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UMass’ margin for error is likely much smaller at Penn State

Friday, September 19, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The UMass football team made several mistakes during its first two games. While it was in position to win each time, it couldn’t finish the job. If the Minutemen (0-3) are going to break through this week, their ability to get away with mistake will likely be much smaller. While Colorado and Vanderbilt were winless when UMass played them, Penn State is 3-0 and knocking on …

Veteran Amherst College football team hosts Bates in season opener Saturday

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst College football team is returning the majority of its starters from the 2013 team that went 7-1. Despite a veteran lineup, this season’s focus is on fundamentals and the skill positions. “It doesn’t matter what you’ve done before,” said head coach E.J. Mills, who is entering his 22nd season. “Everybody is 0-0. Everyone is undefeated right now. It’s really …

Amherst, UMass officials pledge support for reforms

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts, town and police officials acknowledged their mistakes, described a new set of remedies and expressed optimism that the blueprint former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis delivered in a 65-page report for protecting the community from student mobs will stem disturbances. Even Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone, whose department …

Thursday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy sweeps aside Ware

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Four Hopkins Academy golfers swept their individual matches Thursday afternoon as the Golden Hawks breezed to a 20-4 victory over Ware at Hickory Ridge. Medalist Caleb Farnham shot a 40 to earn a 4-0 win at No. 2. Spencer Butterfield, Joe Yusko and Liam Higgins followed suit for …

Whipple: UMass preparing for future NFL No. 1 pick in Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AMHERST — Former UMass players often talk about playing against Philip Rivers (N.C. State in 2002), Byron Leftwich (Marshall, 2001) and Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007) before all three quarterbacks became standouts in the NFL. Someday the current …

Area police news

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Amherst ■ Jesus Merino, 20, of 188 East Hadley Road, unit 136E, was arrested Wednesday at 8:11 p.m. on Main Street on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and failure to stop/ yield and on a warrant, police said. Easthampton ■ …

Get Growing Goldenrod

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fields and roadsides are bright with the blossoms of goldenrod. Sometimes this wild flower even is found in home gardens — including mine. I welcome the beautiful flowers but admit this plant can take over a landscape design. …

Historic figures mural near Emily Dickinson’s Amherst gravesite may get new life when the wall it graces is torn down

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AMHERST — It appears the mural depicting Amherst’s historical figures facing the West Cemetery will be repainted in its current location by its original artist after the Amherst Carriage Shops building it graces is torn down. With the Amherst Community History Mural in jeopardy because it is painted …

Two Amherst police officers hurt in separate Sunday incidents

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — Two Amherst police officers suffered work-related injuries on Sunday that could force them to take extended medical leaves while they recuperate, Police Chief Scott Livingstone said. A police sergeant suffered a broken hand during an incident involving a prisoner at the police station early Sunday morning, …

Five College consortium to build library annex to hold excess 2.5 million volumes from member campuses

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMHERST — Prompted mainly by the need for more space at the University of Massachusetts and Smith College libraries, the Five College Consortium expects to begin construction next spring of a 2.5-million volume annex to hold lesser-used books and materials. The consortium, based in Amherst, plans to purchase …

Wednesday’s high schools: South Hadley knocks off Belchertown in girls soccer

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Gigi Thibault broke through traffic and converted a Morgan Harrington pass as the South Hadley girls soccer team knocked off Belchertown, 1-0, Wednesday in South Hadley. Sophie Gatzounas made eight saves for South Hadley (4-1), while Ashley Cavanaugh …

Wednesday’s high school golf: Spencer Butterfield shots 38 as Hopkins Academy pulls away from Smith Academy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spencer Butterfield shot a 2-over-par 38 to earn medalist honors and lead Hopkins Academy to a 19-5 win over Smith Academy, Wednesday at Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Amherst. The Golden Hawks (5-2, 4-1 Bi-County East) won five of the six matches to clinch the victory. Justin Butterfield …

Wednesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke field hockey sticks it to Williams late

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sophie Perekslis scored from Charlotte Wagner with 3 minutes, 28 seconds left as the Mount Holyoke field hockey team beat Williams, 1-0, Wednesday in South Hadley. Liz Dicesare made 14 saves for the Lyons (5-1). Amherst 2, Keene State 0 — Caroline Fiore and Ellie Andersen each scored, …