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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...


Book Bag: ‘The Sacred Dog’ by Joan Livingston; ‘Mud Pie’ by Lauren Arienzale

02-02-2024 12:02 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Sacred DogBy Joan LivingstonDarkstroke Books Franklin County author Joan Livingston, a former reporter and editor who once covered the Hilltowns for the Gazette, has used her experience to create a series of mystery novels set in similar towns,...


Close-up on farm workers: LAVA Center launches touring exhibit celebrating agricultural workers, on view at GCC through Feb. 16

02-02-2024 12:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

With a full body of work compiled over 2023’s farming and harvest seasons, Local Access to Valley Arts (The LAVA Center) is launching a touring exhibit for “indiVISIBLE: Seeing and Celebrating Indispensable Agricultural Workers” this week at...


Sounds Local: Weekend music forecast: summertime vibes: Dance like it’s the Fourth of July at Greenfield’s 102nd Winter Carnival

01-31-2024 3:47 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Greenfield will celebrate its 102nd Winter Carnival this weekend. Thanks to our local music venues, the three-day celebration, jam-packed with events, will include plenty of music to further fuel the party atmosphere. The theme of this year’s carnival...


Speaking of Nature: Who is that mysterious woodpecker?: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker has caused quite a stir with readers

01-29-2024 6:00 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

My selection of a writing topic is not always an easy thing. Sometimes I sit down to the keyboard and find myself completely stuck. I haven’t had an idea all week and at the last minute I still find myself with nothing to focus on. These are the...


The cure for wintertime blues: Snowmobile clubs enjoy outdoor thrills while tending to interstate trails

01-26-2024 12:45 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

On snowy weekends in the winter, groups of snowmobilers can be found at the tops of mountains and along the vast networks of forest trails connecting towns throughout Massachusetts and beyond. “To be outside in the winter doing something; that is the...


‘You don’t look like a doctor’: Documentary film looks at the biases and challenges Black women physicians face 

01-26-2024 12:42 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Dr. Khama Ennis had come a long way in her medical career.Until 2022, the Amherst resident had spent about two decades in emergency medicine, including a number of years as chief of emergency medicine at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, as...


‘The Broadway stars aligned’: Tony-nominated actress visits Stoneleigh-Burnham School

01-26-2024 12:41 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

In preparation for their upcoming musical performance of “The Prom,” students at Stoneleigh-Burnham School visited with Tony-nominated actress Caitlin Kinnunen.“The Prom” is based on a real story from the early 2000s, where four Broadway actors help...


Let’s Talk Relationships: How to give a good apology: Apologizing is key to restoring trust in relationships

01-26-2024 12:40 PM

By AMY NEWSHORE

It is inevitable that we are going to make mistakes and sometimes hurt others, even those we love. When a relationship has been impacted by harmful words or actions, offering a sincere, heartfelt apology can go a long way toward mending the rupture....


Attention Franklin County poets: 33rd annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest is now seeking submissions; deadline Feb. 26

01-26-2024 12:40 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

The 33rd annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest is now seeking submissions through the end of February, as the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library prepares to bring the contest’s awards ceremony to the new library.The Friends of the Greenfield Public...


If the land could speak: Community gardens are located on land with stories echoing social justice roots

01-26-2024 12:39 PM

By PAT JAMES

Community gardens grow on all kinds of land. Many gardens start as derelict lots, long abandoned by owners who sometimes reclaim the property after community gardeners reveal its beauty and productivity.Schools and parks are common sites for community...



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