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Amherst Regional board backs Welcoming Schools program to support LGBTQ+ students
07-05-2024 2:51 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Welcoming Schools, a bias-based bullying prevention program aimed at supporting LGTBQ+ students and families, is being recommended for adoption at the Amherst Regional schools.More than a year after reports surfaced of mistreatment and...

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Amherst Regional track project heads to bid, though money still short
06-30-2024 12:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — While a preferred $3.36 million overhaul of the track and field at Amherst Regional High School remains $932,175 short of what is needed to begin the work, the Regional School Committee is supporting putting the project out to bid, with much...


Amherst Town Council clears regional schools budget hike one-time funds and warning
06-26-2024 4:45 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even as members of the Town Council acknowledge frustrations over the size of the Amherst-Pelham Regional schools assessment increase, and the need to use one-time American Rescue Plan Act money to cover a portion of the obligation, a $35.27...


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...


Leslie Nyman: Thank you J.M. Sorrell
06-12-2024 5:41 PM

The June 5 column by J.M. Sorrel [“Antisemitism accelerant”] is the first intelligent, factual discussion I have read in a long time that addresses so much misinformation about the hot-button words apartheid, genocide, Palestine, Israel. There is no...


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 Regional board aims to set stage for new superintendent
06-05-2024 2:33 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Regional School Committee members are expecting Superintendent E. Xiomara Herman will hit the ground running and begin a successful tenure overseeing the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional schools as of July 1, even if she is not...


Jane Porter and Bruce Laurie: U.S. must get behind truce in Gaza
05-31-2024 2:27 PM

We, the undersigned members of the Pelham Town Democratic Committee strongly believe that the current war in the Middle East must end. We say current because ever since the Arab Revolt during the late 1930s the region has witnessed recurrent wars...


Amherst regional school board rejects hybrid financial strategy panel
05-30-2024 3:58 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A proposed panel bringing together public school officials and representatives from the four regional towns, to examine ways to confront both short- and long-term fiscal challenges facing local education, is being rejected by the Regional...


Amherst council raises concern over bearing brunt of track expenses
05-26-2024 2:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Members of the Amherst Town Council are expressing concern about being asked to appropriate more money for a preferred track and field overhaul at Amherst Regional High School, when no similar requests are being made to the other towns in...


Incumbent stays on health board in Pelham
05-24-2024 4:00 PM

PELHAM — An incumbent member of the Board of Health earned reelection to a three-year position in the only contested election at the town’s May 14 election.In an election where write-ins appear to have won many of the seats, William E. Pula earned...


Guest columnist Alexandra Dewey: Quabbin protection, potential
05-24-2024 2:40 PM

By ALEXANDRA DEWEY

Writer Mike McGee makes several relevant points in his recent column on benefits to the public from the Quabbin-Ware watershed lands [“Quabbin region will never see any bounty,” Gazette, May 13]. However, there are several points that can be helpful...


Herman signs on as Amherst-Pelham Regional superintendent
05-21-2024 4:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A superintendent for the St. Croix, Virgin Islands Department of Education has reached terms of a contract and will be the next superintendent for the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham regional schools beginning July 1, earning $176,500 in...


Amherst Regional’s track project likely in council’s lap
05-17-2024 4:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Town Council is likely to determine the scope of renovations to the Amherst Regional High School track and its interior field after the Regional School Committee this week deferred the final decision on the project to Amherst’s elected...


Pelham TM backs 6% school assessment, community choice aggregation program
05-14-2024 2:17 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

PELHAM — A 6% increase in the assessment for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools and the final step in establishing Valley Green Energy, a municipal community choice aggregation program for Pelham, Amherst and Northampton residents and businesses,...


State OKs Valley Green Energy program for Amherst, Northampton, Pelham
05-12-2024 10:53 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A program offering Northampton, Amherst and Pelham residents more electricity supplied by green sources should be ready to launch by this fall.Amherst officials announced Wednesday that the state’s Department of Public Utilities recently...


Health board seat sole contested race in Pelham election Tuesday
05-09-2024 11:28 AM

Staff Report

 PELHAM — A three-year seat on the Board of Health is the only contested race on the ballot in the town election being held Tuesday.Polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ramsdell Room at the Pelham Library, 2 South Valley Road.William E....


Sharing a few notes: High schoolers coaching younger string players one on one
05-07-2024 3:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Carefully holding and balancing his violin, 12-year-old Heedo Noh, a Fort River School sixth grader, gets a suggestion for positioning the bow so it runs straight across the strings as he practices G.F. Handel’s “Chorus from Judas...


School assessment, electricity program among items on Pelham Town Meeting docket
05-07-2024 12:45 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

PELHAM — An assessment for the town’s share of the fiscal year 2025 $35.27 million budget for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, a final step in approving a three-community plan for electricity to be supplied by green sources, and purchase of a new...


Funding will limit ARHS track/field makeover to cheapest option
05-06-2024 5:10 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Widening the existing track from six to eight lanes and rejuvenating the interior grass field appears to be the extent of renovations that can be done to Amherst Regional High School’s track and field because of limited funding.While the...


Island superintendent picked to lead Amherst-Pelham region schools
04-30-2024 9:17 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Ericilda Xiomara Herman, a superintendent of a school district in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, will be the next superintendent for the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional schools, pending successful contract negotiations.Citing...

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