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Northampton, MA, United States

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Past articles by Andy:

Buckley HealthCare Center in Greenfield confirms 17 COVID-19 patients

GREENFIELD — Seventeen residents from Buckley HealthCare Center on Laurel Street have been diagnosed with COVID-19, an increase of 13 confirmed cases in less than two weeks. A total of 11 patients have required hospitalization.“We can confirm that 17... → Read More

Valley Eye Radio expands coverage to keep pace with COVID-19 news

SPRINGFIELD — News related to the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased in volume in recent days. To keep pace, a Springfield-based radio station on which volunteers read stories for the visually impaired is expanding its coverage, too.As a... → Read More

Four COVID-19 cases confirmed at Buckley HealthCare Center in Greenfield

GREENFIELD — Four residents who live at Buckley HealthCare Center have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released Friday by the Laurel Street care center. The cases were confirmed by health authorities Thursday.“Rest assured, we... → Read More

Overturned propane truck leaking in Shelburne

SHELBURNE — A 21,000-gallon liquid propane truck owned by Suburban Propane slid off Zerah Fiske Road about a half-mile from Lucy Fiske Road on Thursday morning.As of 10:15 a.m., there is an active leak and the truck is on its side. The call came in at... → Read More

Ashfield farmers bringing back fruit shrubs

Upfront, Bug Hill Farm’s Strawberry-Rhubarb shrub syrup tastes incredibly sweet — it’s sharp with a tangy aftertaste that lingers for a while on the back of the palate.The syrup concentration’s flavor profile is complex and dynamic — in a word:... → Read More

A different kind of farm-to-table restaurant: Behind the scenes at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School

Mint mocha mousse with a glazed mirror finish hides a fudge brownie center, and almond vanilla bean cakes with white chocolate buttermilk frosting are drizzled with raspberry coulis.Someday, Alura Carter, a senior at Smith Vocational and Agricultural... → Read More

Slow food Sundays: Ooma Tesoro’s Lasagna

When Michael Tesoro was young, his grandmother would often show up at his family’s home in Connecticut carrying an icebox of cooking ingredients to make lasagna.“You can taste love in food. Grandma’s lasagna (had a lot of) love,” Tesoro said and was... → Read More

‘I wish I could help you’

Leslie Leff, a clinical social worker with the Cutchins Programs for Families and Children in Northampton, has become tired of telling parents “I wish I could help you.” “I work with children, primarily, who have experienced trauma,” Leff explained.... → Read More

Warrior Writers holding third annual poetry reading

GREENFIELD — Memorial Day is a chance to remember veterans of the past. It’s also a chance to look to a more peaceful future, according to Eric Wasileski, a Navy veteran who is organizing a poetry reading in honor of the holiday at Poets’ Seat... → Read More

Announcing changes to the features section

When I was young, my seven brothers and I were voracious readers. We frequented Lilly Library in Florence and the Jones Library in Amherst — arriving with empty laundry baskets, leaving with so many books they wouldn’t all fit.On many afternoons, I... → Read More

‘Stop the Bleed’

Consistently, unintentional accidents are near the top of the Centers for Disease Control’s yearly list of the country’s leading causes of death. An upcoming class at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield seeks to reduce that statistic. On... → Read More

A silver wave

A silver wave is crashing into Deerfield. Projections from the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Donahue Institute combined with the most recent town census confirm a trend in the growth of Deerfield’s older adult population, similar to other... → Read More

After ALS diagnosis, Hadley resident takes to advocacy work, fundraising

Every afternoon, Diane Shumway of Hadley goes for a walk around the block. On most days, she cries.Her husband, Lee Shumway, has ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative illness that... → Read More

Tai Chi: Observing nature and imitating it

Dan Winter of Northampton learned Tai Chi from a friend.“He was in his 70s and had lots of energy, and I was impressed,” Winter said.Decades later, Winter, who has arthritis, says he enjoys a relatively pain-free life and attributes this to a daily... → Read More

Easthampton program teaches better parenting through communication

Last fall, Jacob Parker went from being a “weekend dad” to a full-time parent overnight.“His mom passed away in August, and, correct me if I’m wrong, kiddo, but things kind of spiraled out of control there for a while,” Parker said. He was sitting on... → Read More

‘Amazing food, insane prices. It’s a well-kept secret’

The grilled flank steak and blue cheese salad that's served at Marriott Meals, a student-run restaurant at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is delicious. Packed with fresh cucumber, tomato, red onion, crumbled blue cheese and tender slices of... → Read More

What, exactly, is The​​​​​​ Feldenkrais Method?

When Victoria Ahrensdorf was 12 years old, her father dropped her from a second story window onto concrete to save her from a fire before diving out behind her.They both survived and she didn’t break any bones, but Ahrensdorf says she lived with pain... → Read More

A Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Quiche made with local duck eggs

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Neither — at least not in Andrea Jasinski’s home in Huntington, where duck eggs are a staple ingredient in many meals.“They have fuller yolks and I feel like they’re a little more tasty than chicken eggs,”... → Read More

The mysteries of memory

Retired neuropsychologist Brad Crenshaw was grocery shopping recently with his daughter, Alexandra Gorlin-Crenshaw, when they ran into a woman he knew he’d met before — but he couldn’t recall her name or where they’d met.When his daughter told him... → Read More

Slow food Sundays: Ooma Tesoro’s Lasagna

When Michael Tesoro was young, his grandmother would often show up at his family’s home in Connecticut carrying an icebox of cooking ingredients to make lasagna.“You can taste love in food. Grandma’s lasagna (had a lot of) love,” Tesoro said and was... → Read More