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University of Massachusetts student Preston Rowan, 20, competes in the Rail Jam event put on by the UMass Ski and Board Club Friday night in front of the Southwest Residential Area at UMass.

Putting on a show

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Snowstorm brings up to 4 inches to Pioneer Valley

Monday, February 8, 2016

Snow fell for about 12 hours Monday in most of the Pioneer Valley, with snow-coated roads creating difficult driving conditions for much of the afternoon and evening. Numerous fender-bender accidents and vehicles going off roads were reported by police departments throughout Hampshire County. Though the storm had a later-than-anticipated noon start, by the …

Matt Vautour: NCAA needs to stop self-imposed postseason bans

Monday, February 8, 2016

It’s hard to tell what will eventually cause the NCAA to change its policies. But Louisville recent self-imposition of penalties is a reminder that how college sports’ governing body implements punishment is long overdue for an overhaul. In hopes of getting the NCAA to eventually go easy, Louisville announced its postseason ban for this season to address the allegations that a former assistant …

‘Percent for Art’ proposal heads to Amherst Town Meeting

Monday, February 8, 2016

AMHERST — A program that would pay for public art to be incorporated into large capital projects will come before Town Meeting this spring. Though the Select Board Monday indicated it would not sponsor the warrant article, members of the Public Art Commission said they intend to bring …

Gazette Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Dylan Husted, Frontier Regional

Monday, February 8, 2016

BOYS SOCCER GAZETTE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Dylan Husted, senior, Frontier Regional Season highlights: Made 78 saves and posted 10 shutouts for the Red Hawks, who finished 15-4-2 and 7-0-1 in the Schmid. Made two saves in the …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, February 8, 2016

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Physician to speak on drug effects on teens Dr. Ruth Potee, a physician from Greenfield, will talk about the teen brain — what affects it and how to protect it — Feb. 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in …

Area police news

Monday, February 8, 2016

Amherst • Police are investigating an accident at 3:47 a.m. Sunday on North Pleasant Street in which a pedestrian, who was not in a crosswalk, was struck by a vehicle. Police said the pedestrian suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Cooley Dickinson …

Lengthy investigation leads to arrest of Jacob Kinney of Amherst for heroin distribution

Monday, February 8, 2016

AMHERST — A lengthy investigation into heroin distribution in town led to the arrest of a 28-year-old Amherst man Saturday afternoon, according to police. Jacob S. Kinney, of 30 North Hadley Road, was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at his home on a charge of possession with intent …

Six people to be summoned to court for weekend noise complaints in Amherst

Monday, February 8, 2016

AMHERST — Fines totaling up to $3,000 could be imposed on six people responsible for loud parties following police responses to two residences during the weekend. The first incident occurred at 1:01 a.m. Saturday, when police were called to a home at 533 Main St. and found more …

At least a dozen Amherst residents will run for charter commission

Monday, February 8, 2016

AMHERST — With a 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline for candidates to get their names on the March 29 election ballot, interest is swelling in serving on a charter commission that would examine Amherst’s current government structure. As of Monday morning, 12 residents had filed nomination forms, obtaining the …

UMass hockey to play in Northern Ireland

Monday, February 8, 2016

Dominic Trento didn’t know much about hockey in Great Britain when he turned on a Friendship Four Tournament game between Northeastern and UMass-Lowell. “We were watching the games that day. I was thinking how sweet it was,” UMass’ sophomore forward said. Northern “Ireland is a pretty sweet spot. …

Area business briefs

Monday, February 8, 2016

Easthampton Chamber holds networking event EASTHAMPTON — The Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Networking by Night event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Glendale Grill, 65 Glendale St. There will be a cash bar and door prizes. The event is sponsored by Canon …

State plans presentation on ‘rattlesnake island’

Sunday, February 7, 2016

ORANGE — State wildlife officials who want to reintroduce rattlesnakes on a Quabbin Reservoir island have set a public meeting for Feb. 23 at Mahar Regional High School. Beginning in a couple of years, the state plans to stock Mount Zion Island with endangered timber rattlesnakes. The plan …