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Not ditching diversity: Colleges adapt to end of race-based admissions
09-06-2023 7:56 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — When Suleidy De La Cruz first came to Northampton as a college student, it’s safe to say it was a bit of an adjustment.Originally from the Dominican Republic, De La Cruz moved to New York City and attended community college in the Bronx...


‘Veterans helping veterans’: Amherst VFW uses money from sale of post to pay off Florence VFW’s mortgage
09-06-2023 7:07 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Proceeds from the sale of the Amherst Veterans of Foreign Wars building to the town have been used to pay off the Florence VFW’s mortgage, an event recently celebrated with a burning of the mortgage papers.The town of Amherst acquired...


Philip Korman: Local farmers need our continued support
08-28-2023 2:56 PM

The widespread flooding that hit our region in mid-July illuminates many truths: the vulnerability of many local farms, the hard reality of climate change, and the amazing response that is possible when the community, non-profit and foundation...


Child porn charges mount for former Amherst man
07-27-2023 7:50 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A 30-year-old man serving a prison sentence in Oregon for child pornography offenses is facing similar charges in Hampshire County.Blake Lassiter appeared before Judge Jane Mulqueen in Hampshire Superior Court last Friday. He faces 11...


McGovern backs constitutional amendment to strip big money from elections
07-06-2023 12:38 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

An Amherst organization is behind a newly proposed constitutional amendment put forth by U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern that would reduce the influence wealthy donors and large corporations have on elections in the United States. The proposed joint...


Hats off to heroines: Amherst mom and daughter, Survival Center chief among honored women
07-06-2023 12:38 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

BOSTON — An Amherst mother and daughter who have helped to celebrate the heritage of African Americans in Amherst and a Northampton resident who has ensured people in the city and neighboring communities have access to food, while also being a pioneer...


Guest columnist Lawrence Pareles: How to help housing crisis? Build more dorms
06-28-2023 8:01 PM

By LAWRENCE PARELES

I am writing to offer a new and innovative solution to address the housing crisis, particularly in college towns and cities: encouraging and assisting colleges and universities with building more dormitories to accommodate their students. With the...


McGovern backs constitutional amendment to strip big money from elections
06-27-2023 3:05 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

An Amherst-based organization is behind a newly proposed constitutional amendment put forth by U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern that would reduce the influence wealthy donors and large corporations have on elections in the United States. The proposed joint...


Storied golf pro, WWII veteran Tom Toski dies at 97
06-15-2023 10:58 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Tom Toski, a longtime fixture of the western Massachusetts golf scene who taught several famous clients how to play the game, died last month in Florida. He was 97.Toski was born in 1925 to Walenty and Mary Algustoski, immigrants from Poland, and was...


Municipal green energy program in Northampton, Amherst, Pelham revs up
06-08-2023 11:17 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

A joint municipal electrical aggregation program involving Northampton, Amherst and Pelham, developed over the past several years as a way of bringing cleaner electricity to households and businesses, is getting ready to start.The Valley Green Energy...


Frontier wins WMass Class C championship over Smith Voc
06-08-2023 11:08 AM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

GREENFIELD — The Rooster hummed a song of victory in his head while staring defeat in the eyes.Frontier Regional junior Wyatt Edes, nicknamed after the barnyard crower for his flowing red locks and crimson goatee, stood in the Veterans Field batter’s...


Ultimate state championships: Amherst wins No. 26; Northampton girls take 2nd
06-01-2023 6:26 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

NORTHAMPTON — Amherst’s casket never closed.Lexington celebrated like it won the boys ultimate state title Sunday at Oxbow Marina. The Fooligans ran off the sideline into the end zone to scream and hug then lined up. They thought they slayed the...


ValleyBike likely grounded until next spring
06-01-2023 6:13 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

NORTHAMPTON — It looks like the popular ValleyBike share program will remain grounded until next spring.Northampton officials announced Thursday that they are on the hunt for a new vendor to run the regional bike share program after the main service...


Cassandra Hemenway: Student journalists deserving
05-30-2023 9:07 AM

The student journalists for the Amherst Regional High School newspaper The Graphic are to be commended for their reporting, which has ultimately resulted in an apparent investigation into alleged transphobic behavior by three school counselors at...


State politicians eye bill to protect soil, farms from PFAS
05-30-2023 9:01 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — PFAS contamination from using treated sludge as a fertilizer, leaving the so-called forever chemicals in the soil and groundwater, has forced the closure of dairy farms in Maine and impacted more than 50 farms in that state.While similar...


COVID vaccine mandate ending at UMass as state stands down from emergency 
05-03-2023 8:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A mandate for students, faculty and staff at the University of Massachusetts to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is ending.“Effective July 1, 2023, the university will no longer require faculty, staff and students to receive a COVID-19...


Major grants boost Jones Library humanities center, Five Colleges’ museum database
05-01-2023 11:17 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Renovation and construction of a humanities center at the Jones Library and a project to improve the accessibility of thousands of paintings, sculptures, manuscripts and cultural artifacts held at the region’s higher education museums and...


Jo Ellen Warner: Walgreens and women’s health
04-12-2023 7:33 PM

Is Walgreens the new Sackler Family? It may seem like a harsh comparison, but it appears that Walgreens is making business decisions to deny women access to medication abortions — a decision that runs counter to the health needs and interests of...


Get Growing: Symposiums back to stir gardening anticipation
03-16-2023 7:22 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

One of the many casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic was the series of annual spring gardening symposiums hosted by the Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association (WMMGA). These popular events helped gardeners of all abilities expand their...


Columnist J.M. Sorrell: Woke women, loud and proud
03-16-2023 7:19 PM

Happy Women’s History Month! This year’s theme is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories” (nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org). Throughout the year, the National Women’s History Alliance is highlighting storytellers, writers, journalists, playwrights...

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