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Lil Bit goes a long way: Residents at Northampton assisted living facility mourn the loss of a beloved chihuahua
07-04-2024 10:13 AM

By PAIGE HANSON

In the early morning of June 23, one of the most beloved residents at Christopher Heights Assisted Living Facility in Northampton passed away: a chihuahua named Lil Bit.Lil Bit was a 13-year-old service dog belonging to Janice Clark, who has lived at...


Speaking of Nature: Become a part of the background: Reasons why you can, and should, take up nature bathing
07-02-2024 1:20 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

Sometime back in the 1980s, in response to increased urbanization and technological development, the government of Japan decided that it was a good idea for people to turn off their electronics and get back to nature. Thus it was that the concept of...


A Look Back, July 1
06-30-2024 11:01 PM

By JIM BRIDGMAN

50 Years Ago ■Forty members of the First United Methodist Church of Northampton voted unanimously last night to sell the church property at 90 Elm St. to Smith College for the sum of $200,000. A spokesman for the college said Smith has “no immediate...


Down on the farm: With outsize stresses for farmers fueling a mental health crisis, program seeks to lend a helping hand
06-29-2024 11:07 AM

By LEAH VERESS

Alice Colman recalls the day a routine fennel harvest turned into a wake-up call. As she stood in her field, carefully examining a plant’s feathery leaves, she felt herself growing increasingly frustrated with the crop’s appearance. When she kneeled...


There is a Season with Molly Parr: A veggie recipe I can’t not share: Garlic-marinated fried zucchini inspired by an ancient Roman Jewish dish
06-28-2024 12:56 PM

By MOLLY PARR

I go back and forth with sharing this recipe for garlic marinated zucchini. On the one hand, it’s extremely delicious, especially served with some slices of thick sourdough and fresh mozzarella. It takes time to salt, fry, and then marinate, but it’s...


A history of satire, lampoons and lawsuits: Rockwell Museum celebrates Mad magazine’s 72nd year with first major retrospective
06-27-2024 2:13 PM

By DON STEWART

“Working for Mad means never having to grow up.” John Ficarra, Mad magazine editor-in-chief 1985-2018The Norman Rockwell Museum’s current exhibit provides a nostalgic voyage for Baby Boomers, a gold mine for pop historians and a wellspring of ideas...


Corn stalk fiddle gets its moment: History and music meet this weekend for ‘Corn Stalk Fiddles: Soundscape & Place in 19th Century Hadley’
06-27-2024 2:11 PM

By PAIGE HANSON

Today and tomorrow, June 28 and 29, in the Hadley Public Library at 7:30 p.m., the Hadley Historical Society and the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum will be presenting “Corn Stalk Fiddles: Soundscape & Place in 19th Century Hadley.”The show will be...


Speaking of Nature: Introducing the Alder Flycatcher: After 27 years of waiting, the bird finally allowed itself to be photographed
06-25-2024 2:21 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

This week I have the rare pleasure of introducing you to a new species for the first time. After 27 years of reporting on my observations, I have finally acquired a photograph that I think is worthy of such an introduction. I have been exploring the...


A doctor’s boarders: Dr. Jessica Bossie’s mission to help the homeless find the right house
06-21-2024 6:01 PM

By BOB FLAHERTY

NORTHAMPTON — An address. Something so basic you’d rattle it off like the date of your birth. But try putting “tent by the river” or “under the overhang” on your next job application and see how many calls you get.But a local physician, known for...


Valley Bounty: From seed to vase: At Passalongs Farm and Florist in Florence, Adrienne Bashista grows and designs custom floral arrangements
06-21-2024 10:32 AM

By JACOB NELSON

“In a different life, I think I would have been an artist from the beginning,” says Adrienne Bashista, owner of Passalongs Farm and Florist. “I wasn’t forbidden from a career in art, it just didn’t occur to me. But now in my 50s, I’ve realized what I...


Stairway to heaven in your own backyard: Summer concerts in the Valley for classic rock enthusiasts
06-21-2024 10:30 AM

By PAIGE HANSON

Last week in Northampton, Lez Zeppelin, an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band, rocked the stage at Iron Horse Music Hall, bringing an electric and mesmerizing performance to the packed audience.“We are just true to the spirit of the band, which is...


Only Human with Joan Axelrod-Contrada: Marching to a ‘Different Drum’: Is Living Apart Together the future of relationships?
06-20-2024 2:39 PM

By JOAN AXELROD-CONTRADA

Linda Ronstadt’s 1967 song “Different Drum” came out during a time of changing gender roles in our country.While the commitment-phobic Peter Pan had long garnered praise as a ladies’ man, the woman who bucked expectations of domesticity got saddled...


Speaking of Nature: Identifying an unusual critter: And an invitation for readers to give it a name
06-18-2024 10:53 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

I first saw this curious little animal on June 1. It was a beautiful day outside, but the cottonwood tree that grows next to my deck was in full seed-dispersal mode and sitting outside was not really an option. Imagine a snowstorm, but the flakes of...


More music, bigger stages: In new hands, Green River Festival returns next weekend with headliners CAKE, Fleet Foxes and Gregory Alan Isakov
06-14-2024 2:11 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

We are days away from the Green River Festival, one of the most anticipated and most popular summer events in Franklin County. Now in its 38th year, the festival will run from June 21 to 23, Friday through Sunday, at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in...


Valley Bounty: Pea time is upon us: Dave’s Natural Garden in Granby grows a variety of the seasonal favorite
06-14-2024 11:32 AM

By LISA GOODRICH

After the cold of winter in New England, spring on our region’s farms is a treat for the senses. While locals may argue over whether asparagus or strawberries declare the arrival of spring, Meghan Hastings, owner and farm manager of Dave’s Natural...


Earth Matters: A brief history of our soil: Why the Valley land produces such amazing crop
06-13-2024 1:59 PM

By TOM LITWIN

There is a stretch of road that runs north along the Connecticut River from the Whately/Hatfield line to the foot of Sugarloaf. It is no surprise its name is River Road. Leaving Northampton I often take “the river road,” the long way home. Over the...


Speaking of Nature: Too slow to survive? All porcupines want is a peaceful life in the country woods
06-11-2024 2:27 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

I was on my way to work the other day and, at least initially, I was enjoying the morning drive. The sun rises just after 5:00 a.m. these days and the approach of my last day of school added a little buoyancy to the otherwise monotonous commute. I...


D-Day hero: Holyoke native honored as only chaplain killed during initial days of Normandy invasion
06-07-2024 5:04 PM

By SAMUEL GELINAS

SOUTH HADLEY — “No greater love.”That phrase stands out prominently at the grave of the Rev. Capt. Ignatius Maternowski, a Holyoke native who died 80 years ago on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The Purple Heart recipient and candidate for sainthood was the only...


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: ‘This is my playground’: Saturday’s Northampton Garden Tour grants access to six beautiful home gardens
06-07-2024 12:38 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

I recently heard about a practice called Forest Bathing, which involves spending a few hours in a forest, or at least a sheltered patch of trees, and allowing one’s awareness to settle on all the immediate sensory surroundings. Forest Bathing is...


Around and About with Richard McCarthy: ‘You’re a strong man to do that’: Observations from this side of the shuffleboard court
06-06-2024 3:33 PM

By RICHARD MCCARTHY

When I was 18 years old, I hitchhiked alone from western Massachusetts to St. Petersburg, Florida and back. Hitchhiking was fairly common among young people then, although not typically for such a long distance. I had some trials along the way, not...

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