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Guest columnist Aubrey Menard: They paved paradise and put up a storage facility
02-08-2024 8:43 PM

By AUBREY MENARD

Every spring as the Valley turns green and warmth returns to the air, I look forward to pulling my bike out and going for a ride. I live in Amherst, so one of my favorite places to ride is along the Norwottuck Rail Trail, past the beautiful Hadley...


Guest columnist Jeffrey Fishman: Less than informed, in denial of facts
02-08-2024 8:43 PM

By JEFFREY FISHMAN

As someone who has struggled continuously to find understanding and respect for those Republican voters who ardently support the ex-president, being informed and educated about scientific evidence and widely accepted facts is critical to garnering...


Around Amherst: Amherst College scores Historical Society’s Conch Shell Award
02-08-2024 8:43 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Books associated with Amherst College’s 2021 bicentennial are earning the college the Amherst Historical Society’s annual Arthur F. Kinney Conch Shell Award.The historical society will present the award during its annual meeting, which...


Design Review Board in Amherst backs 5-story apartment project connected to old Hastings building
02-08-2024 8:43 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A new five-story apartment project that would rise behind and be connected to the back of the former A.J. Hastings building is receiving a favorable recommendation from an Amherst town committee.Before site plans for the development at 45-55...


Amherst officials mull Puffer’s Pond improvements
02-08-2024 8:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The frequent closure of Puffer’s Pond last summer due to high levels of E. coli bacteria, coupled with ongoing concerns that sediment is filling the pond, is prompting town officials to focus on developing a plan for improvements.At the...


Liz Larson steps up to interim director of downtown BID
02-08-2024 8:42 PM

AMHERST — Liz Larson, the Amherst Business Improvement District’s director of operations, will be the interim executive director starting Feb. 26.Larson was announced as the interim lead after the Amherst BID’s board of directors offered her the job...


Amherst chamber boss Pazmany to step down
02-08-2024 8:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — In a region where most businesses are small, with 20 or fewer employees, having an organization to advocate on their behalf, help market them and assist them through unforeseen challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic is critical, says Amherst...


UMass Police investigating Saturday night robbery
02-08-2024 8:42 PM

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Police are investigating a robbery in which suspects demanded driver’s licenses and money from four UMass students in Lot 13 on Olympia Drive Saturday evening.A crime alert posted to the UMass Police website...


The Evergreens house is ready for its close-up after preservation work at Emily Dickinson Museum
02-08-2024 8:38 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — Closed since 2019 for extensive preservation efforts and infrastructure improvements, The Evergreens, a key property at the Emily Dickinson Museum, will reopen for visitors March 1.The 19th century house was built in 1856 for Austin...


A new chapter begins at renovated, expanded North Amherst Library
02-08-2024 8:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Arriving at the North Amherst Library from their home a short distance away Monday afternoon, Zahir Kazazi, 5, and Elsia Kazazi, 7, parked their scooters at the base of a new staircase and chairlift, excitedly looking up from the $1.7...


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...


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...


Amherst, college to host day for girls in sports on Saturday
02-03-2024 11:00 AM

Staff Report

AMHERST — Girls will have the opportunity to try a variety of sports and games as Amherst College’s female athletes help lead a regional celebration for the Women’s Sports Foundation’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday.Running from 10...


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...


Lori Goldner: Be mindful of vehicle idling
02-03-2024 10:55 AM

As the winter gets colder, the Amherst Energy and Climate Action Committee would like to encourage all drivers to remain mindful of their vehicle idling habits. While protection from the cold is important, idling a car for longer than five minutes is...


Randi Stein: Should try connecting with her tribe
02-03-2024 10:55 AM

I am offended and bewildered by the words of guest columnist Sarena Neyman, who says she is “losing her tribe over Gaza.” [“Losing my tribe over Gaza,” Gazette, Jan. 20]. While I want to hasten to say I too have come to a position that a cease-fire...


Columnist Johanna Neumann: Halfway there — 2023 a year for major green projects in Amherst
02-03-2024 10:53 AM

By JOHANNA NEUMANN

Happy 2024. After my last column, I got feedback from a reader who pointed out that I missed a topic in my round-up of environmental progress in 2023. She mentioned that I had completely failed to mention Amherst voters overwhelmingly approving plans...

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