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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...


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...


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...


Hitting it big for wrong reasons: In ‘American Fiction,’ Black writer’s pastiche hailed as authentic
01-17-2024 7:09 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Though it had only an initial limited theatrical release, and did not appear until December, “American Fiction” has already popped up on a number of critics’ “best films of 2023” lists, and the movie has been nominated for a slew of awards.The buzz is...


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,...


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...


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...


Hadley woman sentenced to 5 years’ probation in animal cruelty case
01-11-2024 11:48 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Hadley woman charged with animal cruelty in 2022 after nine cows and 22 goats were seized from the Amherst farm where she was keeping them will spend five years on probation after pleading guilty Friday to three counts in the 35-count...


Activist groups say Medicare Advantage defrauds taxpayers, call for overhaul
01-11-2024 11:45 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Contending that tens of billions of dollars are going to for-profit insurance companies instead of paying for necessary medical needs of senior citizens, Valley Action in Amherst and other regional activist groups are calling for stronger...


Yankee Candle’s South Deerfield distribution facility to close by end of 2024
01-11-2024 11:45 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...


Boosters reach goal for ARHS track, but project with turf field still $1M short
01-11-2024 11:45 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...


The Beat Goes On: Busy schedules at The Parlor Room and Marigold Theater, a ‘solo ensemble’ guitar concert in Greenfield, and more
01-11-2024 11:15 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Early January, just after the holidays and New Year’s Eve have run their course, can be a quiet time for a lot of music venues.But The Parlor Room in Northampton has put together a pretty jam-packed schedule right through this month, starting with a...


Around Amherst: Events celebrate King’s vision, reflect on his  legacy
01-11-2024 11:13 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy is being celebrated in Amherst with two community events next week coinciding with the federal holiday that, in 2024, marks the civil rights pioneer’s 95th birthday.On Monday at 1 p.m. at...


Crossing borders: Hadley author’s short story collection explores the human stories behind immigration
01-11-2024 11:09 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

On the U.S.-Mexican border, a desperate mother sends her young daughter alone across a bridge over the Rio Grande to try make it into Texas. In New York City, a Jewish woman confronts the hole in her heart when she thinks of her former Muslim husband,...


Book Bag: ‘Finding Home’ by Gwen Agna and Shelley Rotner; ‘In Praise of Listening’ by Christian McEwen
01-05-2024 9:11 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Finding Home: Words From Kids Seeking SanctuaryBy Gwen Agna and Shelley Rotner; Clarion Books Headlines inform us every day of the crises many people face around the world — war, climate disasters, violent crime — that force them to flee their homes....


Hadley officer returning from cancer battle earns four-county police salute
01-05-2024 9:10 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A year after joining the Hadley Police Department in 2014, Staff Sgt. Michael Romano became the town’s first school resource officer, taking on a role aimed at keeping students, teachers and staff safe at the four campuses in town.Over the...


Around Amherst: Jones trustees pledging to protect historic home amid project
01-05-2024 9:03 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — While some residents may worry about potential damage to the historic Simeon Strong House during expansion of the neighboring Jones Library, trustees for the Amherst Historical Society are assuring the public that, as caretakers of the...

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