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Sounds Local: Watermelon Wednesdays celebrates 25 years of acoustic music series: Plus, Iron Horse announces initial lineup

02-21-2024 2:05 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Watermelon Wednesdays, the acoustic music series that presents concerts and workshops at the historic West Whately Chapel and the Whately Town Hall, will celebrate its 25th year in 2024. Paul Newlin of Whately, a devout music fan, heads up the series,...


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Father of our country hoe cakes: George Washington-related concoction is a favorite breakfast

02-20-2024 4:20 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I appreciate that people who work regular jobs need three-day holiday weekends. For this reason, in 1968, George Washington’s birthday was moved from Feb. 22 to the third Monday in the month.Sadly, in my opinion, this means that the official...


Valley Bounty: CSA season gets jump on growing season this week

02-20-2024 4:06 PM

By LISA GOODRICH

Though more weeks of winter lie ahead, National Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) week — Feb. 19-25 — marks the symbolic start of the CSA cycle, when member sign-ups start rolling in and participating farmers begin planning for the coming growing...


Nature Photo Contest

02-19-2024 7:02 AM


Speaking of Nature: Midnight wail — The call of the Red Fox

02-19-2024 6:00 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was early in the morning.  I had a fresh cup of coffee and a little something to nibble on as I sat down at my computer and tried to make a decision.  What was I going to write about this week?  There were two ideas rattling around in my head but...


Sounds Local: Songwriter Joe O’Rourke puts his skills to work with new studio band

02-14-2024 6:41 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Can you be in a band and not be in the band? That’s the question songwriter Joe O’Rourke asks regarding the album “There is No Right or Wrong” on which he wrote all the songs but didn’t sing or play any of the instruments.O’Rourke, of South Deerfield,...


Speaking of Nature: A romantic evening for two birders: To hear the wonderful sounds of the Saw-whet Owl, one must go outside at night

02-12-2024 6:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

It was a cold winter’s night and my beautiful wife Susan and I were watching movies. There was a fire crackling in the wood stove, we were enjoying good food and drink and we were both all snoodled up and comfy. It was everything you could have wanted...


Date ideas in Franklin County: Indoors, outdoors, seated or dancing — here’s where to have some fun with the one you love 

02-09-2024 12:55 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

As the season of love approaches, a plethora of exciting dates awaits in Franklin County, promising to warm hearts and support the community. If you're tired of the same old dinner-and-movie routine, brace yourself for a journey through diverse and...


Faith Matters: Celebrate love by sharing love: Loving one another means everyone, not just one special person

02-09-2024 12:53 PM

By THE REV. LINDA M. RHINEHART NEAS

In a few days, people around the world will spend billions of dollars on cards, candy, jewelry, flowers, and a night on the town to prove their love and affection to a special someone. I may be wrong, but I think St. Valentine is rolling over in his...


Designed by and for older adults: New podcast series, Backyard Oasis, launches out of GCC 

02-09-2024 12:52 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

Is it ever too late to start dancing?On a wintry morning at Greenfield Community College, podcast-host Denise Schwartz and GCC dance teacher Emily Fox discuss the benefits of dance as part of a podcast series called Backyard Oasis.Fox says dance helps...


The Evergreens house is ready for its closeup after preservation work at Emily Dickinson Museum

02-09-2024 12:51 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — Closed since 2019 for extensive preservation efforts and infrastructure improvements, The Evergreens, a key property at the Emily Dickinson Museum, will reopen for visitors March 1.The 19th-century house was built in 1856 for Austin...


Sweet messages with a little fun: Three new children’s books by Kathleen Nicoletti

02-09-2024 12:49 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Kathleen Nicoletti of Athol notes in her author biography that she loves reading to the children in her life. That joy is evident in her three new children’s books.At 70 pages, “Ruby the Ruthless” is the longest of the three. It also has the most...


Let’s Talk Relationships: Single on Valentine’s Day? How to be your own valentine

02-09-2024 12:48 PM

By AMY NEWSHORE

Many of us are facing Valentine’s Day with a lack of enthusiasm, to say the least. You may be newly single and are feeling raw and shaky. You may have been on your own for a long time and here you are, solo, once again on this holiday. Or you may find...


Play it again, Sam: Shea Theater to show ‘Lovejoy’s Nuclear War’ to mark 50th anniversary of Montague tower toppling

02-09-2024 12:12 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

In the fall of 1973, Wendell resident Dan Keller drove to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut to pick up friend Sam Lovejoy and mentioned to his pal that he wouldn’t believe what had been built back home on the Montague Plains.The two drove...


Sounds Local: When feeling bad sounds good: Celebrate heartbreak this Valentines Day with new EP by Selah haleS

02-07-2024 4:01 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if there is ever a polarizing holiday, it’s this one. For the romantics, it’s a day of celebration with shiny boxes of chocolates and roses, but for others, especially those who are nursing a broken...


Speaking of Nature: Where have all the birds gone?: They’re there, and here’s a handy tool to keep track of their appearances

02-05-2024 6:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

I receive emails from readers throughout the year and I do my best to respond to them in a timely manner. Sometimes messages pile up in my inbox and sometimes things get filed incorrectly, but I genuinely do try to respond to every one. This year (the...


Rare views into an earlier age: Clark Art Institute exhibits some 80 original images in paper and photographs

02-02-2024 12:08 PM

By DON STEWART

There are those who see winter not as a season but as a siege. They tire of shoveling white glittering fractals from their driveways and see snow as the unnecessary freezing of water.If you’re among those who don’t consider the frozen monochrome of...


A perfect gift for Historic Deerfield: Museum receives impressive collection of work by 19th century New England renaissance man Rufus Porter

02-02-2024 12:06 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

With the “unusual” donation of a collection of a 19th century artwork, publications and inventions, Historic Deerfield is looking to highlight the life of 19th century New England renaissance man Rufus Porter.Porter, an inventor, author and the...


A big audience for small works: Annual Small Works Exhibit and Sale returns for 10th year

02-02-2024 12:04 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

The Sawmill River Arts Collective gallery, located at 440 Greenfield Rd. in the Bookmill Complex, will show local artists at its 10th annual Small Works Exhibit and Sale, taking place from Feb. 4 through 26.“It is a community art show. Part of our...


Faith Matters: God is not Google: God’s gifts require patience in an often impatient world

02-02-2024 12:03 PM

By THE REV. CINDY LAJOY

Have you ever wondered why God sometimes leads us on what seems like a long and winding road, just to end up mere steps from where you started? Have you ever asked God to answer your prayers in a hurry, only to find yourself waiting for a response for...



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