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  • KEVIN GUTTING
During a presentation by Fort River sixth graders Morgan Brennan, center, and Taylor Masteralexis on the portrayal of women in the media, State Representative Ellen Story, left, expressed disbelief that there really is a woman who underwent plastic surgery to have a body like a Barbie doll.  On Friday, Story and Amherst Town Manager John Musante took part in "miniature lobbying meetings" with sixth graders who put forth proposals on issues like MCAS testing, arts funding, food insecurity and relationships between police departments and communities. The classes are to have a second pair of lobbying sessions with U.S. Representative James McGovern and Fort River assistant principal Diane Chamberlain on Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING During a presentation by Fort River sixth graders Morgan Brennan, center, and Taylor Masteralexis on the portrayal of women in the media, State Representative Ellen Story, left, expressed disbelief that there really is a woman who underwent plastic surgery to have a body like a Barbie doll. On Friday, Story and Amherst Town Manager John Musante took part in "miniature lobbying meetings" with sixth graders who put forth proposals on issues like MCAS testing, arts funding, food insecurity and relationships between police departments and communities. The classes are to have a second pair of lobbying sessions with U.S. Representative James McGovern and Fort River assistant principal Diane Chamberlain on Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • GREG SAULMON
Rick M. McNeil of Easthampton looks for common nighthawks in a meadow at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday evening, May 23, 2015.

    GREG SAULMON Rick M. McNeil of Easthampton looks for common nighthawks in a meadow at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday evening, May 23, 2015. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
U.S. Rep. James McGovern speaks outside the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce on Amity Street before joining a group on a walking tour of Amherst center Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING U.S. Rep. James McGovern speaks outside the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce on Amity Street before joining a group on a walking tour of Amherst center Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Carlton Pickron, his wife, Lisa Pickron, and their daughter, Charisse, walk near their home in Amherst Tuesday, May 12.

    JERREY ROBERTS Carlton Pickron, his wife, Lisa Pickron, and their daughter, Charisse, walk near their home in Amherst Tuesday, May 12. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Barbara Landry an employee at  Williston, checks the pews after cleaning  Stevens Chapel Friday afternoon in preparation for graduation weekend.

    CAROL LOLLIS Barbara Landry an employee at Williston, checks the pews after cleaning Stevens Chapel Friday afternoon in preparation for graduation weekend. Purchase photo reprints »

  • ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER
Ben Gilsdorf of Amherst, a 10th-grader and member of Boy Scout Troop 500, salutes during the Amherst Memorial Day observances.

    ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER Ben Gilsdorf of Amherst, a 10th-grader and member of Boy Scout Troop 500, salutes during the Amherst Memorial Day observances. Purchase photo reprints »


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