Pg 2 Feature Stories


Model challenges women’s body image issues

1/21/2016

EAST LONGMEADOW – When she was 21 years old Alexandra Holloway had an epiphany.  She was with her father at Foxwoods attending a concert. As they were climbing the stairs out of the park...
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Doug Danger keeps Evel Knievel’s spirit alive

1/14/2016

WEST SPRINGFIELD – The man who broke a crucial record set by the late Evel Knievel will appear at this year’s Springfield Motorcycle Show on Jan. 16 and 17 at the Eastern States Exposit...
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Partners Restaurant recovers from fire

1/7/2016

AGAWAM – Even on a late Tuesday morning, Partners Restaurant is bustling, alive with forks clanging on plates and servers delivering omelets to hungry customers. People are happy, owners Sue ...
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Longmeadow native's book becomes Disney feature film

12/22/2015

LONGMEADOW – Michael Tougias, a town native and author of at least 23 nonfiction books, will see one of his published works about a ship rescue, “The Finest Hours,” released acros...
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Irish Cultural Center moves to West Side

12/17/2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD – The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England, which moved from Elms College to the former Elks Lodge in West Springfield in July, has taken steps forward in its renovat...
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GySgt. Sullivan postumously named parade marshal

12/10/2015

SPRINGFIELD  – The Springfield St. Patrick’s Parade Committee is honoring the late Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan by designating him as the parade marshal for the 2016 Springfield co...
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Vatrano realizes NHL dreams

11/24/2015

It’s a typical Friday afternoon lull between the lunch and dinner rushes at Antonio’s Grinders on State Street in Springfield.


Employees mill around behind the counter prepping a...
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Westfield River Brewing makes beer for all

11/19/2015

SOUTHWICK – Sergio Bonavita, owner of Westfield River Brewing Company, was a home brewer for 10 years before distributing his beer, but don’t call him a beer geek.  


Since h...
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‘Humbled’ Driscoll is Veteran of the Year

11/12/2015

SPRINGFIELD – The city named Massachusetts Army National Guard Col. John Driscoll 2015 Veteran of the Year, during a ceremony on ...
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Breweries credit community with success

11/5/2015

As fall descended upon New England, two local breweries were preparing to celebrate the completion of their first years in business.


While taking two very different approaches to their upsta...
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Harmony House ready to revamp new home

10/29/2015

CHICOPEE – Wanted: volunteers who like a challenge.


At the end of View Street sits a house that needs a lot of love. On the afternoon of Oct. 26, Reminder Publications was giv...
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Local medium connects with the spirit world

10/22/2015

EAST LONGMEADOW – When the word “spirit” is spoken in casual conversation, one might think of ghosts, the supernatural, and overall spookiness.



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Local woman makes Wreaths with a Reason

10/15/2015

AGAWAM – Mary Ann Dietschler has been making wreaths for her home for years, but now, she is doing far more than decorating.     


Dietschler turned her hobby into Wreath...
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Goodwill celebrates 90 years in Western Massachusetts

10/8/2015

SPRINGFIELD – In 1902, Rev. Edgar Helms, a Methodist minister, had an idea to assist disadvantaged people. He collected used household items and clothing, trained people to repair them and th...
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SilverBrick Lofts livens downtown complex

9/30/2015

SPRINGFIELD – Mayor Domenic Sarno liked what he saw during a tour of the former Morgan Square apartments on Sept. 24. Now known as SilverBrick Lofts, the
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Documentary on ‘doomed’ film to be shown

9/16/2015

SPRINGFIELD – A little more than three years ago, Springfield native Mark Sikes and his friend Marty Langford, filmmaker and a professor of film at American International College (AIC), had a...
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Highland Hardware hosts unusual art show

9/11/2015

HOLYOKE – It’s not what you expect to find in a hardware store.


Among the typical items you would need to sustain or repair your home is a skee ball game made out of Studebaker p...
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Big E stretches gastronomical boundaries

9/3/2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD – What do you get when you invite the local media to try out new food offered at this year’s Big E? A full tent of hungry reporters.


Few things attract the press...
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New display tells story of Holyokers’ ‘Arrivals’

8/27/2015

HOLYOKE – The long dormant railroad station served as a transportation hub in Western Massachusetts for 75 years.


Now, under that original mass transit building designed by H. H. Richa...
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Rappaport joins McKenna Orthodontics

8/20/2015

LONGMEADOW – Dr. Robert Rappaport, an orthodontist who has maintained a practice in the Longmeadow Shops since 1983, has join...
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West Springfield's Storrowton Village in search of volunteers

8/13/2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD – A deadline is fast approaching for area residents considering volunteering at the Storrowton Village Museum during The Big E next month.


“Volunteering at Storr...
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Hungarian couple launches food engine

8/6/2015

WESTFIELD – From 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays, Eddie & Angie’s Food Engine delivers on its promise – “fresh, delicious, distinctive food” curbside through the ...
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Agawam family opens Moe’s Donuts

7/30/2015

AGAWAM – High school sweethearts Maureen and Mark Weiner have a passion for tantalizing the taste buds of others.


That passion was evident on the afternoon of July 23 when they set up ...
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Circus Summit presents past, present and future of traveling shows

7/23/2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Part fan convention, part trade show, The Worldwide Circus Summit attracted more than 700 people as far ...
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City Stage, Symphony Hall unveil lineup

7/16/2015

SPRINGFIELD – Selecting a season of attractions is an intense process, but Tina D’Agostino, the president of CityStage & Symphony Hall, believes this season will offer people the re...
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Valley’s farmers’ markets in full swing

7/9/2015

With the arrival of summer, farmers’ markets are once again bustling with activity as vendors showcase their best locally grown fruits and vegetables, plants and flowers, home-baked breads, r...
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Local hair stylist has second career on Broadway, films

7/2/2015

INDIAN ORCHARD – Glance around the Jean Henry Salon for a moment and you’ll notice something different: around the shop are photos of Henry with such show biz figures as Shirley MacLain...
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Springfield actress makes Broadway debut

6/25/2015

NEW YORK, NY – Springfield native Laiona Michelle knows she has a long day ahead. The actress and singer is in technical rehearsals – a 12 hour day – for the Broadway musical &ldq...
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Local athletes fulfill pro baseball dreams

6/18/2015

After graduation from Agawam High School, Seamus Curran...
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Strawberry Festival marks 152nd year

6/12/2015

WESTFIELD – Local strawberries will soon be in season and just in time for the 152nd annual Strawberry Festival, hosted by parishioners of the ...
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Local brewers gain exposure, new fans in Boston

6/4/2015

BOSTON – For those looking for examples of the craft beer industry’s record growth, they need look no further than Western Massachusetts.


While the Pioneer Valley has long been f...
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CISA guide for 2015 hits farmstands

5/29/2015

CHICOPEE – For 16-year-old Will McKinstry, he anticipates the day he will take the family business to the next level.


“I have big plans for the farm,” he said during a rece...
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Ride aboard Blue Angels' Fat Albert heavy on the thrills

5/21/2015

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE – As media members and airmen load on and strap in aboard “Fat Albert,” the Blue Angels&rsq...
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Local musician’s album soundtracks video game

5/21/2015

EAST?LONGMEADOW – Jules Conroy, a 23-year-old resident, has been operating a YouTube channel for the past several years where he arranges metal guitar versions of video game music. This year ...
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Ludlow native David D’Angelo raises money for new homes in Nepal

5/7/2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal – David D’Angelo of Ludlow had been sitting in a coffee shop on April 25 halfway around the world in Pokhara, Nepal, when the ground started to shake. As he and the peo...
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Students show what could be in downtown Springfield

4/29/2015

SPRINGFIELD – Imagine a downtown Springfield that used the buildings and streets as a backdrop for art and creativity.


University of Massachusetts (UMass) graduate student Yu Yu is sit...
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Springfield Armory exhibit explores history of guns in film

4/23/2015

SPRINGFIELD – That pistol brandished by our hero, that rifle used to defend the good guys – are they historically accurate in our favorite action film?  A new exhibit at the ...
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Rediscovering the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

4/16/2015

BOSTON – We went to see the contents of the Statehouse time capsule, but stayed for so much more.


My family’s recent Sunday morning visit to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA) ...
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Bax and O'Brien's 20-year run a rarity in radio

4/9/2015

EAST LONGMEADOW – Michael Baxendale, the “Bax” of “...
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Girl Scout summer camp registration begins

4/2/2015

HOLYOKE – Since kindergarten, Lael Dratfield, now 15, looks forward to rekindling friendships at summer camp, hosted by the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts.


“I l...
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All That Remains: Breaking the mold of metal

3/26/2015

In 2006, Springfield-based All That Remains found worldwide success with its breakout hit record “The Fall of Ideals” ...
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Springfield College student one of world’s strongest men

3/26/2015

SPRINGFIELD – Rob Kearney is a pretty normal graduate student. He has a full schedule as he works two jobs as he completes his master’s degree in advanced athletic training at Springfie...
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Bell gives disability a face through photographs

3/12/2015

EAST LONGMEADOW – Sometimes a photograph can capture moments that humanize and evoke strong emotions in the viewer.


That’s just what Holly Bell, a photographer and lifelong resid...
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Aveyard climbs to top of Best Sellers list

3/5/2015

EAST LONGMEADOW – For the past two weeks “Red Queen,” a young adult fantasy novel by Victoria Aveyard has been on the
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New England Dermatology opens med spa

2/26/2015

WESTFIELD – The New England Dermatology and Laser Center has added another facet to its practice, but this time the focus is on tranquility.


T...
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Local marine veteran recalls historic battle of Iwo Jima

2/19/2015

LONGMEADOW – Seventy years ago, Joseph Maruca served in an engineer battalion of Fifth Amphibious Corps of the United States Marine Corps during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, where he witnes...
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Du Bois’ life, message celebrated by play

2/12/2015

SPRINGFIELD – The first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University, the co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colo...
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People defy winter’s might and take the plunge

2/5/2015

WESTFIELD – Despite the whipping wind and a temperature below 20 degrees, the area’s bravest took a leap at Hampton Ponds for the Amelia Park Children’s Museum’s Penguin Plunge on Jan. 31.

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Freccero sees the ‘Light’ on the road

2/5/2015

EAST LONGMEADOW – For 10 months in 2014, Marc Freccero traveled across the country, living entirely out of his car, while producing tracks for his electronic music album project “The Light Nearby.”&nb...
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Belanger comes live from Radio Row

1/29/2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. – It’s Friday and back home, it’s 3 a.m.

Kyle Belanger is up; about to start the final leg of what has been a tru
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Teachers ‘band’ together, form Chalk Dust

1/22/2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Movie tropes reserve middle school music classes to the clarinet kids and the future garage bands.

But don’t tell that to the teachers at West Springfield...
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Rabbi Edelman remembered for life of service

1/15/2015

LONGMEADOW – Rabbi David Edelman, dean of Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA), an early pioneer of the development of Jew...
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Local author to host publishing workshop

1/8/2015

LONGMEADOW – Dawn Metcalf, a critically acclaimed author of dark, quirky, and sometimes speculative fiction, will be presenting a workshop called “How To Get Published,” for writers seeking to publish...
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Fundraising campaign aims to save Paradise

12/23/2014

CHICOPEE – After a fire wiped out a local couple’s home and livelihood, a former resident has stepped up to help.

A Thanksgiving night fire at Paradise Pizza, located at 67 Springfield St., not
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Book details history of Baystate Medical Center

12/18/2014

SPRINGFIELD – A commemorative book has been written chronicling Baystate Medical Center’s role as a cutting-edge innovator in the evolution of American hospital care.

Released on Dec. 8, “
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Pilates Center of Western Massachusetts marks decade of growth

12/11/2014

LONGMEADOW – The Pilates Center of Western Massachusetts will be celebrating its 10th anniversary at its 167 Dwight Road location during ...
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Festival of Trees returns to Springfield

11/25/2014

SPRINGFIELD – A tradition returns to downtown with the opening on Nov. 28 of the 14th Annual Festival of Trees.

The fun
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Massachusetts man beating cancer with beer

11/20/2014

Many good people have been able to say they have gone to great lengths to help the fight against cancer.

Todd Ruggere aims to say he’s traveled great lengths for the cause, all with beer in han
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Dads & Kids Book Club encourages reading at home

11/13/2014

SPRINGFIELD – As children from a Springfield Headstart on Eastern Avenue pulled new books out of backpacks presented to them at City Hall on ...
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Vintners enjoy fruits of their labor

11/7/2014

WESTFIELD – For more than a decade, Gene and Susan Kosinski of Kosinski Farms on Russellville Road had dreamed of opening a winery.

T
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Expo showcases gluten, allergy free foods

10/30/2014

SPRINGFIELD – One indication of the public’s interest in allergy-free and gluten-fee foods locally were the crowds who attended the Gluten & Allergy Free Expo that took place at the
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Tribute artists team up to support cancer center

10/23/2014

CHICOPEE – For months the musicians of The Diamond Collection have been rehearsing song sets for the Icons of the Ages fundraiser to benefit Mercy ...
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Warm heart, busy hands help homeless

10/16/2014

EAST LONGMEADOW – For about three decades, Ruth Owen, a resident since 1949, has been knitting hats and other apparel to benefit homeless people and others in need. She typically knits 80 to 100 hats ...
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Gomez reflects on life through poetry

10/10/2014

SPRINGFIELD – Springfield resident Magdalena Gomez is a person who is a teacher, a poet, an entertainer, a social activist and a provocateur. And all of these sides of her come out in a conversation a...
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Longmeadow veteran takes Honor Flight

10/2/2014

LONGMEADOW – Fred Richton arose at 3 a.m. on Sept. 28, 2013 to begin his journey to a site he thought he would never live to see.

Richton, a 95-year-old town resident and recipient of four serv
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Wicked in Pink set to roll against cancer

9/25/2014

SOUTHAMPTON – A pink pancake breakfast will kick off the second Wicked in Pink Run, hosted by founder Bob “Kaine” Alves, on Oct. 12 at Har...
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Abudanza experience sticks with 'Restaurant: Impossible' host Robert Irvine

9/18/2014

WILBRAHAM – Chef Robert Irvine thought he had faced pretty much any kind of challenge a failing dining establishment could throw at him in the maki...
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Spencer monks bring Trappist brewing to U.S.

9/11/2014

SPENCER – Rich tones echo between sprawling fieldstone walls and across scenic green rolling hills as the bells hanging high above in a tower standing out against a blue sky and framed by soft white c...
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Little wheels get rolling for big cause at O’Brien’s Corner

9/3/2014

SPRINGFIELD – Kim Clemons, founder of Big People Little Wheels, is hoping that adults will embrace their inner child for a unique fundraiser on Sept. 13 to benefit cancer research.

“I have trie
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White Mountains a pooch-friendly getaway

8/28/2014

Many things might go through a person’s mind when they decide to adopt a puppy. Who’s the best veterinarian? How long will this house-training thing take? What kind of food will best suit him? What ar...
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ZZ Top grooves into the Big E this fall

8/20/2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Each year the Big E brings some of the biggest names in the music industry to its fairgrounds, but this year marks one its most influential yet because rock legends ZZ TOP will perf...
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Bing Con to return bigger and better in 2014

8/13/2014

SPRINGFIELD – Bing Con, the region’s pop culture convention, returns for its second year from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23 in a new location, Asbury Hall of
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Local takes puppy love to new level

8/6/2014

LONGMEADOW – Dog owners are known to bring their four-legged companions everywhere – shopping, yoga class, kayaking, walking, etc. – but most people don’t realize that some of them prefer the company ...
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Master builder brings Lego bricks to life

8/1/2014

GRANBY – Lego bricks have been an icon of the toy industry dating back to the company’...
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Author, collector discusses the novelty of rare books

7/23/2014

AGAWAM – Collectible books are more than just written word on a page. Moments of history are preserved through the cover, binding, paper and typeface that provide subtle clues to the past.

The
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Iron Duke Brewing gives Ludlow Mills stockhouse new life

7/16/2014

LUDLOW – From the outside, it looks like nothing but an old pile of bricks, a rel...
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Longmeadow native gives inside look at search for ‘Bachelorette’ love

7/10/2014

Longmeadow native Dylan Petitt may have put himself in the spotlight as one of the 25...
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Smith to compete in Lacrosse World Championships

7/2/2014

LONGMEADOW – Soccer fervor has taken hold of the world during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but there is another sport holding international world championships this summer in Denver, Colorado.

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Expand your palate along Wine, Cheese Trail

6/25/2014

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – From bachelorette parties and weddings to special gatherings with family and friends, the region offers a multitude of settings to support local farmers and growers.

On a
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Museum of Science exhibits aim to beat brain drain

6/18/2014

BOSTON – The Museum of Science (MOS) is betting it can help beat the summer brain drain by hosting two exhibits designed to help elementary and middle...
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Beer labels become canvas for local artist

6/12/2014

By Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com

LONGMEADOW – Ask any craft beer enthusiast and they’ll tell you that
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Local author Harris chronicles the career of ‘The Band’ in book

6/5/2014

By G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Ask musician, teacher and writer Craig Harris about t
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Minnechaug senior named region’s first Coca-Cola Scholar

5/29/2014

By Katelyn Gendron
katelyn@thereminder.com

HAMPDEN – Casey Lu Simon-Plumb will be the first to tell you s
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Homewatch offers innovative way to preserve memories

5/22/2014

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Preserving memories through photographs is a l
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DeRusha pens candid ‘spiritual misfit’ memoir

5/15/2014

By Katelyn Gendron
katelyn@thereminder.com

Michelle DeRusha, 43, spent more than 20 years grappling with
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Fred Astaire teams up with local ‘heroes’

5/8/2014

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Military veterans are once again teaming up with professional dancers to raise funds for the
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Children’s festival to make ‘music matter’

5/1/2014

By Lori Szepelak
lori@thereminder.com

AGAWAM – Music matters to Paul Sawyer and as creator of the Music Matters Children’s Festival, he is “really excited
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Students take on disaster relief with Apparatus X

4/24/2014

By Katelyn Gendron
katelyn@thereminder.com

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Josh Kessler, 20, a sophomore at Penn State University, isn’t dedicating his college ye
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‘Paradise’ reveals devotion to son, Malawi Project

4/17/2014

By G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

PALMER – At the Eastern States Exposition, thousands of people walk past the booths in the exhibition buildings e
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Lesser joins Red Sox at White House celebration

4/10/2014

By G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com
LONGMEADOW – No matter that Eric Lesser used to work in the White House, speaking with him it’s clear that his invita
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Pararescueman awarded Bronze Star with Valor

4/3/2014

By Katelyn Gendron
katelyn@thereminder.com
Tech Sgt. Dan Warren, 30, humbly recalls the events of Sept. 14, 2012, as a day like any other for the pararesc
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Author publishes first book of poetry without ever ‘touching a pen’

3/20/2014

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com
WEST SPRINGFIELD – Local poet Laura Chagnon can’t read her own poems, but that hasn’t prevented her from compiling
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Photos sought for ‘Women in History’ exhibit

3/13/2014

By Lori Szepelak
lori@thereminder.com
SOUTHAMPTON – Women living or working in the Pioneer Valley are encouraged to submit images for the 13th annual juried W
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WSU alum participates on this season of ‘Survivor’

3/6/2014

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com
NEEDHAM – For some, spending 39 days on a deserted island without the comforts of home is a nightmare, but for Tris
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NOLA Immersion shines light on continued plight

2/27/2014

By Katelyn Gendron
katelyn@thereminder.com
WILBRAHAM – Heloise Dubois recalled walking down the streets of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, La., with a
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Family welcomes adoptees into their lives

2/20/2014

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com
SOUTHWICK – One family decided that it wasn’t time for an empty nest and chose to expand their family through adopt
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Citizen support needed for canines, Friends

2/13/2014

By Lori Szepelak
lori@thereminder.com
WESTFIELD – Despite the deep snow that now blankets the region, soon dogs of all ages and sizes will be romping off-leas
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Trip on a Jet Tank: The luck of the Irish

2/5/2014

By Molly O’Neil
molly@thereminder.com
Ireland is the exact opposite of a sunny and warm beach vacation.
The weather forecast is basically the same year rou
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Indian Motorcycle revival comes to Pioneer Valley

1/30/2014

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com
WESTFIELD – History and family come together with the return of the Indian Motorcycle to the Pioneer Valley.
Denni
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Orange County Choppers ride in to West Side

1/16/2014

By Carley Dangona
carley@thereminder.com
WEST SPRINGFIELD – As the 2014 Springfield Motorcycle Show thunders into town, it brings Paul Teutul Sr. and the Or
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Bellamy embraces golden Olympic opportunity

1/9/2014

By Chris Maza
chrism@thereminder.com
GREATER BOSTON – For Kacey Bellamy, the sense of honor that comes with donning the Team USA sweater in the Olympic Game
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‘Rebirth’ chronicles personal journey back to church

1/2/2014

By Lori Szepelak
lori@thereminder.com
WESTFIELD – With spoken words and poetry, Jose Gonzalez, a.k.a. Koderedd, has created an inspirational album, “The Rebir
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Holiday gifts to support school in Haiti

11/23/2013

By G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com
ELLINGTON, Conn. – A purchase of fine handcrafted items could be more than just a holiday gift – it will also be a wa
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