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Special TM in Shutesbury rescheduled to Jan. 23

01-22-2024 11:07 AM

By Scott Merzbach

SHUTESBURY — A special Town Meeting that includes a revised wetlands protection bylaw to replace one adopted in 1987 is being postponed to next week due to Tuesday’s snowstorm.The seven-article warrant, which also has various spending items, will be...


Yankee Candle’s South Deerfield distribution facility to close by end of 2024

01-22-2024 10:43 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Newell Brands, the parent company of Yankee Candle, is planning to close its distribution facility in South Deerfield by the end of 2024.In a statement, a spokesperson for Newell Brands said the company is focusing on consolidating...


Amherst Regional School Committee meeting roiled over principal pick

01-22-2024 10:43 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An internal choice to become the new interim principal at Amherst Regional Middle School no longer wants the position following a tense Regional School Committee meeting on Tuesday in which a parent of a student who was repeatedly bullied at...


Formal title or first-name only?: Town Council split on how they would like to be addressed

01-22-2024 10:43 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — During most of the five-year existence of the Amherst Town Council, the 13 councilors have dispensed with the formality of using titles, addressing each other almost exclusively by their first names.As the third iteration of the Town Council...


Boosters reach goal for ARHS track, but project with turf field still $1M short

01-22-2024 10:43 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A $4.74 million project to rebuild and reorient the high school track and field is receiving significant financial support from families, individuals and businesses who have contributed to the Amherst Hurricane Boosters’ fundraising...


Shutesbury’s ConsCom leader resigns, cites personal attacks, interference from town

01-22-2024 10:43 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — The chairwoman of the town’s Conservation Commission has stepped down, a decision she said stems from alleged personal attacks and interference by elected and appointed officials at Town Hall.Miriam DeFant’s decision came on the eve of a...


Amherst Regional superintendent search begins with public input sessions

01-22-2024 10:43 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst, Pelham, Shutesbury and Leverett residents are being invited to offer thoughts for the ongoing superintendent search for the Amherst-Pelham Regional, Amherst and Pelham district schools at six community input sessions, the first of...


North Common rehab in Amherst on schedule for June completion

01-22-2024 10:43 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Significant progress on upgrading the North Common this fall, with weather conducive for work both on the visible greenspace and below ground for drainage improvements, put the project on track to be finished by the end of June, town...


Amherst seeks state grant to fix intermittent flooding on Pomeroy Court

01-22-2024 10:43 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst officials are seeking a state grant to cover the costs to design and clear permits for improvements aimed at preventing flooding on Pomeroy Court, a cul-de-sac off Pomeroy Lane in South Amherst.Town Manager Paul Bockelman, in a...


Free tax prep for Hadley seniors starts next month

01-22-2024 10:43 AM

HADLEY — Free tax return preparation begins at the Hadley Senior Center in mid-February.IRS-certified AARP TaxAide counselors will be handling tax returns for tax year 2023 for area residents at the Hadley Senior Center, 46 Middle St., starting Feb....


ARHS inventors land national grant to create device to help search and rescue operations

01-22-2024 10:41 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Speed and efficiency in searching for and rescuing those lost in remote locations increases survival rates, with success going down dramatically when such operations last more than a day, experts say.Understanding that there may be ways to...


Hitting the highlights: Amherst chamber, BID leaders show state Tourism & Travel director around town

01-22-2024 10:41 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — At Amherst Cinema’s four theaters, the month of December saw multiple sold-out screenings of movies, some of which were filmed in Massachusetts, and most of which have award-season buzz.Nearby, at The Drake performance venue, a dozen acts...


Friendship renewed: Amherst commits to continuing sister-city relationship with Kanegasaki, Japan

01-22-2024 10:41 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A long-running program in which middle school students and their chaperones from Kanegasaki, Japan, visit Amherst could resume this year as the elected leaders in both communities this week renewed a friendship agreement.At the Amherst Town...


Former Amherst councilor draws on experience in new book on ‘Mindfulness’

01-17-2024 7:09 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A new book being released this week by a former member of the Amherst Town Council is drawing on her experiences as an elected municipal leader, with hopes that lessons included might help replace divisions with understanding and purposeful...


Rachel Maddow’s new book examines American fascism in the WWII era

01-17-2024 7:07 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The conventional story of World War II in the United States is the one about how the country, shrugging off the hardships brought on by the Great Depression, rolled up its sleeves to defeat the fascist forces of Nazi Germany and Japan and make the...


New planning, economic development coordinator looks to help Deerfield grow

01-17-2024 7:06 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With the December arrival of Christopher Dunne, the town now has the planning and economic development coordinator it has been seeking for years.Dunne, 34, has spent the first month of his job getting to know the town, his counterparts,...


Downtown dynamo shifts gears: Gould leaving Amherst BID but still taking care of business

01-17-2024 7:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — After more than four years of leading the Amherst Business Improvement District, undertaking projects including the creation of The Drake performance venue and assisting small businesses through the COVID pandemic, Gabrielle Gould will be...


Amherst elders appeal to council for senior center support

01-11-2024 11:48 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Senior citizens are appealing to the Town Council to provide better financial support for the Senior Center and make a commitment to paying for physical upgrades and security improvements to the space reserved for senior citizens at the...


PVTA to pilot programs for weekend, after-school student service

01-11-2024 11:48 AM

SPRINGFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) will offer pre-paid weekend service through the end of May. No fares or passes will be needed for PVTA bus and paratransit services on Saturdays and Sundays.Additionally, PVTA will be piloting...


Vote looms on contentious new Shutesbury wetlands bylaw

01-11-2024 11:48 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — A new wetlands protection bylaw to replace one first adopted 37 years ago is part of a seven-article warrant for a special Town Meeting set for Jan. 16.Before the meeting is held, though, the activist group Smart Solar Shutesbury is...



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