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Amanda Barnett and David DiLorenzo pull out spinach plants in a greenhouse at Stone Soup Farm Co-op in Hadley Tuesday.

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 farm collective last fall and they have been working together to grow greenhouse vegetables and raise chickens since. Susanna Harro, 24, David … 0

Area police news

Monday, April 14, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating vandalism at two Main Street properties reported Monday that apparently occurred in the early morning hours Sunday. At 10:59 a.m. Monday, an employee at the Amherst Dental Group, 650 Main St., reported that lights along the driveway were broken and a light post was snapped at its base. Damage was estimated at between $300 and $500. At 12:14 … 0

Exercise simulating emergency shelter for tornado victims will be staged on University of Massachusetts campus

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — An overnight sheltering exercise to assist in planning for a large-scale emergency is being held on the University of Massachusetts campus Thursday and Friday. More than 275 volunteers and response partners associated with the UMass and Hampshire County Medical Reserve Corps and the UMass Office of Emergency Management are expected to participate in the exercise that simulates establishing an emergency shelter … 0

Amherst, UMass seek consultant for study of housing, economic development options

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

AMHERST — Housing needs for college students as well as residents and economic development in the community will be the focus of a joint town-gown study. The $60,000 study, supported by the town and the University of Massachusetts, is expected to get underway next month, with consultants submitting … 0

Gottago Taxi loses right to operate in Amherst due to repeated rules violations

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

AMHERST — One of Amherst’s long-standing taxi companies will no longer be allowed to operate in town after repeatedly violating municipal regulations. The Select Board voted unanimously Monday not to issue a 2014 taxi license to Gottago Taxi … 0

UMass launches campaign to prevent sexual assaults (with video)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

AMHERST — With about one-quarter of all female college students nationwide reporting being victims of rape or attempted rape, the University of Massachusetts has launched a campaign to prevent sexual assault and other high-risk behaviors. As President Obama … 0

Patrick Durocher pleads not guilty to aggravated rape, other charges resulting from alleged attack on UMass campus

Thursday, January 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Longmeadow man denied in Hampshire Superior Court Thursday that he sexually assaulted and throttled a woman on the University of Massachusetts campus in September. Patrick Durocher, 18, pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated rape, kidnapping and aggravated assault and battery in connection with the … 0

In Amherst visit, Sen. Elizabeth Warren cites UMass affordability model

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

AMHERST — Continuing efforts she is pursuing in Washington to reduce the financial burden on college students, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will file a bill to refinance student loan debt. At a meeting Wednesday afternoon with University of … 0

Construction trade training programs offered

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

HOLYOKE — Local nonprofits are joining forces to prepare low-income workers for construction trade union careers. The Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program aims to provide access to more equitable income opportunities. Community Works is a consortium of organizations, unions and employers to prepare low-skilled and medium-skilled workers for … 0

Area Lions Clubs to host college administrator from Iceland at UMass conference next weekend

Monday, January 20, 2014

AMHERST — A former international director of the Lions Club who is from Iceland will be the keynote speaker at the local district’s midwinter conference at the University of Massachusetts Campus Center Hotel next weekend. When Gudrun Yngvadottir, a vice president at the University of Iceland, takes the … 0

Area police news

Monday, January 13, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating a possible break-in to a student rental on East Pleasant Street reported at 8:56 a.m. Monday. A neighbor called police after observing a back door to the residence open and a television set in the back yard. Police expect to speak to tenants … 0

UMass student Meghan Beebe struck, killed by car in Connecticut

Monday, December 30, 2013

AMHERST — A senior sociology major at the University of Massachusetts who died from injuries she suffered early Saturday morning in Connecticut is being recalled as dedicated and engaged and always stepping forward to help others. Meghan Beebe, … 1