In the Present with Chelsea Kline: Staying anchored amid rough waters
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When I was 7 years old, I lived right near the Boston harbor, and would frequently walk along the water with my father. Gulls swooped and shrieked overhead as we watched the ships gently bobbing along the wharfs. I wondered aloud why the boats didn’t just tip over, given their height and girth. My...
Earth Matters: The names behind the plants
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I enjoy plants — foliage, flowers, and relationships of plants with humans, relationships often reflected in names. English plant names, for example, show a complex history of invasions into England, invasions by the English into the rest of the world, and interaction with dozens of languages from...
Exploring our links to the early modern era: New artist-in-residency program at the UMass Kinney Center examines...
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Andrea Caluori may have grown up in the Bronx, but she built an early connection with nature and rural life, courtesy of attending many summer camps at Old Sturbridge Village, where she soaked up 1830s-era U.S. history and got some hands-on experience working with farm animals.Caluori draws on that...
Valley Bounty: Brewery offers a respite with two key ingredients: beer and a view
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Imagine holding the relaxation of a beautiful summer day in the palm of your hand. If you’re lucky enough to live in the Pioneer Valley, you get to taste that moment with a trip to The Brewery at Four Star Farms. The Northfield farm grows its own hops, and barley, wheat, and rye for beermaking and...
There is a season: Liven up those CSA greens with Judie’s Restaurant Caesar
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I think we can all agree that the Caesar salad at the late, great Judie’s Restaurant in Amherst was always worth ordering. The salad itself — bites of Romaine lettuce dotted with artichoke hearts, slices of hard boiled eggs, chunks of blue cheese, not to mention the dressing — was always the right...
Guest columnist Meredity Palmer: Pride Month and protecting the LGBTQIA+ community
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June is Pride month, a month that, like many formerly closeted queer people, I look forward to every year.Earlier this month, I attended a Pride celebration at my first grader’s elementary school in western Massachusetts. The celebration was led by the fifth grade Rainbow Club, a group of courageous...
Andrea Fox: Reflect on the word ‘forgiveness’ when discussing student loan debt
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Recently the Gazette (“Personal decisions led to high student loan debt,” June 9) published a guest column by a retired manufacturing executive citing poor personal decisions as a reason for high student loan debt. Several times in his column, he refers to poor decisions and poor judgment as reasons...
Barbara Wurtzel: Census article information
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I very much enjoyed the great article on the release of the United States census from 1950. I’m a retired librarian, and have used earlier census figures for a variety of reasons. The accuracy of the article text was, I thought, excellent. What was new to me included some of the issues discussed, su...
Youth softball: Northampton 12U’s edge Longmeadow in district tourney
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For the first time in over two decades, the Northampton 12U softball team captured a victory in the district tournament on Thursday.Buoyed by contributions from throughout its roster, Northampton edged Longmeadow, 8-7, at the 12U District 2 Tournament.Ary Lebarge paced Northampton’s offense with thr...
‘This is a really bad day’: Reproductive rights activists, elected officials gather at State House in face of Roe v.
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"What happened today is really unfathomable, and it's really distressing.” The post ‘This is a really bad day’: Reproductive rights activists, elected officials gather at State House in face of Roe v. Wade decision appeared first on
Valley Bounty: Couple carrying on a livestock legacy at Chase Hill Farm
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“How many people get a chance where someone walks up to you and says, ‘Do you want your dream?’” asks Laura Wells-Tolley. In 2017, she and her partner, Ben, were offered that chance when they took over Chase Hill Farm in Warwick from the Fellows family, who founded it back in the 1950s.“Chase Hill...
A familiar voice says goodbye: Walter Carroll, longtime NEPM classical music host, to retire
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Pretty early in his life, Walter Carroll developed a great interest in classical music. But it wasn’t clear that would be his calling in life. He also loved theater, and after he’d graduated from college, he spent two years in the Netherlands with an acting company and learned Dutch.But classical mu...
FRCOG, towns splitting legal fees in FERC relicensing
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The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) is considering splitting a $15,000 to $20,000 bill with Montague, Gill, Erving and Northfield to hire legal counsel for the next phase of FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing process, with all...
Dog of the Week: Teva
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XXXXXX is one of several dogs at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Regional Adoption Center in Turners Falls who are looking for a new home. Call 413-676-9182 to arrange to see all the dogs available.
Montague Notebook: June 25, 2022
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Nature art series comes to Great Falls Discovery Center TURNERS FALLS — The Great Falls Discovery Center’s free “Art Naturally” series invites the public for instruction on how to use poetry, prose and visual art to create an art piece inspired by the natural world on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noo...
North Quabbin Notebook: June 25, 2022
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‘Investigating Insects’ planned at New Salem libraryNEW SALEM — The New Salem Public Library will present “Investigating Insects” outside the building at 10 a.m. on Saturday, weather permitting.With help from the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, participants will become “insect investigators”...
New director looks to make Erving library ‘a place to play for everyone’
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ERVING — After beginning her work last month, new Erving Public Library Director Abigail Baines is getting comfortable and looking forward to making her library “a place to play for everyone.” The Greenfield resident began her role on May 2, following an extended search in the wake of Natane Halasz’...
Greenfield hearing on outdoor pot cultivation moratorium to continue in July
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GREENFIELD — A joint public hearing on whether to impose a moratorium on outdoor marijuana cultivation has been continued to next month.The decision by the Planning Board and Economic Development Committee to continue the hearing followed Thursday’s comments from residents, who urged officials to fi...
Orange voters wrap up three-night Annual Town Meeting, approve amended salary increases
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ORANGE — An Annual Town Meeting that lasted nearly nine hours over three nights resulted in residents agreeing to amended salary increases for certain town jobs.Voters worked their way through a seven-article Special Town Meeting and 12 articles on the Annual Town Meeting warrant before stalling reg...
PHOTOS: Summer Eats program kicks off with food and fun
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I Saw Two Kids In ‘Jason Masks’ With Fake Knives Walking Back And Forth Outside This Massachusetts ATM And Didn’t...
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Political polarization, civil unrest, school shootings, post pandemic frustration, inflation, high gas prices, these are just a few of situations and emotions most Americans are dealing with at this time. I am I wrong? Now, I will preface this post with the fact that I lean more on the paranoid side, maybe it's my personality, maybe it's a little...
Mayor Tyer: Pittsfield Police Will Have Help Combating Uptick In City Shootings
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Mayor Tyer sat down with Slater and Marjo on Thursday to discuss a variety of subjects including the recent uptick of shootings within the city over the last few weeks. We asked Tyer if she has a plan and if and how often she has been in contact with Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn... Continue reading…
Aspire’s Home Run 20th Anniversary Celebration at Fenway Park
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On May 25, Mass General for Children’s Aspire program knocked it out of the park with a spectacular 20th anniversary celebration of its annual Aspire Spring Gala at Fenway Park. The evening raised over $2.5 million for Aspire, the world-renowned…Read more →
“The Voice”’s Andrew Marshall Shines at MGH CenterStage
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Special to the Times Last week, Andrew Marshall, finalist of NBC’s “The Voice” Season 20, and local singing group Voices of Hope performed at Mass General Cancer Center’s signature event, CenterStage, which raised more than $2.2 million for cancer research…Read more →
Mayor Wu Announces Completed Audit of City-Owned Land
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Special to Times Mayor Michelle Wu announced the completion of the “Public Land for Public Good: Citywide Land Audit” of all city-owned property last Wednesday, June 15, at an event held in Charlestown at the six-acre Boston Planning & Development…Read more →