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MATT BURKHARTT
Kiera Seaver, 12 of Hopedale receives help working on her electric light-up bracelet from Tiffany Hua, a mechanical engineering student at UMass while Maya Nolling, 12 of Hopedale puts on her finished necklace Saturday January 31 at Marcus Hall

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. …

Sign with New England Patriots logo missing from lamppost on Dana Street in Amherst

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — As a longtime New England Patriots fan, Ken Samonds has been showing his pride in their success by displaying a huge sign with a team logo in front of his downtown home. But just a week …

Amherst seeks applications from restaurants for wine and malt liquor license

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — Restaurants in Amherst have a rare opportunity to obtain a liquor license allow them to sell wine and malt beverages for on-site consumption. The wine and malt license, one of eight the town is allowed to issue, became available Jan. 1 after the owners of the …

AG nominee gains backing

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation’s top law enforcement job. “I believe she’s not only qualified but …

Obama looks for 7% boost in budget plan

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits …

Christopher Burnham of Florence fined $1,875 after misleading police at traffic stop

Thursday, January 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man was fined $1,875 after a jury found him guilty of driving with a suspended license and misleading police by sliding into the passenger seat and claiming that he was not driving when he got pulled over last February. A Hampshire Superior Court jury …

Students frustrated by UMass Amherst banning guests from dorms during Super Bowl in attempt to control behavior

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — At the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Wednesday evening, freshman Ben Reider didn’t know who will win Sunday’s Super Bowl, but he expects one thing for sure: chaos on campus. “If we lose I guess they’ll …

Area firewood dealers holding prices down despite limited supply

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pioneer Valley residents looking for firewood this late in the season may find it in short supply — but at least they aren’t encountering the staggeringly high prices faced by Boston-area consumers. Stephen Holt, a logger from Westhampton, …

Pedestrian hospitalized with serious injuries after Williamsburg accident

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — Authorities have not yet identified the woman who was hospitalized after suffering serious injuries when she was struck by a vehicle on Goshen Road (Route 9) Wednesday night. The pedestrian was hit about 6:30 p.m. near Pat’s Package Store and the intersection of Goshen, Village Hill …

Constantine Kamansky Jr. of Leverett denies fourth offense of drunken driving

Thursday, January 29, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A 76-year-old Leverett man has denied a fourth offense of drunken driving after his pickup truck got stuck in a snowbank. Constantine Kamansky Jr., of 6 Bull Hill Road, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Greenfield District Court to a charge of operating while under the influence of …

Area briefs

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Amherst LABOR FORUM: A labor forum focused on the living wage, equal pay for equal work and the growing gap between high- and low-income earners will be held Saturday afternoon at the Jones Library. The annual Thomas Paine Day Celebration starts at 1 p.m. in the library at …