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Drive-thru coffee, drinks shop pitched for front of Mountain Farms Mall

07-11-2024 8:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A drive-thru shop offering coffee, infused energy drinks, Italian sodas, smoothies, teas and milkshakes is being proposed for a vacant, mostly wooded parcel on Route 9 in front of Mountain Farms Mall.Plans for 7 Brew Coffee, brought before...


Bids sought for new K-5 elementary school in Amherst

07-11-2024 8:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A municipal advertisement is seeking bids from general contractors interested in constructing the planned $97.5 million, net-zero energy elementary school building next to the existing Fort River Elementary School at 70 South East St.The...


Amherst firefighters raise alarm over 2-person response to night blaze

07-11-2024 8:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A late-night fire in downtown Amherst, during which only one career firefighter/paramedic was available to extinguish the blaze, is prompting the union representing town firefighting staff to renew its longstanding appeal for enhanced...


Around Amherst: Crocker Farm earns national Welcoming Schools Seal

07-11-2024 8:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Crocker Farm School’s Amherst Early Education Center recently became one of 35 schools across the country to earn the Human Rights Campaign’s Welcoming Schools Seal of Excellence, where work over the past three years is honoring family...


ValleyBike Share program still not ready to roll in region

07-11-2024 8:54 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Despite the city previously saying that the ValleyBike Share would restart operations at the end of May, the program has yet to resume throughout the Pioneer Valley, with an updated start date yet to be announced by city officials.On May...


UMass dining chef recognized with heroine award for work supporting refugees

07-11-2024 8:47 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

An executive pastry chef who directs bakery operations for UMass Dining is one of 125 women recognized as a Commonwealth Heroine earlier this month in Boston. Pamela Adams of Greenfield received the award from the Massachusetts Commission on the...


Alternatives sought as reparations funding from cannabis tax dwindles in Amherst

07-11-2024 8:46 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A plan to provide $2 million over 10 years toward municipal reparations initiatives, such as programs for youth or first-time homebuyers, could be stymied by the anticipated drying up of tax revenue associated with cannabis sales in Amherst...


E. coli closes Puffer’s Pond for at least a week

07-05-2024 7:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Puffer’s Pond is being closed to swimming after high levels of E. coli bacteria were measured in the water in the latest round of water analysis testing.After being closed for several weeks at the end of last summer due to the same concerns...


Amherst Regional track project heads to bid, though money still short

07-05-2024 7:39 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — While a preferred $3.36 million overhaul of the track and field at Amherst Regional High School remains $932,175 short of what is needed to begin the work, the Regional School Committee is supporting putting the project out to bid, with much...


Amherst councilors wary of road funds fall-off in 2025 capital budget

07-05-2024 7:39 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As $2.75 million in road and sidewalk projects continue throughout town this summer, members of the Town Council are worried that there will be significantly less financial resources available in 2025 to resurface streets and fix...


Amherst Town Council clears regional schools budget hike one-time funds and warning

07-05-2024 7:39 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even as members of the Town Council acknowledge frustrations over the size of the Amherst-Pelham Regional schools assessment increase, and the need to use one-time American Rescue Plan Act money to cover a portion of the obligation, a $35.27...


Funding drive collects $300K for Hadley Elementary School playground makeover

07-05-2024 7:39 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — With plastic pieces breaking off the slides and rust creating instability in the main bolts holding together some play structures on the Hadley Elementary School playground, a portion of the play space has been roped off, keeping children...


Around Amherst: First standalone restroom coming to Kendrick Park

07-05-2024 7:37 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Downtown Amherst’s first standalone restroom could soon be installed at Kendrick Park, close to a playground that opened in August 2021 as a way to activate the 3.3-acre common at the north end of downtown.The Planning Board recently...


Parade, BBQ will mark Leverett’s 250th birthday Saturday

07-05-2024 7:37 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — Numerous floats representing local organizations such as the Rattlesnake Gutter Trust, joined by several community groups and officials, will be part of a 53-group parade celebrating the town’s 250th anniversary and stepping off Saturday at...


Amherst community safety committee member balks at losing seat

07-05-2024 7:37 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A lawyer employed by the University of Massachusetts, who has helped lead the town’s Community Safety and Social Justice Committee may lose her position on the panel charged with advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and community safety in...


$1.4M coming to region for trail work in six communities

07-05-2024 7:37 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

More than $1.4 million in MassTrail state grants are heading to six communities in the region for projects ranging from an accessible trail system at the former Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Amherst to additional work on a sensory trail in Belchertown...


Photos: Chief Nelson’s fond farewell

07-05-2024 7:33 PM


Down on the farm: With outsize stresses for farmers fueling a mental health crisis, program seeks to lend a helping hand

07-05-2024 7:32 PM

By LEAH VERESS

Alice Colman recalls the day a routine fennel harvest turned into a wake-up call. As she stood in her field, carefully examining a plant’s feathery leaves, she felt herself growing increasingly frustrated with the crop’s appearance. When she kneeled...


Amherst officials deem $4M estimate to fix bathhouse at War Memorial Pool too high

07-05-2024 7:32 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A $4 million price tag for rebuilding the bathhouse connected to War Memorial Pool is prompting Amherst officials to put off for a year applying for a state grant to cover up to a quarter of the construction costs, as well as to begin...


Battery firm targets Hadley bylaw limiting placement

06-27-2024 7:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Hadley officials are in the midst of defending a recently adopted bylaw allowing standalone energy storage systems in some parts of town, as a lawyer representing a renewable energy developer urges the state attorney general’s office to...



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