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    1. Hundreds of jugglers descend on downtown Springfield for 71st annual festival (photos, video) | masslive.com

      Hundreds of jugglers descend on downtown Springfield for 71st annual festival (photos, video) | masslive.com

      With workshop names like 'Factory Variations with 3 Balls,' and '4-5 Club Multiplex,' you might not know what is being taught this week at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield.  But one peek into the center's exhibition hall will answer all your questions as plastic juggling clubs fly from person to person and balls are tossed into the air.  Juggling enthusiasts from all over the world are in Springfield from July 17-22 for the 71st International Jugglers' Association Annual Festival.

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    2. Springfield has a lot of balls in the air this week with International Jugglers...

      Springfield has a lot of balls in the air this week with International Jugglers...

      The International Jugglers' Association will converge on the city for the next six days, drawing an estimated 600 jugglers and juggling enthusiasts from around the world. The International Jugglers' Association 71st convention is expected to pump more than $1 million into the region's economy. Local hotels alone have booked 1,100 hotel rooms over the six days of the event, said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, in a press release.

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    3. Westover wraps up Air Show drawing crowds of 60,000+

      Westover wraps up Air Show drawing crowds of 60,000+

      When Lucas and Liam Goncalves saw an information table for the U.S. Air Force they couldn't wait to meet the people sitting behind it. "Can we go talk to them?" Lucas, 7, asked and already started running as their mother gave them the OK. The two were among some of the most enthusiastic visitors to Sunday's Great New England Air and Space Show, which an estimated 63,400 people to Westover Air Reserve Base over the two days of the event.

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    4. PeoplesBank Sponsors Team Fastrax at Great New England Air & Space Show

      PeoplesBank has joined Big Y as a sponsor of the 2018 Great New England Air & Space Show, specifically by underwriting the appearance of Team Fastrax, a professional skydiving parachute demonstration team. “This was a unique opportunity for us to honor those who served or are serving, as well as area veterans and active military personnel,” said Thomas Senecal, president and CEO of PeoplesBank. “It also is an investment in economic development, as the Air & Space Show brings thousands of people here, and it has an overall $15 million economic impact on the region.”

       

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    5. WWII aircraft land at Westover airport in Chicopee (photos, video)

      WWII aircraft land at Westover airport in Chicopee (photos, video)

      Three pieces of World War II aviation history landed this week at Westover Metropolitan Airport. Commemorative Air Force brought a B-29 Superfortress named "Fifi," a C-45 Expeditor named "Bucket of Bolts" and a T-6 Texan legendary trainer. The tour arrived on Wednesday and offers people a chance to get an up-close view of the planes as well as the ability to tour the giant B-29 cockpit and step back in time and see how the air crews lived and worked as they flew the premiere bomber of the war.

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    6. Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield shows off renovated facility (photos, video)

      Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield shows off renovated facility (photos, video)

      The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame welcomed the public on Wednesday to see the multi-million-dollar renovation of the concourse and theater.  Renovations and additions revealed and highlighted on Wednesday included the Tip-Off Pavilion Lobby, presented by Mohegan Sun, which features images of iconic players and moments in the game. The public also got to see the modern surround sound NIKE Theater, a donor recognition wall featuring an interactive kiosk, and the Coaches Circle exhibit, which pays tribute to Dr. James Naismith and celebrates current coaches who are following in his footsteps by emphasizing a commitment to positively impacting communities ...

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    7. Historic B-29 plane, others coming to Westover Municipal Airport in Chicopee

      Historic B-29 plane, others coming to Westover Municipal Airport in Chicopee

      A historic B-29 Superfortress bomber plane, one of only two in the world that still fly, will be on display at the Westover Metropolitan Airport next week and will even be open for rides. The Commemorative Air Force will be bringing three historic aircraft to the airport on 255 Padgette St., from June 20-24. The B-29 will be joined by two other planes, a C-45 Expeditor and a T-6 Texan. People will be able to view all three aircraft between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. all five days at a cost of $10 for adults, $5 for youth ...

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    8. Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield shows off phase 1 of multi-million dollar renovations

      Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield shows off phase 1 of multi-million dollar renovations

      The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the completion of Phase 1 in its multi-million-dollar renovation. Renovations and additions revealed included the Tip-Off Pavilion Lobby Presented by Mohegan Sun featuring images of iconic players and moments in the game, the impressive modern surround sound NIKE Theater, a donor recognition wall featuring an interactive kiosk, and the Coaches Circle exhibit which will pay tribute to Dr. James Naismith and celebrate current coaches who are following in his footsteps by emphasizing a commitment to positively impacting communities, players, peers, and society as a whole.

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    9. Howdy Awards honor 11 for hospitality excellence in Pioneer Valley

      Howdy Awards honor 11 for hospitality excellence in Pioneer Valley

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau honored 11 front-line hospitality workers for excellence Monday night at the 23rd annual Howdy Awards. The Howdys are meant to recognize the folks that make a visitor's stay in the Pioneer Valley special. Maybe it's the first person you see, like a desk clerk or a restaurant greeter. Or maybe its someone you never see, possibly because they are wearing a giant blue-and-yellow bird suit. Jim Syner, mascot for the Springfield Thunderbirds, was one of the 11 honorees Monday night, as was the St. Patrick's Committee of Holyoke, previously announced winner ...

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    10. Seen@ photos: Cruise Night 2018 kicks off at Court Square in Springfield

      Seen@ photos: Cruise Night 2018 kicks off at Court Square in Springfield

      The weekly event is sponsored by the Springfield Business Improvement District and features cars, live music, classic tunes spun by DJ Bruce Marshall from Classic Hits 97.7 FM, raffles and giveaways. "What a thrill it is to be back for the fourth season," said Michelle Grout, program coordinator for the Springfield BID. "We're off to a great start." Grout said they were expecting 75 cars to show up, but by the middle of the event, more than 95 vehicles filled the park.

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    11. Westover Great New England Air Show will have more vintage aircraft, 25+ military planes...

      Westover Great New England Air Show will have more vintage aircraft, 25+ military planes...

      The Great New England Air and Space show at Westover will feature some of the best military acts, including the Air Force Thunderbirds flying team, but there will be so much more to see including vintage World War II planes that have not been seen at an Westover Air Reserve Base show and at least 25 modern military aircraft will be on display. Westover Air Reserve Base officials joined with the Galaxy Community Council and other supporters to unveil plans for the show that will be held on July 14-15. Admission and parking is free.

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    12. Mohegan Sun announces discount partnerships with Six Flags, Basketball Hall of Fame ahead of MGM Springfield opening

      Mohegan Sun announces discount partnerships with Six Flags, Basketball Hall of Fame ahead of MGM Springfield opening

      Mohegan Sun's Momentum gambling loyalty cards will now offer discounts at Springfield-area attractions Six Flags New England and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as sites in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Mohegan Sun announced the expansion of the program Tuesday. In addition to the Massachusetts attractions, the program will include the Garde Arts Center in New London, Mystic Seaport in Mystic, The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat in Essex and the Ocean.  Rhode Island attractions include the Ocean House, Weekapaug Inn, Watch Hill Inn and Blantyre hotels just over the state line in Westerly.

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    13. Western Massachusetts hospitality workers named finalists for 2018 Howdy Awards

      Western Massachusetts hospitality workers named finalists for 2018 Howdy Awards

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau has revealed the 55 finalists for the 2018 Howdy Awards. The Visitor's Bureau will host its Howdy gala May 21 at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel. Tickets are on sale now and are $75 per person. Those interested are asked to call Michele Goldberg at 413-755-1344. The Visitors Bureau created the Howdy Awards in 1996 as a way to honor front-line hospitality workers.

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    14. Deerfield Strives to Be More Than a Tourist Town

      Deerfield Strives to Be More Than a Tourist Town

      Wendy Foxmyn acknowleged that, when pressed to describe Deerfield with a word or two, most responders would say ‘tourist town,’ or something to that effect. And, sounding somewhat like the Seinfeld characters in that infamous episode, she said there’s nothing particularly wrong with that. But she quickly, and repeatedly, stressed that this community that is home to Yankee Candle’s flagship store — one of the most visited attractions in New England — as well as Mount Sugarloaf, Historic Deerfield, and the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservancy and Garden wants to diversify and broaden its commercial portfolio.

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    15. Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee lands 2018 GSCVB Spotlight Award

      Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee lands 2018 GSCVB Spotlight Award

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau revealed this week that the Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee is the 2018 winner of the prestigious Spotlight Award. The honor is part of the bureau's 23rd annual Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence, or "The Howdys" and is bestowed upon a person, organization or establishment responsible for creating significant long-term positive impact upon the Western Mass. regional visitor economy.

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    16. Great New England Air Show to return to Westover Air Base in Chicopee, will feature...

      Great New England Air Show to return to Westover Air Base in Chicopee, will feature...

      The Great New England Air Show is returning to Westover Air Reserve Base this summer with the Air Force's demonstration team the Thunderbirds as the headline act and multiple other military and civilian acts planned. "This will be the first time in 10 years that the Air Force's official aerial demonstration team are performing at Westover," said Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe, acting chief of public affairs. The show is scheduled for the weekend of July 14-15, but there will multiple events leading up to the event for the first time. As always, admission and parking are free ...

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    17. Home & Garden Show Will Feature More Than 350 Vendors

      Home & Garden Show Will Feature More Than 350 Vendors

      Gisele Gilpatrick says her family’s business, Pro-Tech Waterproofing in Chicopee, typically garners about six months’ worth of business from the Western Mass. Home & Garden show — just not all at once.  “They’ll take our information, but they won’t always call next week,” said Gilpatrick, Pro-Tech’s office manager and the chair of the 64th annual Home & Garden show, slated for March 22-25. “They’ll say, ‘we saw you six months ago, or a year ago, or two years ago. I pulled out your card, because I have a problem now.’   That’s the value for many of the ...

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    18. MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis: We're bringing the show back downtown (Outlook...

      MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis: We're bringing the show back downtown (Outlook...

      As MGM Springfield rises and begins to shed its scaffolding, it's more than a world-class resort. We're bringing the show back downtown. A year from now, we will be talking about the great acts MGM booked, events on our plaza and hundreds of thousands of visitors we have drawn to our casino, hotel, restaurants and the downtown area. So, in this Outlook 2018, it's about finishing preparations before we open the show and the work that is centered on finding and training the 3,000 men and women - many of whom will be your neighbors, friends and ...

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    19. 2018 Hoophall Classic brings thousands - and millions - to Springfield, Convention & Visitors Bureau says

      2018 Hoophall Classic brings thousands - and millions - to Springfield, Convention & Visitors Bureau says

      College coaches from across the country converge on the birthplace of basketball every January to assess what several highly touted high school players could be worth to their programs. But before anyone even arrived at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's 2018 Hoophall Classic, the value of the event itself was calculated by the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Convention & Visitors Bureau says the 17th Hoophall Classic, scheduled Thursday through Monday, has an economic impact of $4.19 million for the city.

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    20. MGM Springfield continues to take shape with 2018 grand opening in sight (photos) | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield continues to take shape with 2018 grand opening in sight (photos) | masslive.com

      With a September 2018 opening coming fast, MGM Springfield officials are keeping their cards close when it comes to discussing details from inside the walls of the $960 million project.  But a walk around the 14.5 acre campus reveals a transformed section of downtown that has risen from a landscape left tattered by a 2011 tornado.  'I'm incredibly excited for 2018,' said MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis. 'We feel like this is Springfield's year to shine.'

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    21. Ambitious Renovation Project Will Reshape the Basketball Hall of Fame

      Ambitious Renovation Project Will Reshape the Basketball Hall of Fame

      The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will soon commence work on an ambitious, $15 million renovation and expansion that will dramatically change the look and feel of the shrine. While the project represents the future, it also speaks loudly to just how far the Hall has come since the dark days — and years — earlier this century. John Doleva calls it a “spaceship.” That’s what he and others at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame have come to call the individual lights that sit atop the dome that defines the shrine on West Columbus Avenue and change color ...

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