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Amherst-Pelham schools to make plea to town of Amherst for help closing $1.9M budget gap
02-03-2024 11:00 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — To stave off a portion of what could be nearly $1.9 million in reductions and efficiencies to balance next year’s Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools budget, Amherst representatives to the Regional School Committee intend to seek more financial...


Shutesbury voters OK new wetlands bylaw at special TM
02-03-2024 11:00 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — After a series of amendments and nearly three hours of discussion and debate, a new wetlands protection bylaw is in place in Shutesbury, adopted without a sentence that some interpreted as giving developers veto power over certain...


Municipal aggregation OK’d for Belchertown
02-03-2024 11:00 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

BELCHERTOWN — State utility regulators have given a green light to municipal aggregation in Belchertown, allowing residents and businesses to act as a bulk buyer of electricity supply.Aggregation typically helps to keep electricity rates down and can...


Amherst picks 20 people for its superintendent search committee
02-03-2024 11:00 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A 20-member search committee, whose members represent a range of backgrounds and identities, hometowns and work experience, will be responsible for identifying the candidates to become the next superintendent for the Amherst, Pelham and...


Amherst brings back former finance director part time for budget season
02-03-2024 11:00 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A former Amherst finance director is returning to town for the next few months to assist officials in getting through the budget season.Sanford “Sandy” Pooler, who was Amherst’s finance director from 2011 to early 2016, will be coming back...


Around Amherst: Soldier’s 1865 letter stars in Ancestral Bridges exhibit
02-03-2024 11:00 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A soldier’s letter from 1865, written on an original government flyer announcing the Emancipation Proclamation to cities and plantations across Texas, is being unveiled as part of an expanded Ancestral Bridges exhibit opening at Amherst...


‘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

By STEVE PFARRER

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...


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...


The Beat Goes On: A busy couple of weeks at The Drake, a new acoustic music series in Holyoke, and more
01-25-2024 11:08 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

In my last column, I mentioned that The Parlor Room in Northampton and the Marigold Theater are maintaining busy schedules right through these early, dead-of-winter days.Another area venue that keeps pumping up the music is The Drake in Amherst, and...


Camp Howe in Goshen loses 4-H affiliation after UMass drops support
01-25-2024 11:08 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

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...


Hadley identifies targets for municipal solar projects
01-25-2024 11:08 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

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

By SCOTT MERZBACH

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

By SCOTT MERZBACH

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,...


Book Bag: ‘Kindling’ by Kathleen Jennings; ‘And the Trees Talked Back’ by Frederick J. Burns
01-25-2024 11:06 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

KindlingBy Kathleen JenningsSmall Beer Press Kathleen Jennings had already made a name for herself as a talented illustrator of fantasy books when she began writing her own stories some years back — and it turns out she can spin some magical tales of...


Regional bike share program may make return
01-25-2024 11:00 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

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...


Around Amherst: Black History Month events begin with flag raising
01-25-2024 10:58 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

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

By SCOTT MERZBACH

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

By SCOTT MERZBACH

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...


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...


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...

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