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The Big E 2017 sets new attendance record

Oct 2 2017
WEST SPRINGFIELD — A record number of fairgoers turned out for The Big E in West Springfield this year.
According to the Eastern States Exposition, The Big E welcomed 1,525,553 in the past 17-days. The previous record of 1,498,605, was set in 2014.
“I am humbled to see the incredible support [continue reading]

Springfield guitarist wins first-place honors at New England Music Festival

Sep 15 2017
The young guitarist recently took home first-place honors in four different performance categories at the New England Music Festival, beating out guitarists twice his age.
It wasn’t long ago that Bobbie Rennix recalls her grandson, Kiam, waltzing through the family living room in search of rubber bands, a shoebox and a ruler.
According [continue reading]

Mike’s Maze Organizers Celebrate Voyager’s 40th Anniversary in D.C.

Sep 10 2017
The Recorder, September 7, 2017, by Andy Castillo
NASA liked Mike’s Maze’s space-themed design so much this year that those behind it were invited to celebrate the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecrafts’ 40th anniversary in Washington, D.C.
“We had folks who’ve participated in the Voyager Program, some of whom have been [continue reading]

Jim Madigan retires after nearly 27 years with WGBY

Sep 3 2017
SPRINGFIELD — As a journalist for nearly 40 years, Jim Madigan has won two Emmys and interviewed renowned authors and polarizing political candidates, but what he has loved most is interviewing people about the issues affecting Western Massachusetts residents.
“I love talking to people and letting them talk to me, and tell me their [continue reading]

Columnist Claire Morenon: Find restaurants that support local farms

Sep 2 2017
The Daily Hampshire Gazette, August 29, 2017, by Claire Morenon
Center Square Grill, East Longmeadow. Jason Threlfall photo.
What comes to mind when you think of local food? Bustling farmers markets, charming roadside stands, Community Supported Agriculture barns filling with produce and customers — these are the images that [continue reading]

‘Goat Yoga’ in Easthampton adds two more classes in May; April classes sold out

Apr 23 2017
Two more Goat Yoga classes will be held in May for those hoping to jump on the trend.
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The ‘Goat Yoga’ craze has made it’s way to Massachusetts and tickets for the original classes quickly sold out, leaving many feeling left out.

Staff at The Republican take top honors in regional newspaper awards

Mar 14 2017
Staff at the Springfield daily newspaper earned more than two-dozen awards in the 30,000 and over circulation category at the association’s dinner on Feb. 25 at the Boston Mariott Long Wharf Hotel.
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The Republican and Sunday Republican are the recipients of key honors for writing, photography, design and [continue reading]

Massachusetts knitting group creates sweaters for chickens

Mar 13 2017
If you think the weather has been cold lately, just think how the chickens feel. Lucky for Massachusetts estate’s poultry, a group of knitters in Milton are doing just that.
If you think the weather has been cold lately, just think about how the chickens feel. Lucky for Massachusetts estate’s poultry, a group of knitters [continue reading]

Drought Puts Squeeze on Valley Farmers

Nov 30 2016
 
The Daily Hampshire Gazette, November 28, 2016, by Jack Suntrup
Farmer fortunes are tied to the elements. Too much rain or too little can have the same effect — a spoiled growing season.
Much of New England has been snared in drought conditions since April. The National Weather Service [continue reading]

Make-It Springfield community space thriving, offers 25 weekly workshops

Nov 6 2016
Make-It Springfield allows visitors to indulge in a variety of subjects like arts and crafts, bicycle repair, make-up techniques, healthy eating habits and computer help.
Make-It Springfield was only supposed to be a temporary summer pop-up shop.
In July, MassDevelopment and the University of Massachusetts Extension announced the community “makerspace” would stay open for the [continue reading]

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