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Libraries turning the page: They’re still in the business of books, but embracing new role as community ‘third space’
04-01-2024 11:50 AM


On a typical day at Forbes Library, people can be found lying on the lawn, participating in book clubs and other programs, checking out books or perhaps a ukulele, and chatting with friends and strangers.It’s not the traditional image of a library...

$1M in grants to boost local food system in Hampshire County
02-23-2024 9:55 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Area organizations are welcoming grant awards that will boost the supply of fresh, local food available to those in need and provide support for local farmers.“We’re really thrilled to have been selected,” said Lev BenEzra, executive...

Guest columnist Dan Peters: No, you bleep: Refs have had enough
02-08-2024 8:43 PM


Imagine being at your workplace trying to perform your job duties and you hear your boss yell the following comments directed at you: “That’s terrible!” “Open up your eyes.” “You blew that one!” “Where are your glasses?!?!” Can you imagine trying to...

“Nice call, ref”: High school referee ranks shrink amid abuse by fans, low pay
02-03-2024 11:00 AM


A couple weeks ago, I sat inside Smith Academy’s Sherry Webb Gymnasium in Hatfield to cover a girls basketball game between the Falcons and Duggan Academy of Springfield. As the game progressed, the displeasure from supporters only grew louder — and...

The power of pickleball: Courts are springing up around the region as its legions of devotees continue to grow
01-11-2024 11:48 AM


On any given weekday morning, upward of 40 people fill the Holyoke Community College gymnasium to partake in the sport that has become a favorite pastime for those looking to socialize and for people of all ages and abilities looking for a little...

Get Growing: On Mars, gardening starts with bugs
12-26-2023 10:58 AM


A recent headline in the New York Times caught my eye: “Mars Needs Insects.” As the article explained, if we are to create a human-friendly habitat on Mars, we will need to grow food there.Unlike the nutrient-laden soil that covers the earth, the...

‘A hobby that has no limits’: Hampshire County Radio club loses flying field after 60 years
08-16-2023 8:01 PM


Somewhere between 35 and 40 flyable model airplanes fill the basement, garage and two bedrooms in David Wartel’s Hadley home. And that doesn’t even account for the planes that are under repair.Wartel is just one of the 100 or so members of the...

Aging with Adventure with Eric Weld: Return to the Appalachian Trail 
05-18-2023 4:20 PM


It wasn’t how I planned it. Then again, what in life, or adventure, ever goes exactly the way it was originally planned?I never planned to return to finish hiking the Appalachian Trail because my intention was to complete the entirety of it in one go...

Guest columnist Marietta Pritchard: Beware, Medicare ‘wellness visit’ no longer a medical exam
03-31-2023 8:25 PM


Last July, I visited our new doctor for what I thought was an annual checkup. I brought with me an annoying problem I’d been having, and he made a referral for me to see a specialist, who has taken care of the problem. After that July visit — a...

Columnist Joanna Buoniconti: The voice that I earned
02-09-2023 1:13 PM

The smell of harsh antiseptic stings my nostrils — even through my mask. Every six months it’s the same routine for the physical therapy re-evaluation, which is a requirement for me to receive insurance authorization approval for the treatment of my...

Best Bites 2022: A taste of the finest the Valley has to offer
01-20-2023 9:17 PM


With a new year of dining ahead, it’s time to boil down all of my last year’s recommendations into a cheat sheet that you can clip or print and stick on your fridge: the best of Best Bites. I’ve picked 40 amazing places to eat and drink in the area...

Valley Bounty: Put the market where the people are
01-12-2023 2:06 PM


‘I’m a junkie for rutabagas,” admits Cathleen O’Keefe. “I love their tanginess and making fries with them. And winter greens. Knowing what goes into growing them in New England in the winter — they’re amazing!” O’Keefe has owned and managed the Winter...

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