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JERREY ROBERTS
Amherst Regional School Committee Chair Trevor Baptiste speaks during a committee meeting Tuesday at the high school.

Increasingly ugly environment discourages some candidates from running for Amherst School Committee

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — In one sense, the town of Amherst exemplifies the spirit of local democracy: just about everyone who has an opinion shares it. But by another measure, the town falls short — at least this year. Voters heading to the polls for Tuesday’s elections will find only one actively contested races for a town board. And in the one …

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 …

Horses saved, two goats perish in barn fire at Craig Memorial Equestrian Center in Leverett

Friday, March 20, 2015

LEVERETT — The lives of several horses were saved thanks to a quick-thinking couple who pulled them from a burning barn Friday afternoon. However, two goats perished when one of several barns at Craig Memorial Equestrian Center, 470 Long Plain Road, caught fire, according to owner Roberta Bryant. The barn, which also contained …

Cocaine in bank deposit brings charges

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — Authorities expect to summon a 19-year-old Leverett woman to court to face charges after a bank manager found cocaine mixed up in a bag of money brought in for deposit. Police said she will face a single charge of possession of cocaine. According to police reports, …

Leverett woman faces charge after accidentally including cocaine with bank deposit

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — Authorities expect to summon a 19-year-old Leverett woman to court after a bank manager found cocaine mixed up in a bag of money brought in for deposit. Police said she will face a single charge of possession of cocaine. According to police reports, she accidentally included …

UMass-Pakistani exchange opens minds and hearts of Amherst educators

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — The terrorist attack that killed more than 100 schoolchildren and educators in the Pakistani city of Peshawar in December was about 7,000 miles away from Rebecca Woodland’s home, but for her it was as if it …

Interactive math curriculum in Amherst encourages flexibility, multiple solutions

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — A businesswoman offers two items in her air delivery service: calculators and chicken feed. The two products come in containers of different weight and size, with different costs and sale prices. Accounting for the limited capacity …

Amherst boys 4x800, 4x400 relays named All-American at New Balance Indoor Nationals

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Amherst Regional 4x800-meter relay team wanted to break 8 minutes. Its coach said if things went right it could run 7:50. Running against the fastest teams in the country, the Hurricanes did both and then some at …

Annual Walk for a New Spring leaves from Peace Pagoda in Leverett

Thursday, March 12, 2015

LEVERETT — Like the first snowdrops emerging after a long winter, a dozen or so Buddhist monks, nuns and friends are expected to begin their 14th annual Walk for a New Spring on Friday morning, on their first leg of a 45-day pilgrimage to New York, Washington, D.C., …

Sarah Moomaw: Saying goodbye isn’t so tough with a bright future ahead

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The high school basketball season is coming to an end and a majority of teams have said goodbye to their seniors. Watching 1,000-point scorers and multi-year starters depart isn’t easy for coaches, underclassmen or their fans. Even for …

Shooting woes end Hopkins Academy’s Division 4 state title run in semifinals

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WORCESTER — After guiding the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team to a Western Massachusetts title, coach Angelo Thomas hoped Tuesday night’s loss will prepare his program to win at the state level. The Golden Hawks ran into an …

Amherst Regional School Committee approves $30 million budget which cuts equivalent of 16 positions

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee unanimously passed a budget Tuesday calling for the elimination of approximately 16 positions. The 2015-16 budget is about $30 million, an increase of roughly $400,000 or 1.4 percent from the current year’s budget. The budget was reduced by $7,000 from previous …

South Hadley goes cold in 65-58 loss to Marlborough in state Division 2 semifinal

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Cam Earle stood at the free-throw line with just over two minutes remaining Tuesday in the state Division 2 semifinal against Marlborough. The Panthers had cut the Tigers’ lead down to one, but the South Hadley …