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A ‘Refuse to Lose’ reunion: UMass stars gather to talk about Final Four run for new documentary
06-13-2024 7:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A Final Four run for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team and its “Refuse to Lose” mantra that defined the program’s most successful era continues to provide fond memories for the players and coaches involved nearly 30 years...

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Amherst library dips into endowment to pay architects up to $551K to pare Jones project cost
06-13-2024 8:03 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — More than $500,000 from the Jones Inc. endowment will be used to pay Finegold Alexander Architects for an additional 12 weeks of work, during which its team will aim to reduce the costs of the proposed expansion and renovation of the Jones...


Amherst College committed to partnership with schools, though talks ongoing
06-13-2024 8:03 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Despite a number of appeals and meetings seeking financial support from Amherst College for the Amherst and regional public schools, both through official and unofficial channels, no arrangement has yet been reached.Even so, both college and...


Juneteenth celebrations animate Amherst on Saturday, Wednesday
06-13-2024 8:03 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Celebrations to mark Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when the last American citizens in Galveston, Texas were informed that slavery was abolished, are scheduled for both Saturday and on the federal holiday itself.Three years after June 19, also...


Federal funds heading to Amherst, Holyoke for purchase of more than two dozen electric school buses
06-13-2024 8:03 PM

By Alexa Lewis

School districts in Amherst and Holyoke are well on their way to transporting students to and from school in buses that run entirely on clean energy.The two districts were among 17 in Massachusetts to secure portions of $42 million in federal funding...


Book Bag: ‘Sandwich’ by Catherine Newman; ‘The Man Who Loved Trees’ by Annaliese Bischoff
06-13-2024 7:59 PM

By STEVE PFARRER | Staff Writer

SandwichBy Catherine Newman; HarperCollins In late 2022, Amherst writer Catherine Newman released her first adult novel, “We All Want Impossible Things,” after previously publishing a number of nonfiction titles, a middle grade novel, and quite a bit...


Review sought of 41-acre solar/battery project on Amherst’s eastern edge
06-13-2024 7:59 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A controversial large-scale solar and battery development planned for a portion of a mostly wooded 102-acre site on the eastern edge of town is continuing to make its way through municipal permitting, with a private consultant to review...


Teen driver dies in Pelham crash
06-13-2024 7:59 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

PELHAM — A teenage driver died Monday evening after his vehicle crashed into a tree off Daniel Shays Highway (Route 202) and caught fire, authorities said.Joseph Tucker, 19, of Essex was brought by helicopter to Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer, where...


Transhealth’s new leader hopes to continue center’s early success
06-13-2024 7:59 PM

By Alexa Lewis

Transhealth’s new CEO Joan Erwin understands how critical gender-affirming care is in today’s political climate, and said she’s ready to guide the health care center into the future.Erwin, previously Transhealth’s chief operating officer, has a...


Bring on the summer music and arts: Concert series and more return to Hadley and Huntington
06-13-2024 7:58 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Summer brings outdoor music as well as any number of artistic performances, including theater, literary readings, dances and more.And it’s not just big blowout events like the Green River Festival.In Hadley, the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum has...


Dave’s Hot Chicken looking to spice up Hadley’s Mountain Farms Mall
06-13-2024 7:58 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant serving chicken tenders, sandwiches, milkshakes and a special kale slaw is looking to open in a former bank building next to Mountain Farms Mall.Representatives for Dave’s Hot Chicken, headquartered in...


A half-century of photography: Forbes Library exhibit showcases the vintage work and world views of photographer and digital printmaker Stan Sherer
06-13-2024 7:44 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When Stan Sherer was growing up in the Bronx in New York City in the 1950s, an uncle paid a visit to his family one day and brought along some World War II-era darkroom equipment.Sherer didn’t know it just then, but he was about to find his life’s...


Belchertown High grads eager for next steps
06-13-2024 7:44 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — In the high school gymnasium bustling with excitement and nerves in the thick, humid air, 155 seniors attempted a formal entrance to their graduation ceremony, but the single-file step-together-step sequence that students had rehearsed...


Hurricanes forever: 215 Amherst Regional High School graduates celebrate accomplishments, get ready to work for the future
06-13-2024 7:43 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As members of the 2024 class graduate from Amherst Regional High School, they will likely face adversity and be pushed to their limits in the years ahead. But Class President Neil Cunniffe, speaking during last Friday’s graduation ceremony,...


Amherst planners ready to move ahead on University Drive overlay district
06-13-2024 7:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An overlay district along a section of University Drive, to encourage construction of more apartments and mixed-use buildings, as well as social dormitories for college students, is awaiting a recommendation from the Planning Board.Senior...


Pro-Palestinian protesters shut down Amherst College Alumni Weekend keystone
06-06-2024 7:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Alumni Weekend at Amherst College, typically a celebratory occasion for members of classes marking milestone anniversaries, featured two pro-Palestinian demonstrations, including one that shut down the annual Conversation with the President...


Retired UMass prof picked for Melinda French Gates’ $240M women empowerment project
06-06-2024 7:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A retired University of Massachusetts economics professor from the School of Public Policy is being awarded $20 million from Melinda French Gates’ philanthropic foundation, money that will go toward advancing women’s power on a global...


Amherst finance board backs finding money to give regional schools 6% boost
06-06-2024 7:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The town Finance Committee is unanimously recommending that the town support a 6% increase in the fiscal year 2025 assessment for the Amherst Pelham Regional schools, with the needed money to support the adjustment coming from either free...


Amtrak expands Valley Flyer service with evening runs to and from Valley to NYC
06-06-2024 7:32 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Residents in the Pioneer Valley looking to get away to New York City for the weekend now have more of a means to do so, thanks to additional Amtrak Valley Flyer trains running between Greenfield and New Haven, Connecticut, that can...


Valley Bounty: A farm stand in good hands: Wanczyk Produce in Hadley delivers quality, care, and has big dreams for the future
06-06-2024 7:30 PM

By JACOB NELSON

Jackie Pliska, owner of Wanczyk Produce in Hadley, has dreams of keeping the farm stand business open year-round instead of just even months each year. But first, she has to finish college.Pliska started working at the family business when she was 11....


Civil War tablets honoring Amherst veterans help open high schoolers’ eyes to unsung Black history
06-06-2024 7:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

African American soldiers from Amherst who served in the famed 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment and 5th Calvary were among those who arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and to announce that slavery had...

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