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Mold is visible on the leaves of this squash plant in Greenfield.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Recent cooler, rainier weather in Valley creates problems for some crops

Friday, August 22, 2014

Area farmers are once again on the front lines of weather patterns that in recent weeks have brought cooler, rainier weather to the region. That’s translated into problems for some growers of potatoes and tomatoes as well as for those growing vine crops such as pumpkins and squash, says University of Massachusetts Amherst Extension vegetable specialist Ruth Hazzard. Another problem … 0

Two recent African-American graduates of Amherst schools describe struggles, tensions and fears

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST— Two recent African-American graduates of the Amherst regional school system were the stars of the WHMP community forum on race issues Thursday as they described struggles to connect with teachers who weren’t challenging them, dismay at tensions that divided the school during their senior year and fear at seeing a black teacher … 0

Coach Mark Whipple frustrated with final practice, but pleased with camp overall as UMass switches to game-week mode

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — Like most college football teams at this time of year, UMass was glad to see training camp come to a close. But coach Mark Whipple wasn’t happy with how the Minutemen ended it. “We weren’t ready to go. It was probably our worst day. We have a lot of work ahead,” … 0

VIDEO ‘Black lives matter’ Justice for Mike Brown rally in Amherst draws more than 100 people

Saturday, August 16, 2014

AMHERST — There were many signs on display at the National Day of Solidarity Actions’ Justice for Mike Brown rally in Amherst Saturday afternoon, but the most striking was in the hands of a 13-year-old Amherst boy. It … 0

Coach Mark Whipple has brought fun back for UMass football. Will wins follow?

Friday, August 15, 2014

AMHERST Two years into his college career, Jovan Santos-Knox just assumed that playing Division I football just wasn’t as fun as he thought it was going to be. There wasn’t much joy around the UMass team and he … 0

The horse rescuers: Westhampton fire crews invest to save horses that have fallen

Friday, August 15, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — With muscles bulging under their sleek hides, horses are pictures of strength. That’s where phrases like “horsepower” and “as healthy as a horse” came from. But even big, strong horses need a little help sometimes. In … 0

Amherst plans ‘community conversation’ about downtown parking

Friday, August 15, 2014

AMHERST — Downtown merchants have long believed that Amherst does not have enough parking, even though a 2008 survey indicated that a sufficient number of public parking spaces do exist in the town’s center. But the Planning Board and Planning Department are beginning community forums to discuss parking … 0

Sewer work in Amherst Woods to close Wildflower Drive

Friday, August 15, 2014

AMHERST — Sewer extension work on Wildflower Drive is scheduled to begin in the Amherst Woods neighborhood Monday. Revoli Construction of Franklin, which recently completed most of the sewer and water work on Harkness Road three weeks ahead of schedule, is moving its equipment to Wildflower Drive, where … 0

A bluebird house offers a lesson in environmental ethics

Friday, August 15, 2014

It was a sunny day in mid-May. Our small group of fifth-and-sixth-graders walked quietly along the farm road with our eyes glued to the nesting box on the last tree. The students were uncharacteristically quiet. As we got … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, August 15, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for showtimes; websites and phone numbers are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Boyhood (R) Blues Brothers (R) Cavalry (R) Chinatown (R) Dog Day Afternoon (R) … 0

Goats and friends

Friday, August 15, 2014


Area police news

Friday, August 15, 2014

Amherst ∎ A woman contacted police at 12:55 a.m. Friday after she left her residence at Townehouse Apartments, 50 Meadow St., unlocked for a brief time and returned home to find the door locked with a dead bolt. Police were unable to find any signs of forced entry, … 0

Slow Giant Crossing: Echo Hill neighborhood kids make their own street signs aiming to slow speeding traffic

Friday, August 15, 2014

AMHERST — Families in the Echo Hill neighborhood want to let their children engage in a lively grass fight in the yard, spray each other with the hose, or ride their bikes down the street to see their … 0