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MATT BURKHARTT
Kiera Seaver, 13, of Hopedale receives help working on her electric light-up bracelet from Kelly Kennedy, an electrical engineering student at UMass and Tiffany Hua, a mechanical engineering student Saturday.

UMass jewelry-making event seeks to inspire young girls to pursue engineering careers

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — In her almost four years studying electrical engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Kelly Kennedy said she has spent a lot of her time in the basement of Marcus Hall in a space called “The Exploratorium.” Students go there to do homework or just follow an engineering whim that could take them in an unexpected direction. On Saturday, …

Smith Vocational and Agricultural School to discuss future uses for property off Burts Pit Road

Saturday, January 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson invites public comment about the future of the state land leased to the school off Burts Pit Road. The school’s lease on the property is about to be extended, Peterson said. Among the conditions of the lease is that the school must develop a usage plan for the property that is strictly …

Jones Library in Amherst seeks ideas about improving services

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — As Jones Library officials begin planning for an expansion and renovation, they are asking for the public’s assistance in creating a new long-range plan. Director Sharon Sharry said the library is beginning focus groups with the public and staff in February to collect ideas for how to improve service. The first session will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. …

Area police news

Friday, January 30, 2015

Amherst ■ A sign warning tractor-trailer and box truck drivers about the low railroad overpass on South East Street was knocked down by a passing vehicle and its remnants were found in the road at 2:28 a.m. Friday. Police removed the debris, and the vehicle responsible for the …

Security upgrades at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School include emphasis on communication

Friday, January 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School aims to increase school safety with more than $160,000 in security upgrades and a commitment to better communication in the digital age. The school installed 20 new security cameras last fall and plans to add 20 more as part of …

Valley Views: Nonotuck Park Winter

Friday, January 30, 2015

Nonotuck Park Pond, Winter Bill Halford Way, Easthampton Photograph and text by Bob Solosko, Easthampton Several months ago, while walking through the woods at Nonotuck Park in Easthampton, I came across a small pond that I thought would …

HEADING OUTDOORS: Upcoming outdoor activities in the area

Friday, January 2, 2015

∎  DCR Accessible Winter Recreation — The state Department of Conservation and Recreation hosts accessible winter recreation for persons with disabilities, their families, and friends. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wendell State Forest, Montague Road, Wendell. Skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, more. Free. Pre-registration is required. All Out …

Newell Green exhibit opens at Floyd gallery

Friday, January 30, 2015

An exhibit of works by Newell Green, “Vintage Black & White Landscapes,” opens at the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center, 2 East St., Southampton Sunday. A reception will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. for the show and sale which runs through Feb. 28. The …

Friday, January 30, 2015

ONCE IN A LIFETIME: A Hopkins Academy graduate is one of 10 students in the country selected for a year-long Qatar Exchange Fellowship through the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Bilal Ali, 23, a 2011 Hopkins Academy grad …

Case of Tarryn LaValley, who allegedly threatened to blow up Easthampton High School, continued without a finding for one year

Friday, January 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Authorities downgraded criminal charges against the 18-year-old student who allegedly threatened to blow up Easthampton High School in November to a misdemeanor Friday and continued her case without a finding for one year. That means the charge against Tarryn L. LaValley will be dismissed after a …

Steve Schechterle of South Deerfield opens third Spirit Shoppe in Gill

Friday, January 30, 2015

GILL — Steve Schechterle of South Deerfield earlier this year opened his third Spirit Shoppe beer, wine and liquor store in the former Jan’s Package Store overlooking the intersection of Main Road and Route 2 in Gill. Schechterle …

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito in Greenfield identifies homeless families in hotels, opioid addiction as top two priorities

Friday, January 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito told a room full of municipal leaders Thursday that homeless families living in the town’s hotels and opioid addiction are the new Republican administration’s two top priorities. “We will have specific plans …

Fire caused by heat tape badly damages house in Chesterfield

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — Fire badly damaged a house on Old Chesterfield Road *** Wednesday night, displacing a woman and child and prompting a reminder by the fire chief about safety during the winter. The fire at 311 Old Chesterfield …