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Deerfield Academy graduates Class of 2018
05-27-2018 9:49 PM


DEERFIELD — Girls in white dresses and boys in suits grinned as they lined the sidewalk at Deerfield Academy, making way for a bagpiper and drum and fife ensemble to usher in the big day.The drizzly Sunday was made brighter by the joyful spirits of...

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A bicycle built for you: Old factory houses custom-bike maker
08-15-2018 8:00 PM


SHELBURNE FALLS — Like Goldilocks, you can’t be too picky about finding a bicycle that is “just right” — especially if you take it on a 750-mile ride.That’s why the riders of custom bikes made by Alex Meade may spend a few hours on an adjustable...

UMass-Amherst local spring 2018 graduates
07-26-2018 10:39 AM

AMHERST — Approximately 5,500 students received bachelor’s degrees in more than 100 majors at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Undergraduate Commencement on May 11 at the McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Below is a list of students from Franklin...

Native Insight: A hole in the Great Beaver myth
06-24-2018 3:00 PM


Twists and turns. Always twists and turns to the Great Beaver origin tale of an iconic local mountain range. The question is, what are the sources?What remains consistent, though, is the site of the Pocumtuck Range, the giant Pleistocene beaver and...

Home of the Thunder: Turners Falls High School chooses new mascot
05-18-2018 8:06 PM


MONTAGUE — After months of debate and controversy, Turners Falls High School has chosen a new mascot.The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee voted unanimously Friday to adopt “Thunder” as the school’s mascot and sports nickname, replacing...

One-of-a-kind glass planets keep trade fresh for glass artist Josh Simpson
05-16-2018 4:20 PM


In 1981, glass artist Josh Simpson threw a few teaspoons of cobalt, copper, silver and zinc into a crucible of molten glass, and came out with an explosion of swirling reds, blues and greens that closely resembled a NASA photograph of the Crab Nebula,...

Native Insight: Northfield man finds 3,000-year-old axe on Vermont lakeshore
05-15-2018 3:00 PM


The subject I want to discuss this week is a rare find that could have been addressed almost two years ago, when I first caught wind of it. I have, instead, been sitting on it in anticipation of additional information coming to light. Well, I can wait...

Native Insight: Could the Mystery Stone be a hoax?
04-16-2018 3:00 PM


That Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone wearing fancy carvings of a face or mask, moons, arrows, teepees, an ear of corn, a deer leg and other finely-executed images is a gift that just keeps on giving. Thus, I have addressed it three previous times here....

Gallery closes after 25 years
03-08-2018 4:38 PM

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 25 years, the Young & Constantin Gallery at 4 Deerfield Ave. has closed and is making way for a new boutique store that will specialize in fashion and home accessories.Owner and artist Kathleen Young has sold the gallery...

Wendell artist hopes to spark political discussion through T-shirt business
02-23-2018 5:45 PM


Once upon a time there was a small hilltop near Nanuet, N.Y., where cows grazed in dusky light as the world turned around and around in perfect order. Trees covered the landscape, and the region was peaceful even though New York City was only 20 miles...

Franklin County remembers Blizzard of 1978 as fresh storm bears down
02-07-2018 9:01 AM


GREENFIELD — Forty years ago this week, the Blizzard of 1978 slammed New England, dumping as much as 30 inches of snow on Franklin County.Even as today’s messy storm took aim at New England, Ralph Gordon, 82, remembered the historic 1978 storm well....

Native Insight: There must be Native American petroglyphs left to find in our valley
01-24-2018 8:00 AM


Petroglyphs and pictographs here in the Pioneer Valley? Well, there is no question they were here. Now we’re left to ponder how many are still decipherable and where do you suppose they reside? The answer is that one never knows. According to Edward...

Native Insight: Deep, deep history of ancient Pocumtuck homeland
11-24-2017 1:22 PM


It’s been many years, decades in fact, since I’ve walked the riverside acreage surrounding McClelland Farm Road in East Deerfield. Honestly, I think it’s safe to say I haven’t even driven through there in my married life, which brings us back nearly...

The grand history of Lunt Silversmiths on display
08-28-2017 3:37 PM


GREENFIELD — “See your great-great grandfather?” Jim Lunt asked his young son, Denham Lunt, pointing at a black-and-white portrait of George C. Lunt, who established Lunt Silversmiths in 1902.The portrait was on display Saturday at the Historical...

Former Bernardston restaurant leased by marijuana growers sees vandalism
07-26-2017 10:24 PM


BERNARDSTON — Just as renovation of the former Bella Notte restaurant got underway, with plans to turn it into a medical marijuana growing facility, Happy Valley Compassion Center’s founders are facing a potential setback following extensive vandalism...

UPDATED: Mother, 4 children perish in Warwick house fire
03-07-2017 11:48 PM


WARWICK — Help is being arranged for the survivors of a fire that claimed the life of a mother and four children early Saturday morning when it destroyed a single-family home at 405 Richmond Road.Authorities said Saturday afternoon that the father and...

Calif. college plans to move into former NMH campus in Northfield
02-08-2017 3:29 PM


NORTHFIELD — The former Northfield Mount Hermon School campus may finally have a new purpose.Thomas Aquinas College, a Roman Catholic liberal arts college in Santa Paula, Calif., will be given the core campus on May 2, Emmitt Mitchell, a member of the...

Tree service gets noise complaints
10-10-2016 9:57 PM


GREENFIELD — Jim’s Tree Service has been ordered to have a sound engineer assess the level of noise being produced at the business’ Wells Street location after neighbors complained about “horrendous” noise, sometimes as early as 7 a.m.Owner Jim Elwell...

Treasure trove: Orange Trading Co. has something for everyone
08-19-2016 11:49 PM


A stone’s throw from Orange Town Hall, two brick buildings that once housed the New Home Sewing Machine Co. still sit on either side of South Main Street.A stroll inside will make you figuratively go back in time, as each structure greets you with a...

Orange man faces kidnapping charges
06-12-2016 10:41 PM

ORANGE — An Orange man faces charges after allegedly trapping his girlfriend in the bedroom of the residence they shared and threatening to hurt her.Devin M. Hurlburt, 24, pleaded not guilty in Orange District Court on Friday to charges of assault and...

Body recovered from Connecticut River in Gill identified as murder suspect Tyler Hagmaier
06-01-2016 4:26 PM


GILL — The body recovered from the Connecticut River in Gill Monday has been identified as 24-year-old murder suspect Tyler Hagmaier, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. The cause of death will be determined by the medical...

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