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    1. 2015 Howdy Awards recognize Pioneer Valley hospitality workers

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      2015 Howdy Awards recognize Pioneer Valley hospitality workers

      The Howdy Awards, which celebrated their 20th year during the event held at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House in Holyoke, recognize front-line employees in the hospitality industry who go above and beyond in the performance of their duties and provide outstanding service to their guest and customers. "We are proud and happy to present the Howdy Awards to honor just some of the most important people in the hospitality industry," said GSCVB President Mary Kay Wydra. "They are usually the first person a visitor encounters, and if they're especially nice and go above and beyond, that visitor ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Mary Kay Wydra

    2. Westover Air Show attracts 225,000 people despite traffic and heat

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      Westover Air Show attracts 225,000 people despite traffic and heat

      An estimated 375,000 people attended this year's air show, which also celebrated the 75th anniversary of Westover. Cloudy skies kept some people away on Saturday and the U.S. Army Golden Knights had to cancel its parachute jumps and several other teams performed an alternate low altitude show, Lt. Col. James Bishop, chief of public affairs for Westover said. Still an estimated 150,000 people attended the free show on Saturday. That number soared to about 225,000 on Sunday when the weather was warm but the skies were clear. "You couldn't ask for better flying weather ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee

    3. Great New England Air Show 2015 to feature high-tech F-22 Raptor stealth jet

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      Great New England Air Show 2015 to feature high-tech F-22 Raptor stealth jet

      The Great New England Air Show at Westover Air Reserve Base will be held May 16 and 17. Typically people react with "shock and awe" when they see the capabilities of the F-22 Raptor jet, said Maj. John Cummings, part of the demonstration team from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, who will be flying the jet this weekend. "People are very surprised to see such a big airplane maneuver as it does," he said. The F-22 Raptor is the most advanced airplane flying at the Great New England Air Show this weekend. Other highlights of the show include the ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield

    4. Westover ready to host 2015 Great New England Air Show | masslive.com

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      Westover ready to host 2015 Great New England Air Show | masslive.com

      This is the first air show the base has had in three years and is expected to have a number of popular attractions including the Navy's Blue Angels, a demonstration team that flies F-18 jets; the Golden Knights, a U.S. Army parachute team; the Canadian Snowbirds, a nine-plane formation of CT-144 trainers, an F-22 Raptor and the Geico Skytypers.

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    5. Great New Air Show bringing Blue Angels, more to Chicopee

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      Great New Air Show bringing Blue Angels, more to Chicopee

      The Galaxy Community Council held a raffle fundraiser to support the Great New England Air Show. The six winners will get a ride on an AC-47 Gunship, which was used extensively in Vietnam in support of U.S ground forces. The Galaxy Community Council is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 charitable corporation that supports the Great New England Air Show. It is responsible for raising funds to support the non-military participants, such as civilian aerobatic acts and vintage aircraft at the air show. Connie Foster of the Galaxy Council said that she was pleased with the raffle, which raised around ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    6. Report: Springfield Armory attracted 20k visitors, created $1.6 million in economic impact in 2014 | masslive

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      Report: Springfield Armory attracted 20k visitors, created $1.6 million in economic impact in 2014 | masslive

      The Springfield Armory - birthplace of the region's manufacturing industries and forger of arms for the nation from its earliest days - attracted 20,595 visitors in 2014 and those visitors generated $1.57 million in economic output for the region.  The National Park Service issued a report Thursday detailing visitor numbers at and spending around national parks all over the country. Details, along with interactive charts and graphs, are here.  The report also said that the Springfield Armory National Historic Site attracted 17,300 of those visitors from outside the area.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Armory   Springfield

    7. Mayor Sarno calls Springfield Restaurant Week 2015 an event 'you can't put a price tag on' | masslive.com

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      Mayor Sarno calls Springfield Restaurant Week 2015 an event 'you can't put a price tag on' | masslive.com

      The City Hall Chamber event included speeches from Mayor Domenic Sarno, City Council President Michael Fenton, City Councilor Justin Hurst and Chris Russel, Executive Director of the Springfield Business Improvement District.  'People coming down to the city of Springfield with their family and friends to have a great time and good food will spread that word to other suburban areas in Western Massachusetts,' said Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Springfield Business Improvement District

    8. 2015 Howdy Award finalists named; winners to be announced May 18 | masslive

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      2015 Howdy Award finalists named; winners to be announced May 18 | masslive

      Tourism promoters from around the Pioneer Valley announced this year's Howdy Award finalists during ceremonies at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House this week.  The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau will announce the winners at a banquet on Monday, May 18, at the Log Cabin. The event begins at 6 p.m.
      Tickets are on sale at $65 per person, and $625 for a table of ten, according to the bureau.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   The Republican

    9. Massachusetts hospitality industry hopes to build on last year's successes in 2015: Guest viewpoint | masslive

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      Massachusetts hospitality industry hopes to build on last year's successes in 2015: Guest viewpoint | masslive

      The Massachusetts Restaurant Association is led by Chairman Mansour Ghalibaf, of the Hotel Northampton. Under Mansour's leadership, we expect a great 2015. We look forward to the thousands of visitors to the Eastern States Exposition every year, the continued success of the University of Massachusetts athletic programs and some great local events throughout in the Pioneer Valley.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    10. Springfield Falcons creating strong business partnership with MGM Springfield

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      Springfield Falcons creating strong business partnership with MGM Springfield

      The Springfield Falcons have already taken advantage of MGM Springfield's presence in the community, long before the resort and casino's grand opening in 2017. The two sides have been marketing partners since the beginning of the 2012-2013 season, and the relationship continues to grow. Chris Thompson, Vice President of Business Development for the Falcons, negotiated the marketing agreement with MGM Springfield. He calls it "a pretty well-rounded partnership" that allows MGM Springfield to gain brand exposure in the MassMutual Center while giving back to the community through the Falcons.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield Falcons   Springfield

    11. Springfield Business Improvement District - Night Out in Downtown Springfield

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      Springfield Business Improvement District - Night Out in Downtown Springfield

      The Springfield Business Improvement District is proud to announce a contest with a prize of a full night out in Downtown Springfield

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Symphony Orchestra   Springfield Business Improvement District

    12. Springfield College students to gain valuable experience at Spalding Hoophall Classic

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      Springfield College students to gain valuable experience at Spalding Hoophall Classic

      A team of 75 students majoring in sport management at Springfield College will be all over the Spalding Hoophall Classic next week. "This event offers a great opportunity for our students to experience how to be a professional. They'll be working behind the scenes in various roles," said Kevin McAllister, assistant professor of sport management and recreation at SC. The Hoophall Classic, which serves as a showcase of local and national high school basketball talent, will consist of 28 games, starting Thursday and running through Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 19. All games will be played at Blake ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield   Holyoke

    13. Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau is accepting Howdy Awards nominations | masslive

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      Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau is accepting Howdy Awards nominations | masslive

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) is accepting nominations for the 20th Annual Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence. Nominations can be submitted online by visiting www.valleyvisitor.com and clicking on the Howdy logo on the home page. There are also paper ballots available at several leading area restaurants, hotels and attractions, or they can be picked up at the GSCVB, which is located at 1441 Main Street in Springfield.  The awards program was created by the visitors bureau in 1995 to recognize front-line employees in the hospitality industry for providing outstanding service to their guests and customers.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Holyoke

    14. Bright Nights once again named 'Top 100' attraction by American Bus Association; tour buses account for $3.5 billion in spending in Massachusetts | masslive.com

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      Bright Nights once again named 'Top 100' attraction by American Bus Association; tour buses account for $3.5 billion in spending in Massachusetts | masslive.com

      About 300 tour buses from across the Northeast will roll through Bright Nights, Spirit of Springfield's annual holiday light spectacular in Forest Park, this winter carrying a total of 15,000 passengers.  Those buses also represent a significant economic boost to the region, according to officials with Spirit of Springfield, the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the American Bus Association who sat with the reporters and editors at The Republican Thursday for an editorial board meeting.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    15. Minutemen at the MassMutual Center: UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg, Springfield officials gather to celebrate ...

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      Minutemen at the MassMutual Center: UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg, Springfield officials gather to celebrate ...

      Wednesday on the Center Court hardwood at the Basketball Hall of Fame, Kellogg joined Springfield mayor Domenic J. Sarno, athletic director John McCutcheon and other officials to announce this year's game and celebrate UMass' successful relationship with the city. "It's really been a special time for UMass to form a partnership with the city of Springfield, a place where I grew up and is a special place for me and my family," said Kellogg, who graduated from Cathedral High School before playing at UMass from 1991-95.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual Center

    16. Westover Metropolitan Airport extends hours for Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

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      Westover Metropolitan Airport extends hours for Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

      Michael Bolton, director of civil aviation at Westover Metropolitan Airport, said the enshrinement ceremonies don't end until 10:30 p.m., making it hard for traveling parties to get back on their aircraft by 11 p.m.  'We'll be pretty busy,' Bolton said. 'We look forward to it. It is pretty good for business.' Westover Metropolitan Airport has arranged for the air traffic control tower at Westover Air Reserve Base to stay open an additional two hours Aug. 8 when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame hosts its annual Enshrinement Ceremony at Springfield Symphony Hall downtown.


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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Westfield

    17. Basketball Hall of Fame prepares to induct 10 new members in 2014 enshrinement

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      Basketball Hall of Fame prepares to induct 10 new members in 2014 enshrinement

      The Basketball Hall of Fame has always made it a point of pride to celebrate individuals in different areas of the game – to be more than an NBA hall of fame – but this year’s class brings together a especially diverse group geographically as well. NBA icons Mitch Richmond and Alonzo Mourning starred on opposite coasts in their professional careers, as Richmond made a name for himself in the Bay Area and Sacramento while Mourning dominated the paint in Charlotte and Miami.

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      Mentions:   Mohegan Sun   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    18. Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau laments Supreme Judicial Court ruling on casino

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      Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau laments Supreme Judicial Court ruling on casino

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau issued a statement Wednesday, saying it is “incredibly disappointed” by a state Supreme Judicial Court ruling that requires a statewide referendum vote on casinos. “The anti-gaming repeal effort has questioned the importance of Springfield's voice, and the integrity of the legislative process,” said Mary Kay Wydra, the bureau’s president in a prepared release. “We compete with our neighboring states for tourism dollars, and having MGM Springfield in our market provides us with a competitive advantage in the race for those dollars to boost the Massachusetts economy.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra   MGM

    19. Greater Springfield to host 2014 Northeast Shrine Association convention in August, 2,000 expected

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      Greater Springfield to host 2014 Northeast Shrine Association convention in August, 2,000 expected

      The Northeast Shrine Association was established in 1936 and is composed of 15 centers throughout New England and eastern Canada, including the Melha Shrine in Springfield, according to the release. The convention encompasses a multitude of events including a parade, dinners and brunch, banquet, and a field day at Six Flags New England in Agawam on Aug. 23.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Six Flags New England   Springfield

    20. On Two Wheels: Stearns Square concerts remain 'Bike Night' for motorcyclists

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      On Two Wheels: Stearns Square concerts remain 'Bike Night' for motorcyclists

      The Springfield Business Improvement District, which runs the concert series, also has maintained a strict start (usually 7:30) time over the years and limits the sets to usually about 90 minutes thus allowing for people to have a fun night and still get home at a decent hour.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    21. Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau hands out Howdy Awards | masslive

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      Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau hands out Howdy Awards | masslive

      The gala dinner, held at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House, attracted more than 300 tourism industry professionals.  The awards are meant to honor front-line service workers who often do not get the recognition they deserve. The bureau also awarded a Spotlight Award to Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The spotlight award recognizes individuals and organizations for their dedication and outstanding contribution to the region's hospitality industry.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Baystate Health   Springfield

    22. Howdy! Domenic Sarno to receive Howdy hospitality award | masslive

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      Howdy! Domenic Sarno to receive Howdy hospitality award | masslive

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau will honor Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno with its 19th Annual Howdy Spotlight Award.  The Spotlight Award is given during the Howdy Awards. The visitors bureau gives out Howdys every year to recognize front-line hospitality workers. The winners are selected from among local nominees by a panel of hospitality industry judges from outside our area to ensure impartiality.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Holyoke

    23. Big E reveals economic impact | masslive.com

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      Big E reveals economic impact | masslive.com

      he Big E is hosting a news conference today to reveal the results of an economic impact study conducted by Regional Economic Models Inc. of Amherst.  This study is an update of one completed in 2008 which showed that the annual 17-day fair generates 2,800 full-time jobs and $85 million in personal income for Hampden County's economy.  In 2008, economists found that the Big E resulted in $225 million a year in economic activity just from visitors who came from outside Hampden County. The average visitor spent $128 both on the grounds and off, not counting admissions, according ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Amherst

    24. Stearns Square summer 2014 concert series announced

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      Stearns Square summer 2014 concert series announced

      Many familiar faces and sounds will be returning to downtown Springfield next month with the return of the annual Stearns Square summer concert series at Worthington and Bridge streets. The Thursday concerts begin at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Returning acts include John Eddie, The Smithereens, Roomful of Blues, and FAT. Unlike last summer, there will be no opening acts.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Business Improvement District

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