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KEVIN GUTTING
Jim Brooks of Northampton takes a recreational shell out for a row on the Connecticut River. The oars are fixed into the oar locks so the blade is "square," the best angle to power through the water, but this immobilization also keeps the blade from being "feathered," or turned parallel to the surface, during the return stroke out of the water.

Northampton High School InventTeam designs special oar for rowers with disabilities

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was 17 years ago when Jim Brooks became disabled due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Then, nine years ago, a chance encounter in a grocery store introduced the former multi-sport athlete to the world of rowing, which would soon become his main source of exercise. He had run into Stephanie Moore, the director of Holyoke Rows, while …

Towns question decision by Frontier Regional School Committee to reverse staff cuts

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The decision by the Frontier Regional School Committee to reinstate funding for six positions and raise its budget by about 2 percent may not stand if the district’s four towns have their way. The budget will be presented at Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately and Conway’s town meetings next month, but representatives from at least three towns said during a four-town meeting Thursday …

Area brief

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Amherst NOMINATIONS FOR EDUCATOR AWARD: Parents, students, teachers and staff are invited to make nominations for the first Amherst Regional Middle School Educator Award. It will recognize an educator who demonstrates a commitment to supporting students, collaborating with colleagues and contributing in a positive way to the middle school community. It is open to all educators and staff, including teachers, paraprofessionals, and cafeteria …

Frontier Regional, Union 38 consider less-costly approach to professional development for teachers

Thursday, March 19, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — When Martha Barrett, the superintendent of the Frontier Regional and Union 38 schools, began receiving reports on district-wide absences through a new substitute and absence management system this year, she noticed a trend that disturbed her. The district’s five schools were spending quite a bit …

Amherst-Pakistani exchange opens minds and hearts of educators

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — The terrorist attack that killed more than 100 schoolchildren and educators in the Pakistani city of Peshawar in December was about 7,000 miles away from Rebecca Woodland’s home, but for her it was as if it …

Amherst Regional High School prepares to expand interactive math curriculum that encourages flexibility, multiple solutions

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — A businesswoman offers two items in her air delivery service: calculators and chicken feed. The two products come in containers of different weight and size, with different costs and sale prices. Accounting for the limited capacity …

Hampshire Regional eighth-graders explore intersection of art and science during Smith College field trip

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly 60 eighth-graders from Hampshire Regional Middle School descended on the Smith College campus Wednesday to spill water, melt plastic and spin on office chairs until dizzy — all in the name of science. The field …

Chalk Talk: In a teacher’s voice

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Organizational development expert Margaret Wheatley writes, “We live in a complex world, we often don’t know what’s going on, and we won’t be able to understand its complexity unless we spend more time in not knowing.” I return …

EHS senior honored with service award

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

GOLD HONORS: An Easthampton High School senior has been honored with a national community service award. Bryan Delaney, 18, was named a gold recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a recognition granted by The Prudential Spirit of …

Bridge Street School prepares for 100 year celebration

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

MAJOR MARKER: The Bridge Street School “100 Years Committee” is looking for contributions of memorabilia and ideas to celebrate the Northampton school’s 100 years. The 100 Year Celebration of Bridge Street School is set for May 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the school. Organizers are looking …

Valley Press Club offers scholarships

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS: Up to six Valley Press Club Scholarships of $1,000 each are available for students interested in studying journalism. These include the Al Jaffe Scholarship, for which funds are donated annually by Jaffe, who was the Press Club’s first scholarship winner in 1964. Jaffe is a retired …

Interactive math curriculum in Amherst encourages flexibility, multiple solutions

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — A businesswoman offers two items in her air delivery service: calculators and chicken feed. The two products come in containers of different weight and size, with different costs and sale prices. Accounting for the limited capacity …

Sunderland Elementary School Committee approves $2.16 million budget with no staff cuts

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland’s Elementary School Committee has approved a $2,156,600 budget for next year. That’s an increase of $52,600, up 2.5 percent over last year. The budget includes no staff reductions, as is the case in Deerfield and was the case at the Frontier Regional School until the …