Faced With PVTA Cuts, Small Town Western Mass Residents Have Few Ways to Get Around
Feb22

Faced With PVTA Cuts, Small Town Western Mass Residents Have Few Ways to Get Around

Dee Marshall, 73, of Ware, sits in the front seat of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) shuttle bus wrapped in her pink coat. She had a doctor’s appointment in Longmeadow today, as she does every Friday. She left her house early this morning to catch the bus and then switch to another bus. After her appointment, she waited for a bus to take her on the return trip. She is just now nearing home. It is 4 p.m. and this...

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O: Cannabis: ‘Little pieces of art’ — the magic of making professional edibles
Feb20

O: Cannabis: ‘Little pieces of art’ — the magic of making professional edibles

Algebra and edibles do not usually mix, but for Mark Wikar one is absolutely essential for creating the other. Even though his background is as a pastry chef, Wikar now uses a lot of math to create perfectly dosed edibles at INSA, a medical cannabis dispensary that opened in Easthampton this month. “My mom was a math teacher but I didn’t really pay attention,” Wikar joked. Wikar is the head of edible manufacturing at INSA where he...

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The Art of Laughter: A Conversation with Comedian Kim Deshields
Feb20

The Art of Laughter: A Conversation with Comedian Kim Deshields

Comedian Kim “Boney” DeShields is funny, except when she’s talking about making people laugh. “It’s an art,” she says matter of factly. “You have to be smart to make people laugh. You have to be well read and knowledgeable about a lot of things. But most of all, you just have to have the ability to make even the worst things funny.” Deshields has certainly had opportunities to mine sorrow for comedy gold. After her 2007 success...

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Pick of the Day 2/20: March of the Penguins at the Academy of Music
Feb20

Pick of the Day 2/20: March of the Penguins at the Academy of Music

March of the Penguins Just because it’s school vacation doesn’t mean you have to sit at home and play games on your phone all day. Go see the feel good movie March of the Penguins at KidsBestFest at the Academy of Music. It’s a free film festival for kids and families during winter school break. March of the Penguins is narrated by the venerable Morgan Freeman and is an award-winning documentary about the mating...

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Coming Soon: ‘Fields of Flowers’ at the Smith College Bulb Show
Feb19

Coming Soon: ‘Fields of Flowers’ at the Smith College Bulb Show

For those people who just can’t wait for Spring to come, there will be a sneak peek from March 3 to 18 at the Botanical Garden of Smith College, 16 College Lane, Northampton. Fields of Flowers: The Annual Spring Bulb Show will be open to all. Right now, the greenhouses are full of leafy plants, but in just a couple weeks’ time, there will be an explosion of color and fragrant scents. Tim Johnson, the Botanical Garden...

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