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Big project wins OK at old Belchertown State School
02-23-2024 9:47 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — The town has signed off on the largest project yet in its long-running efforts to redevelop the former Belchertown State School — a 100-unit mixed-income residential complex that also includes converting an old administration building...

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Superintendent warns of 20 staff cuts in Amherst-Pelham regional schools
02-23-2024 9:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even with Amherst officials signaling a commitment to increase the town’s financial obligation to the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, around 20 staff members, including classroom teachers and paraeducators, could be eliminated at the middle...


Amherst gets good budget news that could stave off cuts
02-23-2024 9:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst’s public schools, municipal government and town libraries are in line to get spending boosts in next year’s budgets that go beyond initial projections, potentially staving off recently announced cuts that could be made to elementary...


Guest columnist Dave King: A humanitarian call for cease-fire in Gaza
02-23-2024 9:55 PM

By DAVE KING

The Amherst Town Council voted unanimously on Oct. 16, 2023, in support of a resolution to condemn the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel that killed more than a thousand Israelis. The resolution grieved for the Hamas-held hostages and their families, and...


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...


The Lehrer Report: Feb. 23, 2024
02-23-2024 9:55 PM

Garden report: A friend told me crocuses are in bloom in her yard. Others have reported seeing shoots up in their yards. I checked my beds and there are daffodil and iris shoots that are visible.One month from Tuesday — Feb. 20 — the vernal equinox,...


Amherst Historical Commission not ready to OK demos on South Pleasant without more info
02-23-2024 9:55 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Appeals for more documentation of a historic performance space in a downtown building, possibly used by an Amherst College fraternity in the 19th century, are being made before the three-story brick structure is razed.The rear ell at 45...


$1M in grants to boost local food system in Hampshire County
02-23-2024 9:55 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Area organizations are welcoming grant awards that will boost the supply of fresh, local food available to those in need and provide support for local farmers.“We’re really thrilled to have been selected,” said Lev BenEzra, executive...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Larry Steinhauser: Cooley Dickinson Healthcare system: Thank you!
02-23-2024 9:51 PM

As a 70-year old person I have always prided myself on being healthy and active. Never spent a night in a hospital and never had major surgery. In December this changed when I had total knee replacement surgery. All of this happened under the Cooley...


Elizabeth Vierling: Thanks to the Amherst ZBA
02-23-2024 9:51 PM

I would like to thank the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals for their thoughtful discussion on Feb 8th and for declining the request by Archipelago Investments Inc. for a variance that would have allowed a mixed-use building near Atkins Corner to have...


Jonathan Klate: Make American great again?
02-23-2024 9:51 PM

A few months ago, my wife and I stood in solemn remembrance and reverent contemplation in the American cemetery at Omaha Beach in Normandie, regarding the inscription of the poignant words of General Mark W. Clark whose Fifth Army led the liberation...


Kaylee Brow: There are better places to store junk
02-23-2024 9:51 PM

I wanted to voice my agreement with the column written by Aubrey Menard regarding the storage facility being built next to the rail trail in Hadley [“They paved paradise and put up storage facility,” Bulletin, Feb. 9]. This is a huge loss for everyone...


Guest columnists Jay Fleitman and Mary Lou Stuart:
02-23-2024 9:50 PM

By JAY FLEITMAN and MARY LOU STUART

The Republican State Committee is the board of directors of the party. It operates like any organizational board; determining policies, direction, approving finances, and electing officers, particularly the chair position. As such, the state...


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...


Amherst seeks bids to remove old VFW building
02-23-2024 9:46 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A contractor to demolish the former VFW building at 457 Main St. is being sought by the town, the next step in redeveloping the site for supportive affordable housing and a permanent homeless shelter.The town recently posted a bid soliciting...


Adding up fire losses at Red Fire Farm: $1M in damages includes barn full of supplies and memories
02-23-2024 9:43 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — Days after a large fire engulfed Red Fire Farm’s barn and farm store on Carver Street on Saturday afternoon, farm staff slowly recounted the equipment and inventory lost in the fire, as well as the memories attached to them.The fire caused an...


Earth Matters: A world where we aren’t at the center?
02-23-2024 9:43 PM

By MONYA RELLES

Over the summer, I read and enjoyed “An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us” by Ed Yong. One of Yong’s central theses is that animal senses are so different from our own that it’s almost impossible to imagine the ways...

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