Cannabis industry leaders gather at Hampshire College summit to widen appeal of plant
Apr02

Cannabis industry leaders gather at Hampshire College summit to widen appeal of plant

Adult-use cannabis was legalized by Massachusetts voters in 2016, but based on the number of moratoriums and bans that have passed across the state since then, it’s clear that there are still some mixed feelings about cannabis on the local level. “Like every other movement this is about relationships,” said Marie Salgado, who does community outreach in Holyoke and at Hampshire College. “There’s so much education that needs to happen.”...

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Pick of the Day 3/28: Blackbird Effect in Holyoke
Mar28

Pick of the Day 3/28: Blackbird Effect in Holyoke

Here’s how The Blackbird Effect describes themselves:  ” The Blackbird Effect= Pan Morigan & John Cabán, performing bent blues, green jazz & other Americanismos with roots to the sky!”  “Americanismos,” that’s some fancy talk for a banjo and guitar duet.  Strange but alluring. You can check them out tonight at 7 p.m at Gateway City Arts,  92-114 Race St., Holyoke....

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Pick of the Day 3/23: Jeremy Turgeon Quintet at Rootstock
Mar22

Pick of the Day 3/23: Jeremy Turgeon Quintet at Rootstock

Jeremy Turgeon is a young guy, but man does he have chops and the Jeremy Turgeon Quintet, or “JTQ,”  brings a fresh, new sound to modern jazz. As part of Rootstock tonight, they’ll be making magic, fusing the timeless combination of Jazz, R & B and Neo-Soul.  They’ve been around since November of 2014 and just recently dropped their sophomore CD called What Matters Most. Check them out on Valley Advocate...

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First-ever Cat Cafe in the Pioneer Valley Coming to Northampton Next Summer
Mar20

First-ever Cat Cafe in the Pioneer Valley Coming to Northampton Next Summer

There’s a new cafe that’ll be opening in Northampton in the summer of 2019 where you’ll be able to hang out with seven or eight lounging felines while enjoying a cup of tea. It’ll be the first of its kind in the Pioneer Valley. Cat.Fe Northampton is the brainchild of Sam Williams and Keanu Patwari and the vision for the cat cafe is to house formerly homeless cats relocated from a local shelters with the option of being adopted...

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Amid school walkouts, protesters in Springfield demand meeting about urban gun violence
Mar15

Amid school walkouts, protesters in Springfield demand meeting about urban gun violence

Local students want to meet with P. James Debney, CEO of Springfield-based gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson, in the next 30 days to create a dialogue about ways to end urban gun violence, not just mass shootings.  Students from Springfield, Holyoke, and Boston alongside faith leaders and members of the Pioneer Valley Project rallied on March 14 at Memorial Field, across the street from Smith & Wesson’s global headquarters on...

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