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Norma Palazzo, the spiritual Bereavement Counselor at Fisher Home in Amherst, comforts   Dean McIlnay after the two had looked at pictures taken through out McIlnay's life of he and his  Partner Dick Erickson who died August 2nd 2015 after 52 years being together.

The season of light, and dark: Wisely managing sorrow one of season’s toughest challenges

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The holiday season often presents challenges, but none quite like facing the holidays after the loss of a loved one. Others go into the holiday season needed to cope with the fact that a family member, spouse or friend is in the process of dying. Rob Zucker, a social worker with the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst, said …

Around Amherst: Ceremony to honor 13th Amendment, nomination papers available and more

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

AMHERST — An hour-long ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment, which prohibited slavery in the United States following the Civil War, will be held next month. Martin Jones of Northampton told the Select Board this week that he is organizing the Dec. 18 event to coincide with National Freedom Day. The event, which will be held on …

Whately musician 'Mister G' wins Latin Grammy for Best Children’s Album

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WHATELY — On what has been called “The Biggest Night in Latin Music,” Ben Gundersheimer, better known by his stage name, “Mister G,” became winner of this year’s Latin Grammy for Best Children’s Album. The Whately resident attended the 16th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on Thursday, when he won the …

Scholars among those upset at effort to keep Syrian refugees out of US

Saturday, November 21, 2015

AMHERST — Scholars, Syrian natives and others are upset at moves taken this week to ban Syrian and Iraqi refugees from the United States in response to the Paris terror attacks. On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker joined more than two-dozen other governors — mostly Republicans — who voiced …

Amherst officials fear planned SantaCon pub crawl to mark last day of classes at UMass

Friday, November 20, 2015

AMHERST — As town officials express public safety concerns with a pub crawl next month that will bring nearly 200 college-age people to downtown Amherst, many dressed in Santa Claus outfits, its organizer sees the event as a …

UMass hopes a win begets another

Friday, November 20, 2015

AMHERST — With their five-game losing streak in the rear-view mirror, UMass football team was in a collective good mood this week as it hopes to win its second straight when they host Miami (Ohio) Saturday on senior …

Petitioners oppose Israel trip planned by state senators, including President Stanley Rosenberg, Benjamin Downing

Friday, November 20, 2015

As state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and other senators prepare for an economic and cultural trip to Israel next month, over 1,000 people have signed a petition opposing it, saying in effect the legislators would be endorsing Israeli policies against Palestinians. The 10 other senators expected to join …

South Amherst woman questions work by town that interrupted her Comcast television, phone and Internet services

Friday, November 20, 2015

AMHERST — A South Amherst resident recently lost her Comcast service when a cable line was severed as the Department of Public Works was making repairs to a streetlight in front of her home. Marilyn Denny, of 16 Chapel Road, said Thursday that she believes the incident occurred …

Amherst Select Board to announce two finalists for temporary town manager

Friday, November 20, 2015

AMHERST — Two finalists for the position of temporary town manager will be announced by the Select Board Monday. Select Board Chairwoman Alisa Brewer said Friday that a three-member subcommittee, made up of board members Constance Kruger and Andrew Steinberg and Human Resources Director Deborah Radway, is recommending …

Historical Commission may consider lifting demolition delay for Little Red Schoolhouse at Amherst College

Friday, November 20, 2015

AMHERST — As time winds down for saving Little Red Schoolhouse, the Historical Commission may consider lifting the year-long demolition delay that remains in effect until May. The commission Monday will meet with representatives of Amherst College, which owns the building that sits where ground will be broken …

Area police news

Friday, November 20, 2015

Amherst • A break-in was reported at a Fearing Street home at 12:51 p.m. Thursday. Officers found a high school student in a bedroom who told police he got in through an unlocked bathroom window and was a friend of the family. Police verified his relationship to the …

Optimism surrounds Amherst College women’s basketball team

Friday, November 20, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst College women’s basketball team is in a good position to start the season. The Lord Jeffs are coming off a 25-4 record and a trip to the Sweet 16. They are also ranked No. 2 in the country, according to D3hoops.com’s preseason poll. The …

Upcoming events for seniors

Friday, November 20, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. Most of the centers will be closed Thursday and Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Amherst will hold a dinner …