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Close-up of dodder on shoreline plants at Lake Warner in Hadley. An example of a "right-handed" twining of the dodder around the host plant can be seen in the lower left of the picture.

earth matters An encounter with a doddering old friend

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A river, where not constrained by cliffs, tends to wander. Small irregularities in a bank eroded by river water are the beginnings of meanders in the river. Loops cut off from the river become oxbow lakes, and as these lakes fill in they become oxbow marshes. I also wander, and the oxbow lakes and marshes of the Connecticut River, rich …

Matt Vautour: Independent football schedule taking shape for UMass

Monday, September 15, 2014

With no conference ready to extend UMass an invitation yet, the Minutemen have begun preparing their 2016 and 2017 schedules to play as an independent. Athletic director John McCutcheon said the school is expected to announce some games for those seasons shortly. “You’re going to see a fairly diverse schedule,” McCutcheon said. “You need to have five home games, then it’s to try …

Monday’s high school girls volleyball: Amherst falls in five to Ludlow for first loss

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls volleyball team met its match, falling 3-2 to Ludlow to halt its undefeated run on Monday. The Hurricanes (4-1) dropped the final three sets (25-18, 25-16, 15-9) after narrowly winning the first two (25-22, 27-25). Justine Bohl had a career-best 42 assists and five aces. Chapin Duffy had seven kills and eight blocks, while Nina Hayes recorded eight kills …

‘Impact’ zone: 400 college students join third-annual community service day in Valley

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AMHERST — Though whitewashing a fence might not sound like an exciting task, it wasn’t so bad for a group of students at North Cemetery on Saturday. A variety of music played from iPhones placed on the ground …

Fire extinguished Saturday at Antonio’s Pizza in Amherst

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AMHERST — Firefighters put out a fire at Antonio’s Pizza Saturday afternoon. The 31 North Pleasant St. business was open when a Gazette reporter called Saturday evening, but no further information was available about the extent of the fire either from the fire department or the store on …

3rd outing of Amherst Live explores geography of race, privilege and community

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AMHERST — Race and power, large airplanes and the state of education in Massachusetts were leading topics at the third and latest edition of Amherst Live — a performance event modeled on a magazine. Host Oliver Broudy, billed …

UMass running back Jamal Wilson likely done for the year

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On top of the frustrating 34-31 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday, the UMass football team appears to have lost leading rusher Jamal Wilson for the season. Wilson suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter …

Missed opportunities doom UMass football as Vanderbilt rallies to win

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Even after the UMass football team gave away an 11-point, second-half lead for the second straight week, it had a chance to win Saturday. The Minutemen still had a shot at victory even after a …

Area police news

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Amherst  A 21-year-old Amherst man was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Thursday after he drove into a ditch on Amity Street near Rafters restaurant. Clarke E. Gale of 319 Pine St. was arrested after an Amherst police officer going to work saw him drive his vehicle off the …

Friday’s colleges: UMass field hockey falls to Cal

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sarah Hawkshaw scored and Sam Carlino made three saves but the UMass field hockey team fell 2-1 to California, Friday at Garber Field. Lara Kruggel and Andrea Early scored for the Golden Bears (3-2). The Minutewomen fell to 1-4. Women’s soccer UConn 4, St. John’s 1 — Brittany …

Friday night football: Amherst Regional falls 55-27 to East Longmeadow

Friday, September 12, 2014

EAST LONGMEADOW — A second week of penalties, mistakes and turnovers cost the Amherst Regional football team its first win of the season, falling 55-27 to East Longmeadow Friday night. “We had a couple 15-yard penalties that set us back,” Hurricane coach David Thompson said. “They got it …

Authorities have not yet confirmed cause of death for Marissa Jackson of Amherst

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMHERST — Authorities have not confirmed the cause of death for Marissa Jackson, the 26-year-old Amherst woman discovered dead Tuesday near the University of Massachusetts campus, but say that no life-threatening injuries were found on her body, according to a statement issued Friday by Steven E. Gagne, first …

Friday’s high schools: Frontier Regional spikes Turners Falls

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball swept Turners Falls 3-0 to give newly minted hall of fame coach Sean MacDonald another win Friday. The Red Hawks won 25-11, 25-20, 25-22 to improve to 5-0 on the season. Cassidy Ciesluk had 16 kills and 15 digs, while Rachel Cialek added …