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UMass quarterback A.J. Doyle is in a battle for the starting role for the Minutemen this season.

Plenty of questions heading into UMass football training camp

Friday, August 1, 2014

On Monday, the UMass football team will start its first day of training camp of the second Mark Whipple coaching era. The combination of new players, new systems and schemes, in addition to the new coaches, means there are a lot of questions, especially on offense, that will be answered or will at least begin to be answered between Monday … 0

Local briefs: youth programs, golf tournaments, road races

Friday, August 1, 2014

Youth programs available at Hamp Recreation Registrations are now being accepted for the Northampton Recreation Department’s field hockey program. This competitive program has a Senior team (seventh and eighth grade) and a Junior team (fifth and sixth). The program begins mid-August and runs until November. Games are mostly played on Saturday mornings, with one-to-two weekday practices at Northampton High School and away games … 0

Area briefs

Friday, August 1, 2014

Amherst ROAD WORK: Pine Street is the latest Amherst road where a resurfacing project is commencing. Lane Construction is expected to be at the North Amherst road lowering road structures for the next several weekdays, starting at 7 a.m. Driveways will be accessible, though delays are expected for through traffic. Pine Street will have a base coat of pavement placed on it between … 0

Wedding: Elizabeth Latten & Benjamin Zucker

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Elizabeth Noel Latten and Benjamin Louis Zucker, both of Brooklyn, New York were married May 10, 2014 at Danfords Hotel & Marina in Port Jefferson., N.Y., by the Rev. Alison Caoila. The bride, 26, is the daughter of … 0

Janet Ryan retires after 30 years in preschool education

Thursday, July 24, 2014

After serving the Amherst school district for nearly 30 years, Janet Ryan has retired from her role as the early childhood coordinator. “I really loved working,” said Ryan, who first took a job as a preschool teacher in the district at Pelham Elementary School in 1985. She said … 0

Mickey Mantle baseball playoffs begin with 4 shutouts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pitching completely dominated the first round of the Mickey Mantle double-elimination tournament on Wednesday evening. The winning team shut out its opponent in all four games, including a pair of 1-0 contests. Amherst 1, Northampton 0 (5) — … 0

Man held without bail after allegedly threatening an elderly man twice with a knife in Amherst

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AMHERST — Being threatened with a knife downtown two days in a row by an assailant who also stomped on his foot left the 80-year-old victim physically uninjured but petrified. William Lovett said the incidents, the second of … 1

UMass coach Whipple expresses confidence at MAC Football media day

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dismissing the value of preseason polls is a football tradition as old as the forward pass. So UMass coach Mark Whipple saying the 2014 Mid-American Conference preseason football poll that picked his Minutemen last doesn’t mean anything was … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Downtown Amherst concert series begins Thursday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AMHERST — A summer concert series at Kendrick Park begins Thursday evening with performances by Mister G. and Wishbone Zoe. The concerts, part of the Amherst Business Improvement District’s Downtown Beats program, is bringing music to Kendrick Park … 0

Amherst Historical Commission gives Cowls barn potentially flexible reprieve

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A prominent historic barn on Montague Road owned by W.D. Cowls Inc. should remain standing until next summer, according to a yearlong demolition delay imposed Tuesday by the Historical Commission. But the commission, which voted 4-0 … 0