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JERREY ROBERTS
Bryan Torres, who is an undocumented immigrant who is an Amherst College student, Monday at the college.

Local college students hold fast to goals for education, better life in new country

Friday, February 27, 2015

AMHERST — Bryan Torres was 12 when he made a three-week journey from El Salvador to Northampton. He cried nearly every day. He didn’t know if he would see his grandmother again — the woman who had raised him for 10 years — but he knew he had to push forward to reunite with his mother. She had left 10 …

Earth Matters: The changing face of environmental education

Friday, February 27, 2015

How do we equip ourselves and our children with the tools needed to sustain the Earth? This is a challenging time for the field of environmental education. It’s no longer enough for environmental centers to help people learn about the natural world and the ecological systems that support life. The potentially devastating consequences …

Local bird sightings

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A northern shrike continues to be seen in Windsor, and a Bohemian waxwing was also found. A rough-legged hawk continues in Lee, and five black vultures were seen in Sheffield. A clay-colored sparrow continues to come to a feeder …

UMass senior Thomas Donovan files civil rights lawsuit against Amherst Police in Blarney Blowout arrest

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts senior has filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court alleging that four or five Amherst police officers falsely arrested him, used excessive force in taking him into custody, and deprived him …

Prolonged cold delays maple sugar season

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Farmer Leo Aloisi of Westhampton spent much of Wednesday out in his woods, plowing trails and relying on snowshoes to check on his three-mile network of plastic tubing that will, once the temperature warms up, bring gallons of …

Sgt. Brian Daly named to supervise Amherst Police Department detective bureau

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — Sgt. Brian Daly, a member of the Amherst Police Department for nearly 18 years, is the new supervisor for the detective bureau. Daly was recently named to the post by Police Chief Scott Livingstone. He takes over the job after the position was vacated by Lt. …

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Five more firefighters quit in Worthington over government surplus probe

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WORTHINGTON — Tempers flared at Tuesday night’s Select Board meeting as residents and firefighters expressed anger about how and why an investigation of the Worthington Firefighters Association is being pursued. Members of the Fire Department became aware of …

David Linnehan of Granby sentenced to prison for hoarding child pornography, hacking Springfield College students’ computers

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Springfield College employee who admitted to hoarding child pornography and hacking college students’ computers to access photographs was handcuffed in court Tuesday and led away to start his eight- to 10-year prison sentence. Judge …

Obama vetoes Keystone bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication …

Hadley election has contests for Select Board, town treasurer

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HADLEY — There will be a three-way race to fill two seats on the Select Board at the annual town election April 14, and two candidates will vie for the treasurer’s job that opened when longtime town employee Connie Mieczkowski retired. There are two other contested races, and …

Amherst College outlines actions in quest for carbon-neutral campus

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst College trustees released a blueprint Tuesday for achieving a carbon-neutral campus, outlining steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, increase recycling and serve more homegrown food in its dining commons. The “Statement on Sustainability and Investment Policy” acknowledges the threats posed by climate change, states that …

UMass bans most vehicles without valid permits from campus parking lots between March 6 and 8

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will ban all vehicles from its lots without valid parking permits the weekend of Blarney Blowout, except for some planned events on campus. The university’s parking services department posted a statement on its website that the ban would be in effect …