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Some Frontier Regional parents express concern about early release plan for students on Fridays

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DEERFIELD — Parents in the Frontier Regional and Union 38 school district want to see further details of a plan to release students early on Fridays and the use of that time for professional development before it is approved. The district’s administrators argued at a public forum Tuesday night that early release on Fridays would provide teachers with much-needed training time while maintaining continuity in the classroom by reducing the …

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 …

Frontier Regional towns support paying for study of consolidating town offices and school space

Saturday, March 28, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The four towns of the Frontier Regional and Union 38 school districts support spending money on a study that would consider how town offices and school space could be consolidated to save money. During a meeting of officials from Deerfield, Sunderland, Conway and Whately last week, the consensus was that moving forward with the study was a good idea, even though …

Berkshire Gas expands ban on new natural gas service to Amherst, Hadley, Hatfield and Sunderland

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Berkshire Gas Co. announced Friday it will not accept any new customers in Hampshire County, expanding an earlier moratorium on new service enacted in Franklin County last year. That raises concerns about its impact on economic development in the affected communities. Effective immediately, the utility will no …

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 …

Greenfield hires owner of Lake Hitchcock Development as temporary, part-time economic development director

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The owner of a development firm in Sunderland is the new part-time economic development director in Greenfield who will work for the next three months. Mayor William Martin said Larry Jutras, owner of Lake Hitchcock Development in Sunderland, has taken the job and will work on …

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 …

Health events: Workshops, support groups, resources

Monday, March 23, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING GENTLE MOVEMENT —and Yoga classes for Parkinson’s Disease with Donna Brooks. Improves coordination, dexterity, strength, balance, motor control and rapidity. Fun filled classes: Wednesdays: 9:30 to 10:30 emphasizes Yoga and relaxation. 11 a.m. to noon emphasizes …

Samantha Walas & Ben Stafford

Friday, March 20, 2015

Mary and Jeff Walas of Sunderland announce the engagement of their daughter, Samantha Walas, to Ben Stafford, both of West Roxbury. Ben is the son of Michelle Hamilton and George Stafford of Turners Falls. Samantha is employed at …

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, March 20, 2015

Amherst Jonathan Park was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the undergraduate, liberal arts college of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Northampton Jenna Murray was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of …

Southampton, Sunderland town administrators Heather Budrewicz and Margaret Nartowicz finalists for Rutland job

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Two local town administrators are among five finalists for the same job in Rutland — Heather M. Budrewicz in Southampton and Margaret Z. Nartowicz in Sunderland. They were selected from 17 candidates who applied to become the first town administrator in Rutland, a town of about 8,700, which …

Sunderland Elementary School Committee approves $2.16 million budget with no staff cuts

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland’s Elementary School Committee has approved a $2,156,600 budget for next year. That’s an increase of $52,600, up 2.5 percent over last year. The budget includes no staff reductions, as is the case in Deerfield and was the case at the Frontier Regional School until the …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, March 13, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, pineapple cup, apple TUESDAY: Shepherd’s pie, peas, apple, sweet red pepper strips, green grapes WEDNESDAY: Hot dog, sweet potato puffs, carrot sticks, applesauce, spinach and tomato salad, banana THURSDAY: Beef burger, cheeseburger, vegetarian baked beans, carrot sticks, diced pears, orange FRIDAY: …