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May 5, 2011

Last independent video store in Franklin County going out of business

Based on an article that appeared in the Amherst Bulletin. 

When I was a child I remember often going to video stores, back in the 1980s and 90s when they were at their business and cultural zenith.  The small white lights framing the posters of new releases, the membership cards, and the videos with their boxes, both pristine and weathered lining the shelves with constellations of Hollywood’s glossy stars and legends. I used read the summaries printed on their backs, absorbing all the dramatic language employed by marketers in to reel in curious browsers.

       Now  those outlets of my childhood once so ubiquitous, are going the way of the payphone or the drive in Movie Theater to make a more motion picture related comparison. Now the last independent video rental store is going out of business by the end of this month.

    Video Zone, a small store located on Tina Ave in South Deerfield has been in existence since 1995, and supposedly was another video store before that.

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April 23, 2011

Winners of the best of Valley Advocate reader’s poll announced

Image courtesy: Valley advocate.com

It’s that time of year again! The Valley Advocate, the weekly journal of entertainment, news, and listings is just as much a staple of western Massachusetts as the Autumn foliage, the smattering of colleges, and its fine dinning. Now the annual ‘Advocate Best of the Valley Reader’s Poll’ is out with the tops picks of the best locales in western Massachusetts and New England to get some grub, drinks, places to spend your money, or just to chill out; all selected by the readers of the Advocate.     

   Below are the winner’s in all 188 categories. Hope you have fun reading, my retinas I think are nearly burned out from laying out this list.

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