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Earth Matters: Facing the ‘age of humans’: Should a new epoch, the Anthropocene, be initiated to reflect human impact on Earth?

02-03-2024 10:52 AM


As I concentrated on the computer screen, the news played in the background. A story about the environment got my attention, causing me to sit back and listen more carefully. I played the piece again to be sure I heard it correctly.In the summer of...

‘You don’t look like a doctor’: Documentary film looks at the biases and challenges Black women physicians face 

02-03-2024 10:52 AM


Dr. Khama Ennis had come a long way in her medical career.Until 2022, the Amherst resident had spent about two decades in emergency medicine, including a number of years as chief of emergency medicine at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, as...

State reckons with its history: Efforts to change school mascots, state seal make slow, steady progress

02-03-2024 10:51 AM


Slowly but surely — and not without opposition — long-standing efforts to change images of Native Americans that many view as offensive have gained new momentum across Massachusetts, sparking conversations about history, representation and what it...

School Committee vote opens ARHS track project to grass playing field

02-03-2024 10:50 AM


AMHERST — Reorienting and expanding the high school track and rebuilding its interior playing field is in some question after the Amherst Regional School Committee this week narrowly rescinded a $1.5 million borrowing authorization. Committee members...

Residents seek answers to big housing development at old Belchertown State Hospital

02-03-2024 10:48 AM

By Emilee Klein

BELCHERTOWN — Donna Buxton hears every day that many Belchertown residents have no idea that a 108-unit residential development may be built on the old state school property off State Street.Before the creation of the Economic Development Industrial...

Ship comes in for Deerfield roads: $1.6M grant from state

01-25-2024 11:12 AM

Staff Report

NORTHAMPTON — Less than a week after Deerfield residents voted to authorize the Select Board to borrow up to $5 million to repair roads ravaged by June flooding, town officials learned the town had topped the list of town recipients of state grants...

Hadley climate panel balks at toughening energy rules in building code

01-25-2024 11:11 AM


HADLEY — A specialized state energy code that would require newly constructed homes using fossil fuels to have both on-site solar arrays and be wired to become all-electric in the future is not yet being recommended for adoption in Hadley.Though both...

The Lehrer Report: Jan. 26, 2024

01-25-2024 11:08 AM

Reminder: Real estate taxes are due Feb. 1, which is a Thursday.***Reminder 2: Return your town census forms to your town hall or town clerk. Returning the forms are important for voting. I am a poll worker at elections. Residents who don’t fill out...

Amherst man gets 6-7 years for child rape

01-25-2024 11:08 AM


NORTHAMPTON — An Amherst man was sentenced Thursday to six to seven years in state prison after pleading guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to rape of a child and five other charges.Kemal Banatte, 44, will serve five years on probation after he...

With coyotes in midst of mating season, pet owners urged to be cautious

01-25-2024 11:08 AM


As coyotes become more active during their mating season, spanning January through March, pet owners are urged to stay vigilant.The Eastern coyote — which resembles a medium-sized dog in its size and shape but has pointed ears and denser fur — can be...

Camp Howe in Goshen loses 4-H affiliation after UMass drops support

01-25-2024 11:08 AM


GOSHEN — About to begin its 96th year, Camp Howe is the longest-running 4-H summer program in Massachusetts, one of five camps offering a place for youths and young adults to gain life skills as they bunk in rustic cabins, swim, canoe, climb, hike and...

Massachusetts sees record-setting temperatures, precipitation in 2023

01-25-2024 11:08 AM


A trend of warm years was further cemented in 2023 as Massachusetts experienced, on average, its warmest year on record, according to new data from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.The average temperature around Massachusetts for the year...

Hadley identifies targets for municipal solar projects

01-25-2024 11:08 AM


HADLEY — A former town landfill, the roofs of the elementary school, library and senior center and a municipal parking lot in Hadley center are being identified as possible locations that could be ideal for future solar installations.“All of these are...

Dual-language program in Amherst schools loses state funding

01-25-2024 11:08 AM


AMHERST — The leader of a successful dual-language program at Fort River School is calling on the Amherst School Committee for a continued commitment to keep and expand the program now that the district has lost a state grant.Katie Richardson, the...

Amherst teen faces drug-related charges after Pelham traffic stop

01-25-2024 11:08 AM


PELHAM — An Amherst teenager with around $10,000 worth of cannabis- and flavored nicotine-related products, including vape cartridges and edibles, is facing a series of drug-related charges following a traffic stop on Route 202 Thursday afternoon,...

Regional bike share program may make return

01-25-2024 11:00 AM


NORTHAMPTON — After being inactive for more than a year, the city of Northampton is hoping to get the ValleyBike share program up and running again by putting the service out to bid.The city put out a request for proposals for interested bidders in...

Learning from the floods: To prepare for an unpredictable future, Valley farmers think big

01-25-2024 10:58 AM


“So much was just about to bloom,” recalls Suna Turgay of Flowerwork Farm in Northampton. “And then the flooding came.”Warmer, wetter, and less predictable weather are all on the rise in New England as our climate changes. The idea of normal is...

Around Amherst: Black History Month events begin with flag raising

01-25-2024 10:58 AM


AMHERST — Celebrations and recognitions for Black History Month, being held throughout February, begin with the Pan-African flag raising on the evening of Feb. 1.The ceremonial event is set for 6 p.m. on the steps of Town Hall, with a reading of...

WinterFest promises ‘eight days of fun’ in Amherst beginning Saturday

01-25-2024 10:57 AM


Hands-on activities and exhibits at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment showing off the wonders of winter, such as properties of frozen water and the shape of snowflakes, kicks off WinterFest 2024 on Saturday morning.A week later, on the...

Amherst’s elementary schools facing $500K in cuts

01-25-2024 10:55 AM


AMHERST — More than $500,000 in cuts and other adjustments to the fiscal year 2025 spending plan for Amherst’s elementary schools may be needed, according to preliminary projections presented to the Amherst School Committee last Thursday.The potential...

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