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Towns question decision by Frontier Regional School Committee to reverse staff cuts

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The decision by the Frontier Regional School Committee to reinstate funding for six positions and raise its budget by about 2 percent may not stand if the district’s four towns have their way. The budget will be presented at Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately and Conway’s town meetings next month, but representatives from at least three towns said during a four-town meeting Thursday night they would recommend the original budget, …

Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association receives grant to expand online dinosaur heritage project

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association has received at $300,000 grant to expand its online regional dinosaur heritage project. The money from the National Endowment for the Humanities will be used to expand the association’s “Impressions from a Lost World” project — about the Connecticut River Valley’s famous fossilized dinosaur tracks. The project will use an interactive website to tell the story …

Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings win first New England championship

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Greater Holyoke YMCA swim team made history and ended a dynasty this weekend at MIT. Greater Holyoke took home its program’s first New England YMCA championship en route to ending the YMCA of the North Shore’s 15-year reign. The Holyoke Y, which trains a large number of local swimmers, finished with 1,667 …

Conservation specialist recommends replacing Soldiers’ Monument on Old Deerfield town common with replica

Friday, March 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — Preserving the historic Civil War-era Soldiers’ Monument on the Old Deerfield town common and preventing it from collapsing could cost up to $120,000, according to a report by a Connecticut conservation specialist. A project to clean the sculpture, which depicts a soldier standing at parade rest, …

Welder’s blowtorch blamed for fire which rips through mostly vacant former grain mill in East Deerfield

Friday, March 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — A welder cutting metal was identified as the cause of a fire that ripped through a mostly vacant former grain mill near the East Deerfield rail yard about 3:30 a.m. Friday. Jennifer Mieth, a spokeswoman for …

Hopkins Academy, South Hadley vie for Western Massachusetts boys basketball titles

Friday, March 6, 2015

One thing the Hopkins Academy and South Hadley boys basketball teams have in common is the Curry Hicks Cage. The Golden Hawks and Tigers are very familiar with the UMass gym and they are both playing there Saturday. …

volunteers

Friday, March 6, 2015

Food Bank Family Volunteer Day — In partnership with Hilltown Families, the Food Bank of Western Mass. invites familes to attend a volunteer session March 21, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Food Bank, 97 North Hatfield Road, Hatfield. The agenda includes an informational tour of the warehouse …

school lunch menus

Friday, March 6, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Crispy chicken patty sandwich, baked Tater Tots, cucumber coins, applesauce, orange TUESDAY: Mozzarella sticks, marinara, carrot and celery sticks, peaches, Bartlett pear WEDNESDAY: Cheeseburger, sweet potato fries, vegetarian baked beans, pineapple cup, banana THURSDAY: Two soft tacos, brown rice, black beans, diced pears, orange FRIDAY: Cheese …

Deerfield and Sunderland consider regional wastewater treatment plant

Friday, March 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Select Boards in Sunderland and Deerfield are beginning to talk about yet another potential regional project — consolidating sewer services. They are discussing the possibility of decommissioning one of the town’s wastewater treatment plants, upgrading, expanding and hardening the other one against powerful weather events …

South Hadley books trip to WMass Division 2 finals with 62-50 win over Pittsfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — The South Hadley boys basketball team couldn’t contain itself following its Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament semifinal against Pittsfield. The Tigers’ locker room went from a room full of teenagers to a collection of preschoolers singing …

Concern over proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline passing through contaminated rail yard in East Deerfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — With projects to clean up pollution at the Pan Am Railways yard in East Deerfield underway, some town residents are worried that the Tennessee Gas Pipeline route will pass through the property and further spread contaminants. …

October trial expected for Sunderland man accused of making ‘Columbine’ threat toward Frontier Regional School

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — The trial of the Sunderland man who allegedly threatened to “re-enact Columbine” at Frontier Regional School last year is expected to take place on a single day in October, according to court documents. Nicholas Schauer, 19, has been held at Bridgewater State Hospital since Oct. 24 …

Granby breaks through to finals, beats Athol 54-43 in Division 3 semis

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Senior Meghan Sullivan and the Granby girls basketball team played at the Curry Hicks Cage the past two seasons, but walked off the floor each time with a sectional semifinal loss. Facing an Athol team with …