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Down on the farm: With outsize stresses for farmers fueling a mental health crisis, program seeks to lend a helping hand
07-05-2024 7:32 PM

By LEAH VERESS

Alice Colman recalls the day a routine fennel harvest turned into a wake-up call. As she stood in her field, carefully examining a plant’s feathery leaves, she felt herself growing increasingly frustrated with the crop’s appearance. When she kneeled...

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My Turn: Biden should resign because of his role in Israel’s genocide
07-15-2024 11:21 AM

By IAN RHODEWALT

 While it is true that President Joe Biden gave a historically disastrous debate performance, and the fallout in the following week put his chances of winning r-election in distinct jeopardy, we should not forget that he has been funding, abetting,...


‘Janet Planet’ comes into orbit: Annie Baker’s debut film, about to open in Valley, features performances and input from some area residents
06-27-2024 7:14 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

After generating some local news in 2022 when scenes were filmed in a number of locations around the Valley, “Janet Planet,” the debut film by celebrated playwright Annie Baker, made its deThursday.The movie, first screened last summer at the...


A half-century of photography: Forbes Library exhibit showcases the vintage work and world views of photographer and digital printmaker Stan Sherer
06-13-2024 7:44 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When Stan Sherer was growing up in the Bronx in New York City in the 1950s, an uncle paid a visit to his family one day and brought along some World War II-era darkroom equipment.Sherer didn’t know it just then, but he was about to find his life’s...


Mass. Senate backs end to ‘home equity theft’
06-06-2024 7:27 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

The state Senate unanimously passed an amendment to its annual spending plan that would prohibit municipalities and private companies from taking the entire equity of a home in the event of a tax lien foreclosure, a piece of legislation that, if...


Time to celebrate kids and books: Mass Kids Lit Fest offers a wealth of programs in Valley during Children’s Book Week
05-10-2024 9:20 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Just in time to coincide with Children’s Book Week, a national event established in 1905, the Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) has created a children’s literary showcase here in the Valley.The Mass Kids Lit Fest, a new book festival taking...


Valley writers shine in initial round of Mass Book Award competition: 12 area authors and author/illustrators long-listed for 2024 awards
05-10-2024 9:17 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s been another good year for Valley writers.Twelve area authors (and author/illustrators) have had new work long-listed for the 2024 Massachusetts Book Awards, presented annually by the Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) in five categories:...


Hampshire County youth tapped to advise governor’s team
04-29-2024 8:37 PM

By XINYI YANG

Three Hampshire County students are among 60 young people statewide who will advise Gov. Maura Healey and her administrative team on issues important to young people as members of the newly minted Youth Advisory Council.The young people, ages 16-21,...


Blue envelope program offered for Massachusetts drivers on autism spectrum
04-18-2024 7:19 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Massachusetts State Police have begun implementing a program to improve interactions with people on the autism spectrum, building upon legislation that won Senate approval in January and remains before a House committee.Participating drivers...


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: Become an educated gardener: Three upcoming symposia will answer all your gardening questions
03-14-2024 3:07 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

Most of us humans assume that other creatures experience the world through their senses of sound, taste, smell and touch, the same way we do. But we couldn’t be more wrong, as science writer Ed Yong explains in his fascinating new book, “An Immense...


Direct from the Sunshine State: Augusta Savage Gallery celebrates its namesake with group show from Florida
03-14-2024 2:47 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Augusta Savage rose to prominence as a sculptor and educator when she moved to New York City in the 1920s, where she soon became a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance.But Savage, who was also a determined advocate for equal rights for African...


Sweet spot: Area sugarhouses start tapping season early after warm winter days
03-10-2024 1:47 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

The groundhog predicted an early end to winter: did that also mean an earlier start to maple sugaring? Apparently so, according to several maple sugarers in the region.“This is the earliest we’ve ever started,” remarked Chip Williams of the...


Local officials tout governor’s municipal tax plan as ‘very exciting’
02-15-2024 8:25 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey’s proposal to give cities and towns new tax-hike authority would provide “game-changers” at the local level, especially for less-populated areas, one mayor said Tuesday.A bill Healey filed last month would offer...


Amherst native opens area’s first indoor skatepark
02-03-2024 10:53 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — On the ground floor of Eastworks, a converted old mill that now houses artists, writers and nonprofits, a different type of tenant can be found — one where its customers practice “ollies” and “grinds,” “pop shove-its” and “kickflips.”...


State reckons with its history: Efforts to change school mascots, state seal make slow, steady progress
02-03-2024 10:51 AM

By STELLA TANNENBAUM

Slowly but surely — and not without opposition — long-standing efforts to change images of Native Americans that many view as offensive have gained new momentum across Massachusetts, sparking conversations about history, representation and what it...


With coyotes in midst of mating season, pet owners urged to be cautious
01-25-2024 11:08 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

As coyotes become more active during their mating season, spanning January through March, pet owners are urged to stay vigilant.The Eastern coyote — which resembles a medium-sized dog in its size and shape but has pointed ears and denser fur — can be...


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

By MADDIE FABIAN

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...


Where to put the panels? In a final forum at UMass, experts debate best siting solar projects
01-05-2024 9:02 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final article from the Western Mass. Solar Forum series. AMHERST — Most experts agree solar energy is key to reaching the state’s climate goals, but opinions often differ widely when it comes to developing and...


Keeping eagles aloft: Marking 50 years of Endangered Species Act successes in Valley and beyond
01-05-2024 9:00 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Ask almost any conservationist about an Endangered Species Act (ESA) success story and they will tell you about the bald eagle.“Growing up, I would have never seen a bald eagle in western Massachusetts,” said Jeff Collins, senior director of...


A farming intervention: The new Farmland Action Plan offers long-term ideas to help farms statewide
12-15-2023 11:16 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

For farms across western Massachusetts, the effects of climate change were tangible during the 2023 growing season.At Red Fire Farm in Granby, co-owner Sarah Voiland said that after the May frost event, the farm’s full harvest on multiple acres of...


Advocates back legislation seeking more local control on large-scale solar projects
11-29-2023 8:47 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

BOSTON — Valley residents are supporting proposed legislation that would give more local control over large-scale solar projects.The bills, S.1319/H.2082, “An Act Regarding Municipal Zoning Powers,” attempt to give more local power over the regulation...

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