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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Compiled by Scott Merbach Staff Writer Arrests and Summonses Amherst • Eliza A. Thornton, 18, of Turners Falls, was arrested Feb. 6 at 1:54 a.m. on Pine Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and leaving the scene of a property damage accident after the Honda Civic she was driving went off the road and …

Cold may delay WinterFest for a week

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — Snow and cold weather create a perfect environment for the annual WinterFest on Saturday. But with bitterly frigid temperatures forecast, with high temperatures barely getting out of the single digits, there is a potential the ninth annual event will be postponed. Barbara Bilz, who oversees Cherry Hill for the town’s Leisure Services and Supplemental Education Department, said Monday that the event …

Network Amherst

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Drum roll please. I participated in the Cribbage Tournament as part of the Greenfield Winter Carnival. I came in second, which surprised me and the people I came with. Anne Reneris of Sunderland was the winner. She had four skunks, which for those who know the game is rather amazing. She will receive a hand-made cribbage board with her name and date on …

UMass hackathon seeks to unravel mysteries of PVTA bus performance

Saturday, February 6, 2016

AMHERST — These students already know the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority buses pretty well. They know certain buses tend to run a few minutes behind. They know that on weekend evenings, leaving downtown Amherst, they’ll have to squeeze. …

State plans presentation on ‘rattlesnake island’

Sunday, February 7, 2016

ORANGE — State wildlife officials who want to reintroduce rattlesnakes on a Quabbin Reservoir island have set a public meeting for Feb. 23 at Mahar Regional High School. Beginning in a couple of years, the state plans to stock Mount Zion Island with endangered timber rattlesnakes. The plan …

Public art funding will head to Amherst TM

Monday, February 8, 2016

AMHERST — A program that would pay for public art to be incorporated into large capital projects will come before Town Meeting this spring. Though the Select Board Monday indicated it would not sponsor the warrant article, members of the Public Art Commission said they intend to bring …

Jury convicts Patrick Durocher of raping UMass Amherst student on lawn outside Campus Center in 2013

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Sharp exhales and cries broke the silence of the courtroom Friday afternoon as a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student was found guilty of raping and assaulting a female classmate on the lawn outside the Campus …

2nd pot dispensary eyed for University Dr.

Friday, February 5, 2016

AMHERST — Two medical marijuana dispensaries could be located within a few hundred yards of each other if they both receive state and town approvals. Officials with Mass Alternative Care, who early last week hand-delivered notification of interest to the Select Board, later provided Town Hall with details …

UMass investigates alleged workplace fraud at Physical Plant, five employees on paid leave, one resigns

Thursday, February 4, 2016

AMHERST — Five employees at the University of Massachusetts have been put on paid leave while another has resigned as part of a continuing internal investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct that involve the misreporting of time and …

Amherst Media to audit Comcast

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — With uncertainty about whether Amherst Media is receiving all the compensation it is entitled to under the town’s current license agreement with Comcast, officials are giving the go-ahead for a two-year audit of the cable company. The Select Board last week authorized Amherst Media and the …

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — While the town election ballot next month will feature stiff competition for nine charter commission seats, voters will also decide three-way races for a pair of three-year seats on both the Select Board and School Committee. The deadline was 5 p.m. Tuesday for submitting the signatures …

Town’s use of civilian flaggers upsets union

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

AMHERST — The union representing Amherst Police patrol officers has filed a complaint with the town contending that several road construction projects by the Department of Public Works since last spring have used civilian flaggers, breaking the terms of its contract, violating state law and creating safety issues. …

Hampshire County Sheriff Robert Garvey, stepping down after 32 years, says he’s proud of building a ‘progressive, modern correctional facility’

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County Sheriff Robert J. Garvey said Tuesday that at age 78 it’s time to give up the job he has held for 32 years. He cited his age as the main reason he will not …