerfield Arts Bank exhibit

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Whether it’s the old rocking chair in the corner of the living room or the paint-splattered stool from which you’ve crafted masterpieces, everyone has a favorite chair. Deerfield resident Jane Trigere wants you to bring that cherished seat out to the Deerfield Arts Bank on …

Staying the course: Leverett Community Chorus sings the praises of new director

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Despite the retirement of its founder and director, the Leverett Community Chorus will keep singing. The chorus was founded in 2002 by Anne Louise White, who served as its director until her retirement earlier this year. Under the …

A story from a different — and not so different — world: Northampton writer Zane Kotker pens her first novel in 17 years

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Zane Kotker has long been a fan of historical fiction, both as a writer and reader. In a literary career that stretches back decades, she’s written two novels that examine events and personalities of the past, including the …

Friends & Neighbors

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Amherst Zoe Tessler, daughter of Patricia Gorman and Richard Tessler. and a junior at Hamilton College, is an intern this summer at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York. The Wild Center, in the Adirondack Park, is …

The path less traveled: Pioneer Valley Symphony receives award for ‘adventurous programming’

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Playing in a symphony orchestra ought to be risky business says musical conductor Paul Phillips, who for 20 years has led the Pioneer Valley Symphony along innovative musical paths. Taking those risks is just the thing to keep …

Movie listings

Friday, August 22, 2014

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 Boyhood (R) Daily 1, 2:15, 4:20, 7:45, 8:45; Sat.-Sun. no 1, also 11 a.m.; Tues.-Wed. no 4:20, 7:45 Blues Brothers (R) Sat. 2; Tues. 7:30 Cavalry (R) Daily 2:15, 4:45, …

New and Improved: Clark Museum in Williamstown unveils dramatic expansion and renovation

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

When the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute opened its doors in 1955, it was a bit of an anomaly — a fairly modest museum seemingly in the middle of nowhere, one designed more or less as a …

Return to glory: Restoring the Gilded-Age gardens of Naumkeag in Stockbridge

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Trees die. Fountain drains get clogged. Masonry walls crumble. When a garden landscape is 50 to 100 years old, things fall apart. The gardens at Naumkeag, the Stockbridge masterpiece of landscape architect Fletcher Steele, were in dire straits …