Coverage of Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz makes the first purchase at NETA from co-owner Arnon Vered on Tuesday.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

There's no shortage of people eager to be part of history in Northampton, Massachusetts this week — or at least get their hands on some killer buds.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette building in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Dan Little / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

The Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts, announced it has a new publisher. The move comes after employees decided to unionize.

Mayor David Narkewicz of Northampton, Massachusetts, said he'll be the first person to buy non-medical marijuana from a retail shop in his city on Tuesday.
Colin A. Young / State House News Service

Mayor David Narkewicz of Northampton, Massachusetts, said he'll be the first to purchase cannabis legally east of the Mississippi River when his city's pot store opens. 

New England Treatment Access in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Sarah Crosby / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Any day now, Northampton, Massachusetts, will be home to the first — or at least one of the first — recreational marijuana shops in the state. It'll be attached to an existing medical marijuana dispensary just off the highway.

A PVTA bus in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Newflyer504 / Creative Commons

Updated Nov. 15, 2018 

A group of five Hampshire County colleges is increasing payments to the cash-strapped Pioneer Valley Transit Authority to help keep three bus routes between the campuses running.