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John McCutcheon, shown at left in a Gazette file photo, will leave his post as athletic director at the University of Massachusetts within a month, according to sources.

UMass AD John McCutcheon leaving for UCSB, leaving Feb. 20

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts athletic department is looking for a new leader to guide it through an important time. The University of California-Santa Barbara announced Thursday that it has hired UMass athletic director John McCutcheon to fill the same post at UCSB. UMass is set to begin a search for his replacement immediately. An interim athletic director will …

Wednesday’s high schools: Alex Bachand nets 100th point for Belchertown hockey team

Thursday, January 29, 2015

For Alex Bachand and the Belchertown hockey team, Wednesday afternoon’s game against South Hadley was about the numbers on the scoreboard rather than those on the score sheet. But once they secured a 7-5 victory at Fitzpatrick Rink in Holyoke, the Orioles celebrated a milestone for its senior forward and leading scorer. Bachand scored twice with an assist to surpass 100 points in …

Wednesday’s high school swimming: Records fall as Longmeadow sweeps Northampton

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Two JFK Middle School pool records were taken down as the Northampton swim teams fell to Longmeadow on Wednesday. On the girls side, the Lancers won 95-90 as they lowered the 400 free relay pool record to 3:42.72 to close the meet. Kerry Fleming pick up two individual wins for the Blue Devils (8-1, 5-1 Minuteman) in the 100 and 200 frees. On …

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

Monday, January 26, 2015

AMHERST — Friends of Dorie Goldman of Amherst, who died while hiking in New Hampshire on Sunday, recalled Tuesday her passion for bicycles and her enthusiasm for selling freshly baked bread at local farmers’ markets. Goldman, 50, owner …

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 …

CLOSED! Valley communities urge residents to stay home in response to storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Long before the first snowflakes fell Monday night, groundwork was laid to keep people safe from one end of Hampshire County to the other. With plenty of time to prepare for what has been predicted as a storm …

Plow crews in Valley will be sorely tested by heavy snowfall, officials warn

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In company with 4,000 pieces of state-owned equipment and about 50 from the city of Northampton, Florence resident Kate Towles will be out with her own little snowblower clearing her patch of road Tuesday — her …

Despite its weak record in stopping the flu this season, doctors still say, Get the shot

Monday, January 26, 2015

While federal health officials say this year’s flu vaccine is less effective than in previous years, local doctors and nurses encourage people to get vaccinated anyway. “The flu shot and good hygiene are still your best frontline at …

Discussion Wednesday on Amherst Fire Department budget

Monday, January 26, 2015

AMHERST — Concerns about Amherst Fire Department funding have prompted a Town Meeting member to schedule a public discussion on its budget Wednesday. Isaac Ben Ezra said he is arranging a meeting between Finance Director Sanford “Sandy” Pooler and a representative from the Amherst Firefighters Local 1764 at …

Gazette Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Alex Laraja, Amherst Regional

Monday, January 26, 2015

FIRST TEAM Joe Afflitto, senior, Smith Academy Billy Aldrich, senior, Belchertown Isamu Bix, senior, Amherst Regional Jamie Blinder, senior, Frontier Regional Bryan Brasil, senior, Hampshire Regional Steve Bruscoe, senior, Smith Academy Brendan Bzdel, senior Hampshire Regional Connor Curtain, …

Matt Vautour: UMass loss is Temple’s NCAA gain

Monday, January 26, 2015

Even as the UMass men’s basketball team was reaching the Top 25 and eventually the NCAA tournament last year, it was always tempting to wonder how much better it could they have been if Jesse Morgan was still …

Area police news

Monday, January 26, 2015

Amherst ■ A 16-year-old Amherst youth was arrested at an Amherst home at 10:21 p.m. Sunday on a charge of possession of firearms ammunition without a license. ■ Police are investigating a break-in reported at the Bacon Wilson law office, 6 South East St., at 6:34 a.m. Sunday. …

Weekend college recaps: UMass men’s hockey tops No. 14 Merrimack, 4-1

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Behind Dennis Kravchenko’s two goals, the UMass men’s hockey team defeated No. 14 Merrimack, 4-1, at home Sunday. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed due to weather. The two sides settled for a 4-4 draw on Friday night to spilt the weekend series. Dominic …