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Former Gazette publisher Peter DeRose, who died Monday at 85, helped usher in contemporary era of journalism in Valley
06-13-2024 4:59 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — Former Daily Hampshire Gazette publisher Peter L. DeRose, who alongside brother Charles W. DeRose brought the family-owned company into a contemporary era of journalism and modernized the technology used to get information to readers,...

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Amherst Historical Society enlists first executive director since 2011
06-19-2024 4:44 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — For the first time since 2011, the Amherst Historical Society will have an executive director overseeing the nonprofit’s work in the community, including maintaining and improving the 1750s-era Simeon Strong House at 67 Amity St.Liz Larson,...


Amherst Regional School Committee looks to launch financial sustainability panel
06-18-2024 12:11 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A fiscal sustainability committee that will undertake strategic planning and identify potential cost savings and new revenue sources for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools is being established by the Regional School Committee.Even though...


Hadley to hire expert to examine how best to use spaces at Town Hall, former Goodwin Library
06-15-2024 5:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — An architectural engineer could soon be hired by the town to do a feasibility study for identifying the best use of both office and storage space at two Hadley center buildings, the former Goodwin Memorial Library and Town Hall.Town...


Around Amherst: Plans to ‘art up’ utility boxes part of Electrify Amherst
06-14-2024 11:58 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — At a downtown intersection, portraits of and quotes by poets Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost are on a utility box, and in East Amherst center a Black Lives Matter theme is on a similar box.With the artwork done by artists in previous years...


Hatfield Market rapped for underage alcohol sale
06-13-2024 1:58 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — Management at a Hatfield store that sold alcohol to an underage person during a police sting last month is being advised by town officials that continued violations of state law, and lack of steps to curtail them, could lead to enforcement...


State auditor: UMass violated law in axing Advancement office last year
06-12-2024 4:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts officials violated provisions of the state’s Taxpayer Protection Act law when moving fundraising operations from the Advancement office to the private University Amherst Foundation, according to a final...


Juneteenth celebrations animate Amherst on Saturday, Wednesday
06-12-2024 4:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Celebrations to mark Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when the last American citizens in Galveston, Texas were informed that slavery was abolished, are scheduled for both Saturday and on the federal holiday itself.Three years after June 19, also...


Nine people recommended to Amherst council for town charter review
06-12-2024 4:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A committee to review Amherst’s home-rule charter and propose possible adjustments to the 37-page document, based on feedback it receives from the public over the next year, could be formed by the Town Council next week.The charter,...


Financially wiser: New program at ARHS for BIPOC, other students details money matters
06-12-2024 1:20 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — More than a dozen Amherst Regional High School students are closing out the school year significantly wiser about money matters, gaining more knowledge about finances and even getting debit cards for bank accounts in which a small amount of...


A ‘Refuse to Lose’ reunion: UMass stars gather to talk about Final Four run for new documentary
06-11-2024 6:10 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A Final Four run for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team and its “Refuse to Lose” mantra that defined the program’s most successful era continues to provide fond memories for the players and coaches involved nearly 30 years...


Review sought of 41-acre solar/battery project on Amherst’s eastern edge
06-11-2024 12:09 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A controversial large-scale solar and battery development planned for a portion of a mostly wooded 102-acre site on the eastern edge of town is continuing to make its way through municipal permitting, with a private consultant to review...


Amherst library dips into endowment to pay architects up to $551K to pare Jones project cost
06-10-2024 4:02 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — More than $500,000 from the Jones Inc. endowment will be used to pay Finegold Alexander Architects for an additional 12 weeks of work, during which its team will aim to reduce the costs of the proposed expansion and renovation of the Jones...


Amherst planners ready to move ahead on University Drive overlay district
06-10-2024 3:15 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An overlay district along a section of University Drive, to encourage construction of more apartments and mixed-use buildings, as well as social dormitories for college students, is awaiting a recommendation from the Planning Board.Senior...


Dave’s Hot Chicken looking to spice up Hadley’s Mountain Farms Mall
06-09-2024 5:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant serving chicken tenders, sandwiches, milkshakes and a special kale slaw is looking to open in a former bank building next to Mountain Farms Mall.Representatives for Dave’s Hot Chicken, headquartered in...


Amherst College committed to partnership with schools, though talks ongoing
06-09-2024 3:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Despite a number of appeals and meetings seeking financial support from Amherst College for the Amherst and Regional public schools, both through official and unofficial channels, no arrangement has yet been reached.Even so, both college and...


Plans for new DPW building in Hadley advance
06-09-2024 2:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A next step in getting a new Department of Public Works headquarters built at 230-232 Middle St. is underway, with negotiations to hire an owner’s project manager starting before an architect is brought on board.The Select Board on Wednesday...


Learning to change the world: Amherst fifth graders engaged with issue community engagement
06-08-2024 12:35 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Riding a bicycle from home to Fort River School can be a scary experience, says fifth grader Logan Lakota, with obstacles such as trash cans and mailboxes along the roads and sidewalks, and approaching vehicles that can’t be always be...


Hurricanes forever: 215 Amherst Regional High School graduates celebrate accomplishments, get ready to work for the future
06-08-2024 12:32 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As members of the 2024 class graduate from Amherst Regional High School, they will likely face adversity and be pushed to their limits in the years ahead. But Class President Neil Cunniffe, speaking during Friday’s graduation ceremony, told...


Plans for large indoor sports arena in Hatfield advance
06-07-2024 1:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HATFIELD — A large indoor arena featuring tennis and pickleball courts, locker rooms, a pro shop and a snack bar could break ground this summer and open sometime in 2025 on a section of Routes 5 & 10 in North Hatfield, following Planning Board...


Around Amherst: Race Amity Day celebrates togetherness
06-07-2024 12:55 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Race Amity Day, which will include the 18th annual presentation of Youth Hero Awards and the Mill River Basketball Tournament, takes place Sunday at the Mill River Recreation Area, 95 Montague Road.The town is promoting the day under the...

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