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Work in progress: Is coworking the way of the future or a thing of the past?

The COVID-19 lockdown took a toll on coworking spaces in western Massachusetts, much as it did on so many other businesses. But while some coworking spaces in the region remained open, others had to close temporarily or were shuttered when the... → Read More

Young mothers earn high school equivalency diplomas through Holyoke program

HOLYOKE — Aliselle Sanchez, a 22-year-old resident of Holyoke, stood in her dark purple cap and gown across the street from her apartment on Clemente Street on Friday morning with her 2-year-old son and husband by her side.When staff at the Care... → Read More

Mass Audubon cuts staff, programming throughout state due to revenue decline

NORTHAMPTON — Citing a dramatic decline in revenue during the pandemic, Mass Audubon has announced staff layoffs, furloughs and cuts to programs throughout the state, although wildlife sanctuaries in western Massachusetts won’t be greatly impacted,... → Read More

House calls for bikes: Mobile cycle shop stayed in high gear amid closures

While most bike shops had to close temporarily during the pandemic, Speed & Sprocket Cycle Works was busier than ever. For the past seven years, the mobile bike shop has set up shop in customers’ driveways, fixing older bikes and delivering new ones... → Read More

When the show can’t go on: Live music venues assess their losses, consider plans for reopening

Is live music in any position to make a comeback in the Valley? According to state plans for the phased reopening of the economy, theaters and music venues of “moderate” capacity can open their doors in Phase 3, which begins June 29 at the earliest,... → Read More

Silent vigil to mark Juneteenth Friday in Florence

In honor of Juneteenth this Friday, which commemorates the emancipation of slavery in the United States, there will be a silent candelight vigil at the Sojourner Truth statue in Florence from 8 to 9 p.m. Ashley Anderson, a 24-year-old Springfield... → Read More

Making it up as they go along: NEF funds Zoom improv classes for students grades 1-8

Improvising has become something of a new art for a lot of families in quarantine over the past few months. And since last month, elementary school students in Northampton Public Schools have been taking part in theater improvisation classes via Zoom.... → Read More

Missing black cat showed up at old haunt in Northampton

An 8-year-old black cat named Sharky went missing from her home in Northampton on the evening of May 30, but was found less than two days later near the former apartment of her owner a half-mile or so away. Molly Greening, 49, of Northampton, said her... → Read More

Florence teen reaches finals round of national Scrabble tourney

Jack Carpenter, a 13-year-old seventh grade student at JFK Middle School in Florence, made it to the final match of an annual Scrabble tournament for players across North America in grades 3 to 8 on May 31. Although Carpenter was eliminated from the... → Read More

Keeping the connection: Day programs offer online support for children, young adults with disabilities

Max Callahan, a 20-year-old Pelham resident with autism, has a busier social life now than he had before the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s taking five online classes that are all free through Hadley-based Whole Children, which provides recreational, social... → Read More

A new routine: Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities find support remotely

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Ilene Erskine, a 60-year-old Belchertown resident, had been attending BakuCare — an adult day health center in Hadley for people with disabilities as well as seniors — for the past two-and-a-half years, after suffering... → Read More

Flowers, chocolates, food help to close Mother’s Day distance

For many, being able to spend the day with their mom on Mother’s Day by going out to brunch or a family gathering is a tradition. But this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are socially distancing themselves during the holiday. Despite... → Read More

Submit photos of wild plants, animals and fungus among us for international effort

AMHERST — Pioneer Valley residents can now submit photos of wild plants, animals and fungi via a free mobile app called iNaturalist as part of the fifth annual, international City Nature Challenge, which is being coordinated locally by UMass Amherst... → Read More

Mask crusaders: Family launches Western MAsk Project

Before the pandemic, Gina Whalen said she’d never used a sewing machine. Since then, she’s gone on to make at least 900 face masks for her family’s Western MAsk Project. “I just learned to sew on a machine about a month ago for this project,” she... → Read More

With taprooms closed, popular out-of-state brews drive demand

With the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down taprooms for craft breweries, there’s been a change in how breweries are distributing their beer. Now, craft breweries that didn’t have markets for canned beers in Massachusetts have started selling their beer... → Read More

‘The church is not the building’: Keeping religious connections vital

Religious congregants across the Pioneer Valley continue to stay connected to one another even if weekly physical gatherings for services or prayers aren’t taking place. Many are turning to internet streaming, along with social media and other forms... → Read More

Northampton doctor finds coronavirus anxiety at the Mexican border

David Katz, a retired family practice physician from Northampton, arrived Saturday in Brownsville, Texas, to help refugees across the border living in a camp in Matamoros, Mexico.He had planned on arriving with two other physicians, one of who is also... → Read More

Gateway City Arts, IHEG, Hawks and Reed, previous event holdouts, are canceling and postponing events

Some major arts organizations that had previously held out hope they would continue their events have recently announced they will be canceled or postponed. At Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, a dozen events were postponed, according to the venue’s... → Read More

Responding to the coronavirus: Local hospitals, municipalities, individuals prepare for a possible outbreak

With countries across the world responding to the threat of coronavirus outbreaks, here in Massachusetts and, more locally, in the Pioneer Valley, local hospitals and municipalities are working to prepare and plan for a potential outbreak of the new... → Read More

Fired up for the sugaring season

The sweet aroma of fresh maple syrup wafted through the air inside the North Hadley Sugar Shack last weekend as white smoke filled the room during a recent maple syrup boil. For Joe Boisvert, owner of the North Hadley Sugar Shack, weekend maple syrup... → Read More