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A ‘Refuse to Lose’ reunion: UMass stars gather to talk about Final Four run for new documentary
06-13-2024 7:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A Final Four run for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team and its “Refuse to Lose” mantra that defined the program’s most successful era continues to provide fond memories for the players and coaches involved nearly 30 years...

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Around Amherst: Plans to ‘art up’ utility boxes part of Electrify Amherst
06-13-2024 7:59 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — At a downtown intersection, portraits of and quotes by poets Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost are on a utility box, and in East Amherst center a Black Lives Matter theme is on a similar box.With the artwork done by artists in previous years...


Teen driver dies in Pelham crash
06-13-2024 7:59 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

PELHAM — A teenage driver died Monday evening after his vehicle crashed into a tree off Daniel Shays Highway (Route 202) and caught fire, authorities said.Joseph Tucker, 19, of Essex was brought by helicopter to Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer, where...


Bring on the summer music and arts: Concert series and more return to Hadley and Huntington
06-13-2024 7:58 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Summer brings outdoor music as well as any number of artistic performances, including theater, literary readings, dances and more.And it’s not just big blowout events like the Green River Festival.In Hadley, the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum has...


A half-century of photography: Forbes Library exhibit showcases the vintage work and world views of photographer and digital printmaker Stan Sherer
06-13-2024 7:44 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When Stan Sherer was growing up in the Bronx in New York City in the 1950s, an uncle paid a visit to his family one day and brought along some World War II-era darkroom equipment.Sherer didn’t know it just then, but he was about to find his life’s...


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...


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...


Civil War tablets honoring Amherst veterans help open high schoolers’ eyes to unsung Black history
06-06-2024 7:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

African American soldiers from Amherst who served in the famed 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment and 5th Calvary were among those who arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and to announce that slavery had...


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...


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...


For reproductive rights: 100 students hold walkout on anniversary of Dobbs decision
05-30-2024 5:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion across the country through its Roe v. Wade decision. That same year, Luna Paradis’ mother was born.Fifty-one years later, Luna Paradis, a seventh grader at Amherst Regional Middle School,...


Around Amherst: Soldier killed on Iwo Jima awarded Medal of Liberty
05-30-2024 5:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An Amherst native and member of the U.S. Marine Corps, killed in March 1945 on Iwo Jima during World War II, is being awarded the Massachusetts Medal of Liberty.On Memorial Day on Monday, with an event moved to the Bangs Community Center due...


Amherst eyes redirecting $1M in one-time ARPA monies to cover regional school budget
05-30-2024 5:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A possible redirection of a portion of $1 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act money is being proposed to cover Amherst’s assessment to support the $35.27 million fiscal year 2025 operating budget for the Amherst-Pelham Regional...


Class C boys volleyball: Top-seeded Granby sweeps Ware, captures first-ever WMass title (PHOTOS)
05-30-2024 5:39 PM

By GARRETT COTE

CHICOPEE — All the momentum was against the No. 1 Granby boys volleyball team in the third set of Saturday’s Western Mass. Class C championship match with No. 2 Ware.The Rams had breezed through the first two sets, but they faced a 24-21 deficit in...

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