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A once-deadly river’s hushed voice

JIM CAHILLANE     May 16, 2014       Daily Hampshire Gazette      As a Northampton native I was largely unaware, until we found a building lot in Williamsburg 20 years ago, of the May 16, 1874 Mill River disaster. I joked we … Continue reading

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Us vs. US Politics

Television talking heads are prone to impart a strange standard for Joe and Jane Public to use when weighing the virtues of presidential candidates: the “who would you like to have a beer with?” question. Heck, I don’t know. I … Continue reading

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Another Romney of Memory

Sports By JIM CAHILLANE Thursday, May 3, 2012 WILLIAMSBURG – A recent New Yorker article made a good point about American culture – that memory reasserts itself every so many years. “The prime site of nostalgia is always whatever happened, … Continue reading

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QUESTIONS, ANSWERS AND POLITICAL CANDIDATES

WILLIAMSBURG – No one makes you run for political office. A rich person might promise to back your candidacy, but only the candidate chooses to run. Whatever happens after they enter the race belongs to the candidates themselves. The painful … Continue reading

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NO SUGARPLUMS FOR SCROOGES

By JIM CAHILLANE Saturday, December 24, 2011WILLIAMSBURG – I don’t know why, exactly, but in England Santa Claus is Father Christmas, and Merry Christmas is always, “Happy Christmas.” Nearer home, liberals use the politically correct, “Happy Holidays,” which drives Fox … Continue reading

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Not Just Laughing Matters

The tea party folks are boiling mad, which as it turns out is the right way to make proper tea but is one lousy recipe for governing. I suspect their rant translates into “Where did all these people of color come from?” Continue reading

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Observing Village Life / New Burgy Thursdays

There’s great excitement in Williamsburg this year in the form of a new village farmer’s market. Burgy Thursdays start Thursday, May 12th extending into late October. The market’s unique feng shui setting is on Meekins Library’s Riverside lawn—where a recently rescued cast iron Victorian fence traces the racing Mill River’s graceful bend. Continue reading

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On History’s Front Steps: One Irish Clan’s Exploits in Northampton, Massachusetts, “The Paradise of America”

JANUARY 18, 2011                                                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New Release: On History’s Front Steps: One Irish Clan’s Exploits in Northampton, Massachusetts “The Paradise of America” by James Francis Cahillane (Florence Poets Society 2010, 126 pgs. $18). Jim Cahillane’s latest book is … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Christmas stories we offer others

WILLIAMSBURG – “Do you think that the children of today look forward to Christmas as we used to do?” Obviously, the questioner believes he knows the answer, and it is, “No, they don’t.” The reasoning is simply that today’s kids … Continue reading

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Government by the Informed

Whether you grew up in the Pioneer Valley, like I did, or arrived more recently your view of the world is likely to be skewed. By and large our fellow citizens are a caring lot who do for others year … Continue reading

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