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Area churches announce Holy Week, Easter services

Monday, March 30, 2015

The following is the schedule of Holy Week services in the area provided by churches that responded to a Gazette request for listings: AMHERST First Congregational Church, 165 Main St. March 29, 10:30 a.m., Palm/Passion Sunday, worship with communion April 1, 7 p.m., A service of foot washing April 2, 6 p.m., Simple supper in the dining room; 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday service in the chapel April 5, 10:30 a.m., …

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 …

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 …

Elizabeth Seaberg & Peter Kuusisto

Friday, March 20, 2015

John and Cynthia Kuusisto of Amherst announce the engagement of their son, Peter Kuusisto, to Elizabeth Seaberg, both of Pelham. Elizabeth is the daughter of Robert and Janet Seaberg of Abington. Elizabeth is a speech-language pathologist at the …

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 …

Reimbursement not possible for $2,000 cost of rescuing hiker at Quabbin Reservoir

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

PELHAM — The rescue of a hiker at the Quabbin Reservoir Monday night will cost the Town of Amherst more than $2,000 for its involvement in the incident. Because state legislation filed three years ago that would allow communities to recover costs associated with such rescues has never …

Man rescued at Quabbin while hiking with two companions

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

PELHAM — A man who needed help while hiking with two male companions at the Quabbin Reservoir for several hours was rescued and taken by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital Monday night, according to Pelham Police. Pelham Sgt. Christopher Rice said police were alerted to …

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 …

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 …