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A warning posted in Brussels by the Germans in fall 1914. The notice says any citizens who live in the vicinity of railroads and telegraph lines damaged by sabotage will be punished "without mercy," regardless of whether they're actually guilty of the sabotage. Image courtesy of Ed and Libby Klekowski.

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 alter Europe’s map and social order. Though the United States would not enter the conflict until 1917, a good number of Americans … 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 stages with James Brown, B. B. King, Aerosmith and Muddy Waters and writing for the … 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 Initiative’s 2014 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. The six-week program is funded by the United … 0

Assault, battery cited at Amherst park

Monday, July 14, 2014

AMHERST — A Granby man faces a criminal charge related to an incident at Groff Park Friday afternoon. The 36-year-old man is being summoned to court on a charge of assault and battery after an incident was reported … 0

Disorderly man arrested at busy Amherst Farmers Market

Monday, July 14, 2014

AMHERST — Several calls about a man yelling obscenities and asking disturbing questions to vendors at the Amherst Farmers Market led to his arrest Saturday morning. Ladislao V. Lorincz, 63, of Worcester, was arrested at 11:01 a.m. on the Town Common on charges of disorderly conduct, disturbing the … 0

Weekend baseball/softball: Northampton advances to Sandy Koufax final

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Northampton Sandy Koufax baseball team remained undefeated with a 2-0 win over Frontier in the semifinals of the New England Youth Sports Association Division A playoffs at home on Sunday. Jordan Washburn earned the win for top-seeded Hamp (21-0), striking out six while holding Frontier to two … 0

$36K in renovations for Puffer’s Pond, Amherst, slated for later this year

Sunday, July 13, 2014

AMHERST — On hot summer days, some swimmers at Puffer’s Pond continue to access a cliff that rises above the water and climb on top of the dam that deposits water to the Mill River below. Other people … 1

Amherst gets feedback on housing bylaw

Sunday, July 13, 2014

AMHERST — Residents advocating for private development of more affordable housing in Amherst want to ensure that people of all income levels will live side by side and that housing for low-income families is built in a timely manner. The Planning Board last week received general support from … 0

Cody Cleveland, John Ferrara combine on no-hitter for Northampton

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cody Cleveland and John Ferrara combined on a 5-inning no-hitter for the Northampton Mickey Mantle team in a 19-0 mercy-shortened road victory over Frontier. Cleveland started and struck out two in two innings. Ferrara fanned three over the last three frames. Ferrara led a 17-hit attack for Hamp … 0

Amherst College student accused in 2009 sexual assault sues to obtain his degree

Friday, July 11, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst College student claims the school unfairly withheld his degree and cost him a fellowship by reopening an investigation into a sexual assault in 2009. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court last month, … 0

Amherst to form committee to consider forming two new local historic districts in town

Friday, July 11, 2014

AMHERST — Commercial construction in what is being called the Mill District of North Amherst and ongoing conversion of owner-occupied homes into rentals in neighborhoods near the University of Massachusetts are prompting residents to call for new local historic districts in the area. Residents who live in both … 0

Amherst officials fight bid to discuss, possibly 'disavow' Shabazz memo; Regional School Committee to take up issue today in Pelham anyway

Friday, July 11, 2014

AMHERST — In a tug-of-war that has enmeshed town clerks in four towns, the vice chairman of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee is pressing ahead with a Monday meeting to discuss a controversial reprimand of a fellow board … 7

Gazette Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year: South Hadley’s Meghan Ginley

Friday, July 11, 2014

In 2013, South Hadley’s Meghan Ginley established herself as the top girls lacrosse player in Hampshire County and one of the best in western Massachusetts. This season she absolutely cemented that spot with an even better senior campaign. … 0