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Valley Bounty: Farming in a winter wonderland: Lombrico Farm in Whately coaxes fresh produce from soil year-round

01-19-2024 11:38 AM

By JACOB NELSON

‘The best carrots you’ll ever eat are picked in January or February,” says Erik Debbink, owner of Lombrico Farm in Whately. In the dead of winter, their sweetness shines through.Lombrico Farms is one of a growing number of local farms working hard to...


Faith Matters: The gospel according to baseball: It is never too late for each of us to have a great 9th inning

01-19-2024 11:36 AM

By BISHOP DOUG FISHER

As you are reading this column, we are 35 days away from the official start of Major League Baseball’s Spring Training.So it is only fitting that I begin this column with a couple of inspirational baseball stories.Growing up in the 1960s, like many...


Focus on Your Health: Where and how to donate blood: Baystate to host monthly blood drives in Greenfield

01-19-2024 11:36 AM

By ANITA FRITZ

January is National Blood Donor Month, and beginning Jan. 17, the Baystate Blood Donor Program at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield will be hosting monthly blood drives. Throughout the year, Baystate Franklin invites and encourages people...


When greed takes over: Greenfield writer pens ‘a cautionary tale for all ages’

01-19-2024 11:35 AM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

The Green Palmers ChronicleBy Jon HuerAustin Macauley PublishersReaders of Jon Huer’s commentary in this newspaper may be surprised to see a slightly different side of the Greenfield writer in “The Green Palmers Chronicle.” Huer calls the novel “a...


Sounds Local: From the Balkans to Jamaica: Inaugural klezmer and reggae events happening in Franklin County this Saturday

01-17-2024 2:54 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

On Saturday night, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m., the Montague Center Common Hall will host a special concert and workshop featuring music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans.Orkestar Banitsa and Myrtle Street Klezmer, local bands who play different styles of...


In the kitchen with Fannie Farmer: A brief history of the ‘Mother of Level Measurements’

01-16-2024 11:42 AM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Like many American home cooks, I own more cookbooks than I can use.Over the years, hand-me-downs from family members, birthday gifts, and impulse purchases have brought more than 100 volumes to my kitchen shelves.When I decide to try preparing a dish...


Art inspired by nature’s relationships: Montague resident shares artworks and tidbits about our natural world

01-16-2024 10:46 AM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Contra dance enthusiasts and Montague May Day fans may recognize today’s guest star as Jeanne Weintraub, while people who met the Montague resident following her marriage to Chris Mason — whose sustainability and alternative energy work merits a...


A cheery chalk surprise: Deerfield resident creates driveway art to uplift students and families each week

01-12-2024 11:32 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As Deerfield Elementary School students and their families walk, drive or take the bus to school every Friday morning this school year, they can often expect a chalky surprise just steps from the building.Like clockwork — except on nasty weather days...


‘A People’s History of Colrain’: Library produces new podcast to tell local stories

01-12-2024 11:31 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

The Griswold Memorial Library is getting local people to tell their own stories in their recently launched podcast, “A People’s History of Colrain.” “We are trying to collect local history in people’s own voices,” explained Griswold Memorial Library...


Sounds Local: Dancing into the new year: Zydeco dance fest returns to Hawks & Reed this Sunday

01-10-2024 2:44 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

For local musician Michael Pattavina, hosting a dance festival during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend has become a tradition that started 20 years ago and continues to this day.This year, he is hosting a mid-winter and Zydeco dance fest at Hawks &...


‘A world of enchantment and sorcery’ awaits ‘The Tempest’ audiences in Turners Falls

01-05-2024 2:29 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

The Young Shakespeare Players East theater program promises to transport audiences to “a world of enchantment and sorcery” during four performances of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” next weekend.The play, which lasts two hours and 45 minutes,...


Sounds Local: Trae Sheehan kicks off residency at Element Brewing

01-03-2024 4:00 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Singer-songwriter Trae Sheehan is new to performing here in Franklin County, but that’s about to change. After living in Nashville for a few years, Sheehan moved to the Berkshires this past September. A devoted road warrior, he has played hundreds of...


Sounds Local: Music options abound for New Year’s celebrations

12-27-2023 5:12 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

It’s time to say goodbye to 2023 and welcome 2024. Whether your idea of ringing in the New Year involves a fun time with the kids or dancing away into the wee hours of the morning, here are a few suggestions for a New Year’s Eve that will include...


Rachel Maddow’s new book examines American fascism in the WWII era and the fight against it

12-22-2023 12:49 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The conventional story of World War II in the United States is the one about how the country, shrugging off the hardships brought on by the Great Depression, rolled up its sleeves to defeat the fascist forces of Nazi Germany and Japan and make the...


Sounds Local: The perfect gift for music fans

12-20-2023 6:50 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

As we enter the final crunch up to the holidays, it’s time to start thinking about those last-minute gifts. I’m guessing that you have music fans on your shopping list, and they are the easiest to shop for because they only need one thing: more...


Book Review: ‘The Cat Who Walked the Camino’

12-16-2023 7:00 AM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Kate Spencer of Montague is a woman of many talents. She is a musician and has also manufactured banjos professionally. Her first love, though, and one she is currently pursuing perhaps more than ever, is art.“I grew up in Great Falls, Montana, and...


Sounds Local: TapRoots returns for second annual Winter Ball

12-13-2023 7:05 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Matthew King, the leader of the band TapRoots, feels that during this time of year, there are many reasons for people to come together to celebrate — celebrate spirit, celebrate community, celebrate the arts. This is why he is hosting the Winter Ball...


Book Review: ‘Words to Live By’ anthology gives cancer diagnosis a voice 

12-08-2023 4:12 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Book Review: “Words to Live By,” created by John Bos, Pam Roberts, Keith Carver, and James McDonald (Cancer Connection, 130 pages, $20)John Bos first met Pam Roberts almost two decades ago when he took part in one of her “Spirit of the Written Word”...


Sounds Local: Holiday shows to benefit education, medical fundraisers

12-06-2023 7:21 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

It’s that time of year again, and no matter how you choose to celebrate the holidays, there are plenty of live concerts and music to help you get in the spirit of the season.This weekend, Música Franklin will host its second annual Holiday Cheer...


Following his guiding star: The Rev. Doug McGonagle, a former astrophysicist, explores mysterious Star of Bethlehem in new book

12-02-2023 8:00 AM

By MARY BYRNE

About 20 years ago, the Rev. Doug McGonagle — a former astrophysicist — discovered a book by the late astronomer Michael Molnar that explored the mystery of the Star of Bethlehem, also known as the star that guided the three wise men to baby Jesus,...



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