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Crocker Farm School librarian Susan McQuaid and paraprofessional Cedric Gonnet read to each other during a "Read Across America Day" presentation in the school cafeteria on Wednesday.

‘The Cat in the Hat’ and other Dr. Seuss characters entertain students at Crocker Farm Elementary School

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — “The Cat in the Hat” and company paid a visit to Crocker Farm Elementary School on Wednesday. To celebrate “Read Across America,” a nationwide event sponsored by the National Education Association, Crocker Farm librarian Susan McQuaid invited the famous Dr. Seuss character and some of his companions to the school cafeteria Wednesday morning to inspire the student body. Over the course of the day, classrooms were visited by Amherst College athletes and Amherst Police officers who read students their own favorite Dr. Seuss stories. “It’s been a long winter, and it’s just an opportunity to have fun together,” McQuaid said. During the morning …

Survey shows most Americans support gay marriage

Thursday, March 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — In the late 1980s, support for gay marriage was essentially unheard of in America. Just a quarter century later, it’s now favored by clear majority of Americans. That dramatic shift in opinion is among the fastest changes ever measured by the General Social Survey, a comprehensive and widely respected survey that …

Paul Goodhind named principal of Mosier Elementary School in South Hadley

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Completing a change in leadership for the younger grades, the School Department announced Wednesday that Paul Goodhind, an educator in central Massachusetts, will be the new principal of Mosier Elementary School. He will replace Jill Pasquini-Torchia who is moving over to the Plains Elementary School to succeed Jill Flanders, who is retiring July 1. Goodhind has led the Boylston Elementary …

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Amherst Regional hockey shuts out Mount Everett, advances to 3A semifinals

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The Amherst Regional hockey team wasn’t pleased with its No. 3 seed for the Western Massachusetts Division 3A Tournament. The top two seeds received a bye into the semifinals. But for a team with no …

Many Holyoke Catholic coaches, parents ready to accept merger with Cathedral

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — As Holyoke Catholic softball coach Fran LaFond looked out from the bleachers in the Holyoke Community College gymnasium Tuesday night, he said he had believed the merger between his school and Cathedral High School would happen …

Snow angels leave surprise for students at R.K. Finn Ryan Road School in Northampton

Monday, February 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It would seem that snow angels were busy at work over the winter break. At R.K. Finn Ryan Road School on Monday morning, the children were delighted when they stepped outside for recess to find a …

Springfield bishop says Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools will merge, site not decided

Monday, February 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The bishop for the Diocese of Springfield says Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools will be merged for their long-term financial stability, but the location of a new school has not been decided. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski made the announcement Monday as the western Massachusetts diocese considers …

Area briefs

Monday, February 23, 2015

Northampton ZONTA SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED: The Zonta Club of Northampton Area has extended the application deadline for two awards for teenage girls TO March 3. The new Girl of the Year award recognizes girls 15 and younger as of April 1, 2015, who live or attend school in …

Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies sponsors ‘Shakespeare Pub Trivia Night’

Monday, February 23, 2015

AMHERST — Shakespeare fans of all ages are invited to an evening in which they can test their knowledge about the famous Renaissance playwright and his works. The second “Shakespeare Pub Trivia Night” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary …

Frontier Regional School District seeks money from towns to study consolidation of municipal services

Thursday, February 19, 2015

DEERFIELD — With loss of a grant for Frontier Regional and Union 38 schools to study possible consolidation of town services into unused school space, the district is now looking to its four member towns to help pay for the project. According to Superintendent Martha Barrett, Deerfield, Sunderland, …

Bryant Free Library in Cummington means just that with no-charge computer classes taught by Ken Graf

Monday, February 16, 2015

CUMMINGTON — At 82, Ken Graf has a lot of reasons to believe in the right click. If you’ve used a computer as long as he has, you’ll know why. If such talk leaves you cold, you might …

Some schools start treating e-cigarettes as drug paraphernalia

Sunday, February 15, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — Some schools are getting tougher on e-cigarettes, even punishing possession of the devices more harshly than regular cigarettes. The devices, which heat a nicotine solution to create a vapor instead of burning tobacco, have passed traditional smokes in popularity among teenagers. Schools are clamping down …