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CAROL LOLLIS
Dewey Hathaway,8, jumps between cars on the new train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School.

Prison inmates build wooden train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School

Monday, June 29, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — What does it take to build a train? At Westhampton Elementary School, it took the parent-teacher organization, two lumber companies, a grant and about half a dozen inmates. The community collaboration culminated Monday morning as five inmates from the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction in Northampton assembled a wooden train play structure at the elementary school. …

Recent Northampton High School graduate Jake Bridgman makes directorial debut at the Academy of Music with movie ‘The Cards’

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s not uncommon for teenagers to struggle in figuring out who they are. But for the fictional character Ada Welles, the struggle reaches a whole new level: Since her memory was wiped out in a car crash, she’s had to rely on others to tell her who she’s supposed to be. …

Quincy Biddle walks 100 miles — setting Jackson Street School record

Sunday, June 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Just weeks shy of graduating from Jackson Street School, Quincy Biddle crushed a new school record. As a fifth-grader, Quincy, 10, completed 100 miles in the school’s walking program, a feat accomplished over four years. She has participated in the program since the first grade. “I wasn’t a fan of joining …

Amherst Together survey results presented to about 50 people, focus groups next step

Friday, June 26, 2015

AMHERST — About 50 people gathered at the Jones Library Thursday evening for a presentation of the Amherst Together program’s “public perception” survey, and those who attended zeroed in on diversity, schools and the community’s relationship with the University of Massachusetts as crucial issues. Amherst Together — a …

Owner of Essentials in Northampton describes visit from iconic activist: ‘Oh my god, you’re Gloria Steinem’

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Colette Katsikas said she “fangirled out” for the first time ever this week when feminist icon Gloria Steinem walked into Essentials, the Main Street shop Katsikas owns. According to Steinem’s office, the activist and author was …

JFK Middle School science fair, and state honors for Valley educators

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Ever wondered how long air freshener lasts, what kind of breath mint lasts the longest, or in what type of shoe you can run the fastest? These were all questions explored by students in the JFK …

Vt. growing farm-to-school programs

Monday, June 22, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont has made a name for itself in the national farm-to-school movement getting more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curriculum about nutrition and agriculture into classrooms. Now the state will serve as a …

Area school lunch menus

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: All natural chicken nuggets, oven baked fries, veggie dippers, applesauce, banana Belchertown MONDAY: Half day, no lunch Easthampton MONDAY: HS: Exam lunch assorted sandwiches and wraps; WBMS: Chicken tenders, brown rice, mixed vegetables, veggie burgers are available upon request, chicken ranch wrap, garden salad with chicken, …

Three-ring circus

Saturday, June 20, 2015

New Pope Francis High School to be built on former site of Cathedral in Springfield

Friday, June 19, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A new Roman Catholic school will soon rise on the site of a Springfield school building that closed after it was severely damaged by a tornado four years ago. Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski announced Friday that the region’s new Pope Francis High School will be …

North Star learning center completes move from Hadley to Sunderland

Friday, June 19, 2015

SUNDERLAND — North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens has moved to Sunderland after 13 years in Hadley following that town’s choice not to renew North Star’s lease at the Russell Street School building at the corner of Route 9 and Middle Street. “Hadley has been wonderful for us,” …

Easthampton High School graduate Bryan Delaney named national student of the year by Students Against Destructive Decisions

Thursday, June 18, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Although he has not yet taken his oath of office, incoming Students Against Destructive Decisions national student of the year Bryan Delaney has big plans for his year-long tenure. “It’s been unbelievable already,” Delaney, 18, said …

Local officials to form committee to decide future of Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School

Thursday, June 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Area school officials and others with an interest in the future of Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School plan to form a committee to explore possible changes in the school’s governance, with regionalization being one possibility. “There are complex issues about why we choose to support …