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Spring checklist: Pioneer Valley edition

Spring checklist: Pioneer Valley edition

Priya Bikkani, Writer

May 2, 2018

Everyone needs a study break once and a while. Here are some great local places to check out this spring to help you unwind!

Farewell to Hadley: Reflections and remembrances on a bizarre home of my own

Farewell to Hadley: Reflections and remembrances on a bizarre home of my own

Ian Munnelly, Politics/Op-Ed Editor

May 1, 2018

My fondest memories of this area will come from the little farming town of Hadley.

Promising potential of the Pioneer Valley in the viticulture world: What makes Western Mass. grapes special

Jack Hamm, Writer

April 13, 2018

No longer do you need to travel for a fantastic glass of wine. Experts Ian Modestow and Elsa Petit elaborate on the promising potential of Western Massachusetts' burgeoning wine industry.

Alone in the crowd: A family of color living in a world of white

Alone in the crowd: A family of color living in a world of white

Sarah Heinonen, Contributor

February 28, 2018

Massachusetts is often seen as a bastion of liberal inclusivity, a point of pride for many Bay Staters. And while Boston, Worcester, Springfield and other large cities are fairly diverse, many of the small towns are anything but.

Amherst Town Meeting votes to limit recreational marijuana stores

Amherst Town Meeting votes to limit recreational marijuana stores

Liam O'Connor, Assistant Entertainment Editor

November 8, 2017

Members of the Amherst Town Meeting voted on Monday to limit the number of recreational marijuana stores in town to eight.

Triggered: At a local gun range, the search for a silver bullet in the gun control debate

Triggered: At a local gun range, the search for a silver bullet in the gun control debate

Mark Dunphy, Contributor

November 1, 2017

Mike D. has lost count of how many guns he owns. His father, an immigrant from China, was always into guns and introduced his children to his hobby.

Halloween hype doesn’t impact local cemeteries; but homeless do

Halloween hype doesn’t impact local cemeteries; but homeless do

Amanda Levenson, Video Editor

October 30, 2017

West Cemetery is a peaceful landscape. The space is quiet except for the sound of chirping birds, and empty except for the occasional resident passing through as they walk their dog — perfect for those who want to veer away from the public eye.

Turning up the demand for vinyl

Turning up the demand for vinyl

Amanda Levenson, Video Editor

October 23, 2017

Of all the trends the 21st century has brought, consider the revival of vinyl the one thing grandma won’t complain about.

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

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.

‘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

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

PVTA buses get new security cameras despite budget cuts

PVTA buses get new security cameras despite budget cuts

Mike Connors, Correspondent

September 20, 2017

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.

What’s your favorite Flayvor?

What’s your favorite Flayvor?

Cameron Merritt and Amanda Albelin

September 10, 2017

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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