Hadley golf center a great spot to work on your swing and more Reply

PGA Professional Hall of Farmer Bob Toski at Western Massachusetts Family Golf Center in Hadley.

PGA Professional Hall of Farmer Bob Toski at Western Massachusetts Family Golf Center in Hadley.

Western Massachusetts Family Golf Center is one western mass attraction that I frequent regularly.  Centrally located on Route 9 in Hadley, it includes a driving range, a miniature-golf course, batting cages, a pedal car track, and even a golf simulator.  Sometimes you will even find a legendary PGA Tour pro as I did.

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Analysis finds home prices not affected by Palmer casino Reply

Artist rendering of Mohegan Sun's proposed casino in Palmer.

Artist rendering of Mohegan Sun’s proposed casino in Palmer.

A consultant for Mohegan Sun recently released a socioeconomic analysis for their proposed casino in Palmer, which would be located across the street from the Mass Pike’s Exit 8, which states that it would not have a significant impact on the regional housing market and property.   These findings differ from a recent study that found that property values around the casinos in Springfield and West Springfield would decrease. More…

New England National Scenic Trail completion celebrated at ceremony at Quabbin Reservoir Reply

A short ceremony was held at Quabbin Reservoir to acknowledge the completion of the New England National Scenic Trail.

A short ceremony was held at Quabbin Reservoir to acknowledge the completion of the New England National Scenic Trail.

A ceremony was held on June 1 at the Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown to acknowledge the completion of the New England National Scenic Trail, which runs from the Long Island Sound to the New Hampshire Border.  The American Hiking Association recognizes June 1 as National Trails Day®.

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New website launched to promote tourism in Hampshire County Reply

A new website had been launched to promote tourism in Hampshire County.  The Quabbin Reservoir is always a popular spot to visit.

A new website had been launched to promote tourism in Hampshire County. The Quabbin Reservoir is always a popular spot to visit.

There are many things to see and do in Hampshire County.  In an effort to highlight what Hampshire County has to offer, the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council (HCRTC) recently launched VisitHampshireCounty.com. More…

Memorial Day reminds us why monuments that define our communities exist Reply

The Belchertown town common with the Civil War Memorial.

The Belchertown town common with the Civil War Memorial.

War memorials are defining features of the landscape of the cities and towns that make up the Pioneer Valley, New England, and the United States. They are iconic fixtures that serve as focal points in, and sometimes symbols of, our town centers.  Because most war memorials were there before most of us, it’s easy to take them for granted and forget why they were placed there in the first place. More…

The Norwottuck Rail Trail: A great recreational asset of the Pioneer Valley Reply

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A jogger on the rail trail with tunnel under Spruce Hill Road in Hadley.

I regularly drive under an overpass of the Norwottuck Rail Trail on Snell Street in Amherst to and from my office at Sawicki Real Estate on University Dr., but had never taken the time to explore it.  So when a free sunny Sunday afternoon created an opportunity to do so, I loaded my 15-year-old mountain bike and made my way to the office.

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Recent opening of presidential library in Texas reminds us of the one here in the Pioneer Valley. Reply

With recent news reports about the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX, it reminds us of the presidential library right here in the Pioneer Valley.

The Forbes Library in Northampton is the home of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum.  It is located at 20 West Street.

The Forbes Library in Northampton is the home of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum. It is located at 20 West Street.

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New York Times features Mohawk Trail in travel section Reply

A great way to enjoy the colors of autumn is to take a drive down the Mohawk Trail, part of Route 2 west of Greenfield to the Berkshires.  You can enjoy the fall foliage, explore hiking trails & quaint country towns, enjoy the work of area artisans, go zip lining, and more.

The New York Times recently featured the Mohawk Trail in its travel section.  The Times suggests that travelers imagine the “automotive incarnation of an ancient footpath” as a journey of  “countless joyful curves, inviting side roads, mountain streams, and in the fall, crimson foliage and bright blue, cider-ready afternoons.” More…