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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...


Around Amherst: Town coming under state’s drought water rules

06-27-2024 7:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — New water use restrictions in Amherst that will limit outdoor water use at times, mandated by the state during times when levels of drought are declared, are going into effect.The Town Council was recently informed by Assistant Department of...


Hampshire Mall sells for fraction of assessed value at $7M

06-27-2024 7:29 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall, a major commercial property on Route 9 since its opening in 1978, was sold at a foreclosure auction Thursday for $7 million.The buyer was Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas and Wells Fargo Commercial Mortgage Securities Inc.,...


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

06-27-2024 7:29 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...


Hampshire College to cut benefits as enrollment for next school year comes in below projections

06-27-2024 7:21 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — Responding to fall enrollment numbers that are lower than anticipated, Hampshire College plans to temporarily freeze retirement contributions for all employees and cut salaries for senior staff members next school year to meet the college’s...


Hadley to hire expert to examine how best to use spaces at Town Hall, former Goodwin Library

06-27-2024 7:21 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — An architectural engineer could soon be hired by the town to do a feasibility study for identifying the best use of both office and storage space at two Hadley center buildings, the former Goodwin Memorial Library and Town Hall.Town...


Council forums will take up reservoir land buy, track project

06-27-2024 7:18 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An 11-acre parcel off Sand Hill Road in Shutesbury is being purchased by the town of Amherst to protect the drinking water at Atkins Reservoir and to preserve the land.The acquisition of the so-called Gage property was approved unanimously...


Plans for new DPW building in Hadley advance

06-27-2024 7:17 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A next step in getting a new Department of Public Works headquarters built at 230-232 Middle St. is underway, with negotiations to hire an owner’s project manager starting before an architect is brought on board.The Select Board gave the go...


Nine people recommended to Amherst council for town charter review

06-27-2024 7:17 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A committee to review Amherst’s home-rule charter and propose possible adjustments to the 37-page document, based on feedback it receives from the public over the next year, is being formed by the Town Council.The charter, published in...


Community readings: ‘What to the slave is the Fourth of July?’

06-27-2024 7:12 PM

Staff Report

 Over the next two weeks, a handful of communities in the Pioneer Valley will participate in public readings of Frederick Douglass’ 1852 address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”The speech was first heard on July 5, 1852, when the...


Point of pride: After two centuries, South Congregational Church is getting a new steeple — an exact replica of the old one

06-27-2024 7:11 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

AMHERST — Battered by storms, ice and snow for two centuries, it was only a matter of time before the South Congregational Church’s post-and-beam steeple needed more than cosmetic repairs. That time came this spring when Wilcox Builders of Hatfield...


Amherst’s Juneteenth Jubilee: Sharing joy, yearning

06-27-2024 7:10 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

AMHERST — Dozens of Amherst community members braved the heat to gather at Mill River Park on June 19 for the Black Business Association of Amherst Area’s 15th annual Juneteenth Jubilee, the town’s longest-running Juneteenth celebration. Friends and...


UMass launches task force in wake of spring protests, will also review police activity

06-20-2024 3:47 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — UMass Amherst Chancellor Javier Reyes has announced the creation of a Campus Demonstration Policy Task Force and an independent review of police activity on campus following events this spring that led to more than 130 arrests on campus amid...


Belchertown voters resoundingly strike down override for new middle school

06-20-2024 3:47 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — Residents shot down the proposed $122.6 million middle school building at Monday’s special election, bringing the project to an end and denying a $47.9 million grant from Massachusetts School Building Authority to offset the cost.The...


Deerfield Selectboard picks company for South County Senior Center feasibility study

06-20-2024 3:47 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With a grant extension in hand, the Deerfield Select Board has selected edmSTUDIO, a Unionville, Connecticut-based architecture firm, to conduct a feasibility study to help the South County Senior Center determine an optimal site for...


State auditor: UMass violated law in axing Advancement office last year

06-20-2024 3:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts officials violated provisions of the state’s Taxpayer Protection Act law when moving fundraising operations from the Advancement office to the private University Amherst Foundation, according to a final...


Around Amherst: Grant will help assess accessibility for historic Strong House

06-20-2024 3:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A $30,000 Cultural Facilities Fund grant is going to the Amherst Historical Society to create an access plan and conditions assessment for the 1750s Simeon Strong House at 67 Amity St.The Historical Society, aiming to make one of the oldest...


The Lehrer Report, June 21, 2024

06-20-2024 3:47 PM

Garden report: I picked a pepper and ate it. I have a zucchini that is about 2 inches long and about an inch around. I will check every day since they reach baseball bat size quickly.The green bean leaves were devoured by … pick an animal. I put milk...


Budget rift emerges at Granby TM: Finance Committee at odds with School, Fire departments

06-20-2024 3:42 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — The town recently completed its two-part annual Town Meeting, at which residents passed a $29.1 million budget for fiscal 2025 while also listening to a contentious disagreement between the Finance Committee and the School and Fire...


Amherst Historical Society enlists first executive director since 2011

06-20-2024 3:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — For the first time since 2011, the Amherst Historical Society will have an executive director overseeing the nonprofit’s work in the community, including maintaining and improving the 1750s-era Simeon Strong House at 67 Amity St.Liz Larson,...



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