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My Turn: Modern wood heat not carbon bogeyman
05-01-2024 5:31 PM


 I’m writing in response to Katy Eiseman’s recent column, “Must stop subsidizing wood-fired energy,” [Recorder, April 5]. We’re concerned that readers may have walked away with a misunderstanding of the issue, and hope this column will clear things...

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Regional Notebook: March 5, 2024
03-04-2024 4:21 PM

Jewish Federation of Western Mass. offers scholarshipsSPRINGFIELD — The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts’ Jewish Endowment Foundation is inviting undergraduate and college-bound students to apply for its annual Common Fund and Springfield...

Regional Notebook: March 4, 2024
03-03-2024 2:01 PM

Applications open for Habitat for Humanity Projects Applications are available for two new Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity projects: a one-bedroom, one-story adaptable home in Greenfield and a three-bedroom, two-story home in Northampton.The...

My Turn: Polluters should pay at the border
02-22-2024 5:18 PM


The magnitude of global climate change has come home to us in Massachusetts. Last summer, flooding caused by intensive storms washed away roads and other critical infrastructure, destroying the crops on many local farms and in our community...

$155K to expand workplace training for inmates, formerly incarcerated
02-09-2024 1:14 PM


GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Community Development Corporation is expanding its work helping incarcerated and recently released individuals enter the workforce, thanks to a $155,000 grant from the state Executive Office of Economic Development’s...

The state of solar: In final forum, experts debate best ways to implement solar projects
01-03-2024 3:17 PM


Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final article from the Western Massachusetts Solar Forum series. The first three forums took place in September, and another series of forums is in the works for this spring. AMHERST — Most experts agree solar...

The infinite imaginarium of Leo Lionni: A groundbreaking Rockwell exhibit
12-29-2023 6:05 PM


As an inquisitive boy growing up in Amsterdam, he kept a menagerie of snails and toads and other small woodland fauna in his room, populating the glass terrariums he’d filled with mosses and ferns. Influenced by one uncle, an architect, and two others...

Western Mass Arm Wrestling League puts athletics, theater on display in the name of giving
12-29-2023 6:05 PM


A woman dressed in pajamas walks into a Cottage Street bar and challenges a random stranger to an arm-wrestling match.The circumstances sound like the set-up of a joke. It’s not.The woman is Rose Lynch of Easthampton, and over the next few weeks...

My Turn: Backlash against immigrants inhumane
12-15-2023 5:00 PM


Remember when the previous administration tore babies and children from their families’ arms and locked them in little cages? Bad news: Republicans in Congress and far-right activists, including that former president, are heating up even worse...

Gender pay gap closing, regional report finds
11-30-2023 6:27 PM


GREENFIELD — Though gender inequities continue, many women and girls have reported improved outcomes over the past 10 years, according to the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts.The nonprofit that provides funding to agencies working to increase...

My Turn: Labor calls for cease-fire now
11-22-2023 2:00 PM


My first union job, and my first strike for cost of living increases, was as a teacher in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Several weeks ago, trade unions in Palestine put out an urgent call of solidarity to unions around the world on on Oct. 16 to...

‘Hunger is something we can solve’: Annual march raises $458K for Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
11-21-2023 7:37 PM


GREENFIELD — Two days and 43 miles of walking later, more than $450,000 has been raised for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts — a number that translates to roughly 1.5 million meals for people in need, according to Executive Director Andrew...

‘It’s become a belief here’: In eighth year, Conway students back food bank fundraiser
11-21-2023 11:08 AM


CONWAY — With signs held high and loud chants, Conway Grammar School’s eighth annual mini Monte’s March signaled another year of thousands of dollars being raised for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.The elementary school’s march coincides each...

Different name, same mission: Belmonte back with annual march against hunger
11-16-2023 6:21 PM


Don’t worry, radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte will still push a shopping cart 43 miles from Springfield to Greenfield to raise money to combat food insecurity. The journey will simply have a different name.This year marks the first March...

Standing with the Jewish community: Locals among 300,000 to attend March for Israel in DC
11-15-2023 7:08 PM


An educator at Lander-Grinspoon Academy in Northampton, Andrea Olkin wants her youngest students to take pride in their identity as Jews and not have to live in fear or face the rising levels of antisemitism seen around the world since the Oct. 7...

My Turn: Mass shootings and the hundredth monkey
11-05-2023 11:11 PM


Another American first. We’re closing in on 600 mass shootings in 2023 and — good news, people — there’s still two months left in the year. Can we get to 650? 700? USA! USA! USA! Banks. Bars. Beauty Salons. Big box stores. Bowling alleys. Concerts....

Always for the girls: After 16 years, regional Girl Scouts CEO to step down
10-22-2023 11:31 AM


HOLYOKE — Every decision Pattie Hallberg made as the top Girl Scout in western and central Massachusetts over the past 16 years has been with one thing in mind — empowering and honoring the thousands of girls who participate in its program each...

My Turn: The state’s looming threat to water system resiliency — a shortage of water operators
10-18-2023 6:49 PM


A drinking water reservoir sparkles in glinted sunlight … while some in the community might not even be aware that this is where their drinking water comes from. Like almost every reservoir in the commonwealth this year, this one is full to the brim...

My Turn: Student debt is haunting us
10-17-2023 6:40 PM


With October upon us, Halloween decorations have started going up everywhere — spooky skeletons, ghoulish ghosts, and villainous vampires. This year, however, the start of this month sees a new form of dread spreading in communities across...

Katharine Baker, Tom Weiner and Lois Barber: Urgent help needed for Palestinian House of Friendship
10-13-2023 1:57 PM

We are shocked and horrified by the outbreak of violence perpetrated by Hamas in Israel-Palestine over the past weekend. And we are horrified by Israel’s response, declaring war on and currently engaging in a bombing campaign against the civilians of...

Visions from state’s past find a new home: Photographer gives antique glass negatives to UMass
10-13-2023 1:53 PM


Over three and a half years ago, documentary photographer Terri Cappucci received an unusual package: 4,000 glass-plate negatives of photos taken between about 1860 and 1920, courtesy of a collector who had no room for them and otherwise was going to...

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