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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
(L-R) Gerard Peters, of Easthampton, Tricia Dandrea and Matthew Watkins, of Leeds, laugh as they have a conversation during a holiday luncheon hosted by National Honor Society at the Oliver Smith Restaurant at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

Smith Vocational, VA launch new partnership based on community service, shared stories

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Army Sgt. Gerard Peters of Easthampton not only had “the best veal I ever had” last week, but was reminded that younger people continue to appreciate his service. Peters, 52, who was in the Army for 10 years that included the invasion of Grenada in 1983, was among five veterans from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Central …

University president gets heat from police for ‘die in’

Friday, December 12, 2014

University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann has become the second Pennsylvania college president in a week to face criticism for participating in “die-in” protests held by students. Gutmann lay on the floor with student protesters when they took over her holiday party Tuesday — their demonstration symbolizing the 4½ hours that the body of Michael Brown, a black teenager, remained on the street …

Amherst Regional students walk out to protest Ferguson grand jury verdict

Thursday, December 4, 2014

AMHERST — On a day when New York City remained in turmoil over a Staten Island grand jury decision in the death of a black suspect at the hands of police, 200 Amherst Regional High School students staged a walkout at school to protest a different grand jury decision. Josiah Vazquez, a junior …

Activities canceled at Amherst Regional high and middle schools after mid-day bomb threat received; one of at least five in state

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst Regional High School was one of at least five high schools across the state that responded to bomb threats Wednesday afternoon. Boston.com reported that besides Amherst, separate threats were received at Natick High School, Boston College High School, Boston English High School and Worcester North …

UNH to expand sex-assault program to high schools

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire is expanding its nationally recognized sexual violence prevention program to a younger audience: high school students in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Instead of focusing just on potential victims and perpetrators, the “Bringing in the Bystander” program teaches participants how …

Frontier Regional students named to Governor’s Statewide Youth Council

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

DEERFIELD — Massachusetts will have a new governor on Jan. 5, and two students from Frontier Regional School will soon be able to tell him exactly what’s on their minds. The two students, junior Caitlin Burnett and sophomore …

EHS senior takes top honors in Greater Easthampton Distinguished Young Women competition

Sunday, November 9, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — For just a moment, Caitlin Oelrich’s eyes grew wide and her mouth formed a giant “O” of surprise. Then the winner of this year’s Greater Easthampton Distinguished Young Women competition clapped a hand across her mouth …

Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton competition moves to high school for 49th year

Thursday, November 6, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — After more than 25 years in Northampton, the Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton competition is moving back to its roots in Easthampton. On Sunday, 16 girls from Hampshire Regional and Easthampton High School will sing, …

Geryk responds to release of MCAD complaint by Gardner’s attorneys

Monday, November 3, 2014

AMHERST — School Superintendent Maria Geryk on Monday said she was “shocked” that lawyers for former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner made public a complaint filed on Gardner’s behalf with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination last week. She also …

Stories aim to show issues teen parents face

Sunday, November 2, 2014

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy will host a screening of digital stories created by young parents to illustrate the issues they face, including violence, discrimination and homelessness. Working with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s “Hear Our Stories” project, the alliance will hold a public screening …

Complaint details threats endured by former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMHERST — A complaint submitted to the Springfield office of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination on behalf of former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner offers more detail on the racist graffiti, threatening notes and other apparent attacks that led …

Amherst Education Foundation Trivia Bee features 30 teams Thursday night

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST — A friendly competition to see how well people know arcane trivia, in particular about elections, will help raise money to support local educational initiatives. The 20th annual Amherst Education Foundation Trivia Bee, featuring 30 teams competing for the top prize, will be held at the Amherst …

Area briefs

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Easthampton APPLE A DAY 5K: The second annual “Apple A Day 5k” to benefit city elementary schools is Sunday at Easthampton High School. The event begins with a quarter-mile fun run around the school at 12:15 p.m., and a two-mile walk through Nonotuck Park at 12:30 p.m. The …