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Sounds Local: A party for the whole neighborhood: Good Music Makes Good Neighbors fest returns to Montague this Saturday, June 8

06-05-2024 4:10 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Get ready for the village of Montague to be transformed into a mini music festival when Good Music Makes Good Neighbors returns on Saturday, June 8. The fest went on hiatus for a couple of years, but now festival organizers Nicole Nemec and Matthew...


Hero in aisle five: Wendell author’s new book, ‘Food Margins,’ delves into the anthropology of groceries

06-04-2024 1:40 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

This article was originally slated as a book review. The book I was going to review, “Food Margins” by Cathy Stanton of Wendell, cried out to be moved to the Food & Farms page, however. Instead of reviewing the book, then, I interviewed the author and...


Planting seeds of sustainability: Greenfield Garden Club encourages horticulturists of all ages

06-03-2024 2:24 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

The Greenfield Garden Club is not just for Greenfield residents: “We welcome people from Franklin County and beyond,” said Club President Laura Schlaikjer. Let’s take a look at two ways the group encourages gardening, and hopes to continue for years...


Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest youth winners

05-31-2024 2:17 PM

Youth Co-winners, 12-to-14-year-olds“Lessons from the world” by Summit Wicks-LimOnce upon a time the girl could not hear her own heart,So she stayed quietandsoftly spoken, speaking only to her heart which had no answer.On most days she would look at...


Stepping onto summer stage: Silverthorne Theater Company debuting three plays in its first full summer season

05-31-2024 2:09 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Time was when summer theater in the Valley was typically produced by a number of mainstays, including Chester Theatre Company, New Century Theatre, and the Ko Festival at Amherst College.But New Century Theatre shut down a few years ago, as did the Ko...


Sounds Local: Uncovering local music lore: Wendell Historical Society offers month-long ‘Valley Rockers’ history course this summer

05-29-2024 2:44 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

When it comes to our local music scene, the Pioneer Valley has a deep and rich history that covers just about every musical genre imaginable. If you are interested in diving into the area’s musical past and perhaps have a favorite artist you’d love to...


‘Everyone loves our whoopee pies’: Over the Top Bakery in Orange enjoying a successful first year in business

05-28-2024 1:50 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Fran Bates is busy. She and her husband Mike are entrepreneurs on New Athol Road in Orange with three businesses to date. The most recent is Over the Top Bakery.The pair didn’t start out to run a bakery, Bates told me. They leased the property because...


Grown by the whole community: History and roots of the Greenfield Farmers Market, now in its 50th year

05-28-2024 9:16 AM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

The people who started the Greenfield Farmers Market — with iconic local surnames like Kretzinger, Clark and Nelson — might not have imagined a 50th season, nor that it would blossom into a thriving three-season spot in Greenfield’s center where...


Speaking of Nature: The telltale song of summer: Singing green frogs welcome me back to the Thinking Chair

05-27-2024 6:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

For most people, Memorial Day marks the first day of summer. The official first day may not actually be observed until three weeks later, but the three-day weekend gives people a chance to get outside and fire up the grill, or perhaps even go camping....


Kayaker’s delight: Best day-paddles along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts

05-24-2024 1:31 PM

By ANNA LAIRD BARTO

Last summer, I chronicled my 68-mile paddle of Connecticut River through Massachusetts. Along the way, I became very well acquainted with the river, its bends and currents, dams and bridges, trees and wildlife — even its sewage overflows! Here are a...


Valley Bounty: Resourceful and really delicious: The Upper Bend in Turners Falls serves classics with local seasonal add-ons

05-24-2024 1:30 PM

By JACOB NELSON

The Upper Bend Cafe and Bruncheonette in Turners Falls aims to be reliably amazing. That means serving familiar breakfast and lunch favorites while unleashing their creativity, squeezing every drop of goodness from farm-fresh local food.“Using as many...


Earth Matters: Biodiversity crisis in our backyard: The science behind saving habitat for wildlife

05-24-2024 11:23 AM

By KARI BLOOD

One of the reasons many of us love living in the Valley is being able to see wildlife around us. But those sightings will become increasingly rare if humans don’t take bold steps to slow the loss of species around the world. Scientists are sounding...


Faith Matters: Coming out can feel like a miracle

05-24-2024 11:22 AM

By THE REV. VICKI IX

I have added my coming out to the list of miracles in my life — the glimpses of the resurrection I have been granted in this life. I count this moment as a blessing and pray for those who have not yet been able to say the words out loud.More...


The slow spell of Negril, Jamaica: Scenes from an idyllic island getaway

05-24-2024 11:21 AM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

“You don’t want to stay in paradise?”It’s our fourth day in Negril, Jamaica, and the fourth time we have heard this question. A local is dipping his head under our striped umbrella on the beach, trying to sell us a boat tour despite us repeating that...


Sounds Local: Outdoor concert season is upon us: Memorial Day weekend kicks off a robust summer of music in Franklin County

05-22-2024 1:54 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and with it comes the arrival of summer and all the summer concerts and festivals. The summer of 2024 may be the busiest one yet in terms of live music, leaving fans with an abundance of choices.One of the best parts...


Catching up with rhubarb: A cup of stewed, sugared rhubarb contains as much calcium as a glass of milk

05-21-2024 3:44 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

My favorite season of the year is here. Asparagus and rhubarb tend to ripen in New England at about the same time, and they have arrived. I’ll talk more about asparagus soon. Meanwhile, I’m savoring rhubarb as much as I can.I try to learn something...


A gem in the center of town: Greenfield Farmers Market celebrates 50 years

05-20-2024 12:41 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series about the Greenfield Farmers Market, which is in its 50th year.On Saturday mornings — spring, summer and fall — the Greenfield Farmers Market in the town’s center bustles with open-air vendors,...


Speaking of Nature: Wilson’s warbler sighting my first in a decade: The story of a bird named after the ‘Father Of American Ornithology’

05-20-2024 6:01 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

In 1794, a Scot named Alexander Wilson arrived in the newly-independent nation of the United States of America and got to the business of starting a new life for himself. He had been employed as a weaver back home and thought he could make a go of it...


‘As the woods wake up, it’s my favorite time’: Turkey hunters relish spring season

05-17-2024 12:36 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

The Boston Red Sox season will still be warming up by the end of this month, with about 110 games remaining before the playoffs. But outdoor sportsmen across Massachusetts will have already hung up their gear until around the time the World Series...


‘A generational healing experience’: Exhibit documents the struggles of Cambodian families fleeing the Khmer Rouge who found refuge and a new community in Amherst

05-17-2024 12:34 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Not long after 20 years of war finally ended in Vietnam in 1975, another wave of horrendous violence erupted just to the west.The Khmer Rouge, the Communist party of Cambodia, seized control of the country and began a brutal “reeducation” campaign...


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