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Amherst

RICHARD PASLEY
DAVID SIBLEY

David Allen Sibley to speak at Hampshire Bird Club

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — Best-selling author and illustrator David Allen Sibley will discuss the psychology of bird identification at the Hampshire Bird Club’s meeting Monday in Amherst. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Immanuel Lutheran Church at 867 North Pleasant St. The “Sibley Guide to Birds,” published in 2000, was the realization of a lifelong dream for Sibley, who began painting birds when he was 7 years old. He is now recognized as America’s leading ornithological illustrator, according to a prepared statement. The guide, now in its second edition became the fastest selling bird book in history. …

volunteers

Friday, March 6, 2015

Food Bank Family Volunteer Day — In partnership with Hilltown Families, the Food Bank of Western Mass. invites familes to attend a volunteer session March 21, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Food Bank, 97 North Hatfield Road, Hatfield. The agenda includes an informational tour of the warehouse and a volunteer project such as sorting donated food. All ages welcome. To register or …

school lunch menus

Friday, March 6, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Crispy chicken patty sandwich, baked Tater Tots, cucumber coins, applesauce, orange TUESDAY: Mozzarella sticks, marinara, carrot and celery sticks, peaches, Bartlett pear WEDNESDAY: Cheeseburger, sweet potato fries, vegetarian baked beans, pineapple cup, banana THURSDAY: Two soft tacos, brown rice, black beans, diced pears, orange FRIDAY: Cheese pizza, broccoli florets, celery sticks, mixed fruit, apple Belchertown MONDAY: HS: Meatball grinder, or egg, …

Amherst road work will include resurfacing of Pine Street and three roads near Shutesbury town line

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Resurfacing of Pine Street will be complete and three neighborhood streets near the Shutesbury town line will be rebuilt as part of $1.14 million in road work planned for the 2015 construction season. But the list of other roads that will be improved, including sections where …

Six downtown Amherst bars agree to open later Saturday as town seeks to deter large-scale Blarney Blowout disturbances

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Six downtown bars, including three establishments owned by business partners who sponsored the pre-St. Patrick’s Day event known as Blarney Blowout, are voluntarily delaying their openings Saturday. Town Manager John Musante told the Select Board Monday …

Science for the People continues revitalization at UMass with panel discussion Saturday

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Less than a year after a group focused on using science to pursue social and environmental justice held a reunion at the University of Massachusetts — a quarter century after the original Science for the People was dissolved — the group plans to continue its revitalization …

Two arrests as police respond to several incidents in Amherst during the weekend

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Police responded to several incidents during which they made two arrests on the last weekend in February. Officers were called at 1:35 a.m. Saturday to Townehouse Apartments, 50 Meadow St., where an unwanted guest was making a scene, said Detective Jamie Reardon. Jean Philippe C. Beaudet, …

Soldiering along in creative economy Three Valley artists talk about how they make ends meet while pursuing their muse

Monday, March 2, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: Making a living in the arts is always a challenge. In this story, Gazette arts writer Steve Pfarrer speaks with three members of the “creative economy” about the ways they make a living while making art. …

Gov. Charlie Baker proposes early retirement incentives to help reduce deficit in next year’s state budget

Monday, March 2, 2015

BOSTON — Thousands of state employees could receive incentives to retire early under a proposal Gov. Charlie Baker hopes will help plug a sizeable deficit in the next state budget, the administration confirmed Monday. The governor’s office is …

Matt Vautour: The Atlantic 10 awards too close to call

Monday, March 2, 2015

Should the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year go to the league’s best player, or the most valuable player on a team that’s at or near the top of the conference? That’s an annual debate, but it’s more clearly defined in the A-10 this season. DeAndre Bembry is …

Cross country skier reports puppy attacked by two loose dogs at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — A cross country skier reported that two loose dogs bit his 4-month-old puppy Saturday afternoon at the Cherry Hill Golf Course. Police took a report at 3:58 p.m. from the skier who said his puppy had been on a leash when the two dogs, neither of …

Area police news

Monday, March 2, 2015

Amherst ∎ A 26-year-old Amherst woman will be summoned to court on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failure to use care in stopping after the vehicle she was driving at the intersection of South Pleasant Street and Northampton Road struck the rear end of …

Weekend colleges: Amherst men’s basketball drops NESCAC final in OT

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Amherst College men’s basketball team missed out on winning its fourth straight NESCAC Tournament title Sunday in Hartford, losing in overtime to Wesleyan 74-70. Eric Conklin (seven rebounds) scored a game-high 19 points with seven rebounds for Amherst. Jayde Dawson (game-high five assists) had 14 points, while …