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At Simple Gifts Farm, local food is a year-round affair

At Simple Gifts Farm, local food is a year-round affair

Nicole DeFeudis, Contributor

October 12, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Food/Health, Lifestyle, Showcase, Uncategorized

Simple Gifts Farm in North Amherst offers a chance to buy organic produce in a small-farm setting. And you can get there by bus.

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‘From Mambo to Hip-Hop’ gives voice to music lovers from Amherst to New York City

‘From Mambo to Hip-Hop’ gives voice to music lovers from Amherst to New York City

Brita Turner, Contributor

September 21, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Entertainment, Music, Showcase, TV/Movies, Uncategorized

Mambo music from the Caribbean merged with American disco-funk beats into a new genre: hip-hop.

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PVTA buses get new security cameras despite budget cuts

PVTA buses get new security cameras despite budget cuts

Mike Connors, Correspondent

September 20, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Campus, Showcase

Responding to the 2018 budget that induced a $1.4 million deficit, the PVTA discontinued almost 20 routes. Capital funding, however, allowed the high-definition security upgrades to roll onward.

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What’s your favorite Flayvor?

What’s your favorite Flayvor?

Cameron Merritt and Amanda Albelin

September 10, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Campus, Showcase

Nestled between the scenic fields and mountains of Western Massachusetts, Flayvors of Cook Farm is a local, family-run dairy farm and ice cream stand.

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Locals ‘Cross the Divide’ in GroundTruth panel

Locals ‘Cross the Divide’ in GroundTruth panel

Faith Gregory, Writer

September 10, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Campus, Current Affairs, Showcase, Uncategorized

Locals affected by divisive differences in the community spoke passionately about their personal experiences living and working in the Pioneer Valley in a panel by the GroundTruth Project on Wednesday in the Old Chapel.

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Springfield High School of Commerce fosters student creativity

Springfield High School of Commerce fosters student creativity

Danielle Rivera, Contributor

May 9, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Music, Showcase

Students from Springfield's High School of Commerce are embracing the school’s creativity mantra.

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Loss, heritage and the artist’s life of Alvilda Sophia Anaya-Alegría

Loss, heritage and the artist’s life of Alvilda Sophia Anaya-Alegría

Jackson Cote, Contributor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Current Affairs, Profiles, Showcase

As a native of Guayama, Puerto Rico, culture is a major influence in the art of Anaya-Alegría.

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Deconstructing ‘Decasia’: A UMass Production

Deconstructing ‘Decasia’: A UMass Production

Sarah Strangie, Contributor

March 27, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Features, Music, Showcase, Student Life, Travel

Director Bill Morrison’s experimental film is a 70-minute series of decomposing film stock played alongside composer Michael Gordon’s original score.

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Amherst Wire 360: The Botanic Garden of Smith College

Amherst Wire 360: The Botanic Garden of Smith College

Morgan Hughes and Joshua Murray

March 19, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Current Affairs, Showcase, Travel

Free and open to the public, anyone can visit the Botanic Gardens of Smith College and walk from greenhouse to greenhouse to explore the exotic rainforests, crisp tulip gardens and rows of precious succulents.

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Casino gambling not bad for state lottery, study says

Casino gambling not bad for state lottery, study says

Cameron Merritt, Writer

February 28, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Campus, Showcase

Their research found that lottery revenue did not decrease after the Plainridge Park Casino opened in June 2015. The casino, located in Plainville, was the first facility of its kind in the state. Lottery revenue rose 4.37 percent, according to the study.

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Amherst mourns death of citizen journalist Larry Kelley

Amherst mourns death of citizen journalist Larry Kelley

Morgan Hughes, Campus News Editor

February 21, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Current Affairs, Showcase

Roughly 30 friends, family and community members gathered Monday in the Amherst Town Common to mourn the loss of the established town figure, who died Friday afternoon in a car crash.

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Top Five: Affordable Valentine’s Day dates

Top Five: Affordable Valentine’s Day dates

Shayla Costa, Contributor

February 11, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Lifestyle, Showcase, Top Five

Since Valentine’s Day happens to be on a Tuesday, you know what that means — “$5 Tuesday!” Finally, you and your date will get to see Fifty Shades Darker or the Lego Batman Movie for only $10.

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