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JERREY ROBERTS
Bryan Torres, who is an undocumented immigrant who is an Amherst College student, Monday at the college.

Local college students hold fast to goals for education, better life in new country

Friday, February 27, 2015

AMHERST — Bryan Torres was 12 when he made a three-week journey from El Salvador to Northampton. He cried nearly every day. He didn’t know if he would see his grandmother again — the woman who had raised him for 10 years — but he knew he had to push forward to reunite with his mother. She had left 10 …

Earth Matters: The changing face of environmental education

Friday, February 27, 2015

How do we equip ourselves and our children with the tools needed to sustain the Earth? This is a challenging time for the field of environmental education. It’s no longer enough for environmental centers to help people learn about the natural world and the ecological systems that support life. The potentially devastating consequences …

Local bird sightings

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A northern shrike continues to be seen in Windsor, and a Bohemian waxwing was also found. A rough-legged hawk continues in Lee, and five black vultures were seen in Sheffield. A clay-colored sparrow continues to come to a feeder …

Division 3 Boys Basketball: Top-seeded Hampshire shuts down rival Easthampton to reach semifinals

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — There were a number of motivational points for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team going into its Western Massachusetts Division 3 quarterfinal against Easthampton Thursday night. With their 77-56 victory, the Raiders avenged last season’s postseason …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Hopkins Academy runs away from Hampden Charter, 80-48

Thursday, February 26, 2015

HADLEY — Once the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team took the lead, it never let it go, as it defeated No. 7 Hampden Charter 80-48 in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday night. The No. 2 Golden Hawks (19-2) advanced to the semifinals to face …

Division 1 Boys Basketball: Devonte’ McCall, Amherst snack on Holyoke in 76-53 quarterfinal victory

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — During his first break from the game Thursday, Devonte’ McCall turned around on the bench and reached for a large bag of Skittles. The Amherst Regional junior ripped it open, grabbed a handful and tasted the rainbow with 2 minutes, 36 seconds left in the third …

Police union seeks more staff

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst police union is demanding the town hire more officers for its “woefully understaffed” force to deal with large-scale rioting and the weekly nuisance complaints about noise and neighborhood disturbances that ramp up as the weather gets warmer. Scott Gallagher, president of the Amherst Police …

Town negotiating with bars to thwart blowouts of the past

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — If negotiations under way are successful, two downtown bars that created and served as ground zero for the Blarney Blowout promotion for more than a decade will delay their opening March 7, improving the possibility of …

Notebook: UMass seeks ESPN’s help in filling out 2016 football schedule

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — While UMass searches for a new athletic director, the school is set to utilize the services of ESPN’s Dave Brown to help fill the 2016 football schedule. UMass needs to add at least three home games …

Credit card security will benefit from latest technological advances

Thursday, February 26, 2015

How easy is it for a defrauder to steal your credit card information? Consider this recent case of a Florence Bank customer, as told by John Heaps, the bank’s chief executive officer. Sometime last year, the customer used …

UMass notebook: Hot race atop Atlantic 10 standings

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — UMass’ chances for a bye into the quarterfinals of next month’s Atlantic 10 Tournament took a considerable hit Wednesday from both the Minutemen’s 82-71 loss to Saint Joseph’s at the Mullins Center and results around the …

UMass falls to Saint Joseph’s, ending NCAA at-large bid hopes

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — If UMass doesn’t hear its name called on Selection Sunday, and unless it wins next month’s Atlantic 10 Tournament in Brookyln it won’t, the Minutemen can look at their two losses to Saint Joseph’s as a …

Wednesday prep roundup: Jake Ross scores 30 to power Williston boys hoop

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Northampton’s Jake Ross scored 30 points to lead the Williston boys basketball team to a 68-53 win at Westminster Wednesday. Ryan Richmond added 12 points for the Wildcats (18-3). Girls basketball Williston 57, Miss Porters 19 — Natalia Baum scored 15 points and Gracie Simpson (South Hadley) added …