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Literary musing and gatherings: Amherst College host its ninth annual LitFest this weekend
02-23-2024 9:55 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Amherst College has sent many a successful writer into the world, or brought them in to teach: David Foster Wallace, Robert Frost, Richard Wilbur, Robert Stone, Lauren Groff, Chris Bohjalian, Charles Mann and many others.That legacy will be celebrated...


LifePath gets $125K grant to facilitate benefits enrollment
02-23-2024 9:53 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — With a $125,000 grant from the National Council on Aging, LifePath is looking to help folks in Franklin and Hampshire counties, as well as the North Quabbin region, get past the complex forms and eligibility requirements for numerous...


Amherst town officials leery of playground surfaces
02-23-2024 9:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — With the Conservation Commission and Board of Health registering objections to the proposed poured-in-place rubber surface of a playground at the town’s new elementary school, the design team is asking the Elementary School Building...


Councilors have doubts over Amherst College ‘gateway’ sign on public green
02-23-2024 9:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A large gateway sign to greet visitors to the Amherst College campus coming from points west and north, better announcing the college’s presence at the southern edge of downtown, is again being proposed for installation by college officials...


Around Amherst: Town lays out climate change action on website
02-23-2024 9:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A town website focused on the municipal work related to addressing climate change and making Amherst more sustainable recently went live.“It’s pretty much a one-stop opportunity to access information on what has been done, what is being...


Treasure in the attic: Woman steps up to save long-lost mural of 1800s Jewish immigrant congregation
02-23-2024 9:47 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

Forgotten and gathering dust in the attic of a North Adams apartment building for more than a century, a mural that’s a part of eastern European Jewish immigrant history may soon see the light of day again.If it does, it will be thanks largely to the...


The ABCs of children’s books: ‘Alphabet Soup’ at the Eric Carle Museum looks at how picture books come to life
02-23-2024 9:40 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has no shortage of material to draw on for exhibits.Aside from highlighting work from traveling exhibits, or showcasing illustrations of specific artists drawn from various sources, the Amherst museum can...


Around Amherst: Event welcomes Year of the Dragon
02-15-2024 8:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A year after 300 people came out to celebrate the Lunar New Year at Spring Festival with music, dance and food, a similar event to commemorate 2024 — the Year of the Dragon — takes place Saturday.The get-together, running from 10:30 a.m. to...


Five selected from limited pool to interview for Amherst police chief
02-15-2024 8:26 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even with continued concerns over having just a small pool of applicants to be Amherst’s next police chief, a search committee is forging ahead with interviews.Five candidates, culled from 11 who submitted letters of interest in the job,...


Zoning breaks sought for four-story buildings on edge of UMass
02-15-2024 8:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An 85-unit mixed-use project is being proposed for the corner of Amity Street and University Drive, but the potential development may depend on variance requests coming before the Zoning Board of Appeals later this month.UDrive Amity LLC,...


New campaign to push toward Tilton Library’s $2M goal for expansion project
02-15-2024 8:20 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — With Tilton Library approaching the early-spring start date for its expansion project, the library is launching a new capital campaign to continue climbing toward its goal of $2 million.The “I Heart Tilton” campaign launched on Feb....


Historic guideboard on Shutesbury town common packed up for repairs
02-15-2024 8:16 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — A historic guideboard on the Shutesbury Town Common since 1837, helping travelers navigate to Massachusetts communities both near and far, is temporarily absent from the green as a restoration project begins.The wooden guideboard was...


Amherst families to committee: Don’t cut elementary music program
02-15-2024 8:14 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Some students let their instruments do the talking at a marathon Amherst School Committee hearing Tuesday at which dozens of people pleaded against a plan to eliminate an instrumental music teacher for the town’s three elementary...


Cute and charming: Shutesbury swears in Charlie, its first police comfort dog
02-08-2024 8:45 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — On his first day at Shutesbury Town Hall, a week before officially being sworn in as the Police Department’s first K-9 officer, Charlie provided a calming distraction for a stressed and flustered resident who had come to the town...


Design Review Board in Amherst backs 5-story apartment project connected to old Hastings building
02-08-2024 8:43 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A new five-story apartment project that would rise behind and be connected to the back of the former A.J. Hastings building is receiving a favorable recommendation from an Amherst town committee.Before site plans for the development at 45-55...


Around Amherst: Amherst College scores Historical Society’s Conch Shell Award
02-08-2024 8:43 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Books associated with Amherst College’s 2021 bicentennial are earning the college the Amherst Historical Society’s annual Arthur F. Kinney Conch Shell Award.The historical society will present the award during its annual meeting, which...


Amherst chamber boss Pazmany to step down
02-08-2024 8:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — In a region where most businesses are small, with 20 or fewer employees, having an organization to advocate on their behalf, help market them and assist them through unforeseen challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic is critical, says Amherst...


The Beat Goes On: Acclaimed dobro player shows her singer-songwriter side in Northampton, an eclectic duo comes to Florence, and more
02-08-2024 8:37 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Parlor Room features a steady stream of singer-songwriters, given the Northampton club’s intimate setting is ideal for acoustic music.The vast majority of those performers come bearing acoustic guitars. But Abbie Gardner will bring her dobro, or...


Hadley mall owners demand Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School stop using its parking lot
02-08-2024 8:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — The owner of Mountain Farms Mall, which borders the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, is prohibiting students, staff and visitors to the school from using its parking lot, and has stationed a tow truck at the site on weekday...


Amherst College on track for downtown store on Hastings site
02-03-2024 11:00 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As keys for the former Hastings shop at 45 South Pleasant St. are turned over to Amherst College so that it can open a store this spring to sell apparel, collectibles and other Mammoths-related merchandise, the owners of the third-generation...

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