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JERREY ROBERTS
A worker from Truehart Construction in Southampton work at Smith College Monday to restore an area near Paradise Pond where a sinkhole occurred, due to a ruptured storm drain pipe. The College Lane entrance to a frequently used walking path has been closed for the repairs, but is expected to re-open soon.

Smith College works on sinkhole near Paradise Pond

Monday, July 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Work to repair a sinkhole that swallowed up a paved path on the hill overlooking Smith College’s Paradise Pond is underway. The sinkhole opened up in mid-May and is 15 feet in diameter and 12 feet deep, according to Smith College spokeswoman Stacey Schmeidel. Located about halfway down the hill between the admissions office and the pond, the … 0

Birds of a feather: Visually impaired youth find new experiences, friendship at Northampton camp

Friday, July 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In a quiet classroom on the Smith College campus Friday, a tiny, big-eyed saw-whet owl perched calmly while 10-year-old Paige Drury let her hands be guided until she was gently stroking feathers on the bird’s back. Afterwards, Drury, who is blind, smiled when she described what it felt like to touch … 0

UMass to begin limiting outdoor events starting Tuesday

Friday, July 11, 2014

AMHERST — Outdoor events on playing fields and grassy areas on the University of Massachusetts campus will be limited beginning Tuesday. UMass, working with the town of Amherst’s health department, is restricting these campus-sponsored events as a precaution against Eastern equine encephalitis, which is carried by mosquitoes that breed and typically bite during the dusk and early evening. Already, campus departments are scheduling … 0

Four young farmers start Stone Soup Farm Co-op, on front of worker-owned farm trend

Monday, April 14, 2014

HADLEY — Most farmers will tell you that cooperation is crucial to keeping a farm running like a well-oiled threshing machine. But at Stone Soup Farm Cooperative in Hadley, cooperation is everything. Four young farmers formed the worker-owned … 1

Westfield State University alumnus John Walsh offers to create $100,000 scholarship fund if Evan Dobelle drops lawsuit

Friday, April 11, 2014

WESTFIELD (AP) — A Westfield State University alumnus has offered to create a $100,000 student scholarship fund if ex-president Evan Dobelle drops his lawsuit against the school. John Walsh, owner of skin care company Elizabeth Grady Co., said Dobelle will accept the offer “if he has the best … 0

Science for the People topic of conference at University of Massachusetts

Thursday, April 10, 2014

AMHERST — Military-funded research into anthrax at the University of Massachusetts ended in the late 1980s when Northampton peace activist France Crowe worked with students and community members to raise concerns about the program. As then-coordinator for the local chapter of the American Friends Service Committee, Crowe, drawing on … 0

Greenfield Community College gets $28,000 grant to improve training for certified nursing assistants

Thursday, April 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College and Clinical and Support Options will explore this spring how to equip workers with a new range of skills demanded in the ever-changing health care landscape. The state awarded nearly $2 million in planning grants last week to health organizations and educational institutions … 0

Foundation set up in victim’s name

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The family of the Boston University graduate student killed in the marathon bombings last year has established a foundation in her name to provide scholarships and to support organizations that share the passion she had for travel and adventure. Lu Lingzi, who had traveled from … 0

Brandeis pulls honor for Islam critic

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Brandeis University has transformed an accolade into “a moment of shaming” by withdrawing a plan to give an honorary degree to a Muslim women’s advocate who has made comments critical of Islam, she said Wednesday. … 0

University of Massachusetts ‘Stand Against Racism’ begins Monday

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — As Amherst residents confront racism and acts of hate that have occurred in the public schools, the University of Massachusetts launches its annual “Stand Against Racism” campaign Monday. The campaign, which is in its fourth year, … 0

Philadelphia consultant hired to advise UMass, town of Amherst on economic development, neighborhood change

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — A Philadelphia consulting company will develop a plan to improve neighborhoods near the University of Massachusetts campus and strengthen the local economy. U3 Advisors, which will work in partnership with Corneil Collaborative of Carlisle and The Cecil Group of Cambridge, was hired Wednesday to undertake the … 0

Mixed reception in Montague for representatives of Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MONTAGUE — Representatives of the company planning a natural gas pipeline through Franklin County attended their first local public meeting this week to a mixed reception. At least 80 people Monday filled the Town Hall’s upstairs meeting room and the attached hallway, with an overflow room downstairs. The … 0

Mount Holyoke joins ranks of liberal arts colleges adding summer offerings

Sunday, April 6, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Mount Holyoke College is taking the plunge this summer into offering an array of courses that give students a chance to acquire credits they need — and to appeal to people beyond the college who … 0