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A warning posted in Brussels by the Germans in fall 1914. The notice says any citizens who live in the vicinity of railroads and telegraph lines damaged by sabotage will be punished "without mercy," regardless of whether they're actually guilty of the sabotage. Image courtesy of Ed and Libby Klekowski.

The Guns of August, revisited: Leverett couple’s latest foray into World War I looks at Americans in occupied Belgium

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Just over 100 years ago, German troops invaded Belgium — the opening salvo on the Western Front in World War I, an orgy of violence and destruction that would kill and wound perhaps 30 million people and dramatically alter Europe’s map and social order. Though the United States would not enter the conflict until 1917, a good number of Americans … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Mitch Chakour at 1794 Meeting House in New Salem

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Music producer, pianist, guitarist, vocalist and teacher at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School, Amherst’s Mitch Chakour has had an illustrious 35-year career in music, including working with Bonnie Raitt, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry and Joe Cocker, sharing stages with James Brown, B. B. King, Aerosmith and Muddy Waters and writing for the … 0

Visiting Iraqi students hold fundraiser for Amherst Senior Center

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amherst IRAQ PRESENTATION/FUNDRAISER: A fundraising meal for the Amherst Senior Center, hosted by 24 students visiting from Iraq, takes places at Bistro 63 at The Monkey Bar & Grill, 63 North Pleasant St., Thursday at 7 p.m. The Iraqi students are participating in the University of Massachusetts Civic Initiative’s 2014 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. The six-week program is funded by the United … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Amherst  A South Prospect Street resident reported Tuesday at 8:32 p.m. that a welcome mat was stolen from outside the home, possibly by a man who had earlier been going trough a nearby Dumpster. A screen window also appeared to be tampered with, but no entry was … 0

Weekend Planner: Theater — ‘Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide’ at KoFest

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

After teaching in schools and jails for 15 years, actress Judith Sloan is more than familiar with cultural clashes and generation gaps. Her collision with hip-hop culture — and with the rapper Immortal Technique in particular — inspired … 0

Shutesbury Select Board votes unanimously to euthanize dangerous dog

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SHUTESBURY — A dog that attacked and injured a local couple last month is a danger to the public and should be euthanized, the Select Board ruled Tuesday night. In a unanimous 3-0 vote, the board decided that … 0

Local baseball & softball: Caelin Mottor keeps Easthampton Metro undefeated

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Caelin Mottor used her arm and bat to ensure the Easthampton Metro Softball team remained perfect Tuesday evening. Mottor fired a 6-hitter with five strikeouts, and went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored as Easthampton (15-0) defeated Springfield 9-2 at home. Gabby Downer (two … 0

Amherst historic board, ZBA to take up Mill District requests

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

AMHERST — As extensive remodeling of one historic North Amherst barn is needed to house a satellite store for Atkins Farms Country Market, a second historic barn that has dominated the landscape for centuries could be demolished. The Historical Commission Tuesday will review plans submitted by W.D. Cowls … 0

Area police news

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Amherst ∎ Electronic items, including an iPod, and a large sum of money were reported stolen from a vehicle parked on Chestnut Street. Police received a call about the break-in Tuesday at 1:23 a.m., but found no signs of forced entry to the vehicle. Northampton ∎ James E. … 0

Amherst paces state for solar signups

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

AMHERST — Interest in residential solar energy projects in Amherst surged beyond more than 30 other communities that have participated in the Solarize Mass program. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center announced Tuesday that the 174 systems and 1.2 megawatts of contracted … 0

Local baseball: South Hadley Sandy Koufax wins Division B title

Monday, July 14, 2014

The South Hadley Sandy Koufax team run-ruled Ludlow for the NEYSA Division B title on Tuesday, 16-5, in five innings. The Tigers scored six runs in the first and eight in the fourth to put the game out of reach. Jarrett Sudyka had RBI triple in the first, … 0

Gazette Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year: South Hadley’s TJ Fitzell

Monday, July 14, 2014

Whenever the South Hadley lacrosse team needed a play this past season, TJ Fitzell was typically the man to supply it. The senior midfielder led the Tigers in assists and finished two points off the team lead, while … 0

Amherst school panel reverses reprimand of Amilcar Shabazz over use of ‘racist’ term for student

Monday, July 14, 2014

PELHAM — A quorum of the Amherst Regional School Committee on Monday faulted the decision of its chairman to reprimand member Amilcar Shabazz for allegedly calling an unidentified middle school student a racist. But to those who signed … 5