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Jack Tullos: UMass gets a Big MAC
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

With all due deference to Gerald R. Ford, the uber-long UMass FBS independent football experiment/nightmare seems over. The 2025 season will find the Minuteman team still competing in an FBS conference, the Mid-American Conference, but the MAC...


Annette Pfannebecker: Support the Sunlight Act
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

It is disheartening to hear that our state Legislature is one of the least transparent in the nation. While we see our House and Senate representatives do so much for the districts they serve, writing and passing important legislation, there are also...


Alex Bowman: What is going on over at UMass Athletics?
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

The decision to move to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) was driven by the misguided notion that UMass football is the darling of the school. It’s not. College football simply doesn’t have the same cultural significance here in the Northeast.I was at...


Hadley nearing settlement over campers dispute along Connecticut River
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A Land Court lawsuit in which a Holyoke resident is seeking to overturn a Zoning Board of Appeals decision preventing him from parking five campers at a long-used campsite along the Connecticut River appears to be nearing a resolution that...


The Lehrer Report: March 22, 2024
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

Garden report: I will cut forsythia branches and force them inside. Some friends told me they did this last month. Other friends said the pussy willows are out. However, I don’t have them in my yard.There is one bud on my Thanksgiving cactus. Maybe it...


Around Amherst: Woman’s Club Flower Show heralds spring
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Spring’s arrival is being celebrated by the Amherst Woman’s Club, which is holding its annual Flower Show and Sale on Saturday at the Hills Memorial Club House, 35 Triangle St.The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature classic...


Biologists, governor visit bear den in Pelham
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

State biologists took the governor for a visit to a black bear den in Pelham earlier this month that is part of ongoing statewide research throughout the state.Each winter, biologists from the Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game Division of...


Yankee Candle settles $1.2M class action lawsuit over time clock rounding
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SPRINGFIELD — More than 2,400 current and former Yankee Candle employees are eligible to split $1.2 million from a class action lawsuit brought forward by an employee alleging the company failed to pay workers for “thousands of hours of work” due to...


National Park Service to survey Deerfield River
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — The National Park Service will conduct a reconnaissance survey on the Deerfield River to see if it is eligible to be designated as a National Wild and Scenic River.A designation would protect free-flowing sections of the Deerfield River —...


Longtime employees buy Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland
03-24-2024 2:15 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — The change of the seasons, as farmers know, often brings a slew of other changes along with it, and at Kitchen Garden Farm, this spring brings the largest change of all.Soon the farm will change hands for the first time since its founding...


Book Bag: ‘One of a Kind: The life of Sydney Taylor’ By Richard Michelson; ‘Joyful Song: A Naming Story’ by Lesléa Newman
03-24-2024 2:13 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

One of a Kind: The Life of Sydney TaylorWritten by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Sarah Green; Calkins Creek Amherst poet and children’s author Richard Michelson has often delved into history in some of his books for young readers, such as “The...


The Beat Goes On: A post-Mardi Gras show in Florence, a popular area band celebrates its newest album in Amherst, and more
03-24-2024 2:05 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Mardi Gras took place last month, but you can catch some of its flavor at the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity on March 24 at 4 p.m. when Jon Cleary & The Monster Gentlemen come to the Florence venue — with the Soggy Po Boys opening the show.Cleary has...


UMass basketball: Minutewomen’s two leading scorers Alexsia Rose, Kristin Williams headed to transfer portal
03-24-2024 2:04 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — As of Monday afternoon, two UMass women’s basketball guards have entered the transfer portal, looking to take their talents elsewhere.Senior Alexsia Rose and junior Kristin Williams have hit the portal following a disappointing 5-27...


UMass basketball: Josh Cohen, Robert Davis Jr. first Minutemen to enter transfer portal
03-24-2024 2:04 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — One of the first dominoes to fall is a massive one for the UMass men’s basketball team.Minutemen forward Josh Cohen has entered the transfer portal, ESPN’s Jeff Borzello reported late Monday morning. The 6-foot-10 senior has one year of...


A tale of murderous indifference: ‘The Zone of Interest’ offers a view of the Holocaust as chilling as its architects
03-24-2024 2:03 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Hannah Arendt famously coined the term “the banality of evil” in her book on Adolph Eichmann’s trial in Israel in 1963, where the former Nazi official, a key organizer of the Holocaust, presented himself as a bureaucrat who was “just doing his job” in...


Can you get there from here? Online tool tracks how reach to food pantries and stores without a car — or not
03-24-2024 2:02 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — Food and other necessities can be found at the Goshen General Store on Route 9. For low-income individuals in Goshen and surrounding communities, the Hilltown Food Pantry, at the nearby Town Office Building, distributes food every...


Reimagining the Hampshire Mall: UMass architecture students share their visions
03-24-2024 2:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — What would Hampshire Mall’s expansive 33-acre property off Route 9 in Hadley look like as mostly a housing complex? A class of budding architects and landscape architects at the University of Amherst have spent the last couple of months...


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: Become an educated gardener: Three upcoming symposia will answer all your gardening questions
03-14-2024 3:07 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

Most of us humans assume that other creatures experience the world through their senses of sound, taste, smell and touch, the same way we do. But we couldn’t be more wrong, as science writer Ed Yong explains in his fascinating new book, “An Immense...


Retired Holyoke firefighter picked to lead Amherst police alternative CRESS
03-14-2024 3:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A retired Holyoke firefighter who has worked as a licensed clinical social worker is being appointed as the director of the Community Responders for Equity, Safety and Service department, pending review by the Town Council.Camille Theriaque...


Plan advances to overhaul nuisance property bylaw in Amherst
03-14-2024 3:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Town officials would be empowered to work with property owners to coordinate corrective action plans when their properties receive three nuisance property infractions in a year under a revised nuisance property bylaw being proposed.The...

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