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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

Fall public safety figures show excessive drinking up, but student off-campus behavior improving in Amherst

Thursday, December 19, 2013

AMHERST — A growing number of intoxicated people needed medical attention at the town’s three college and university campuses this fall, even as fewer disturbances and large-scale parties spilled into surrounding neighborhoods. Public safety officials in Amherst, in … 0

Joint Amherst-UMass panel fine-tunes goals of town-gown study

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

AMHERST — A new town-gown study will examine ways to meet housing needs of Amherst’s diverse population and to promote economic development that betters the community and the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts. The town-gown steering committee this week took another step toward hiring a consultant … 0

Girls focus of nationwide effort to demystify computer coding

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

HOLYOKE — In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 9 through 15, about 50 local girls are expected to learn how to break the code of computer programming Wednesday. The girls will be introduced to computer science through tutorials designed to teach and demystify computing code with … 0

Making News: Five Colleges edition

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Four join University Health Services AMHERST — Four medical providers have joined University Health Services at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Staff physicians Laura L. Scoville and Maria Gallo and nurse practitioners Yanghee Kwon and Patricia A. Mertes are providing care in the health center’s walk-in and general … 0

State commits $51 million for renovation of Morrill Science Center at UMass

Friday, December 6, 2013

AMHERST — Planning for renovations to a science center complex on the University of Massachusetts campus can begin following the release of state money for the project this week. The $51 million for the modernization of Morrill Science Center, a four-building complex constructed between 1959 and 1966, is … 0

Building Boom: UMass makes headway on construction projects

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

AMHERST — A year and a half after completing a 50-year master plan, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is well on its way to becoming the greener, more modern, densely built campus stakeholders envisioned. That’s according to Dennis … 0

Franklin County Transit Authority delays eliminating bus route to UMass

Thursday, December 5, 2013

GREENFIELD — A vote on controversial changes to regional bus routes has been postponed until July at the earliest. That means service to the University of Massachusetts will continue without changes, but a new route in Greenfield will be delayed. The proposal would have created a “corporate center … 0

UMass to seek $519M from state, an increase of $40M

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — The president of the University of Massachusetts system has announced that he plans to ask for $519 million in state funding for fiscal year that starts in July. President Robert Caret said Wednesday the request is $40 million higher than last year and would advance … 0

UMass Amherst plans $2 million in security upgrades to improve campus safety

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst officials plan more than $2 million in security upgrades during the next three years to make the campus safer, including a new electronic sign-in system for visitors at all 51 residence halls. … 0

Local environmental news, fines and awards

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The University of Massachusetts Amherst recently won two awards from MassRecycle, a statewide coalition of individuals, government agencies, businesses and institutions, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for achievements in recycling food waste as well as paper, plastic and metal. The New England regional office of the … 0