HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

A silhouetted figure in a window.
Andrea Belvedere / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/scieck

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is the pronoun “they.” 

A view inside a CTrail commuter train between Hartford and Springfield.
Heather Brandon / NEPR

Heather Brandon used to drive from her home in Hartford, Connecticut, to work in Springfield, Massachusetts. It would take her anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic. But this summer, she committed to taking the train.

Ryan King and his daughter Evora, 4, sculpt a snowman in Florence, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The winter storm that came through much of New England early this week may have made travel less than pleasant — but it was well-received by school children who got a snow day.

Robert Chipkin / NEPR

When I get the urge to watch the PBS home renovation series, “This Old House,” I don't bother to turn on the TV. I just look out my window.

Helium Shortage Doesn't Deflate Springfield Parade

Nov 29, 2019
The Parade of the Big Balloons in Springfield, Mass., took place on Nov. 29, 2019.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

Springfield held its annual Parade of the Big Balloons Friday morning, despite a helium shortage that threatened to derail the event.

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