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Debbi Friedlander, the new director of the Leverett Community Chorus, has a diverse background in music.

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 guidance of Diane Crowe, chairperson of the Leverett Recreation Commission and a chorus member, a five-member search committee led the group to … 0

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 bloody 17th-century conflict between Native Americans and colonial New Englanders known as King Philip’s War. … 0

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 a nonprofit organization that educates visitors about the Adirondacks’ rich biodiversity and natural history, often … 0

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 … 0

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, … 0

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 … 0

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 … 0

Network Amherst The Lehrer Report

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Greetings from the Danube River. I have just returned from a river boat cruise on the Danube, which is called the Dona or Danau depending on the country you are traveling through. The boat, the Swiss Jewel, serves … 0

Wedding: Elizabeth Latten & Benjamin Zucker

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Elizabeth Noel Latten and Benjamin Louis Zucker, both of Brooklyn, New York were married May 10, 2014 at Danfords Hotel & Marina in Port Jefferson., N.Y., by the Rev. Alison Caoila. The bride, 26, is the daughter of … 0

A gardener’s grand idea: Whimsical lawn planter prolongues life of beloved piano

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Clever people have used unusual items as whimsical garden planters for years. Old boots, decrepit chairs and beds make innovative containers for plants. But a grand piano? Traffic is stopping along a country road in Hadley and people … 0


Thursday, July 24, 2014

At the Barnes Gallery “Looking Backward and Forward,” an exhibition of paintings by William Rathbun, will by on view through Aug. 4 at the Barnes Art Gallery in the Leverett Crafts and Arts Center, 13 Montague Road in … 0

Green River Festival boasts musical acts, hot air balloons, kids' activities

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Green River Festival, now in its 28th year, will take place July 12-13 on the grounds of Greenfield Community College. The festival combines more than 30 musical acts on three stages with local food, beer and wine, … 0

Bruce Watson’s Lifestyles: Summer reading — check out these hot page scrollers

Thursday, July 10, 2014

This summer, like all summers, will see its share of beach books, “page turners” and “great summer reads.” Yet if the rest of the year is any judge, summer reading is changing. Gone are the lazy afternoons with your nose in a book, gone, too, those wistful hours … 0