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Berkshire Gas expands ban on new natural gas service to Amherst, Hadley, Hatfield and Sunderland

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Berkshire Gas Co. announced Friday it will not accept any new customers in Hampshire County, expanding an earlier moratorium on new service enacted in Franklin County last year. That raises concerns about its impact on economic development in the affected communities. Effective immediately, the utility will no longer allow any new natural gas service in Amherst, Hadley and Hatfield in Hampshire County and Sunderland in southern Franklin County. In …

Wisconsin-Stevens Point ices Amherst College in Division III Frozen Four semifinals

Saturday, March 28, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Amherst College and goaltender Danny Vitale found out Friday night you can only stop a steamroller for so long. After blocking a fusillade of shots from everywhere imaginable over two periods, Vitale finally gave in to the relentless pressure from Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The Pointers spotted the Lord Jeffs a two-goal lead …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst native Michael Hixon places second on 3-meter at NCAA Division 1 championships

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst native Michael Hixon just missed defending his 3-meter springboard championship Friday. The Indiana sophomore placed second in the event with 492.40 points and earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, held at University of Iowa. Miami’s Samuel Dorman won with 529.10. Hixon was in the second place with 494.90 points following the preliminary round. Hixon won …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Local Vocal Chord Bowl’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A spin-off of the extremely popular “Silver Chord Bowl” now in its seventh year, the “Local Vocal Chord Bowl” brings Valley high school, college and adult a cappella ensembles together for a community concert to raise funds for …

Weekend Planner — Film: Jean Luc Godard’s ‘Breathless’ at Amherst Cinema

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

“A pop artifact and a daring work of art [that] even now is still cool, still new,” wrote The New York Times film critic A.O. Scott on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Jean Luc Godard’s “Breathless”: …

MuseFLASHES

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Music at UMass A concert by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Jeremy Denk will be presented Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The …

Accuser testifies in trial of one of four men accused of gang-raping her at UMass

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The woman who accused four men of gang-raping her in 2012 tearfully told a jury Wednesday that when her two female friends left her alone with the men in her dorm room at the University of …

Speakers share experiences as racial minorities at Amherst forum

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — Three years ago, Janaya Collins was walking through Amherst center late at night with a female friend when she was confronted by a college-age man who made a disparaging comment about her physical appearance. Her friend …

Matt Vautour: Plate full for new UMass AD Ryan Bamford

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford won’t officially inhabit his third floor Mullins Center office until some point next month. But he’ll be doing work on the school’s behalf while he’s tying up loose ends at Georgia Tech, …

Non-union, full-time town employees in Amherst will get 2 percent raise

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — All eligible full-time town employees who are not part of municipal unions will receive 2 percent pay raises beginning July 1. The Select Board Monday voted unanimously to support the recommendation from the Personnel Board to offer the increase. Those employees who are already at the …

Ryan Bamford introduced as UMass’ new athletic director

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — Ryan Bamford said he’d had chances to pursue athletic director jobs before. Either the time wasn’t right or the fit wasn’t. But Bamford, who was introduced as the University of Massachusetts’ new athletic director Tuesday, said …

Ryan Bamford introduced as UMass’ new athletic director

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — Ryan Bamford said he’d had chances to pursue athletic director jobs before. Either the time wasn’t right or the fit wasn’t. But Bamford, who was introduced as the University of Massachusetts’ new athletic director Tuesday, said …

Area briefs

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Amherst TRIANGLE STREET ONE-WAY: Triangle Street at the intersection of East Pleasant Street will be narrowed to one lane between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday to accommodate equipment needed for construction of the five-story Kendrick Place project. Central Mass Crane Inc. will set up its equipment in …