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Hadley’s vacant Route 9 buildings provide ‘rare and valuable’ training opportunity for area firefighters

Friday, August 21, 2015

HADLEY — “Step into the boots and see if they fit.” Fire Chief Michael H. Spanknebel points to two black boots with a pair of fireproof pants settled around the ankles. “We’re going to give you Austin’s gear.” Austin and I are apparently the same size. The boots and pants are a perfect match, and I pull the suspenders over …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend will be hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Massachusetts …

Leverett principal eager for ‘Response to Intervention’ model

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

LEVERETT — “There’s something I call ‘the Leverett character,’” said Margot Lacey, Principal of Leverett Elementary School, in a recent interview. “People like being here, and they really appreciate being part of this community.” The elementary school, she said, is considered to be “for everybody,” and the school’s small size offers “a real sense of family. I think a lot of motivation and …

Building projects, discipline strategies on the agenda for Amherst schools

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

AMHERST — Discipline, technology, scheduling, arts integration and building projects are all expanded topics on the agenda at the Amherst and Pelham schools this coming school year. Assistant Superintendent Michael Morris said the district’s two potential building projects …

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk receives mostly positive evaluation

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

AMHERST — Superintendent Maria Geryk received mostly high marks for her performance over the past year based on a compilation of evaluations by members of the school committees she serves, with members indicating significant progress toward goals that …

High school notebook: Local ultimate players shine at Under-19 Club National Championships

Monday, August 10, 2015

Yet another example of Hampshire County’s influence in the sport of ultimate at the state and national level was on display over the weekend. Several local boys competed for the Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance all-star team, which won …

Amherst Regional School Committee votes to pursue talks with NAACP rather than entering mediation

Monday, August 10, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee intends to meet with the Amherst chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to address an alleged breach in a 22-year-old agreement aimed at eliminating racially inequitable discipline in the public schools. But the committee’s unanimous decision …

Candlelight vigil at Smith College pond Sunday among Valley commemorations of 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings

Monday, August 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As the sun set over Paradise Pond at Smith College, dozens holding candles gathered on the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki to remember the U.S. attacks that devastated Japan during World War II . …

Pioneer Valley organizations to mark 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings with commemorations, educational activities

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Local organizations have planned community-wide commemorations this weekend to remember the people who died in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan 70 years ago. The Peacebuilders Ministry Team of First Congregational Church in Amherst, New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett and American Friends Service Committee …

Amherst school board discusses complaints of racially inequitable discipline, Open Meeting Law complaint

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — While Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members discussed how to confront an accusation of racially inequitable discipline practices in Amherst schools, they accused one another of violating committee policy and the state’s Open Meeting Law. At the end of a specially planned meeting Monday afternoon, the committee …

Mediation, deliberation at issue in Amherst

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — It’s a war of words among Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members, who will meet Monday about two deliberation-based complaints. The first is a dispute about whether an email sent to the entire board from member Katherine Appy constituted deliberation, thereby violating the state’s Open Meeting Law. …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 …