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Thanksgiving meals in the works in Amherst, Northampton, volunteers, donations welcome

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving means a table overflowing with food: a turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, all manner of cranberry sauce and secret-recipe stuffing. But that’s certainly not the case for everyone — and several local organizations step in each year to put on a spread Thanksgiving day for those who might not otherwise enjoy a traditional meal. On Thanksgiving Day in Northampton and …

After week off, UMass hockey preparing to BC, Vermont

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — After a rare November week off, the UMass hockey team will play three games in five days before Thanksgiving. The Minutemen will host Boston College and Vermont on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the Mullins Center and will travel to Vermont, Tuesday. All three games are at 7 p.m. With a …

Rose Olver dies at 77, remembered for 50 years on faculty at Amherst College

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — Longtime Amherst College psychology professor Rose Olver, who helped usher in an era of equality with the hiring of female faculty and the enrollment of female students, died at the Hospice of the Fisher Home Wednesday after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer. Olver, 77, the first tenure-track female faculty member …

Unimaginable images: Mead exhibits chronicle artistic responses to past wars

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

At this time of year in Europe 100 years ago, the quick, decisive war the major nations had been hoping for in August had become a distant memory. What became known as World War I had devolved into …

Area police news

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Amherst ■ Michael Lane, 43, of Springfield, was arrested at 10:59 a.m. Wednesday on University Drive on charges of shoplifting by concealment and disorderly conduct. Lane allegedly stole items from a store on University Drive, setting off its alarms, and then ran in and out of the nearby …

Amherst Regional shuts down Algonquin, 3-0, in state Division 1 boys soccer semifinals

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOLTON ­— At the beginning of the season, the Amherst Regional boys soccer team was unsure of its back line as it was depleted by graduation. The Hurricanes’ plan to start a rotation of players to protect a freshman goalie has worked better than they could have guessed. …

Backup QB Austin Whipple, UMass struggle in cold conditions, fall 30-6 to Akron

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AKRON, Ohio — It was a tough assignment from the time UMass quarterback Austin Whipple stepped off the bus outside InfoCision Stadium. The redshirt freshman was making his first collegiate start on a foreign field. A steady wind was blowing at approximately 18 mph, dropping the 15-degree temperature …

Tuesday’s colleges: Marley Giddins paces Amherst College past Keene State

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Marley Giddins had 20 points and eight rebounds as the Amherst College women’s basketball team opened its season with a 84-67 victory over Keene State, Tuesday in Keene, New Hampshire. Hannah Peterson added 12 points, while Meredith Doswell chipped in with 10 for the Lord Jeffs. Sarah Kober …

Protesters back Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner against school district

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — Wearing orange duct tape over their mouths to mock a school district lawyer’s perceived gag order and holding signs decrying racism, more than 50 supporters of former math teacher Carolyn Gardner stood in frigid temperatures Tuesday …

Amherst Police Department receives $5,000 from state for bicycle, pedestrian safety

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — A $5,000 grant received by Amherst Police from the state’s Executive Office of Public Safety and Security is intended to make the town’s roads safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. Amherst is one of 70 police departments in the state to receive a portion of $285,500 designated …

Tensions between school board members, Amherst superintendent Maria Geryk emerge in emails

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — Accusations of lies and a potential breach of the superintendent’s contract, contained in a string of emails written by members of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and Superintendent Maria Geryk, are raising the specter of discord …

Commentary: Seth Berger shakes off big mistake to help UMass beat Manhattan

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST If UMass hadn’t come back to win in overtime, his late regulation gaffe would have been the defining moment of Seth Berger’s career so far. The sophomore forward, who played far more minutes than he ever had …

UMass outlasts Manhattan, 77-68 in overtime

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — For the third straight year, UMass gave ESPN some morning drama in its annual Tip-Off Marathon, a 24-hour basketball event. After failing to close out Manhattan in regulation, the Minutemen regrouped and controlled overtime en route …