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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hooray, this is the first such report of the season. The daffodil shoots are up and should be in bloom by the time this column is printed. The primrose are also up as well as some iris shoots. I also hung out my first load of laundry in April. Usually I usually can start doing that in March. However, there was too much snow in the yard March to get out to my clothesline. * * * Joan and Allen Hanson of Shutesbury sent me a card from Playa Del Carmen in Mexico, south of Cancun. They wrote that they visited Tulum where theories on …

Amherst Police report

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Compiled By SCOTT MERZBACH Staff Writer arrests & summons Amherst • Hing Ham, 41, of West Street, was arrested April 8 at 10:43 p.m. at Mill Valley Estates on a warrant, police said. Hadley • Connor Joyce, of Westborough, was arrested April 12 at the Hadley Farms Meeting House on Route 9 on charges of possession of a fake ID and being a …

Goats join cleanup Saturday

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

AMHERST — A popular conservation area for people to walk their dogs will be the site of a cleanup on Earth Day. The Goat Girls, an Amherst business that uses goats to clear land, will be assisting the town’s Conservation Department in removing trash from the Amethyst Brook Conservation and along Pelham Road Wednesday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Bradley Bordewieck, the land …

Hadley elects Chunglo, Devine to top board

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

HADLEY — Joyce Chunglo kept her seat on the Select Board and former member Gerald Devine rejoined the board in the annual Town Election Tuesday. In the other major contested race, attorney Linda Sanderson replaced longtime former Town …

UMass students show off animal-handling skills at 80th annual Bay State Livestock Classic

Saturday, April 11, 2015

HADLEY — University of Massachusetts Amherst junior Lindsay Andersen said as soon as she stepped on the Hadley Farm her freshman year she knew she wanted to be a “goat person” — someone who raises the animals from …

Manager of Hadley Public Access Television halts disposal of recordings of government meetings

Friday, April 10, 2015

HADLEY — As manager of the town’s public access television station, Richard D. Trueswell has been filming Hadley’s government meetings and important civic events on and off for the past 25 years. He has also been deciding which recordings to keep and which to toss into a Dumpster …

UMass announces launch of new center for data science

Thursday, April 9, 2015

AMHERST — Fifty years ago the advice to college graduates was to go into plastics. Today, it’s data. In order to meet the booming demand for data scientists across nearly every field, the University of Massachusetts Amherst last …

No local opponents attend hearing on proposed new Amherst tobacco regulations, including raising minimum age to buy

Thursday, April 9, 2015

AMHERST — The Board of Health is poised to adopt new tobacco regulations next month, including raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21, after receiving no local opposition to the changes at a hearing April 9. Other communities that recently raised the tobacco-buying age to …

Orleans woman indicted on negligent motor vehicle homicide charge in death of UMass student last July

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AMHERST — An Orleans woman has been indicted by a grand jury on a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide in the July 31 death of University of Massachusetts student Hannah B. Frilot. The indictment, issued Monday, alleges that Cynthia S. May, 64, drove “negligently so that lives …

Herve Alfred of Amherst, who had fled Haiti in 1965, found dead after driving car into Holyoke pond

Friday, April 10, 2015

AMHERST — An 83-year-old Amherst man who fled political oppression in Haiti a half-century ago was found dead near the shore of a Holyoke pond April 9, according to Holyoke Police. Herve Alfred, of Hickory Lane, was last …

Amherst officials look to improve problematic intersection

Monday, April 13, 2015

AMHERST — An awkward intersection in the center of North Amherst, which has long posed challenges for motorists, including numerous commuters to the University of Massachusetts, will be the subject of discussions among residents and town officials later this spring. Town Manager John Musante told the Select Board …

Amherst to study consolidation of middle, high schools in one building

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

AMHERST — Declining enrollment numbers and lost revenue from students attending vocational and charter schools prompted the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee to unanimously endorse a move to explore bringing grades 7 through 12 from two buildings into one …

Extravaganja on Saturday may be last on the Amherst Town Common

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

AMHERST — As thousands of people prepare to continue advocating for the legalization of marijuana Saturday afternoon, listening to a series of speakers and performers and purchasing items from 38 vendors set up on the Town Common, this …