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As expansion project begins, Tilton Library move set for April 15
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Tilton Library has an official date for its move next door to the South Deerfield Congregational Church’s function hall, as its long-awaited expansion project is nearly set to begin.The library will officially move on April 15, but...


The love behind a perfect match: Pet rescue organization using AI to help rehome pets
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

No dog trainers, behaviorists and even an psychic animal communicator could prevent Melissa Bekisz’s two dogs from fighting.The New York resident inherited her ex-partner’s 4-year-old Australian shepherd Marjoram after he moved out. Marjoram began...


‘Sport court’ eyed for Amherst recreational sites
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A dedicated outdoor fitness space could be added to the town’s recreational sites through support from a national initiative that would provide grant money to cover most costs of its installation.The Amherst Recreation Commission recently...


Veteran West Roxbury community booster will lead Amherst Area Chamber
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A Belchertown resident with experience in promoting economic development, leading community events and building coalitions begins his tenure as executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce this month.Jacob Robinson, most...


Deerfield woman gets probation in stabbing case
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield woman was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation after admitting in Franklin County Superior Court to stabbing the 82-year-old husband of a woman she was caring for as a personal care attendant last year.Kady J....


After fire destroys barn this winter, Red Fire Farm preparing to open its farm stand thanks to donations
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

By Aria Martinelli

GRANBY — Red Fire Barn promises pick your own berries and fresh produce this spring with a makeshift farm store.The Red Fire Farm is in recovery after the fire that devastated the farm store and barn on Feb. 17. Orange and gray obliterated the purple...


Popular Jones Library tours to continue in April
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

AMHERST — The popularity of recent tours giving the public peeks into all areas of the Jones Library, including some places set aside only for staff, is prompting the Jones Library Capital Campaign to continue the initiative through mid-April.More...


Crepe-based all-day restaurant The Skinny Pancake gets go-ahead for Route 9 site in Hadley
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — An eatery specializing in both sweet and savory crepes, developed from a street cart that began operating in 2003 on Church Street in Burlington, Vt., could have its first restaurant in Massachusetts open on Route 9 this summer.The Select...


Survival Center’s Empty Bowls event helps fulfill aid mission
04-04-2024 6:25 PM

AMHERST — Ceramics students in an art class at Amherst Regional High School are among the professional and amateur artists whose bowls will be available for the Amherst Survival Center’s largest annual fundraiser, the Empty Bowls event, taking place...


A stuffie bond: Arts collaboration brings high schoolers, kindergartners together in Amherst
04-04-2024 6:19 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

Featuring a horn extending from its violet-colored head and a lower body resembling that of a lobster, with elements of a dolphin and turtle thrown in for good measure, the creature is quite a sight in its doll-like form.“It flies. It has wings,”...


The Beat Goes On: Cloudbelly celebrates a new album in Northampton, Brazilian sounds come to Amherst, and more
04-04-2024 6:19 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Just days after former folk and Americana performer turned indie-pop singer Caroline Rose played in Florence, Cloudbelly, the Valley indie folk band led by singer-songwriter Corey Laitman, is set to showcase songs from a new album that has a...


Valley farmers spotlight agricultural drainage ditch troubles
04-04-2024 4:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — During a summer in which area farms dealt with significant rainfall and flooded fields, keeping agricultural drainage ditches cleared became essential to protecting crops by ensuring excess water could be removed.Often, though, farmers found...


Connecticut man gets 8 years in Hadley shooting
04-04-2024 4:52 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Connecticut man who shot and tried to kidnap a Hadley farmer in 2022 was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison and three years’ probation after admitting guilt in the case.Marc A. Veturis, 29, pleaded guilty before Hampshire...


Amherst’s Jones Library will take up temporary quarters on University Drive
04-04-2024 4:51 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A University Drive office building will be the temporary location for the Jones Library during the renovation and expansion of the library’s home at 43 Amity St. over the next year and a half.Trustees for the Jones Library and town officials...


Groundbreaking: Amherst officials mark start of $97.5M elementary school
04-04-2024 4:49 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As she got to the podium to speak to the more than 50 people gathered at the ceremonial groundbreaking for Amherst’s new elementary school, resident and Democratic state Rep. Mindy Domb said she had goosebumps that a project to replace the...


Work on North Common rehab resumes this week in Amherst
04-01-2024 11:50 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An overhaul of the greenspace in front of Town Hall and removal of the adjacent 34-space parking lot resumed this week, with the $1.79 million North Common project on track to be completed this summer.Crews from Caracas Construction of...


Amherst seeks roundabout near UMass campus
04-01-2024 11:50 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Plans for a roundabout to replace the signalized intersection at University Drive and Amity Street, a major gateway to the University of Massachusetts, are moving forward.The Town Council recently voted to ask its Town Services and Outreach...


‘It’s not kind to me’: Broken elevator causing issues at Amherst Senior Center
04-01-2024 11:50 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Mostly homebound during the pandemic, Robert Mitton has made it a point to return to the Amherst Senior Center recently, dropping by the Bangs Community Center building on a regular basis to play games, socialize with friends and participate...


Libraries turning the page: They’re still in the business of books, but embracing new role as community ‘third space’
04-01-2024 11:50 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

On a typical day at Forbes Library, people can be found lying on the lawn, participating in book clubs and other programs, checking out books or perhaps a ukulele, and chatting with friends and strangers.It’s not the traditional image of a library...


Three candidates in running for Amherst superintendent
04-01-2024 11:50 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Three educators, two who work in Massachusetts and the other in the Virgin Islands, are finalists to become the next superintendent for the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional schools.The Superintendent Search Committee on Tuesday...

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