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Congressman McGovern: Putin is guilty of war crimes

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

Congressman James McGovern thought he was going to Poland to discuss the war in Ukraine with Polish officials on May 2....
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Holyoke, Westfield sites featured in series of historical mystery novels

Mike Lydick
mlydick@thereminder.com

WILLIAMSBURG — For many people, history can be boring. One local author appears to have found an enticing way to blend history with the excitement and suspense of a good mystery in a series of novels set in Western Massachusetts in the World War I era....
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Free Comic Book Day returns to local comic shops on May 7

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – Free Comic Book Day returns on May 7 to two area shops where free comic books, the chance to meet artists and writers and to support good causes will be featured....
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Baker announcement about east-west rail deemed ‘historic’

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – One more step has been made toward the establishment of a new east-west passenger rail line....
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Report notes housing unit shortage across Pioneer Valley

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

WESTERN MASS. – A new study from the UMass Donahue Institute shows the Pioneer Valley – Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties – has a significant deficit of housing units, which is having repercussions in economic development....
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Free canvases now available for community mosaic project

Lauren LeBel
llebel@thereminder.com

AGAWAM — The Agawam Community Artists and Artisans (ACAA) are inviting everyone to assist in the creation of the first New England Mosaic Project, a planned 8-foot wall canvas depicting New England through a collage of scenes and images. ...
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Retired Westfield educator finds a new passion in sailors’ basket craft

Lauren LeBel
llebel@thereminder.com

AGAWAM – Agawam Community Artists and Artisans is shining a light on member Patty Sakellis this month, for her specialty in creating Nantucket lightship baskets. ...
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WooSox, Yard Goats ready for Opening Day

Trent Levakis and Dennis Hackett
tlevakis@thereminder.com and dhackett@thereminder.com

WORCESTER/HARTFORD CT. – The sun on your face. The sound of the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd. The smell of popcorn and hot dogs....
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Organizations help dogs on their journey to being adopted

Sarah Heinonen
sheinonen@thereminder.com

WESTERN MASS. – The isolation room at Mutt Rescue is filled with metal crates. With more than a dozen dogs in this one large room, some sound off with short barks while others lay quietly. A woman in an orange vest calls out one of the dog’s names and another person locates the correct crate....
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