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Nazem Kadri leads way, Avalanche nearing 1st conference final since 2002
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DENVER — Nazem Kadri held his hand near his ear to absorb the boos from St. Louis fans after one of his three goals. He nodded several times in their direction following another. “Hey, I’ve got to rub it in,” the Colorado Avalanche forward said afterward.By far the best player on the ice in Game 4,...
EarthTalk: What of electric trains, planes?
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Dear EarthTalk: You hear a lot about electric cars and trucks these days, but has there been any carbon-saving innovation lately in trains and even planes? — Michael C., Summit, New Jersey Many environmentalists consider travel an environmental “sin” given the carbon emissions generated by the cars,...
Speaking of Nature: The charm of the chipping sparrow
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Like all of you, I find that the inbox on my email account is filled with all sorts of stuff. Some of it is interesting and some of it is the flotsam and jetsam of the electronic world; unsolicited garbage that mucks up the works. So, I have to sift through these things to see if there is something...
Mount Tom programs
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Here are the upcoming programs for Mt. Tom State Reservation:■Saturday, June 4, 10:30 a.m. “Life around the lake.” The birds who live around the lake is the focus for this week’s program. Meet at Bray Lake. ■Saturday, June 4, 1 p.m., “Hike to Whiting Peak.” This two hike travels on the MM Trail to...
Jonathan P. Levin: Imagine
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A May 16 Gazette article, “Teen gunman targeted black neighborhood,” states, “Gendron surrendered to police who confronted him in the supermarket’s vestibule and convinced him to drop the rifle he had put to his neck.”What a fortunate fellow. Imagine how the police would have responded if he had bee...
Stefan Petrucha: Navigating unemployment department thanks to an advocate
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Losing my job in March 2020 was bad enough, but for the last 14 months the state Department of Unemployment believed I owed them $15,877.24. Going into detail would be cruel to both readers and myself, but, briefly, the Kafkaesque highlights include: having my account frozen on the mistaken assumpti...
A Look Back: May 24
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50 Years Ago ■It was tough going Tuesday for a Lee Metal Products truck as the driver attempted to get through the Pleasant Street underpass. The vehicle was en route from Orange to Pittsfield when its top scraped the railroad overpass.■Hampshire College has received a gift of $1 million from the Ch...
Survey finds better communication, programs would boost South County Senior Center
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WHATELY — Following the results of a senior center needs assessment conducted by the University of Massachusetts Boston, town officials see an opportunity to better market the South County Senior Center and the programs it has to offer.Nearly 1,400 residents of Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately part...
Huntington town election marked by low turnout
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HUNTINGTON – A low turnout at the annual town election on Saturday brought no surprises.Only 63 of the town’s 1,608 registered voters cast ballots for a turnout of below 4%. There were no contested elections on the ballot, although several candidates were elected as write-ins to positions.Town Clerk...
Legislators, experts say anti-LGBTQ+ laws unlikely here
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BOSTON — Massachusetts has a history of being a front runner in protecting LGBTQ+ rights, including being the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004. That history makes it unlikely but not impossible for recent anti-LGBTQ+ efforts in other states to take root here.With a recent leak of a...
Shutesbury election features Select Board race
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SHUTESBURY — Voters will decide a race for a three-year seat on the Select Board Saturday in the lone contested election on the ballot.Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Town Hall. Much of the election will coincide with annual Town Meeting, taking place in the field behind Town Hall starti...
Columnist Russ Vernon-Jones: Climate survival requires major changes in our economic system
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Our current economic system in the United States and throughout most of the world is complex, but some of its prominent features are:1. Most economic decisions are made on the basis of what will be most profitable, not on the basis of what will serve the common good or the health of the planet.2. Tr...
Guest columnist Rabbi Justin David: The justice we all yearn for
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The 10 people murdered and three injured in Buffalo have become examples of the ongoing, systemic and collective violence against Black people in this country. The names of those killed are Roberta A. Drury, age 32; Margus D. Morrison, age 52; Andre Mackneil, age 53; Aaron Salter, age 55; Geraldine...
MJ Botelho: Take care of your trash while on the go
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Our yard takes great effort to maintain. In the spring, we have flower beds to clean, leaves to rake, and bramble to collect. In the summer and fall, we have mowing and cleaning up of leaves, branches, flower beds, and gardening. The winter is a welcomed time because it gives us a season of respite....
Michele Regan-Ladd: Realities of Shutesbury’s existing library
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In response to Amanda Alix’s May 18 column on whether a new library in Shutesbury is worth the cost: first, while we appreciate Amanda acknowledging that the library currently functions well, this is true in part because library materials are stored and assembled in the director’s dining room — th...
Back in business: Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley to reopen
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HADLEY — The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, closed for much of the last two years because of the pandemic, will reopen to the public June 1.And when it does, museum officials say they’ll be offering new tours of the historic 18th-century house that will tell a more complete story of the people who...
Voting on overrides in June follows uncontested Huntington election Saturday
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HUNTINGTON — There are no contested races on the ballot in the annual town election Saturday, which will be followed by a crucial special election on the first Saturday in June.The annual election will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stanton Hall, where seats on the Select Board, the Gateway Re...
Huntington Library Board of Trustees and Friends of the Huntington Library: Vote ‘Yes’ to save the library
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The Huntington Select Board and the Finance Committee have decided to put the entire fiscal year 2023 Huntington Library budget on an override question. The budget total presented at the recent budget hearings was the lowest amount it could be in order to meet the requirements set by the state which...
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