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Sunderland Town Meeting adopts lower Frontier Regional budget, backs anti-pipeline resolution

Friday, April 24, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland has become the first of the Frontier Regional School District towns to approve Superintendent Martha Barrett’s original, no-increase budget for next year. The vote at Friday night’s annual Town Meeting was a stand against the regional School Committee’s decision in March to restore funding for six positions that would have been cut under the original budget. That would have increased the budget by 2.05 percent. The difference …

Deerfield Town Meeting to consider revised zoning for industrial park

Friday, April 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Voters will be asked Monday night to approve fundamental changes to the zoning bylaws that govern the town’s industrial park, to spend money to study how town offices and school space could be consolidated, and to enter an agreement with New England Natural Bakers for a new factory on the former Oxford Pickle property. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in …

Whately Town meeting to consider resolution opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, April 24, 2015

WHATELY — Voters will consider joining the western Massachusetts towns standing against the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline by adopting a resolution opposing the project at the annual Town Meeting on Tuesday. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Whately Elementary School. The resolution states that the town formally opposes the project and directs its officials to enact legislation or take other actions …

No contested races in Granby town election May 18

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

GRANBY — There are no contested races now that the deadline has passed for candidates to file papers to have their name placed on the May 18 ballot. And with last-minute filings for vacant spots on the Planning …

How many state bugs, beans are necessary?

Monday, March 30, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Whoopie pies, the K4s steam locomotive, the Carolina Shag and Harney silt loam share a common bond: Each is a treasured member of the eclectic and, some say, out-of-control state symbol club. When New Hampshire …

Buhari leads in Nigeria presidential vote as protests persist

Monday, March 30, 2015

ABUJA, Nigeria — Former Nigerian military ruler Muhammadu Buhari took a wide lead in the presidential race with almost half of the 36 states reporting results from the March 28-29 general elections. Buhari led with 61.5 percent of …

Amherst voters Tuesday will decide contested race for two School Commitee seats

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — Voters will decide just one townwide race for two positions on the School Committee in Tuesday’s election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Three candidates are running for School Committee, Viraphanh Douangmany, 12 Longmeadow Drive, Unit 21, and Phoebe F. Hazzard, 208 …

Leaders eulogize Kennedy at Boston unveiling

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — President Barack Obama summoned today’s quarrelsome political leaders to emulate the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the pursuit of compromise on Monday, and said a new institute that bears the longtime Massachusetts senator’s name can …

Amherst Housing Authority candidate Emilie Hamilton drops out of race, citing inability to mediate differences on commission

Monday, March 23, 2015

AMHERST — One of two candidates for a five-year seat on the Amherst Housing Authority has dropped out of the race, saying that the atmosphere at commission meetings is too contentious. Despite collecting more than 50 signatures to get her name on the Tuesday election ballot and attending …

Phoebe Hazzard, Victor Nunez Ortiz, Viraphanh Douangmany make their case for election to School Committee

Friday, March 20, 2015

AMHERST — A former teacher, a former Marine and a refugee immigrant-turned-activist touted their differing life experiences and how those would help them if elected to the School Committee at a League of Women Voters candidates night at …

Violence mars Nigerian vote

Sunday, March 29, 2015

ABUJA, Nigeria — Boko Haram fighters attacked poll stations in northeast Nigeria and a governor demanded elections be canceled in an oil-rich southern state Sunday as the count started for a presidential election too close to call. Two …

Institute honoring Teddy Kennedy to open Monday in Boston

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOSTON — Before his death from brain cancer in 2009, close family members said U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy insisted a building that would one day bear his name be less about his own legacy and more about the …

Increasingly ugly environment discourages some candidates from running for Amherst School Committee

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — In one sense, the town of Amherst exemplifies the spirit of local democracy: just about everyone who has an opinion shares it. But by another measure, the town falls short — at least this year. Voters …