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Ellie Shelburne of Northampton found just enough blowing snow on the edges of an Elm Street sidewalk to ski home after working at Northampton Veterinary Clinic on South Street on Monday. Shelburne also skied in to work in the morning.

February was coldest ever on record in Amherst, and elsewhere

Sunday, March 1, 2015

AMHERST — Residents might want to sit down when they open their heating bills for the month of February — the last month was the coldest ever on record. The average temperature in Amherst in the past month was 11.2 degrees, the lowest average monthly temperature since records were first kept in town in 1835. It broke the previous record …

MassPIRG report urges expanded use of open-source textbooks

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — Four years into a campus initiative aimed at reducing textbook costs by making course material available for free online, University of Massachusetts students and staff are pushing for more faculty to use this option. While the Open Source Initiative has already saved an estimated $1 million in textbook expenses for UMass students since it started in spring semester 2011, a report …

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 from 5 p.m. Friday, March 6, until 5 p.m. Sunday, March 8. The statement said …

UMass-connected neutrino research proving sun’s stability a top-10 Physics World breakthrough

Saturday, January 3, 2015

AMHERST — The sun is not going to blow up or sputter out any time soon. Most people had predicted (or just hoped) that was the case, but a team of scientists called the Borexino Collaboration — including …

Amherst officials cite decline in violations, calls for medical help as signs of improved behavior by students

Monday, December 22, 2014

AMHERST — As the fall academic semester comes to a close, town officials say a decline in noise complaints and calls for medical help, as well as a steep drop in tickets issued for quality-of-life violations, are all indicators of improved behavior by college-age people. Town Manager John …

John Grillo, longtime UMass art professor, dies at 97

Sunday, December 21, 2014

AMHERST — Spread across an upper wall of a quiet reading room at the Jones Library, recently deceased artist John Grillo’s 1991 mural looks down upon the stacks of large print and fiction. The artist and former University …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …