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When a rural road goes bad: Unpaved Dudleyville Road illustrates challenges facing WMass towns
02-08-2024 8:32 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — Restoration of a 1.4-mile section of the mostly gravel Dudleyville Road from Moore’s Corner to the Shutesbury town line could cost at least $2 million, and possibly as much as $4 million, according to a draft evaluation recently completed...


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...


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...


Chunglo to end 36-run in Hadley politics; town election set for May 21
02-03-2024 11:00 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — In 1988, Joyce Chunglo began a 15-year tenure on the Hadley School Committee that ended in 2003, when she was elected to the Select Board, a board she has remained on for the past 21 years.With nomination forms for the May 21 town election...


Expanded North Amherst Library branch to reopen Monday
02-03-2024 11:00 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — North Amherst Library, closed since the spring of 2022 for a $1.7 million project to make the 1893 building fully accessible and provide public bathrooms for the first time, reopens Monday. The expansion of the 1,080-square-foot, town-owned...


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...


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...


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...


School Committee vote opens ARHS track project to grass playing field
02-03-2024 10:50 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Reorienting and expanding the high school track and rebuilding its interior playing field is in some question after the Amherst Regional School Committee this week narrowly rescinded a $1.5 million borrowing authorization. Committee members...


ARHS grad Ebon Moss-Bachrach wins best supporting actor in a comedy series for ‘The Bear’
01-25-2024 11:11 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A 1995 Amherst Regional High School graduate’s work on the first season of the FX/Hulu television series “The Bear” has earned him a Primetime Emmy Award.Ebon Moss-Bachrach took home the best supporting actor in a comedy series award at the...


Hadley climate panel balks at toughening energy rules in building code
01-25-2024 11:11 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A specialized state energy code that would require newly constructed homes using fossil fuels to have both on-site solar arrays and be wired to become all-electric in the future is not yet being recommended for adoption in Hadley.Though both...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


Amherst Regional School Committee meeting roiled over principal pick
01-22-2024 10:43 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An internal choice to become the new interim principal at Amherst Regional Middle School no longer wants the position following a tense Regional School Committee meeting on Tuesday in which a parent of a student who was repeatedly bullied at...

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