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Easthampton to hold seventh annual Yappy Valley Community Dog Show

Monday, October 12, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Proud dog owners will have a chance to show off their pooch’s talents this weekend. The seventh annual Yappy Valley Community Dog Show will be held Saturday at Sheehan Field in Nonotuck Park, off Daley Avenue. There will be a show for adults at 11 a.m. and a contest for youths ages 16 and under at 1 p.m. Dogs can be any age in both shows. The show …

Area school leaders discuss new governance models for Smith Vocational, explore regionalization as a possibility

Sunday, October 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Area school officials are exploring what it would cost their districts to send students to Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School if the school were to become a regional school district. In June, local leaders formed a group that will decide on a new governance model for Smith Vocational on the heels of a state-funded study on the financial structure of …

Nonotuck Community School gets three-year lease of former Feiker School building

Friday, October 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Though the city school board has granted Nonotuck Community School three more years to rent the former Feiker School building, school officials are still concerned about what the future could bring. The School Committee voted unanimously Thursday night to approve a lease from July 1, 2016, to Aug. 30, 2019, with all maintenance costs to be paid by the tenant. The …


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

State officials say students who took PARCC exams less likely to perform as well as MCAS-takers

Monday, September 21, 2015

BOSTON — Public school students in third through eighth grades who took the PARCC exams last spring were less likely to perform well on that test than those who took the traditional MCAS exams, the state education department said Monday in releasing results from both. Massachusetts has been …

Popular Amherst Regional conductor Patrick Smith remembered for his encouragement, passion

Friday, September 18, 2015

AMHERST — A generation of students in the stringed-instrument program at Amherst Regional High School appreciated the joy and encouragement Patrick Smith brought to the classroom while teaching and conducting. “He was passionate about his job and loved …

The giving trees

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Muslim teen detained over homemade clock in Texas acquires sudden fame

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

IRVING, Texas — A 14-year-old Muslim boy became a sensation on social media Wednesday and got an invitation to the White House after word spread that he had been placed in handcuffs and suspended for coming to class …

Easthampton High School’s professional development program recognized by state

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Teamwork and careful reflection are at the center of a professional development strategy that recently won Easthampton High School a spotlight on the state department of education’s website. Over the summer, the school’s teacher trainings became …

Northampton ‘School Local’ to rally on steps of City Hall

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON’S ‘School Local’ There’s “Eat Local,” “Shop Local” and now, “School Local,” a new campaign promoting the city’s public schools. To kick off the initiative, there will be a celebration on the steps of City Hall on Oct. 22 at 5:15 p.m. The family-friendly gathering will include performances …

Plan for property off Burts Pits Road in Northampton presented to Smith School trustees who will vote in October

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A plan to use the fields off Burts Pit Road mainly for agriculture Tuesday took the first in a series of steps toward becoming a reality. Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson presented his plan for using the 282-acre property to the school’s …

Meetings scheduled on Wildwood Elementary School renovation or replacement project in Amherst

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

AMHERST — Community members will have two opportunities this month to provide input for the Wildwood Elementary School renovation or replacement project. Architects will be present at an Amherst School Committee meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Amherst-Pelham Regional High School and at two community forums at …

‘Deadliest Catch’ cast member from West Springfield hopes to inspire today’s youth

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When Nicholas Tokman was 20, he moved to Alaska to become a fisherman. At first, his dream did not pan out — he lived in homeless shelters and pawned a gold necklace given to him by …