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Largest ultimate tournament in New England set for this weekend as Pioneer Valley Invitational returns to the Oxbow
05-16-2024 5:30 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — It’s been a busy month for the local ultimate programs.Two weekends after the Amherst Invitational, the longest-running annual ultimate tournament in the country, the Pioneer Valley Invitational returns this weekend. The event, hosted by...

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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...


ValleyBike to roll again by end of May in eight communities throughout Valley
05-02-2024 3:18 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — After nearly a year of inactivity, the ValleyBike Share program is poised to roll again throughout the Pioneer Valley.After Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra teased an announcement regarding ValleyBike on Monday, the city announced Thursday it...


Farmers in the spotlight: CISA’s annual Field Notes zeroes in on the central theme of resilience
03-17-2024 1:06 PM

By Samuel Gelinas

NORTHAMPTON — From flooding to fires, few people these days are as resilient as farmers.So it’s only fitting that Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture’s annual Field Notes event held earlier this month included a host of local farmers sharing...


Planning Commission funding multiple projects in region, including rural network to combat domestic violence
03-01-2024 11:19 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Grants to support a rural network combating domestic violence and to help South Hadley’s two fire districts explore shared services are among numerous awards announced recently by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission through its Direct...


Boys basketball: Smith Academy can’t stay with Pioneer in Class D quarterfinal loss (PHOTOS)
02-19-2024 9:42 PM

NORTHFIELD — It was its play on the glass that gave the Pioneer boys basketball team an edge over Smith Academy on Monday in the quarterfinals of the Western Mass. Class D tournament. The second-seeded Panthers raced out to a 17-7 lead after one...


Music festivals small and large: Jazz Shares mini-fest and a new outdoor indie rock festival are headed to Northampton
02-16-2024 3:54 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s still winter, but music festivals, small and large, are in the works. Here’s a look at some coming events, one that’s imminent and one further down the road.First off, Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares is offering a mini-fest next weekend, Feb. 22-25,...


Guest columnist Pema Latshang : School leaders need to further invest in their teachers
02-05-2024 4:42 PM

By PEMA LATSHANG

Over the past three years, it’s become clear just how essential teachers are to the everyday lives of the western Massachusetts community. In remote and hybrid settings they were there for us throughout the pandemic, with many stepping up to do this...


Returning home: Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School hires former students to lead workshops
01-14-2024 5:00 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School scans old rosters for this year’s January’s Guest Artist Series, hiring seven alumni to bring their skills and knowledge of dance back home in a series of 11 workshop classes.Rather than...


A skateboarder’s mecca: Region’s first indoor skateboard club opens in Easthampton
01-03-2024 1:00 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — On the ground floor of Eastworks, a converted old mill that now houses artists, writers and nonprofits, a different type of tenant can be found — one where its customers practice “ollies” and “grinds,” “pop shove-its” and “kickflips.”...


Library pilot expanding to Pioneer Valley transit riders
12-28-2023 12:28 PM

By Alison Kuznitz

Public transit riders without library cards in the Pioneer Valley can now access online materials, including e-books and audiobooks, as they wait for their buses as part of a growing regional initiative that launched in Boston earlier this year.The...


PVPA students lobbying for bill that would require at least one mental health expert per 250 pupils
12-19-2023 5:07 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTH HADLEY — As youth across western Massachusetts struggle with increasing mental health issues, three teenagers at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) are working to increase the number of mental health personnel in...


Arts Briefs: Oscar-buzz films at Amherst Cinema, a virtual show by the Young@Heart Chorus, and more
12-07-2023 4:07 PM

Hot tickets at the moviesAMHERST — Amherst Cinema usually has plenty of interesting and critically lauded films on its schedule. But at the moment, the independent movie house is screening two titles that are generating Oscar buzz as well.“The...


Guest columnists Frank Robinson and Marvin Venay: Digital divide isn’t just about access
09-12-2023 3:58 PM

By FRANK ROBINSON and MARVIN VENAY

Think about all the things we do online — remote work, completing school assignments, setting up appointments, keeping up with friends and loved ones, ordering food, clothing, and more. Now, imagine trying to do any of that without reliable access to...


Lights, camera, action — and more: Black box theater at Holyoke Media becomes a forum for the arts and other events
09-08-2023 7:29 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Musicians are always looking for another venue to play. Actors and playwrights search for a new place to stage a show. Dancers want another floor to move on.At Holyoke Media, they all can find room.The independent, nonprofit organization, funded...


Expanding the musical horizons: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares readies for new season with 22 shows and some new venues
08-31-2023 1:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

A few years ago, Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares (PVJS), the member-supported concert series, faced the same issue all musicians, clubs, and show promoters were dealing with: a problem called COVID-19.Like others, PVJS went online during the worst of the...


Guest columnists Phil Korman, Claire Morenon, and Margaret Christie: Farms, floods, and climate change
07-24-2023 4:28 PM

By CLAIRE MORENON, MARGARET CHRISTIE and PHIL KORMAN

On July 10, heavy rains led to widespread flooding alongside small rivers and creeks throughout our region. The next day, the Connecticut River overflowed its banks to levels not seen since Hurricane Irene in 2011.This flooding event was fast in some...


Sue Morrello and Jeanne Esposito: Kudos to Fresh Air Fund families
07-11-2023 11:07 PM

We would like to give public kudos to some of the local families that have been hosting NYC children through the Fresh Air Fund for years. In fact, the Selig family in Hadley, the Plankey and Nichols families in Longmeadow and the Rainville family in...


South County Senior Center, transit groups to offer grant-funded van service
07-10-2023 9:18 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Seniors in southern Franklin County will soon have a new option to travel across county lines for medical appointments, shopping and recreation.Thanks to a $16,612 Service Incentive Grant from the Massachusetts Councils on Aging and...


Kids 18 and younger eat free in summer
07-09-2023 4:00 PM

Staff Report

The Summer Eats program is in full swing across Massachusetts, providing free meals to children and teens 18 years old and younger at hundreds of meal sites statewide, including many in Hampshire County and Holyoke. Throughout the school year,...


Guest columnist Don Ogden: Half a loaf in the climate crisis? Healey initiative hurts forests
07-07-2023 2:31 PM

By DON OGDEN

Almost all those who study or seriously think about the climate crisis agree that it is the existential threat of our time. Many don’t think about it at all for that very reason. Such an overwhelming threat calls for an overwhelming response if future...

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