Five years ago, at 23, Andrew Forsthoefel decided to walk 4,000 miles across America with a handmade sign that said “Walking to Listen.” Along the way, he recorded dozens of stories from the people he met. Now the Northampton-based writer and public speaker has a new book about his journey.
Earlier this week, the Gill-Montague School Committee voted 6-3 to abandon the “Indians” mascot after many community members complained it was offensive.
Winter tends to be a low point in blood donations, as many people are sick or away during the holidays. But the industry has always been able to weather those sorts of fluctuations. Now, health economists are pointing to a more recent and serious trend that runs the risk of upending the nation’s blood economy — and with it, the emergency blood supply.
Organizers say city staff told them a rally permit takes at least three weeks, which they claim is unconstitutional. Springfield’s mayor has since issued a statement saying the city will work with the group.
The book features a female impressionist painter, whose life intertwines with that of painter Edouard Manet.