Of Preachers and Poets: Amherst Neighborhood that Was Home to Early Black and Irish Families, Famous Authors May be Preserved Under Historic District Proposal

The poet Robert Frost (1874-1963) lived in Amherst from 1916 to 1938 and taught for many years at Amherst College. This was his home, at 43 Sunset Avenue.

Streets in Amherst which hosted one of the region's earliest integrated neighborhoods may be preserved as historic, if  a measure to create a district including 194 homes on Lincoln and Sunset Avenues and several smaller streets passes at Town Meeting later this month. "This is unusual in New England, this is a critical part of … Continue reading Of Preachers and Poets: Amherst Neighborhood that Was Home to Early Black and Irish Families, Famous Authors May be Preserved Under Historic District Proposal

Hotel & Casino Company With Possible Ties To Trump Son Seeks 1,200-acre Site in North Amherst: Conservationists Cite Presence of Heirloom Vegetables

Brookdale-Stein noted that if the plan were to proceed at some point, it would require referendum, approval by a number equal to 7/8 majority of all active registered voters in the Commonwealth in 1839, the year the parcel was purchased by the Koszcaniewski brothers.

I Know How the Flowers Felt: In Praise of the Smith Bulb Show

There is really no excuse for NOT attending the annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College's Botanic Garden in Northampton. This grand and beautiful event is something I first attended several years ago, and now look forward to each winter. After months amid dingy mounds of snow, this show - which you can enjoy for … Continue reading I Know How the Flowers Felt: In Praise of the Smith Bulb Show

On Central Hubs, Locked Rooms, Ebooks, and the Jones Library’s Future

In this era of e-books being downloaded to hand-held devices, and books ordered by Internet arriving by mail within a day, it is hard to guess what the future holds for any public library, much less Amherst's historic, stone-fronted Jones Library. Will public libraries be mostly virtual, located primarily on servers that allow people to … Continue reading On Central Hubs, Locked Rooms, Ebooks, and the Jones Library’s Future

Another Angle: Emily Dickinson, Larry Kelley, and the Poetry of Drone Photography

As best I understand it, the theory of six degrees of separation holds that between everybody on the planet,  there are connections - really not very many - that would be easy to follow if we could only see them. These connections, if known, could quickly link us all up, like kids with their sleeping  … Continue reading Another Angle: Emily Dickinson, Larry Kelley, and the Poetry of Drone Photography