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Past articles by Luis:

Seeking Asylum in Western Mass: Part 3 of 3 — Transgender asylum-seekers in search of foothold in new country

Editor’s note: Due to the dangers facing those seeking asylum and their families in their home countries, as well as the sensitive natures of their legal cases, Hampshire Life is using pseudonyms Natty, Eva, and María for asylum-seekers featured in... → Read More

Pedal people trash collectors take extra caution during pandemic

As Gen Lin strapped trash and recycling bins onto the trailer of his bicycle, he shrugged off the possibility of becoming severely ill from the new coronavirus. Lin, 37, of Greenfield, is a carrier for Pedal People, a worker-owned cooperative of... → Read More

Seeking Asylum in Western Mass: Part 2 of 3 — Creating a welcoming home for those forced to flee

Editor’s note: Due to the dangers facing those seeking asylum and their families in their home countries, as well as the sensitive nature of their legal cases, Hampshire Life is using pseudonyms Valentina, Isabel, Ramon, and Santiago for asylum... → Read More

Seeking Asylum in Western Mass — Part 1: Fleeing danger and violence to arrive in the Valley

Editor’s note: Due to the dangers facing those seeking asylum and their families in their home countries, as well as the sensitive nature of their legal cases, we are using pseudonyms Ramon and Santiago for two asylum seekers featured in this story... → Read More

Seeking Asylum Series: Trump has made seeking asylum harder

Over the course of the Trump presidency, seeking asylum in the United States has become more difficult. Below are some policies implemented by the Trump administration that have placed additional obstacles before asylum seekers in recent... → Read More

Learning responsibility: Families talk about starting their children on household chores

At what age do parents begin assigning chores to their children? For one family in Northampton, chores began when their children turned 10, helping with yard work and raking leaves. For another local family, helping to set the table became a point of... → Read More

Check it out: Forbes and Jones libraries’ most-borrowed books

What are the most popular books checked out at Forbes and Jones libraries? The main libraries of Northampton and Amherst, respectively, provided the Gazette with a list of their most checked-out books since they migrated their digital library systems... → Read More

A ‘musical ministry’: Church organist talks about how music can transform a sermon

As a substitute organist and pianist at various churches in the Pioneer Valley, Elise Feingold Jackendoff may only have a few days notice to prepare for a sermon. Whether it’s at a Lutheran or Baptist service she is called to provide musical... → Read More

Revisiting Mexico

Even from 30,000 feet in the air, Mexico City appears vast and undefinable. Millions upon millions of lights came into view as my plane began its nighttime descent on a recent trip to the largest city on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.During the... → Read More

Gift of gab: Talkative group honors friends with toy fund donation

NORTHAMPTON – It can be hard to get a word in when in the company of the “Filibusters.” Just ask Ed Trzcienski, who named the group. The conversations are rambunctious and the laughter rolls on and on. When Trzcienski is on the golf course with fellow... → Read More

The treasure trove: Architectural salvage turns up unique items for home

Nearly 2,000 items can be found at Castle Architecture Salvage in Northampton, many of which can become the centerpiece of a room or simply add a little accent here and there.Castle, located at 7 Pearl St., opened in the spring of 2017 with a room... → Read More

Group of rabbis tours U.S. border immigration facilities

In early November, Rabbi Justin David of Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton traveled down to the United States-Mexico border to witness firsthand the effects of U.S. immigration policies on people attempting to gain entry into the country.David... → Read More

Hampshire College retains accreditation

AMHERST – Hampshire College has gained a stronger foothold in its efforts to turnaround a dire financial situation by retaining its accreditation.The New England Commission of Higher Education announced on Saturday that the college has made progress... → Read More

A champion of the heart: Local woman joins organization to provide heart disease information and support to women

When Lynette Bloise would tell her husband, “It’s happening,” he knew exactly what that meant: a trip to the emergency room.Before May 2018, Bloise would have cardiac episodes stemming from conditions that caused her heart to suddenly beat... → Read More

‘A more calming experience’: Holyoke Children’s Museum holds monthly ‘Sensory Sundays’ for sensory-sensitive kids

On a typical day at the Holyoke Children’s Museum, there is a hustle and bustle as small children run around role-playing as police officers and firefighters, flashing lights from a replica ambulance and occasional dings coming from a small room with... → Read More

A helping hand and a listening ear

On a recent sunny afternoon, Judith Fine reached down into a garden full of daylilies, alyssums and geraniums, and pulled out a few weeds and replanted some flowers ahead of the winter season. Fine, 69, spent half an hour tending to Carole Lafleur’s... → Read More

Arts festival focuses on diversity

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Center for the Arts became a microcosm of art, poetry, and music for 10 hours on Saturday at the first Dwellings Arts Festival. It also set an example for the organizers’ mission of bringing greater diversity to festival... → Read More

Chesterfield sled dog racer heading for World Championships

CHESTERFIELD — When dog sled musher Marla BB is on the home stretch of a race, she will yell out to her team of Alaskan Huskies, “Take it home!” “They always keep a reserve, and when I say that, they take it up a whole ’nother notch,” she said. BB is... → Read More

Spreading the wealth: Smith College commitment to local meat a boon to area farmers

In the past three years, Goshen farmer Cosimo Ferrante has struggled economically, having to transition from raising cows for beef to raising pigs, which have lower overhead costs. But a new deal with Smith College, which is focusing on serving local... → Read More

Raising green beef: How cattle, dairy farmers are becoming environmentally-friendly

Methane, a greenhouse gas, gets turned into electricity at Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley. Enough electricity is generated from cow manure and food waste to power over 1,000 homes.The gas traps heat in the atmosphere and cows produce methane... → Read More