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Massachusetts tight end Jean Sifrin (87) misses the pass in the end zone in the  third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Colorado in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Colorado won 41-38. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Winding road brings UMass tight end Jean Sifrin close to an NFL career

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — Not that long ago, the idea of making a decision regarding the NFL draft would have seemed absurd for Jean Sifrin. But as the tight end’s junior season wraps up at UMass, he’ll soon have to decide whether to return for his senior season or declare for the NFL draft. Heading into Friday’s 1 p.m. finale against Buffalo …

Despite storm, good food and fellowship at Amherst Survival Center Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — While the cold snow accumulated on the roads outside, warm food was piled onto plates at the Amherst Survival Center Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday afternoon. Despite the snowstorm, more than 100 people joined the meal at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst, which was the 25th annual Thanksgiving dinner for …

Jeffs retool for another Final 4 run

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Amherst College men’s basketball team lost three starters, including all-time leading scorer and 2013 national player of the year Aaron Toomey, from last season’s 27-4 team. The Lord Jeffs made a second straight trip to the NCAA Division III Final Four, where they fell to rival Williams in the semifinals. In 2013, …

UMass Amherst asks Bill Cosby to step down as honorary co-chairman of fundraising campaign

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Wednesday night that it has cut ties with embattled entertainer Bill Cosby amid accusations that he sexually assaulted more than a dozen women during his career. UMass joins at least …

Area briefs

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Amherst AMHERST CLUB FUNDRAISER: Love Notes, a longtime fundraiser for the Amherst Club held around Valentine’s Day, is being replaced by a new fundraising event at the Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley in March. The Amherst Club is creating what will be known as the Spring to …

Update: Snow sacks Thanksgiving Day high school football schedule

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Day meals will taste a little different this year. Inclement weather postponed five high school football games on Thursday. The games will be played either Friday or Saturday with turkey day leftovers for post-game feasts. The Battle …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

At the Hosmer Gallery Woodblock prints by Annie Bissett and etchings by Joan Dix Blair will be on view Dec. 2-29 at the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St. in Northampton. There will be an artists’ …

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘Touch of Evil’ at Amherst Cinema

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Including drugs, racism, sexual ambiguity, frame-ups, police corruption and other themes controversial at the time, Orson Welles’ “Touch of Evil” (1958) was one of the last — and, some say, one of the greatest — of the classic …

Rose Olver dies at 77, remembered for 50 years on faculty at Amherst College

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — Longtime Amherst College psychology professor Rose Olver, who helped usher in an era of equality with the hiring of female faculty and the enrollment of female students, died at the Hospice of the Fisher Home Nov. …

With pennies, nickels, quarters, Toy Fund launches 82nd year

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Susan Lavallee’s kindergarten class at the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School has already started raising money for the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund. So far, the class has raised 50 cents. Someone found two quarters on the floor, but no one claimed them, so Lavallee decided …

Weather gurus predict snow for wherever you drive on Wednesday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Max Saito of Northampton hopes to make it to Vermont by Wednesday evening, but he’ll settle for Thursday morning if necessary. Like everyone else around here with Thanksgiving travel plans, Saito lamented that one of the …

Tuesday’s colleges: Vermont ices UMass 3-1

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The UMass men’s hockey team dropped its second straight game to Vermont, 3-1, on the road Tuesday night. The Minutemen (3-8-0, 1-7-0 Hockey East) pulled Henry Dill for an extra attacker late in the third period and it worked as Dennis Kravchenko scored with 31 seconds left for …

Northeastern poses big challenge for UMass men’s basketball team

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AMHERST — Northeastern beat Florida State on the road when Seminole leading scorer Aaron Thomas played the whole game. UMass beat FSU at a neutral site with Thomas missing most of the game. The Minutemen needed overtime to beat Manhattan at home. The Huskies took a 20-point lead …