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Mediation, deliberation at issue in Amherst

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — It’s a war of words among Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members, who will meet Monday about two deliberation-based complaints. The first is a dispute about whether an email sent to the entire board from member Katherine Appy constituted deliberation, thereby violating the state’s Open Meeting Law. The second is what sparked the email — Appy’s assertion that committee Chairman Trevor Baptiste planned to participate in mediation with the …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 1 WP - Harley; LP - Cousland Records: A/D (6-11) Southwick (9-6) Baseball Easthampton SB …

AREA POLICE NEWS

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Amherst ∎ Two males fighting outside an apartment at The Boulders, 188 East Hadley Road, at 3:53 p.m. Monday ended their scuffle when police got there. They were advised they could pursue their own assault-and-battery complaints in court. Hadley ∎ Police responded to a two-car crash on Route 9 at 8:48 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection with Mill Valley Road. A 53-year-old woman …

Amherst Select Board approves earned sick and personal leave for part-time employees

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

AMHERST — Nearly 120 part-time workers for the town of Amherst will be eligible to earn sick leave and personal days for the first time, beginning Aug. 1. The Select Board Monday, acting on a recommendation from the Personnel Board, voted 4-0 to offer the benefit of paid …

Valley observers see positives in Boston 2024’s failure

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HATFIELD — Judy Strong, who competed as a field hockey player in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, said she was torn Monday on learning that Boston would not be the host in 2024. Strong, now 55 and an umpire, was 24 when her team won the bronze, …

Parking restrictions to go into place at Lincoln Avenue intersections in Amherst

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — Parking restrictions are going into place at all intersections along Lincoln Avenue, with changes aimed at addressing public safety concerns without impeding residents, their guests and contractors from parking on the street. The Select Board Monday …

Amherst downs Easthampton for Mickey Mantle championship

Monday, July 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Amherst’s Stephen McCudden had never pitched on back-to-back days until this week. On Monday, the rising junior followed Sunday’s shortened start with a lengthy relief appearance in which he struck out eight to guide Amherst to …

Amherst town manager fractures ankle while away, expects to continue working at or near full time

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — A fractured right ankle suffered by Town Manager John Musante Thursday will restrict his mobility for the next few weeks, but he anticipates being able to work regular hours. “I expect to be at or near full time,” Musante said when reached by phone Monday night. …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, July 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Hilltown health series The Hilltown Community Health Center is offering a free six-week series, “My Life, My Health” focusing on ways to manage on-going health conditions. Taught by certified trainers Diane Meehan and Janet Dimock, the workshops are designed to …

Amherst beats Northampton to advance to Pioneer Valley Mickey Mantle Championship

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Amherst Mickey Mantle team had to play in back-to-back games to punch its ticket to the Pioneer Valley championship on Sunday. After knocking out Frontier, 12-0, Amherst beat Northampton 11-3 in the semifinals of the double elimination …

Research at UMass could prevent bats from being killed by flying into wind turbines

Sunday, July 26, 2015

AMHERST — High pitched frequencies may be the key to preventing hundreds of thousands of bats from being killed by wind turbine blades, according to a University of Massachusetts Amherst research team. Paul Sievert, a research associate professor in the department of environmental conservation at UMass Amherst, will …

Amherst elderly housing units to be improved

Saturday, July 25, 2015

AMHERST — Dozens of apartments owned by the Amherst Housing Authority, including all 80 units at the Ann Whalen building, are being improved in projects costing more than $1 million this summer. Executive Director Denise LeDuc said Friday the work will occur at many of the authority-owned sites, …

Amherst Regional High School Honor Roll

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Amherst Regional High School Third Trimester GRADE 9 Camryn Adams, Stratton Adams, Kale Allan, Cleiton Almeida, Liam Ashburn, Claire Basler-Chang, Theodore Bellak, Anya Benson, Isabel Bishop, Malcolm Blinder, Sadie Blumenfeld, Alvaro Borrell, Daniel Brennan, Lindsey Campbell, Rebecca Caraker, Eliza Carson, Anna Casagrande, Devan Chen, Peroum Chham Celia Child, …