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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 …

Hampshire’s Brendan Weir, Brandon Weyant, Granby’s Nolan Hodgins place second at state Division 3 wrestling tournament

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior Brendan Weir had a perfect season and was one win shy of making history at the state Division 3 wrestling tournament, Saturday at Wakefield High School. Looking to become the 12th grappler statewide and the first from western Massachusetts to win four divisional titles, Weir …

4x800 leads Amherst Regional to third-place showing at All-States

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BOSTON — Entering the final event of the day, the Amherst Regional boys indoor track team still had a title within its grasp. All the Hurricanes needed to do was overcome long odds to win the 4x400-meter relay and the All-State indoor track championship could have belonged to …

Undefeated Granby earns No. 2 seed in Western Massachusetts Division 3 Girls Basketball Tournament

Saturday, February 21, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Coaches and players say it every year — regular season records don’t mean anything in the Western Massachusetts Tournament. The Granby girls basketball team finished the season undefeated for the second time in program history and …

Hampshire earns top seed, Amherst and Hopkins Academy No. 2s in WMass boys basketball tournaments

Saturday, February 21, 2015

It was a good day for local boys basketball teams at the Western Massachusetts Tournament seeding meeting. Hampshire Regional was awarded a No. 1 seed in Division 3. Amherst Regional and Hopkins Academy earned No. 2 seeds in …

Belchertown 400 free relay takes state swimming title to pace Orioles to fourth-place finish

Friday, February 20, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — What the Belchertown boys swim team lacks in overall depth and experience, it makes up for in pure power. Despite having only a quartet of competitors in the state Division 2 championship meet, the Orioles’ fourth-place …

Friday’s high schools: Brendan Weir, Brandon Weyant, Nolan Hodgins and Saul Soto remain alive for state wrestling titles

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior Brendan Weir’s quest for a third straight Division 3 state title got off to a good start at Wakefield Friday. Weir, the top seed at 138 pounds, pinned Aaron Smith of Gloucester in 1 minutes, …

Northampton, Amherst Regional indoor track teams eye All-States

Friday, February 20, 2015

A pair of western Massachusetts indoor track squads are looking for repeat performances this Saturday as state Division 3 champion Amherst Regional and Division 4 champion Northampton will compete in the All-State meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. A week after winning their fourth straight PVIAC …

Thursday’s high schools: Pair of locals top seeds for state wrestling tourneys

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior wrestler Brendan Weir takes aim this weekend at a career sweep of state titles. After winning his third consecutive sectional championship last Saturday, Weir seeks a fourth straight state crown. The feat would be a …

Alan Eccleston of Hadley comes up with idea for voluntary carbon tax which gains momentum

Friday, February 13, 2015

LEVERETT — It dawned on Alan Eccleston as he was silently worshipping at the Mount Toby Friends Quaker Meeting one day that if the government is not willing to tackle carbon-induced global warming, why can’t people impose a …

Wednesday’s high schools: Mike Grise one shy of 100 goals after big game for Easthampton

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Missing the first four games of his final high school hockey season lessened the chances of Easthampton star forward Mike Grise reaching 100 career points. But a blistering pace of nearly three points per game following his return …