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Northampton opens first medical marijuana dispensary in Western Mass.

Northampton opens first medical marijuana dispensary in Western Mass.

Isaac Burke and Katelyn Dube
December 8
Filed under Around the Valley

In the midst of a national shift in opinions concerning marijuana use, Northampton has opened Western Massachusetts’ first medical marijuana dispensary called New England Treatment Access (NETA), bringing attention to the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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Herrell’s Ice Cream: Home of the “smoosh-ins”

Herrell’s Ice Cream: Home of the “smoosh-ins”

Katie Bowler, Campus Editor
December 2
Filed under Around the Valley, Multimedia, Travel

Since Steve Herrell first founded the flagship store in Northampton, Mass. in 1980, there has always been a crowd of people waiting to taste the shop’s handmade ice cream. The store is known for its award-winning hot fudge, unique flavors, and “smoosh-ins,” chunks of cookies and candies mixed in.

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STUDENTx speakers promote self-acceptance

STUDENTx speakers promote self-acceptance

Brilee Weaver, Managing Editor
November 19
Filed under Around the Valley, Campus, Current Affairs, Student Life

Dasco's performance examines the public education system which she says interferes students' personal growth.

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A college town’s last bookstore

A college town’s last bookstore

Kristin LaFratta, Writer
November 18
Filed under Around the Valley, Features, Travel

Amherst Books is the bibliophile's haven, providing an escape for a leisurely read or spontaneous book purchase. For others, it is a place to go to take photos of books they later buy on Amazon.

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Community blooms at the Bridge of Flowers

Community blooms at the Bridge of Flowers

Erica Garnett, Travel Editor
November 12
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

People flock to the famous landmark to paint, revisit memories, relax, photograph, propose to spouses, and, of course, smell the flowers.

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Cushman Market: Where creativity and breakfast are served all day

Cushman Market: Where creativity and breakfast are served all day

Frank Dutan, Contributor
November 3
Filed under Around the Valley, Features, Profiles, Travel

The North Amherst market and café offers residents a taste of New York's famous "beatnik" neighborhood, the East Village. The neighborhood, home to a community of lower-class immigrants and the birthplace of contemporary artists Andy Warhol and Jean Basquiat, was a haven for artists, musicians, and working class people in the 1980's.

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Northampton hosts tenth annual Zombie Pub Crawl

Northampton hosts tenth annual Zombie Pub Crawl

Erica Garnett, Travel Editor
October 28
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

Zombies roamed the streets, bouncing between bars like ping pong balls. Fake blood, heavily blackened eyes and tattered clothing were the finishing touches on nearly every costume. People took a zombie-style spin on existing favorites like brides, superheroes, and fictional characters.

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Top Five: Halloween activities in the Pioneer Valley

Top Five: Halloween activities in the Pioneer Valley

Jenna Careri, Contributor
October 27
Filed under Around the Valley, Campus

Here are our top five activities to do in the Pioneer Valley to get you into the Halloween spirit before the big night.

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Cultural survival: An eclectic community of indigenous artisans

Cultural survival: An eclectic community of indigenous artisans

Erica Garnett, Travel Editor
October 15
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

The public roam freely on the grounds, browsing among artwork and talking face-to-face with the artists behind them. Cultural Survival prides itself on featuring fair-trade art and screens the vendors to ensure direct sourcing from the artists.

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