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Northampton commemorates 100 years since Armenian Genocide

Northampton commemorates 100 years since Armenian Genocide

Julie Shamgochian, Writer
April 27
Filed under Around the Valley, Current Affairs, Multimedia

April 24, 2015, also known as Martyrs’ Day, marks the centennial of the mass killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire.

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Head Games natural hair beauty supply champions ‘winning natural beauty’

Head Games natural hair beauty supply  champions ‘winning natural beauty’

Stephanie Ramirez, Audience Engagement Editor
April 13
Filed under Around the Valley, Lifestyle, Profiles

Head Games sells quality products for people who wear their hair naturally.

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Freedom Café serves coffee for a good cause

Freedom Café serves coffee for a good cause

Michael Hickey, Contributor
March 26
Filed under Around the Valley, Campus, Profiles

It seems there's nothing special about the bustling café. Well, there is.

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Hidden Gem: A look inside an asylum

Hidden Gem: A look inside an asylum

Maureen Meyer and Sarah Robertson
February 10
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

The campus has since been abandoned and fallen into disrepair. The floors are scattered with documents from years past, stating the names, medications, and conditions of former patients. Trespassers have covered the walls with graffiti that only adds to the asylum's eerie aura.

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New art bar opens in downtown Amherst

New art bar opens in downtown Amherst

Julie Shamgochian and Kerry O'Connor
November 25
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

This past Sunday, November 23rd, everyday writing pencils were replaced with different styles of painting brushes, displayed in cool colored mason jars, and a palette of Christmas colors. Under the instruction of Annalise Ritter, a group of aspiring painters put their creative energy into designing advent calendars for the holiday season.

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The buzz on All Things Local

The buzz on All Things Local

Erica Garnett, Travel Editor
November 5
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

But inside, you'll find a fresh take on over 200 local producers providing everything from organic spinach to handmade baby shoes.

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Amherst Coffee: hidden in plain sight

Amherst Coffee: hidden in plain sight

Zach Hammer, Contributor
October 19
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

You can hear the grinding of beans, the hissing of the machines, the low murmur of conversation as well as the occasional shaker mixing some type of special, adult beverage. Jazz plays at a low volume in the background, creating the perfect environment to do your work.

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June and the Bee bring the noise (and the cellos) to Iron Horse Music Hall

June and the Bee bring the noise (and the cellos) to Iron Horse Music Hall

Hae Young Yoo, Writer
October 9
Filed under Around the Valley, Entertainment, Music

"The noise from upstairs heightened as friends, family, and fans settled into seats and ordered their drinks and meals. The band recommended the pulled pork sandwich."

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Flayvors of Cook Farm

Flayvors of Cook Farm

Andrea Comerford, Writer
September 29
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

The more it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere, the closer you are to this hidden gem in Hadley, MA. As you pull off the road into the dirt parking lot of Flayvors of Cook Farm, an instant sense of comfort washes over you. You can either walk up to the window for some of their delicious homemade ice cream, or you can venture inside to choose from their lunch menu.

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The Works Bakery Café has it all

The Works Bakery Café has it all

Paul Bagnall, Writer
April 14
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

Coffee makers with beans imported from Costa Rica stand proudly in front of the food counter at The Works Bakery Café.

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