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ValleyBike to roll again by end of May in eight communities throughout Valley
05-10-2024 9:09 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — After nearly a year of inactivity, the ValleyBike Share program is poised to roll again throughout the Pioneer Valley.After Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra teased an announcement regarding ValleyBike on April 29, the city announced last...


Amherst native opens area’s first indoor skatepark
02-03-2024 10:53 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — On the ground floor of Eastworks, a converted old mill that now houses artists, writers and nonprofits, a different type of tenant can be found — one where its customers practice “ollies” and “grinds,” “pop shove-its” and “kickflips.”...


Expanding the musical horizons: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares readies for new season with 22 shows and some new venues
09-06-2023 7:05 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

A few years ago, Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares (PVJS), the member-supported concert series, faced the same issue all musicians, clubs, and show promoters were dealing with: a problem called COVID-19.Like others, PVJS went online during the worst of the...


Kids 18 and younger eat free in summer
07-13-2023 11:36 AM

Staff Report

The Summer Eats program is in full swing across Massachusetts, providing free meals to children and teens 18 years old and younger at hundreds of meal sites statewide, including many in Hampshire County and Holyoke. Throughout the school year,...


PVTA seeks grant to pilot Amherst-Greenfield route
07-13-2023 11:35 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — As the South County Senior Center continues to work with neighboring transit authorities, Pioneer Valley Transit Authority representatives shared news last week that there may be a potential solution to some of Sunderland’s transportation...


PVCICS sends off ‘unique and robust’ graduates
06-08-2023 11:11 AM

By MERCEDES LINGLE

HADLEY — There are few graduations like the one that takes place at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, where the student speakers kick off their talks in Mandarin.It’s fitting, of course, as they’ve been immersed in the language for...


New twist on a successful series: Edo Mor looks to bring international music to Valley based on the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares model 
04-21-2023 3:41 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When he and his wife moved to the Valley in 2005, Edo Mor says he found much to his liking: good bread, good bicycling country, nature and more. But for some time, the kind of eclectic music he liked, from North African guitar sounds to Middle Eastern...


Singular jazz duo comes to Amherst College: PVJS concert will showcase renowned improvisational trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith
03-08-2023 6:38 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Over the years, Glenn Siegel has worked with a huge number of jazz musicians and composers, both as the founder of the former Magic Triangle concert series at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and with his Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares program.But...


Earth Matters: How farmlands can support wildlife, not just people
03-02-2023 9:18 PM

By LEE HALASZ and KARI BLOOD

This winter has been one of the warmest on record in Massachusetts, and around the nation, extreme weather events are in the headlines on a regular basis. Scientists agree that our rapidly warming planet is now feeling the effects of the climate...


Best Bites 2022: A taste of the finest the Valley has to offer
01-20-2023 9:17 PM

By ROBIN GOLDSTEIN

With a new year of dining ahead, it’s time to boil down all of my last year’s recommendations into a cheat sheet that you can clip or print and stick on your fridge: the best of Best Bites. I’ve picked 40 amazing places to eat and drink in the area...

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