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ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER
Ben Gilsdorf of Amherst, a 10th-grader and member of Boy Scout Troop 500, salutes during the Amherst Memorial Day observances.

Amherst marks Memorial Day with parade, speech by Operation Enduring Freedom veteran Justin Maynard

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — Justin Maynard told the crowd gathered at the gates of the War Memorial swimming pool Monday morning about the day in Afghanistan just over four years ago when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated an explosion next to his truck. He was knocked unconscious. Seven people, all Afghans, died in the attack. Maynard, 28 — the featured …

Amherst teacher to be honored with Massachusetts Teachers Association Lifetime Civil Rights Award

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — Alicia Lopez of Amherst went through school knowing that whatever her life path would be, there was one career she would avoid at all costs: teaching. Both her parents were teachers, and even seeing her mother, Sonia Nieto, win the prestigious Massachusetts Teachers Association Lifetime Civil Rights Award did not convince her that the hard work and long hours were worth …

‘Glorious’ weather brings crowds to Hadley Memorial Day parade to celebrate and reflect

Sunday, May 24, 2015

HADLEY — Donald and Kathie Pipczynski of North Hadley were among the spectators who sat along Route 9 as the Memorial Day parade, held annually the Sunday before the holiday, passed by to the tune of honks, sirens and marching band classics. “Our children used to be in the parade — in the …

Canisius guard Zach Lewis excited to transfer to UMass

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Going into the offseason, UMass coach Derek Kellogg hoped to add two transfers — an immediately eligible big man and a younger guard for 2016-17. On Tuesday he completed the checklist when Canisius guard Zach Lewis announced he was transferring to UMass. Lewis joins former Texas A&M big …

Amherst Regional baseball clinches postseason berth in thunderstorm shortened game

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

AMHERST — The celebration for clinching a postseason berth occurred away from the diamond and well after the last pitch was delivered, but that didn’t take away any of the excitement for the Amherst Regional baseball team. The …

Tuesday’s college recap: Amherst women’s tennis team falls to Williams in NCAA semifinal

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Amherst College women’s tennis team was unable to dethrone rival Williams College in the NCAA Division III semifinal, falling 5-1 at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, on Tuesday. It was the seventh straight semifinal appearance by the Lord Jeffs (16-5). Top seeded Williams (24-0) …

Tuesday’s high school baseball recaps: Hopkins Academy scores in the seventh to win pitchers’ duel

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pat Knightly’s two-out RBI single up the middle drove home Drew Castronovo with the game’s only run as the Hopkins Academy baseball team beat Frontier Regional in a 1-0 pitchers’ duel in South Deerfield. John Jacques spun a …

Tuesday’s high school softball recaps: Northampton softball slugs past Belchertown on the road

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Zoe Driscoll-Sbar had three hits and three runs scored to lead the Northampton softball team to a 12-7 win in Belchertown Tuesday. Emilie Baldwin added two hits, two RBIs and two runs of her own for the Blue Devils (6-8, 3-3 Valley Wheel). Lily Glading-DiLorenzo finished the day …

Tuesday’s high school lacrosse recaps: Amherst Regional girls lacrosse holds off Granby

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

After the teams were tied at halftime, the Amherst Regional girls lacrosse team held off Granby, 15-13, Tuesday. Meghan Sharick led Amherst (4-13) with eight goals and three assists. Clover Ulrich added six goals and one assist, while Malia MacDonald scored the other. Kate Sarnacki had five goals …

Tuesday’s tennis and track recaps: Amherst Regional boys tennis sweeps Chicopee to qualify for postseason

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Amherst boys tennis team used a 5-0 win over Chicopee to qualify for the postseason on Tuesday at home. Andy Zyskowski led the way at first singles with a 6-1, 6-1 dismissal of Brian Turnbull for the …

Amherst Historical Commission delays for one year demolition of Little Red Schoolhouse

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AMHERST — Citing its status as possibly the first building to be designed exclusively for use by pre-school classes, the Historical Commission on Tuesday unanimously imposed a one-year delay on Amherst College’s request to demolish the Little Red …

Judge rules three remaining defendants in alleged UMass gang rape case will be tried separately

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The three remaining defendants charged in connection with an alleged 2012 gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will be tried separately, a judge ruled, despite the state’s efforts to combine two of the trials. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Friday denied …

New crosswalks to have warning lights on reconstructed Pine Street in North Amherst

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AMHERST — Both new crosswalks that will be part of a reconstructed Pine Street will have prominent warning lights to keep pedestrians safe from vehicles traveling on the road. The Select Board Monday approved the use of “rectangular rapid flash beacons,” which are bright yellow, solar-powered LED lights …