Coverage of Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

The head of the board of trustees at Hampshire College has stepped down. 

Duende Winds performs at Hampshire College at a Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares concert in December 2018.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Nearly seven years ago, jazz concert producer Glenn Siegel found he was saying “no” more than he wanted to say “yes.” He said that’s because more great musicians wanted to perform in the Pioneer Valley than there were venues. So he hatched an idea.

Poets in western Massachusetts contributed to the book "Compass Roads." Clockwise from top left, Forrest Proper, Marian Kent, editor Jane Yolen, and Diana Gordon.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

I stood in a field of dirt beside the Connecticut River on a very cold but sunny day, considering what about this setting might inspire a person to write poetry.

Former Hadley, Mass. Selectman Donald Pipczynski.
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette/gazettenet.com

A former Hadley, Massachusetts, selectman has agreed to a $5,000 fine from the state ethics board after multiple conflict-of-interest violations.

Worshippers gather at the Berlin, Connecticut, mosque for prayers on Friday, March 15.
Ryan Lindsay / Connecticut Public Radio

In our look back at the week's news, several interfaith services were held in New England after the mosque shootings in New Zealand. In Connecticut, a group of mosques has been talking about safety, including asking local police for increased patrols.