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Weekend high schools: Amherst Regional shuts down West Springfield

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Trailing by four entering the second quarter, the Amherst Regional boys basketball team shut down West Springfield en route to a 66-54 win in Amherst on Saturday. The Hurricanes outscored the Terriers 14-4 in the second to pull ahead. Devonte’ McCall finished with 19 points, Isaac Siegel had 13 and Meikkel Murray added 10 for the Hurricanes (13-1, 6-0 Valley Wheel). Girls basketball Holyoke Catholic 50, Turners Falls 28 — …

UMass wrestles away first road win over Saint Louis

Saturday, January 31, 2015

ST. LOUIS — Since Saint Louis joined the Atlantic 10 in 2005, all five trips to the Gateway to the West have ended in disappointment for the UMass basketball team. Most games between the Minutemen and Billikens in any location have been close, but frustrating for UMass, which lost at the buzzer to …

Ellen Keiter takes over as chief curator at Amherst’s Eric Carle Museum

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — Ellen Keiter is taking the reins as chief curator of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, replacing founding director and chief curator H. Nichols B. Clark. Clark retired in December after 13 years in his role as chief curator and will retain an emeritus role with the museum as …

Controversial Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School schedule changes to go into effect in September

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — A new middle school schedule plan, praised by administrators but criticized by many parents and some school committee members, will go into effect in September, according to School Superintendent Maria Geryk. In an email Saturday, Geryk said she had decided to move forward with changes designed …

UMass jewelry-making event seeks to inspire young girls to pursue engineering careers

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — In her almost four years studying electrical engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Kelly Kennedy said she has spent a lot of her time in the basement of Marcus Hall in a space called “The Exploratorium.” …

Amherst Irish Association promotes better understanding of Ireland’s culture

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — A recently formed group focused on promoting Irish culture is putting on a series of events designed to move beyond stereotypes and provide insights to a society where St. Patrick’s Day, the most prominent Irish celebration, is often associated with alcohol consumption. Ide O’Carroll, a representative …

Jones Library in Amherst seeks ideas about improving services

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — As Jones Library officials begin planning for an expansion and renovation, they are asking for the public’s assistance in creating a new long-range plan. Director Sharon Sharry said the library is beginning focus groups with the public and staff in February to collect ideas for how …

Wacky wagers placed as Patriots face the Seahawks in Super Bowl

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — Across New England and in Washington, politicians and locals alike have placed their customary food — and non-food — wagers as the Patriots and Seattle Seahawks prepare for Super Bowl Sunday. “The governor can do it, …

Friday’s high school recaps: Hopkins Academy boys hoops runs over Smith Academy on the road

Friday, January 30, 2015

A big third quarter gave Hopkins Academy a 64-41 road win over Smith Academy in boys basketball on Friday night. The Golden Eagles (14-1, 11-1 Hampshire) outscored the Falcons (7-7, 6-5) 16-3 to open the second half. Zach …

Friday’s high school track recaps: Northampton, South Hadley girls finish undefeated

Friday, January 30, 2015

The South Hadley and Northampton girls indoor track teams finished their seasons undefeated Friday. The Tigers defeated Mahar, 76-19, for their final win of the season, finishing at 9-0. Blue Devils took down East Longmeadow, 48-46, and Longmeadow, 64-31, for a perfect 10-0 record. The Northampton boys defeated …

Area briefs

Friday, January 30, 2015

Amherst SOUP COLLECTION: A canned soup collection for the food pantry at the Amherst Survival Center begins Sunday at Grace Episcopal Church. The “Souper Bowl Sunday Food Drive” at the 14 Boltwood Ave. church is coordinated by congregant Diana Spurgin, who proposed the idea to help the pantry …

Longtime anti-war activist Phyllis Rodin dies in Amherst at age 100

Friday, January 30, 2015

AMHERST — Longtime anti-war activist Phyllis Rodin died Friday at the age of 100 at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst. The feisty feminist is remembered across the Valley for her political activism and the many lives …

Area police news

Friday, January 30, 2015

Amherst ■ A sign warning tractor-trailer and box truck drivers about the low railroad overpass on South East Street was knocked down by a passing vehicle and its remnants were found in the road at 2:28 a.m. Friday. Police removed the debris, and the vehicle responsible for the …