Archive for ‘Springfield’

September 28, 2011

The Valley Advocate Grand Band Slam

The logo for the Valley Advocate's 2011 'Grand Band Slam' (Pic courtesy of Valley Advocate)


The Valley Advocate  released the names of the winners of this year’s annual ‘Grand Band Slam’, in last week’s issue.

I actually wasn’t going to do a post on this, but I remembered how my post of the results of  the Advocate’s  ‘Best of the Valley 2011 Readers Poll’  was one of my most viewed posts. Besides, I thought those who reside outside the valley and view my blog, those local music fans who don’t regularly read the Advocate ( a rare breed), or those who don’t read the Advocate and read my blog (hey, it could happen); could hear the rooster of names who have been crowned  winners in this local contest.

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September 20, 2011

Preliminary Elections Today

Old fashioned voting booth (image courtesy of

A little late to announce this, but there are preliminary elections today in cities and towns across the Commonwealth.

In Springfield three candidates are vying for Mayor. Incumbent Dominic J Sarno is competing against School Committee member Antonette Pepe and City Council President Jose F. Tosado; to be one of the two candidates to be on the ballot in November for a second term. The winner in November’s general election will be the first Mayor elected to a four-year term.

Pepe, 70 has been especially vocal in her criticisms of Sarno, even accusing him of  blackmail. A charge he denies. So, if it becomes a Pepe versus Sarno race at the end of the night, look for the bad blood between the two to make for a combative general election.

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August 11, 2011

Too many heroes?

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Farmers markets have gained traction in recent years as cooperative locally based venues where small farmers can sell their goods to consumers, while getting people acquainted with where their food comes from and cutting down on the amount of energy used to harvest it. The number of such markets has soared, increasing in number by 17 percent according to the U.S Department of Agriculture; going from 6,132 such markets around the nation to 7,135 in the past year alone.

Massachusetts is one of the states with the most, having as many as 255 peppered throughout town squares and parking lots throughout the Bay State. But have these alternatives to a world of agribusinesses and corporate grocery store giants, begun to crowd each other out? In other words in some areas are there more vendors selling goods at more of these markets in a given area then there are customers to keep all these markets profitable?

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July 28, 2011

Headlines on the recovery in the calm after the storm.

A display shed in the parking lot outside the Home Depot on Memorial Drive, was crushed by Thursdays storm.

The city of Wilbraham is the community in Western Massachusetts that sustained the lions share of the fury and was struck the heaviest blows of Tuesday’s storms, according to the National Weather Service. Winds, at times reaching speeds of between ninety and one hundred miles an hour.

The National Weather Service also reports that the swift, but brief winds and hail were the result of a straight line downdraft of air known as a ‘microburst’.

In old mill building just off Lyman Street that had a large section of one of its brick walls chewed out by the winds of Tuesday’s storm, will soon be demolished. The Paper city’s Acting building inspector said Wednesday that the remaining shell of the   building  housing the James A. Curran General Contractors Inc, is to be slated for demolition and was already in frail condition leading up to the storm.

In South Hadley, the Offices for the town’s Departments of Recreation and Veterans remain closed due to damage from the storms.

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