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back left, Emilie Hamilton, of Amherst, Jim Ilnicky of Leveret, and on the right, Joe Cerniawski, serve themselves  Thanksgiving day dinner community dinner put on by the Amherst Survival Center on Wednesday afternoon.

Despite storm, good food and fellowship at Amherst Survival Center Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — While the cold snow accumulated on the roads outside, warm food was piled onto plates at the Amherst Survival Center Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday afternoon. Despite the snowstorm, more than 100 people joined the meal at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst, which was the 25th annual Thanksgiving dinner for the Survival Center. Although fewer people attended …

Jeffs retool for another Final 4 run

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Amherst College men’s basketball team lost three starters, including all-time leading scorer and 2013 national player of the year Aaron Toomey, from last season’s 27-4 team. The Lord Jeffs made a second straight trip to the NCAA Division III Final Four, where they fell to rival Williams in the semifinals. In 2013, …

UMass Amherst asks Bill Cosby to step down as honorary co-chairman of fundraising campaign

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Wednesday night that it has cut ties with embattled entertainer Bill Cosby amid accusations that he sexually assaulted more than a dozen women during his career. UMass joins at least two other schools that have distanced themselves from Cosby. Cosby is a graduate of UMass …

Upcoming events at local senior centers

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP — For caregivers of seniors with dementia, Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Emotional support and information on resources. Led by Helen MacMellon, LCSW and Peg DeNault, RN. Questions or to register, call 259-3062. TRAVEL — Details …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, November 21, 2014

■  Gas Pipeline Walk — 1.5-mile walk with Franklin Land Trust naturalist Joshua Morgan on land in Ashfield that stands in the path of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline Saturday, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Meet at the intersection of Baptist Corner Road and North Bear River Road in …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 21, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs and sauce, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Home macaroni and cheese, carrots, spinach salad, red pepper strips, strawberry cup, pear Belchertown MONDAY: HS: Chicken nuggets, or …

Volunteer opportunities in the Valley

Friday, November 21, 2014

invasive species removal — Volunteers needed to help remove bittersweet vines at Graves Farm Sanctuary in Williamsburg Saturdays, Nov. 22 and Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the sanctuary parking lot on the south side of Adams Road to carpool to the site. Bring work gloves …

Local wine and beer tastings

Friday, November 21, 2014

TASTINGS Liquors 44, 238 King St., Northampton, Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m., Southern Comfort Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton, Saturday, 2 p.m., Element Brewing; Sunday, 2 p.m., Eden Ice Ciders; Tuesday, 4 p.m. Moonlight Meadery WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4-6 p.m., wine; …

Thanksgiving meals in the works in Amherst, Northampton, volunteers, donations welcome

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving means a table overflowing with food: a turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, all manner of cranberry sauce and secret-recipe stuffing. But that’s certainly not the case for everyone — and several local organizations step in each year to …

After week off, UMass hockey preparing to BC, Vermont

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — After a rare November week off, the UMass hockey team will play three games in five days before Thanksgiving. The Minutemen will host Boston College and Vermont on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the Mullins Center …

Rose Olver dies at 77, remembered for 50 years on faculty at Amherst College

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — Longtime Amherst College psychology professor Rose Olver, who helped usher in an era of equality with the hiring of female faculty and the enrollment of female students, died at the Hospice of the Fisher Home Wednesday …

Historical Commission will weigh in on One East Pleasant project in Amherst

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — The Planning Board will wait to hear from the Historical Commission before making a decision on final site plan approval for the 84-unit, mixed-use development that would replace the Amherst Carriage Shops. At its the fourth hearing on the project dubbed One East Pleasant on Wednesday, …