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Finding sanctuary by sewing: Greenfield resident’s work displayed at Turners Falls bank
03-22-2024 12:38 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — Zoning out to the hum of her sewing machine and training her eyes along a laser guideline, Greenfield resident Alicia Rhodes musters a steady hand as she threads decades of practice and persistence into her fabric. She strikes her...

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‘Money Game’ comes home with screenings at Garden Cinemas
06-09-2024 11:52 AM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

GREENFIELD — After receiving wide acclaim at international film festivals across the country, the locally filmed movie “Money Game” will enjoy a grand homecoming this week with a premiere at the Garden Cinemas.“It’s a very, very nice chance to say,...


Bike-riding activists will convene April 20 to protest FirstLight
04-12-2024 5:08 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

A local group of bike-riding activists will ride together again for the first time in a decade, this time in protest of FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Station.The Solar Rollers, a grassroots advocacy group that...


‘All the world’s a stage’: Inaugural Montague Shakespeare Festival takes over Shea Theater with performances and workshops, March 18 to April 7
03-15-2024 3:28 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

In terms of timeless relevance and impact, it’s tough to argue that any writer has had more of a lasting legacy than William Shakespeare. For this reason, veteran thespian Kenny Butler argues there is never a bad time to delve into his world of words...


Fundraising underway to repurpose Farren statue into memorial
01-31-2024 4:16 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — Demolition of the Farren Care Center last year was met with mixed feelings from residents, with many citing the loss of local history as reason for their dismay. Some community members, however, have been working to ensure that not all...


Evoking nostalgia: Welcome Yule returns for 39th year with a reprise of best-known songs
11-24-2023 10:24 AM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

It’s been nearly four decades since the inception of Welcome Yule, a theatrical spectacle of song, dance and storytelling that has since become one of the village’s most beloved holiday customs. Before the tradition hits 40 years old, though, those...


Six-town board shares costs of potential school district merger
11-15-2023 4:21 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

GILL — More than 40 officials, school representatives and other stakeholders from six towns convened Tuesday to consider what regionalization of the Gill-Montague and Pioneer Valley regional school districts might entail, particularly in terms of...


Celebrating the poems of a late great: Unnameable Books in Turners Falls hosting reading of a new collection of James Tate’s poetry, Sunday 3 to 5:30 p.m.
11-13-2023 12:37 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

The late Pioneer Valley poet James Tate, whose work earned him a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, will be present in spirit for this week’s reading session at Unnameable Books in Turners Falls.The event, part of a reading series held weekly at...


A tribute to the force of water: “Torrent,” by Conway artist Bill Brayton, on view at Northfield Mount Hermon gallery until Nov. 17
11-03-2023 10:02 AM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

Artists of all mediums know that a work of art doesn’t always pool from a constant flow of ideas. For Conway artist Bill Brayton, it took nearly 20 years and unprecedented storm conditions for one project to finally surface.Brayton, a 1976 graduate of...


New subcommittee to consider pros and cons of leaving, staying in Union 28
11-02-2023 7:43 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

ERVING — The subcommittee devoted to examining the pros and cons of a theoretical departure from School Union 28 convened for the first time Wednesday evening, establishing its mission and planning first steps.The seven-member subcommittee includes...


Western Mass musicians up for awards: New England Music Awards and Boston Music Awards nominate only a handful of local bands this year
10-27-2023 6:58 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

For the small handful of Pioneer Valley artists nominated between this year’s New England Music Awards and Boston Music Awards, the region’s highest musical honor would not merely be an individual accolade, or even a matter of putting the Valley on...


Sixth annual Cupcake Wars draws a crowd in Orange 
10-24-2023 12:00 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

ORANGE — Waves of local residents turned out on Sunday to determine the area’s best baker at the region’s sixth annual Cupcake Wars, an event featuring hundreds of elaborately designed and flavorful cupcakes for the judging. The line stretched well...


FirstLight: Interim repairs at Turners Falls dam complete
10-24-2023 10:23 AM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. has completed interim repair work at the Turners Falls Dam, the company announced Friday.The hydropower company began an investigation into the Turners Falls dam’s bascule gate pistons this August...


19th annual Scarecrow in the Park festival rife with creativity in Bernardston
10-22-2023 4:26 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

BERNARDSTON — Organizers of this year’s Scarecrow in the Park festival said despite the weekend’s poor weather, spirits and creativity may have hit an all-time high.“[The scarecrows] are more creative and detailed than they’ve ever been,” said Joel...


Fundraiser launched for Conway couple who lost home in fire
10-19-2023 7:17 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

CONWAY — A friend of two residents displaced by a house fire last weekend has set up an online fundraiser.“Anything you can donate to the cause will greatly help, and be hugely appreciated, as they will face many challenges over the next 12+ months,”...


Erving Special Town Meeting voters to weigh in on $1.83M override
10-19-2023 5:32 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

ERVING — To fund various departmental budget increases, Special Town Meeting voters will be asked on Wednesday to approve a $1.83 million tax levy limit override.The Special Town Meeting will start at 7 p.m. at Erving Elementary School.According to...


New organizers look to pay homage to Great Falls Festival with Oct. 21 event
09-26-2023 7:49 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — Although 2022 marked the final year of the traditional Great Falls Festival, a new group of organizers has banded together to put on a unique version that pays homage to its beloved predecessor.“I feel like this is a pilot,” said...


Painting as a means of connecting: Ugandan artist Mwanga William’s work on display at Northfield Mount Hermon’s Rhodes Arts Center through Oct. 6
09-22-2023 11:05 AM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

Whether they make you feel transported to another world or right at home, Ugandan artist Mwanga William’s paintings reflect a culture worthy of Northfield Mount Hermon school’s embrace, according to Gallery Director Jamie Rourke.“Paintings by Mwanga...


Archaeologists to search for Great Falls Massacre artifacts in Greenfield
09-17-2023 11:20 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

GREENFIELD — Archaeologists will ask the permission of “a couple hundred” property owners to collect 17th-century artifacts along the final stretch of the Great Falls Massacre’s colonial retreat route within the next two weeks, according to the...


Fast fried dough feast delights at Franklin County Fair
09-15-2023 1:14 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

Having scarfed down a pizza-sized portion of fried dough in three minutes and 45 seconds, Greenfield resident Ken Bacigalupo is the greatest dough-devourer the Franklin County Fair has ever seen. And it isn’t close.Since 2017, the fried dough eating...


Greenfield’s Mesa Verde hosting Haitian food pop-ups to welcome new immigrants
09-14-2023 7:18 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

GREENFIELD — In June, Mayor Roxann Wedegartner voiced a commitment to being “as welcoming as we possibly can” to the group of Haitian immigrants that had just arrived in the city. Amy McMahan, owner of Mesa Verde, has since played her part by hosting...

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