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Mohawk science teacher Kathleen Stier in Harbin, China, during a weeklong summer institute to teach AP course work to Chinese teachers. 
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Teacher Kathleen Stier of Deerfield returns from instructing biology teachers in China about AP courses

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BUCKLAND — At Mohawk Trail Regional School, Kathleen Stier is a highly regarded science teacher. But in Harbin, China, she was a celebrity. This month, Stier, of Deerfield, instructed 20 biology teachers at a weeklong summer workshop about teaching Advanced Placement biology courses to their American-bound students. “I was unprepared for the welcome mat that awaited us upon our arrival,” … 0

Police, traffic adjustments in Amherst as UMass freshman class arrives Friday

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — The town’s population will swell Friday as the 4,650 members of the freshmen class at the University of Massachusetts arrive for orientation. While entering students spend their Labor Day weekend learning the ins and outs of living at UMass — including taking a pledge to affirm the campus’s community values — the town’s public safety officers continue to learn from past … 0

Kelly Fuller of South Hadley arrested twice in five days for thefts near Connecticut River, including two kayaks

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Police twice this month arrested a 24-year-old South Hadley woman for charges including stealing two kayaks. Kelly C. Fuller, 24, of 173 Riverboat Village Road, Apt. 118, was arrested at 3:05 a.m. Aug. 21 near Edge Water Lane and at 3:24 a.m. Monday in the same area. She pleaded not guilty in Eastern Hampshire District Court on Aug. 21 to … 0

Area police news

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hadley police issue warning about suspicious white van HADLEY — Hadley Police on Saturday responded to a report of a suspicious white van on Woodlawn Road with a man inside who was believed to be watching young children in the area. Police said it was reported that the … 0

For some, nostalgia, yesteryear, main attraction at Cummington Fairgrounds

Saturday, August 23, 2014

CUMMINGTON — As a procession of oxen made its way to the Lumberjack Arena at the Fairgrounds Saturday afternoon for the 20th annual Ox Teamster’s Challenge, a crowd of New Englanders grew eager to visit their historical roots. … 0

Goshen's 'living' sanctuary: Three Sisters celebrates 20th anniversary, is subject of Canadian documentary

Saturday, August 23, 2014

GOSHEN — Eclectic, whimsical, earthy, otherworldly: these are the words visitors used to describe Goshen’s Three Sisters Sanctuary during the sanctuary’s 20th anniversary Saturday afternoon. About 100 showed up for the anniversary celebration. That reputation drew visitors to … 0

B2B ID: Susan McDonough

Saturday, August 23, 2014

NAME: Susan McDonough JOB TITLE, COMPANY, CITY BASED IN: Owner, Susan’s Secret Garden Gift Shop, 92 Cottage St., Easthampton WEBSITE: Don’t have one AGE: 66 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: May HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: One, my floral … 0

New shop in Amherst caters to patrons seeking a more natural style

Saturday, August 23, 2014

AMHERST — Citing a trend of more women of color opting to keep their hair natural, the owner of a new downtown Amherst shop says she hopes her store will help them find the shampoos, conditioners and stylers … 0

MAP: What's happening on the Rail Trail: Construction updates, closures and alternate routes

Sunday, July 13, 2014

WORK THIS WEEK: As part of an extra work order, crews this week will remain engaged in erosion control and stream bank restoration along a section of rail trail in the vicinity of Amherst College and Amherst Farmers … 0

Hilltown Voices: Solar signups deemed success

Saturday, August 23, 2014

In the latest round of Solarize Massachusetts, Chesterfield and Williamsburg added a total of 58 households that will install solar electricity systems. Solar coaches in both communities said that the number of households to sign up to install solar panels on their homes far exceeded their expectations. “We … 0

Lexington man faces attempted murder charge after alleged attack on foster brother, ex-girlfriend in Old Deerfield

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Lexington man remained in jail Friday evening awaiting trial on charges of assaulting his former girlfriend and his foster brother, despite having his bail set far lower than prosecutors requested. David Whaland, 32, , has been charged with attempted murder, five counts of assault and battery with … 0

Colleges in legal bind over allowing student use of medical marijuana

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When it comes to medical marijuana, Massachusetts colleges are left to choose between the right of the patient and compliance with federal law. Educational institutions are fearful that sanctioning medical marijuana use on campus could jeopardize … 0

Technology, fast-food bag help lead police to Belchertown suspect in Franklin County house breaks

Friday, August 22, 2014

DEERFIELD — A fast-food bag, a change machine and the use of GPS technology helped lead Deerfield Police to a Belchertown man who allegedly broke into a Pine Nook Road home on July 30 and stole expensive items. Tyrone G. Ulmer, 43, has been charged with a felony … 0