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Governor names Victor Woolridge new chairman of University of Massachusetts board of trustees

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has named Victor Woolridge the new chairman of the University of Massachusetts board of trustees. Woolridge will replace current Chairman Henry Thomas, who submitted his resignation as chairman. Thomas will continue to serve on the board. Woolridge’s first job will be to form a search committee to begin looking for a new University of Massachusetts president. UMass President Robert Caret announced in December that …

Dorie Goldman of Amherst, owner of The Backyard Bakery, dies in NH hiking accident

Monday, January 26, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst woman known for baking bread sold at local farmers’ markets and riding through town in a green, pedal-powered vehicle died while hiking in New Hampshire on Sunday. Dorie Goldman, 50, owner of The Backyard Bakery, died at Purgatory Falls in Mont Vernon, according to a statement issued by Police …

Region gears up for potent storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Weather gurus are comparing this week’s storm to the blizzard of 1978, the October 2011 snowstorm, and Winter Storm NEMO of February 2013 in terms of accumulation and impact. “We’re basically telling people: Travel is not advisable” whether by car, train, air or foot, said Kim Buttrick, a meteorologist with the National Weather …

Snowstorm expected to dump 2 feet from Monday night on; winds likely to produce blizzard conditions

Saturday, January 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Pioneer Valley could see from 20 to 30 inches of snow beginning late Monday through Tuesday during what the National Weather Service predicts will be a “crippling” storm and “potentially historic blizzard.” The snow is …

Winging it on Super Bowl Sunday: At local restaurants, fried poultry is the champ

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The holiday leftovers have finally been cleaned out of the fridge and now we have another day of celebratory eating upon us — Super Bowl Sunday. The sport that dominated TVs across the country on Thanksgiving Day will …

Many Hands Farm Cooperative abandons plan to use Logtown Road house

Saturday, January 24, 2015

AMHERST — A farming enterprise that won the right to house up to 11 workers at a Logtown Road home this summer is abandoning plans to use the residence after being required to install sprinklers. The Planning Board last week had been scheduled to hold a site plan …

Friday’s high schools: Mitch Ouimette, Hampshire Regional shoot down Easthampton in second half

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mitch Ouimette’s barrage from behind the arc led a game-deciding offensive explosion for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team Friday night. With the game tied at halftime, the junior guard knocked down five 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 17 points as the Raiders beat rival …

Friday’s high school indoor track: South Hadley takes three against Athol, Greenfield and Hampshire

Friday, January 23, 2015

The South Hadley indoor boys and girls track teams swept Athol, Greenfield and Hampshire Regional Friday night, in a PVIAC meet at Smith College. The girls beat Athol 85-10, Greenfield 89-6 and Hampshire 80-15, while the boys won 60-30, 53-42 and 58-35, respectively. Northampton swept Central as the …

Friday’s high school swimming: South Hadley beat Holyoke Catholic, stays unbeaten in Patriot League

Friday, January 23, 2015

The South Hadley girls swim team kept its perfect league record alive and remained in first place with a 92-52 victory over Holyoke Catholic Friday afternoon at Chicopee Comp. Shannon Mitchell won the 50 free and 100 free for the Tigers (11-1, 6-0 Patriot). Jade Thomas (100 back) …

Friday’s colleges: Third period surge nets UMass hockey a tie at No. 14 Merrimack

Friday, January 23, 2015

Down two goals heading into the third period, the UMass hockey team got the better of a wild final frame to earn a 4-4 tie with 14th-ranked Merrimack in North Andover Friday. Frank Vatrano’s goal just under 3 minutes into the third started the comeback as his power-play …

Textbooks still pricey, but University of Massachusetts Amherst students and staff look for ways to reduce costs

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts Amherst students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, one wonders whether the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” would advise students to actually buy a new …

Amherst to seek legislation establishing tax incentives for affordable housing

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — Town officials will look to the state Legislature for assistance in providing tax incentives to developers who will build affordable housing units. Town Manger John Musante told the Planning Board last week that he is developing a non-zoning article that will be ready for the spring …

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce encourages membership by students, retirees

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — Two new membership categories created by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce encourage students and retirees to be part of the organization. The $20 student membership is for undergraduates at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College and Hampshire College and will serve as a means of …