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Speaking of Nature: From rare to regular: The Carolina Wren may soon become a regular backyard bird for all of us
02-27-2024 2:53 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2023 was the warmest year ever recorded. I remember it being hot in the summertime, but I think the effect of this heat was most noticed by me in the autumn. The Thinking Chair...

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Greening our brains and our thumbs: The many opportunities in the Valley to increase your garden knowledge and skills
02-29-2024 2:22 PM

By PAT JAMES

After moving from the city into a rural home with land 25 years ago, I was excited that the property was mostly bare ground that I could bend to my will and create beautiful gardens over time. As a kid, I’d helped in the garden a lot, so how hard...


Chalk Talk: When kids turn work in late: Navigating the tricky balance of deadlines and support for students
02-29-2024 2:20 PM

By NICOLE GODDARD

It’s March again, which means that in many high schools a new semester is well underway. At the end of every grading period, the same conversation starts making the rounds in teaching circles, on social media, in the teacher’s lounge, all sharing a...


Around and About with Richard McCarthy: Turn on, tune in, drop out: Exploring Timothy Leary’s Pioneer Valley roots
02-29-2024 2:18 PM

By RICHARD MCCARTHY

I suspect a fair number of readers are aware who Timothy Leary was, and more still have heard his name as part of the lexicon of popular culture. For those who do not know, he was one of the more famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective)...


MassDEP’s Clean Heat Standard poised to advance energy shift
02-27-2024 4:00 PM

By TANISHA BHAT

While many communities have made progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, many experts believe the next big step statewide will involve electrifying home heating systems, a process the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is...


Women’s basketball: Smith College blasts Babson, captures 4th straight NEWMAC title
02-25-2024 6:07 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

NORTHAMPTON – Since the 2019-20 season, the Smith College women’s basketball team has always finished at the top of their conference standings. That streak continued on Sunday as the Pioneer won their fourth consecutive NEWMAC championship via a 90-59...


Hillside Pizza closes Hadley location, but business brisk at other locations
02-24-2024 11:20 PM

By GRACE LEE

HADLEY — Hillside Pizza has closed its 15-year-old location at 173 Russell St., though owners report that the Super Bowl marked a record-breaking year in sales and fundraising efforts for the other two locations in South Deerfield and Bernardston....


A Look Back, Feb. 24
02-23-2024 11:01 PM

By Jim Bridgman

200 Years Ago ■Pay Your Taxes! E. S. Phelps, tax collector for the town of Northampton, hereby gives notice to all delinquents that unless their taxes are settled by the first day of March, the tax bills will be put into the hands of the constable....


Best Bites: Ordering off the kid’s menu: 9-year-old budding food critic shares his top 15 places to eat
02-23-2024 2:23 PM

By AZAI DUGGER and ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

Note from Robin Goldstein: For this column, I asked my 9-year-old nephew and co-author Azai Dugger to choose his favorite restaurants and briefly describe each one — the same task as I undertook for my last Gazette column.With great difficulty and...


Valley Bounty: Empowering our local food system: River Valley Co-op invests in regional farms and the interests of community
02-23-2024 2:22 PM

By JACOB NELSON

In just 15 years, River Valley Co-op has grown into an indispensable part of the local food economy. For local farms, food businesses and community members who want easy access to local food, their continued growth is something to celebrate.“River...


There is a Season with Molly Parr: Inspired by an old favorite: Mushroom Infinity is delicious, vegan and can be gluten-free
02-23-2024 2:21 PM

By MOLLY PARR

Not quite 30 years ago, I studied in Manhattan. I had my first computer and went online for the first time. Back then I still found most of my news from actual newspapers, and social media didn’t exist. Even though the “Seinfeld Diner” was practically...


A league of their own: Division Q, a new basketball league created by and for queer players, hopes to grow after successful first season
02-22-2024 1:52 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

Every Sunday morning from November to early February, dozens of people rolled up to Easthampton Mountain View school to play basketball.Games started at 10 a.m., but players always showed up early to shoot around and warm up (some sleepier than...


Class A semis: No. 2 Northampton grinds past Minnechaug 43-39, earns spot in WMass final
02-21-2024 10:56 PM

By GEORGE MILLER

NORTHAMPTON — Just over two months on the calendar separated two similar meat-grinder ballgames between Northampton and Minnechaug, but Wednesday night’s rematch promised the golden ticket to Saturday’s Western Mass. girls Class A championship.On Dec....


Earth Matters: A world where we aren’t at the center?
02-19-2024 7:09 PM

By MONYA RELLES

Over the summer, I read and enjoyed “An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us” by Ed Yong. One of Yong’s central theses is that animal senses are so different from our own that it’s almost impossible to imagine the ways...


Four-alarm blaze at Red Fire Farm in Granby causes an estimated $1M in damages
02-18-2024 5:02 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

GRANBY — A blaze engulfed Red Fire Farm’s barn and farm store on Carver Street on Saturday afternoon, leaving the west side of the barn “completely obliterated” and causing an estimated $1 million in damages, according to co-owner Ryan...


A Look Back: Feb. 17
02-16-2024 11:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years Ago■On Wednesday night last, a severe storm of wind and rain was experienced in this area and appears to have been very extensive. About 300 feet of the Northampton bridge, and the greater part of the dam at the head of the falls, near the...


Valley Bounty: CSA season gets jump on growing season next week
02-16-2024 4:07 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...


From lab to the world: UMass researchers land $5.5M grant to help translate work into products
02-15-2024 1:59 PM

By XINJI YANG

AMHERST — Researchers at the University of Massachusetts will soon get help translating their work conducted in campus laboratories into solutions to real-world problems related to human health and well-being.That’s the broad focus of a new $5.5...


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
02-13-2024 11:06 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...


A Look Back: Feb. 10
02-09-2024 11:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

200 Years Ago■A meeting of the Washington Benevolent Society will be holden at the town hall in Northampton on Monday, the 23rd inst., at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. The object of the meeting is to hear a report from the treasurer of the society of...


Best Bites: Where to eat dinner right now: The top 35 Valley spots for dinner and what you should order
02-09-2024 12:36 PM

By ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

If I were writing the Pioneer Valley chapter of a travel guide to New England, this would be its section for “dinner with table service.” I list restaurants first that I feel are most essential to the local dining scene, the ones we can’t live...

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