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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...

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GCC union votes ‘no confidence’ in president, provost
06-20-2024 9:31 AM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Seventy-eight eligible members of the Greenfield Community College Professional Association, the college’s faculty and staff union, cast their ballots by Tuesday afternoon, expressing no confidence in President Michelle Schutt and Provost...


Wendell group gives Comerford petition seeking pause on large-scale battery storage systems
06-16-2024 2:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Moments before state Sen. Jo Comerford’s Town Hall event at Greenfield Community College on Monday, members of a citizens group that was formed last year in opposition to a proposed battery storage facility in Wendell handed the state...


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...


Volunteering is in his blood: Four Rivers Charter grad Sam Whitney recognized as Gazette’s Young Community Leader
06-13-2024 3:15 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — To say that Sam Whitney likes to play sports might be something of an understatement.At the Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, where Whitney graduated this spring, he played soccer, basketball, and the school’s signature...


The Beat Goes On: Jazz manouche and choro in Northampton, Pride music celebrations in Greenfield, and jazz in Amherst
06-13-2024 2:03 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It was 20 years ago today … Well, maybe not exactly to the day, but Django in June, the annual Northampton celebration of the music created by the legendary Belgian-French guitarist Django Reinhardt, is marking its 20th anniversary this year.That’s no...


Guest columnist Al Norman: Fighting for care everyone deserves
06-09-2024 11:40 AM

By AL NORMAN

I met attorney Steven Schwartz in 1972. We were working in Greenfield as VISTA volunteers for Franklin Community Action Corp. The following year Steven created the Greenfield office of Western Mass Legal Services, and a second office in Hampshire...


Judy Schiavone: The poor, low-income workers and allies to march on Washington
06-09-2024 11:39 AM

Over 800 people die a day from poverty making poverty the fourth leading cause of death, the federal minimum wage is a sinful $7.25 hourly making it impossible for many working people to escape the crush of poverty, the war economy is in high gear,...


Stepping onto summer stage: Silverthorne Theater Company debuting three plays in its first full summer season
05-31-2024 3:56 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...


Panel discusses local efforts to combat sexual exploitation of minors
05-31-2024 2:35 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Authorities in Hampshire and Franklin counties spelled out how they are combating sexual exploitation of minors as part of a community education initiative Wednesday, with experts saying that a special emphasis is placed on fighting...


Mass. Senate backs end to ‘home equity theft’
05-29-2024 5:09 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

The state Senate unanimously passed an amendment to its annual spending plan that would prohibit municipalities and private companies from taking the entire equity of a home in the event of a tax lien foreclosure, a piece of legislation that, if...


GCC grads mark start of ‘a lifelong pursuit of knowledge’
05-29-2024 3:25 PM

By SAM FERLAND

GREENFIELD — Cheers and cowbells rang aloud on Saturday as members of Greenfield Community College’s Class of 2024 marched between rows of flowers to the stage, collected their diplomas, and celebrated their success with their families and friends.GCC...


Sex trafficking documentary to screen at Greenfield Garden Cinemas
05-28-2024 10:42 AM

GREENFIELD — A free screening of the Frontline documentary “Sex Trafficking in America” will be offered at Garden Cinemas on Wednesday, May 29, at 6 p.m.The screening is part of a community education initiative undertaken by the Northwestern District...


Amherst town official tapped for Montague’s assistant town admin job
05-25-2024 1:21 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

MONTAGUE — The Selectboard voted unanimously this week to select Greenfield resident Athena O’Keeffe as its next assistant town administrator, taking over for Walter Ramsey when he assumes sitting Town Administrator Steve Ellis’ position on July 1.The...


Guest columnist Allen Woods: Remembering the civilians
05-24-2024 2:39 PM

By ALLEN WOODS

Earlier this year, my extended family met in Washington, D.C. to celebrate multiple anniversaries and accomplishments and marvel at the grandeur of our nation’s capital. The elders and young adults relived some memories with the two youngest boys and...


Tom Travis: Honor their memory
05-24-2024 2:37 PM

Let’s not forget the meaning of Memorial Day, a day celebrated for those who had to pay with their lives and now lie in foreign lands and here at home. Please teach our young children what Memorial Day really means. It is remembered each year for the...


Guest columnist Sen. Jo Comerford: Quabbin bill a bid for ‘more just future for our region’
05-22-2024 4:57 PM

By STATE SEN. JO COMERFORD

 I read Mike Magee’s My Turn column with concern [“Quabbin region will never see any benefits from reservoir,” Recorder, May 13]. Since it was published, I have received messages from constituents asking why I support giving more Quabbin water to...


Community Action Pioneer Valley presents awards to volunteers and supporters
05-04-2024 3:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — For the first time since the pandemic, Community Action Pioneer Valley welcomed volunteers, legislators and community partners for its annual meeting — and celebrated an important milestone, too.The regional supportive service agency...


Valley Bounty: Delivering local food onto students’ plates: Marty’s Local connects farms to businesses
05-03-2024 1:50 PM

By LISA GOODRICH

Nick Martinelli, CEO of Marty’s Local, began his career with a stint at the Farm School in Athol, hoping to learn how he might participate in the local agricultural economy. While conducting market research in 2015, he recognized there was a lot of...


Guest columnist Daniel Cantor Yalowitz: Staying real, remaining humble
05-02-2024 9:07 PM

By DANIEL CANTOR YALOWITZ

Two weeks ago in this space, I wrote about the importance of cultural humility. At that time, I knew that my next column would focus on its twinned counterpart, personal humility. Today, I’ll focus on why maintaining an understanding of ourselves in...


Services being held Thursday for Greenfield homicide victim
05-01-2024 7:37 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Services for Christopher Hairston, 35, who was identified as the victim in last week’s slaying on Chapman Street, will be held Thursday at the Devanny-Condron Funeral Home in Pittsfield from 4 to 6:30 p.m.Hairston, a drummer from...

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