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Mold is visible on the leaves of this squash plant in Greenfield.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Recent cooler, rainier weather in Valley creates problems for some crops

Friday, August 22, 2014

Area farmers are once again on the front lines of weather patterns that in recent weeks have brought cooler, rainier weather to the region. That’s translated into problems for some growers of potatoes and tomatoes as well as for those growing vine crops such as pumpkins and squash, says University of Massachusetts Amherst Extension vegetable specialist Ruth Hazzard. Another problem … 0

Two recent African-American graduates of Amherst schools describe struggles, tensions and fears

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST— Two recent African-American graduates of the Amherst regional school system were the stars of the WHMP community forum on race issues Thursday as they described struggles to connect with teachers who weren’t challenging them, dismay at tensions that divided the school during their senior year and fear at seeing a black teacher … 0

Coach Mark Whipple frustrated with final practice, but pleased with camp overall as UMass switches to game-week mode

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — Like most college football teams at this time of year, UMass was glad to see training camp come to a close. But coach Mark Whipple wasn’t happy with how the Minutemen ended it. “We weren’t ready to go. It was probably our worst day. We have a lot of work ahead,” … 0

Amherst Fire Department begins using new pumper Saturday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst Fire Department will begin using a new pumper truck Saturday. The 2014 Emax Series pumper, which will be designated Engine One, will be housed at the central fire station and replaces a 1996 HME pumper truck. Annual Town Meeting in 2013 agreed to borrow … 0

UMass police warn about man committing lewd acts on campus

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts police are warning students and staff about incidents Wednesday afternoon in which a man indecently exposed himself and committed lewd acts in front of two people. Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald said Thursday that the first report of the suspicious behavior came at … 0

Local organizers encourage participation in People’s Climate March in New York City

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local organizers of the People’s Climate March in New York City are holding a meeting Monday seeking to spark interest in the Sept. 21 event. Susan Theberge, with the groups Climate Action NOW/350MA, said the main focus of the meeting will be on how social justice … 0

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce honors Rotary Club, Stephanie O’Keeffe and Tony Maroulis

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — A long-time community service organization and two people who contributed to strengthening the business community are being honored by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber announced Thursday that the annual A+ awards will be presented during a dinner at the Hadley Farms Meeting House … 0

Amherst Town Meeting member John Fox raises questions about ‘misrepresentations’ by Planning Director Jonathan Tucker

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — A Town Meeting member claims that the town’s planning director intentionally kept the contents of a transportation study focused on the North Pleasant Street corridor between the University of Massachusetts and downtown Amherst from the Planning Board, even as it was considering a site plan review … 0

Police warn about scam involving phone calls from people pretending to be relatives

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — After getting a call from a person pretending to be his grandson and demanding credit card information so he could make bail, a South Amherst resident contacted police concerned that others might be receiving similar scam calls. While that resident did not lose any money, Detective … 0

Deerfield Select Board opposes Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline, schedules hearing on health issues

Thursday, August 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — A lawyer with an office in Amherst has offered his assistance to the town of Deerfield in its fight to stop the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. pipeline. Cristobal Bonifaz made the offer during a standing-room-only special meeting of the Select Board Wednesday night called to consider … 0

Amherst launches pilot program to increase recycling downtown

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — The town has launched an initiative to increase recycling in downtown Amherst and reduce the amount of trash from the commercial district that is being disposed. The Department of Public Works is installing seven recycling bins throughout downtown, including in front of Town Hall, as part … 0

Matt Vautour: ALS Challenge about more than just ice buckets for former UMass forward Mike Babul

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Earlier this week, Wagner University posted a video of assistant men’s basketball coach Mike Babul, a former UMass forward, doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. Someone involved in sports taking part is hardly noteworthy right now. The internet is … 0

‘Stop moving or we’ll shoot’ Rosa Clemente of Amherst describes her first night in Ferguson, Missouri

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — Activist Rosa Clemente has seen a lot in 20 years of community organizing but the Amherst resident said Wednesday that the “police brutality” and subsequent reaction in Ferguson, Missouri, is “unprecedented.” Protests have continued each day … 3