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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 Jacob Nabatoff (team-high nine boards) had 12 points and Johnny McCarthy 10. Amherst 76, Bowdoin 56 — Dawson’s career-high 21 points guided …

February was coldest ever on record in Amherst, and elsewhere

Sunday, March 1, 2015

AMHERST — Residents might want to sit down when they open their heating bills for the month of February — the last month was the coldest ever on record. The average temperature in Amherst in the past month was 11.2 degrees, the lowest average monthly temperature since records were first kept in town …

UMass notebook: Maxie Esho breaks out of slump with strong second half

Saturday, February 28, 2015

AMHERST — Seemingly for weeks, Maxie Esho has been looking to rediscover the magic that had made him UMass’ best player early in the season. In the first half of Saturday’s 82-74 win over Fordham, it looked like the senior big man’s slump was going to continue on his 24th birthday as he …

Families helping families: Volunteer night offers lessons for kids at the Food Bank in Hatfield

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

As Lori Peters of Goshen packed a plastic bag with apples at The Food Bank in Hatfield on a recent Tuesday evening, she kept an eye on her son, Eldon, 7, and daughter, Desi, 3, who were filling …

To Do List: Events for children and families

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

OnStage With the help of professional actor/directors from Missoula Children’s Theatre, Amherst Leisure Services Community Theatre will stage a full-scale musical production of “Aladdin,” featuring a local cast, in just one week. Auditions for students in grades kindergarten …

UMass looks to bounce back against St. Joseph’s

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST— Moments after UMass’ loss at Saint Joseph’s on Jan. 21, junior guard Derrick Gordon said the Minutemen weren’t on the same page and that they needed to be if they were going to right the ship. UMass seemed to find its missing chemistry and bounced back from …

Division 4 Girls Basketball: Holyoke Catholic races past Franklin Tech in first-round win

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — A slow start could not hold back No. 4 Holyoke Catholic as it knocked out No. 13 Franklin Tech, 39-22, Tuesday in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Girls Basketball Tournament at Holyoke Community College. With the win, the Gaels (14-7) will face …

Amherst College outlines actions in quest for carbon-neutral campus

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst College trustees released a blueprint Tuesday for achieving a carbon-neutral campus, outlining steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, increase recycling and serve more homegrown food in its dining commons. The “Statement on Sustainability and Investment Policy” acknowledges the threats posed by climate change, states that …

Gateway Regional’s Austin Hermon finishes 10th on giant slalom at state alpine championship

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gateway Regional senior Austin Hermon had the lone top-10 finish at the state alpine championships, Tuesday at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton. Hermon placed 10th on the boys giant slalom in 51.77 seconds. Hermon’s time of 37.97 seconds in the slalom positioned him outside the top 10. Georgina von …

UMass bans most vehicles without valid permits from campus parking lots between March 6 and 8

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will ban all vehicles from its lots without valid parking permits the weekend of Blarney Blowout, except for some planned events on campus. The university’s parking services department posted a statement on its website that the ban would be in effect …

Amherst Board of Registrars dismisses complaint about signatures for School Committee candidate

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — An objection to the certification of signatures for a School Committee candidate has been dismissed by the Board of Registrars. The board Tuesday voted unanimously to take no action on the Feb. 12 appeal filed by Town Meeting members Mary Wentworth of Precinct 5 and Vincent …

Family, friends of Chloe Rombach hope for ‘independent life’ for her after severe brain injury in Northampton accident

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Family and friends of Chloe Rombach have learned to find hope in the smallest signs since the 22-year-old suffered a severe brain injury when she was struck by a car in December. She can breathe on her own …

Amherst extends sick leave and personal time to part-time, year-round municipal employees

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — Part-time, year-round municipal employees will be eligible for both sick leave and personal time beginning July 1. The Select Board Monday voted 4-0 to approve changes to the personnel procedures manual that will allow between 25 and 30 part-time employees, each working between 10 and 19 …