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Library groundbreaking set for Aug. 2 in Shutesbury
07-08-2024 11:36 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — A ceremony to kick off the building of Shutesbury’s new public library, which will replace the 122-year-old M.N. Spear Memorial Library when it opens in fall 2025, is set for early August.Library trustees and the Library Building...

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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...


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...


New principal to start at Shutesbury Elementary School
06-26-2024 4:40 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — Anne Magill Diaz is starting her tenure as the new principal at Shutesbury Elementary School on Monday.“I am thrilled to become the new principal of Shutesbury Elementary School,” Diaz wrote in a June 3 letter to the school community. “It...


Amherst to buy land in Shutesbury to protect drinking water
06-26-2024 1:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An 11-acre parcel off Sand Hill Road in Shutesbury is being purchased by the town of Amherst to protect the drinking water at Atkins Reservoir and to preserve the land.The acquisition of the so-called Gage property was approved unanimously...


Matteo Pangallo: UMass could donate use of ARHS graduation venue
06-18-2024 7:57 PM

I was surprised and disappointed to read that the decision to hold the Amherst Regional High School graduation at the UMass Fine Arts Center rather than the Mullins Center “was largely based on cost” (“Graduation venue decision,” Gazette, June 15)....


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...


John Montanari: Music lovers have never had it better
06-10-2024 6:24 PM

I feel for Raymond Mahoney and other lifelong music lovers who lament the passing of the compact disc era [“Library decimates classical CDs,” Gazette, June 7]. Of course, changes in sound-reproduction technology have been occurring since the wax...


Shutesbury ready to launch construction of new library by hiring contractor
06-06-2024 10:00 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — Construction on a new 4,400-square-foot public library at 66 Leverett Road appears to be a go, with town officials preparing to hire a general contractor for the $8.98 million project next week.On Tuesday, the Library Building Committee...


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...


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...


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...


Michael DeChiara: Don't ‘Quabbin-ize’ push for clean energy
05-15-2024 5:21 PM

The Quabbin Reservoir is a powerful reminder of towns being steamrolled by state government to get its way. Almost 100 years after construction began, the same dynamic is at play again, this time motivated by a narrow interpretation on how to expedite...


Rebecca Lee: Counter corporate capture
05-10-2024 4:18 PM

In Olin Rose-Bardawil’s column “Corporate capture a grave threat to citizens” [Gazette, April 11], he argues that corporate involvement in agencies is determining federal regulations, which results in increased profits for industries, leaving people...


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...


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...


Shutesbury voters back battery storage bylaw at Town Meeting
04-29-2024 12:18 PM

By SHELBY BROCK

SHUTESBURY — Voters gave their blessing to a new bylaw regulating large-scale battery storage and 27 other articles at Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting, with votes on adopting a specialized energy code for buildings and enacting a solicitation bylaw...

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