HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

Coverage of Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

Homeless shelter beds in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Heather Brandon / NEPR

In 2007, Springfield, Massachusetts, set out a plan to end long-term homelessness within 10 years. The following year, officials and advocates from Hamden, Hampshire and Franklin counties came together to craft a similar plan.

From left, Dave Eisenstadter, Dane Kuttler, Bera Dunau and Dusty Christensen after the ballots were counted. All four are supporters of the newly formed Pioneer Valley NewsGuild.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Employees at the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Valley Advocate have voted to unionize. The official vote Wednesday followed lobbying against the effort by the newspapers' parent company.

Members of the Pioneer Valley Arabic Music Ensemble, rehearsing in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

The startup of the Pioneer Valley Arabic Music Ensemble was mentioned in an announcement a few months ago in a western Massachusetts newspaper. No audition was necessary — just an interest, an instrument and a willingness to be directed. 

The Massachusetts Statehouse in April 2017.
William Zhang / Creative Commons

Tuesday on Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts House bid farewell to 18 lawmakers who are leaving office at the end of the year. Among them: two veteran legislators from western Massachusetts.

A cannabis plant on a display screen at New England Treatment Access in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Steven Senne / Masslive / Masslive.com/photos

Northampton, Massachusetts, is home to one of the first two recreational marijuana stores open in the state. But that could be just the beginning of the pot industry's presence in the city.

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