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Belchertown High grads eager for next steps

06-13-2024 7:44 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — In the high school gymnasium bustling with excitement and nerves in the thick, humid air, 155 seniors attempted a formal entrance to their graduation ceremony, but the single-file step-together-step sequence that students had rehearsed...


Hurricanes forever: 215 Amherst Regional High School graduates celebrate accomplishments, get ready to work for the future

06-13-2024 7:43 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As members of the 2024 class graduate from Amherst Regional High School, they will likely face adversity and be pushed to their limits in the years ahead. But Class President Neil Cunniffe, speaking during last Friday’s graduation ceremony,...


Amherst planners ready to move ahead on University Drive overlay district

06-13-2024 7:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An overlay district along a section of University Drive, to encourage construction of more apartments and mixed-use buildings, as well as social dormitories for college students, is awaiting a recommendation from the Planning Board.Senior...


Pro-Palestinian protesters shut down Amherst College Alumni Weekend keystone

06-06-2024 7:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Alumni Weekend at Amherst College, typically a celebratory occasion for members of classes marking milestone anniversaries, featured two pro-Palestinian demonstrations, including one that shut down the annual Conversation with the President...


Amherst finance board backs finding money to give regional schools 6% boost

06-06-2024 7:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The town Finance Committee is unanimously recommending that the town support a 6% increase in the fiscal year 2025 assessment for the Amherst Pelham Regional schools, with the needed money to support the adjustment coming from either free...


Retired UMass prof picked for Melinda French Gates’ $240M women empowerment project

06-06-2024 7:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A retired University of Massachusetts economics professor from the School of Public Policy is being awarded $20 million from Melinda French Gates’ philanthropic foundation, money that will go toward advancing women’s power on a global...


The Lehrer Report: June 7, 2024

06-06-2024 7:32 PM

Garden report: The campanula and astilbe have bloomed.Some pepper and tomato plants have blossoms. The green bean seeds have sprouted. The dahlias have sent up green shoots.***Elisa Campbell of Amherst will lead an Old Growth Forest walking tour at...


Around Amherst: Race Amity Day celebrates togetherness

06-06-2024 7:32 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Race Amity Day, which will include the 18th annual presentation of Youth Hero Awards and the Mill River Basketball Tournament, takes place Sunday at the Mill River Recreation Area, 95 Montague Road.The town is promoting the day under the...


Amtrak expands Valley Flyer service with evening runs to and from Valley to NYC

06-06-2024 7:32 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Residents in the Pioneer Valley looking to get away to New York City for the weekend now have more of a means to do so, thanks to additional Amtrak Valley Flyer trains running between Greenfield and New Haven, Connecticut, that can...


Interim leader chosen to lead Granby schools while search for permanent superintendent takes place

06-06-2024 7:27 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — Mary Jane Rickson will head the district as interim superintendent while the School Committee searches for a permanent replacement for Superintendent Stephen Sullivan, who leaves for a new job in Greenfield at the end of the school year.The...


Man gets 2½ years on drug charges

06-06-2024 7:27 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — After weighing recommendations from defense and prosecuting attorneys, a Hampshire Superior Court judge sentenced a Northampton man to 2½ years in jail on numerous drug distribution charges at a change-of-plea hearing Wednesday.Before...


Mass. Senate backs end to ‘home equity theft’

06-06-2024 7:27 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

The state Senate unanimously passed an amendment to its annual spending plan that would prohibit municipalities and private companies from taking the entire equity of a home in the event of a tax lien foreclosure, a piece of legislation that, if...


For 20 graduates, time to move on from PVCICS ‘family’

06-06-2024 7:25 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HADLEY — With cheers and flowers, thanks and praise, the 20 members of the senior class and their families celebrated graduation on May 29 at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School’s eighth commencement, held in the school’s...


44 grads carry the torch at Hopkins Academy

06-06-2024 7:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Gratitude to families for their support in making a difference in students’ lives, appreciation for staff and administration who impacted education, and plaudits for the larger community were expressed throughout the Hopkins Academy...


Hadley asks state to probe shopping cart structure along bank of Connecticut River

06-06-2024 7:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is investigating the legality of a makeshift riverbank and retaining wall using dozens of carefully arranged shopping carts alongside the Connecticut River behind a home on Honey Pot...


Amherst council rejects pulling plug on Jones Library project

06-06-2024 7:22 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A process to seek new general contracting bids for the expansion and renovation of the Jones Library by the end of the year is continuing after the Town Council narrowly rejected an advisory calling on the town manager to immediately halt...


New finance director, comms chief for Amherst, council clerk not leaving after all

05-30-2024 5:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A new finance director and communications manager will begin their tenures with the town in the coming weeks, while the clerk to the Town Council is remaining in her position, but with expanded responsibilities.Melissa Zawadzki of...


Asparagus Festival preps for 10th edition in Hadley on Saturday

05-30-2024 5:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — Beginning in 2013 on the grounds of a Route 9 restaurant, where people could enjoy food, music and beer tastings, New England Public Media’s Asparagus Festival has grown into a daylong event on the historic Town Common on West Street.On...


Mystery shrouds case of injured moose euthanized in Sunderland

05-30-2024 5:41 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — Police responded to the area of Bull Hill Road and Route 116 on the morning of May 23 for a report of a moose struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival shortly after 7 a.m., though, there were more questions than answers, as first responders...


‘It’s time to gallop’: Deerfield Academy speakers share advice with 201 graduates

05-30-2024 5:41 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

DEERFIELD — Speakers at Deerfield Academy’s commencement ceremony on Sunday shared jovial messages with the 201 graduates, including lessons that could be learned from a creative senior prank.Leila Govi, a Deerfield Academy alumna who graduated in...



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