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1/1/2010 - Agawam Public Library Art exhibits for the month of January

Carl Beane sports memorabilia collection

The Agawam Public Library is pleased to have Carl Beane, “The Voice of Fenway Park” display his fascinating collection of sports memorabilia in the double glass cases for the month of January.

There will be hockey sticks from Gordie Howe, Patrick Roy, Bobby Orr and others given to Carl by the players themselves.  From Carl’s collection of baseball items, there will be caps from Manny Ramirez, Dice-K, Dustin Pedroia, Cal Ripkin Jr., Ted Williams (when he managed the Washington Senators, and Derek Jeter. These were given to him by the players also.  David Ortiz “Big Papi” gave him his uniform pants.  Bats from Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Yaz, George Scott, Don Mattingly, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth and Wade Boggs were either given to him or purchased. Don’t miss seeing a game used football from the “snow bowl” Patriots vs. Raiders in 2002, basketball shoes from Antoine Walker and Shaq.  Plus added attractions will be papers and memorabilia from Carl’s first years as PA Announcer and the 2004 and 2007 World Series.  Other items in the display will be jerseys from Wade Boggs, Kevin Garnett and Tom Brady.


Carl Beane is a native of Agawam now residing in Holland, MA.  He has been in the radio broadcasting profession since 1972.  He worked at WARE radio from 1976 to 1989 and still is connected with the station in an advisory role.  Beane also was employed for several years at WESO radio in Southbridge, plus Metro Radio Networks Hartford Bureau.  He was the Sports Director at each location.  Presently, Beane is an independent contractor with ESPN Radio, WBZ, in Boston, WFAN in NYC, Sirius NFL Radio Satellite Network, and the Mighty 1090 in San Diego, California all utilizing his services as a field reporter.  Since 1977, he has covered the Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, Celtics, and Boston Red Sox as the voice of Fenway Park in 2003, and was behind the microphone in 2004 and 2007 when the Boston Red Sox won the World Series.


Carl has also recorded several talking books for The Perkins School for the Blind.



Rhianna Alexa photography exhibit

The Agawam Public Library is pleased to exhibit the photography of Rhianna Alexa, also know as Loretta, local artist of Rie Photography. Her favorite place to photograph is Europe and this exhibit captures many of these wonderful and dreamy places. “When you see history standing before you like Tower Bridge in London, or the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it's like stepping into a storybook; it is a dream come true to share one of my cherished talents with the public,” she says.

She first took an interest in photography as a young girl watching her Italian grandfather Luke Banks (Bachera) photograph Lake St. Clair near his home in Michigan, as well as the seagulls and his grandkids. He would put the photographs onto slides and we all sat in his dark room at his waterfront home admiring his final products. She was mesmerized. He is gone now, but his creative talent lives on in photography. Loretta states that “his passion rubbed off on me and makes me feel like he is right beside me with every picture I take. I always believed everyone was talented in some way; this is my way of processing the world. Along with photography, I also write poetry, model, dance, sing, and write songs.”

She moved to Massachusetts 2 years ago with her sons Matthew and Michael. Along the way she has met many wonderful people and has seen the great sights that New England has to offer. Her husband Chris, a native New Englander, is their Rand McNally in the family. She has a fun tour guide in her 9 year-old stepson, Jack. “What a place to live in! The land of writers and great Universities like Yale is enough to make a creative mind go wild”, Loretta states.

Her childhood was never the norm when growing up in a nice town 20 miles outside of Detroit. She had famous friends like Doug Henning to help build her creative mind and was always welcome back stage at the Fisher Theater in Detroit to watch all the magic. She grew up living in 7 different states including the majestic states of Utah, California, Colorado, and Washington. Loretta was blessed to meet such famous names as Bob Hope, the Osmonds, Roy Clark, David Hasselhoff, Prince, Andy Gibb and many, many more over the years. She had the honor of photographing some of these great entertainers when she was employed as a photographer for The Daily Herald News in Utah.

Loretta wishes to invite viewers to take a list at the information counter of your favorite photography art with contact information. She also wishes to state that “for this opportunity, I would like to thank the Agawam Library and the very kind librarians who work there and make us feel so welcome in this community. I hope you enjoy. Remember, you can live your dreams if you use the talent God plants in all of us.”

Viewing hours are during regular library hours.

Contact person: Beverly Secondo 789-1550 ext. 102