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People gather for a summer solstice observation at the UMass Sunwheel. Two winter solstice sessions will be held Sunday, Dec. 21.

Solstice sessions honor Judith Young, astronomer who created UMass Sunwheel

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — On Sunday the sun will rise and set over the shortest day of the year. It will be the first winter solstice in more than 15 years when Judith Young, an astronomy professor, will not be there to greet it. Young, who died May 23 at the age of 61 after a long battle with multiple myeloma, built …

Not much talk among Shelburne Falls residents about sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby

Friday, December 19, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Sawyer News Co., with its spread of local and national newspapers and racks of magazines, has always been the place to go for news. The headlines on newspapers and the gossipy tabloids often spark lively comments. But these days, when comedian Bill Cosby — Shelburne’s most famous resident — is …

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy praises outgoing president Robert Caret

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said President Robert L. Caret will leave the university in a strong position when he departs next year to become chancellor of the University System of Maryland. Subbaswamy, who became chancellor of UMass Amherst under Caret’s leadership, said in a prepared statement issued Thursday that Caret was a “dynamic and visionary leader” for …

Robert Caret resigns from UMass presidency to become chancellor of University System of Maryland

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret has resigned to return to the University System of Maryland, where he will become chancellor. The University System of Maryland late Wednesday afternoon announced Caret’s hiring, effective July 1. …

New banners in downtown Amherst celebrate private colleges and UMass

Monday, December 15, 2014

AMHERST — New banners hung from light posts in downtown Amherst are aimed at reflecting the community’s pride in hosting three institutions of higher learning, said Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Donald Courtemanche. The 57 banners, which each read “Welcome to Amherst,” prominently feature the University …

Eight UMass Isenberg School of Management graduate students taken to hospital after bus slides off Interstate 91

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

AMHERST — Eight graduate students from the University of Massachusetts traveling to a Connecticut-based sports management company were hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries Tuesday morning after their charter bus went off Interstate 91 in Windsor, Connecticut. UMass spokesman Daniel Fitzgibbons said the bus slid off the road about …

UMass professor David Reckhow leads national team researching low-cost ways to keep drinking water clean

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

AMHERST — Water — we drink it, cook with it, bathe in it, and our lives are dependent on it. Yet many people know little about how water is treated to make sure it is fit for human …

Area police news

Monday, December 8, 2014

Amherst ■ A teenage girl reported at 5:24 p.m. Friday that she was struck in the face by another teenage girl outside Rao’s Coffee, 17 Kellogg Ave. ■ Timothy G. Stahl, 35, of 43 Center St., Northampton, was arrested at 11:16 a.m. Friday on North Pleasant Street on …

Town-Gown Steering Committee in Amherst recommends permanent successor

Friday, December 5, 2014

AMHERST — A permanent board to link the University of Massachusetts and the town of Amherst, which could be vital to the success of future housing and economic development initiatives, is a key recommendation from the Town-Gown Steering Committee in its draft final report. The steering committee met …

‘Food to School Leadership Summit’ planned for April at UMass

Friday, December 5, 2014

Food managers from hundreds of schools, colleges, hospitals and other institutions around the region will gather in April in Amherst for the first-ever, three-day “Food to School Leadership Summit.” The gathering will be funded by a $50,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to the Franklin County Community Development …

Gov.-elect Charlie Baker encounters recipient of his own scholarship during visit to UMass

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

AMHERST — Squeezed between scheduled events during his visit to the University of Massachusetts Amherst science facilities, Gov.-elect Charlie Baker ran into a student who received a scholarship he established. UMass junior Patrice Charlot of Brockton is among …

Doctors without Borders nurse Deborah Wilson speaks to UMass students about fighting Ebola in Africa

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

AMHERST — For six weeks this fall, Doctors Without Borders nurse Deborah Wilson fought Ebola in Liberia. When she returned, she found herself fighting for the rights of her colleagues. Speaking to an ethics class taught by professor …

UMass rally in memory of Michael Brown draws 300 as part of international call to action

Monday, December 1, 2014

AMHERST — About 300 students and staff members at the University of Massachusetts Amherst walked out of their classes and offices Monday to rally in memory of Michael Brown, part of an international call to action proclaiming “black lives matter.” The UMass participants answered the chant “Tell me …