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JOHN KOWALESKI
This female moose was photographed Thursday in an old hayfield at the Hawthorne farm near Wildwood Elementary School in Amherst.

Moose that prowled Amherst streets, school grounds darted for move to rural area

Friday, May 29, 2015

AMHERST — Though taming a moose is not part of her job description, Superintendent Maria Geryk was among the first on the scene Friday morning assisting Carol Hepburn, the town’s animal welfare officer, in shepherding a 350- to 400-pound female moose into an area where the animal could be tranquilized and removed by three Environmental Police officers. The moose had …

Search for Amherst economic development director draws over 15 applicants

Friday, May 29, 2015

AMHERST — More than 15 people have expressed interest in becoming Amherst’s first economic development director. Human Resources Director Deborah Radway said this week that since the job opening was posted in late April, the town has received around 16 applications and resumes. Many applicants are from western Massachusetts and New England, she said, but some are from as far as Arizona and …

Thursday’s high schools: Emergency JV sub plays key role as Northampton earns 6-5 extra-inning win over South Hadley

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Northampton softball team got a little help from across the field in its 6-5 come-from-behind eight-inning win over South Hadley Thursday. While the Tigers scored the tying run in the seventh inning, shortstop Zoe Driscoll-Sbar was injured and had to leave the field. Stuck without a replacement and having received an OK from the South Hadley side, Northampton coach Jim Hale pulled …

To-do list: Family events

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Family Life Preserved Built in 1752, the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, 130 River Drive, Route 47, Hadley, was a private home continuously occupied by six generations of one family until 1949, when it was opened to the public. Today, hundreds …

Area police news

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Amherst ∎ Ronald J. Wutka, 52, of Monson, was arrested at 1:37 a.m. Saturday on East Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger after the vehicle he was driving on East …

Monson man arrested after driving into ditch in Amherst, and other area police news

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Amherst ■ Ronald J. Wutka, 52, of Monson, was arrested at 1:37 a.m. Saturday on East Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger after the vehicle he was driving on East …

Amherst police say decorative UMass banners stolen from downtown light posts

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

AMHERST — Several decorative banners that line the streets of downtown Amherst and serve as a welcome to visitors were stolen from downtown light posts last week, according to police. Detective Jamie Reardon said Tuesday that police are investigating the thefts, reported at 11:32 a.m. Friday. Each of …

Monday’s high schools: Northampton baseball, Amherst softball pull out 1-0 wins; Holyoke Catholic qualifies for baseball tournament

Monday, May 25, 2015

A pair of local ballclubs ended their seasons with thrilling 1-0 victories on Memorial Day. Another made sure its season kept on going. The Northampton High School baseball team beat Agawam, 1-0, in its season finale at home …

Amherst marks Memorial Day with parade, speech by Operation Enduring Freedom veteran Justin Maynard

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — Justin Maynard told the crowd gathered at the gates of the War Memorial swimming pool Monday morning about the day in Afghanistan just over four years ago when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated an …

Amherst teacher, like her mother, to receive Massachusetts Teachers Association Lifetime Civil Rights Award

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — Alicia Lopez of Amherst went through school knowing that whatever her life path would be, there was one career she would avoid at all costs — teaching. Both her parents were teachers, and even seeing her mother, Sonia Nieto, win the prestigious Massachusetts Teachers Association Lifetime …

‘Glorious’ weather brings crowds to Hadley Memorial Day parade to celebrate and reflect

Sunday, May 24, 2015

HADLEY — Donald and Kathie Pipczynski of North Hadley were among the spectators who sat along Route 9 as the Memorial Day parade, held annually the Sunday before the holiday, passed by to the tune of honks, sirens …

Amherst boys ultimate falls short in state final

Sunday, May 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Amherst Regional boys ultimate team came up short of another state title at the Division 1 Massachusetts High School Championships held at Greenfield Community College over the weekend. The Hurricanes never led against a stout Lexington team, who answered every Amherst comeback attempt Sunday afternoon. …

Amherst College graduates 470, remembers first African-American to be chosen as class speaker 100 years ago

Sunday, May 24, 2015

AMHERST — Several thousand family members, friends and well-wishers gathered on white folding chairs in the shade of a couple dozen oak trees on the Amherst College quad Sunday to see the 470 students of the class of …