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Shutesbury’s ConsCom leader resigns, cites personal attacks, interference from town
01-14-2024 1:58 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — The chairwoman of the town’s Conservation Commission has stepped down, a decision she said stems from alleged personal attacks and interference by elected and appointed officials at Town Hall.Miriam DeFant’s decision comes on the eve of a...


Amherst Regional School Committee meeting roiled over principal pick
01-11-2024 4:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An internal choice to become the new interim principal at Amherst Regional Middle School no longer wants the position following a tense Regional School Committee meeting on Tuesday in which a parent of a student who was repeatedly bullied at...


Boosters reach goal for ARHS track, but project with turf field still $1M short
01-11-2024 11:09 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A $4.74 million project to rebuild and reorient the high school track and field is receiving significant financial support from families, individuals and businesses who have contributed to the Amherst Hurricane Boosters’ fundraising...


Vote looms on contentious new Shutesbury wetlands bylaw
01-09-2024 11:16 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — A new wetlands protection bylaw to replace one first adopted 37 years ago is part of a seven-article warrant for a special Town Meeting set for Jan. 16.Before the meeting is held, though, the activist group Smart Solar Shutesbury is...


Amherst schools assembling search panel for next superintendent 
12-27-2023 10:57 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A 20-member search committee, which will include parents and guardians, community members, school employees, high school students and elected school officials, is being put together to screen and interview candidates to be the next...


Timeline for Amherst’s sixth grade move up in the air 
12-25-2023 12:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Beginning in either fall 2025 or fall 2026, sixth graders at Amherst’s three elementary schools will be relocating to the Amherst Regional Middle School.But even after extensive planning was previously completed for a move that was supposed...


Preliminary budget for Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools shows $1.9M gap
12-18-2023 1:55 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Various adjustments and cost savings totaling $1.9 million may be necessary before a fiscal year 2025 operating budget for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools can be adopted by the four member towns, according to school officials.“It is...


Amherst Regional School Committee punts track decision to new year, new members
12-15-2023 1:35 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Artificial turf will remain the mandated surface for a new playing field inside a renovated track at Amherst Regional High School, even as debate continues in the four regional towns about whether such a requirement should be dropped.The...


Guest columnist Susie Mosher: Disability activists also oppose aid in dying
12-09-2023 11:23 PM

By SUSIE MOSHER

The article “Bill seeks to give terminally ill options” published in the Gazette on Oct. 23 gave a slanted report on the public hearing held at the State House on Oct. 20. From reading the article one would be led to believe opponents of the Medical...


Amherst’s interim superintendent defends HR consultant after union calls for resignation
12-08-2023 12:37 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The regional school district’s interim superintendent is defending the work of a human resources department consultant as critical for the district during a tumultous time, responding to a demand from the school union that she resign. On...


Amherst Regional School Committee restarting middle school principal search
12-05-2023 4:52 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A search process for a permanent Amherst Regional Middle School principal that failed last spring when both finalists withdrew, including a candidate who had completed a public interview and was invited for a site visit, will resume in the...


Amherst school union calls on HR staffer to resign
12-04-2023 5:36 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The school district’s largest union is calling on a part-time member of the district’s human resources department to resign, alleging that her investigations into offensive conduct at Amherst Regional Middle School were “highly...


Amherst Regional may revisit synthetic turf for its track and field project
12-01-2023 10:34 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — With designs and precise cost estimates for a new track and field at Amherst-Pelham Regional High School possibly still six to nine months from being completed, members of the Regional School Committee are considering revisiting a 2022 vote...


State attorney general’s office rejects Shutesbury’s revised solar bylaw
11-27-2023 2:27 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — The state attorney general’s office has rejected a revised town bylaw governing solar arrays adopted at a Special Town Meeting in January.The bylaw changes sets limits on where solar arrays can be located, requires special permits for...


Michael DeChiara: Position on updating solar law explained 
11-27-2023 10:00 AM

While I am greatly appreciative of the Gazette’s coverage about the important issue of municipalities being able to zone for solar development, the paper got my position wrong in the Nov. 20 story “Advocates back solar power bill.” Given my work to...


Amherst regional district getting staff aligned on gender, sexual orientation
11-23-2023 11:00 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Two trainings focused on improving staff knowledge of gender identity and sexual orientation, including a full day of professional development with presentations and workshops, are part of the Amherst-Pelham Regional school district’s...


Kate Cell: Loss of climate expert concerning
11-20-2023 6:30 PM

I read with concern the story about Susanne Moser’s decision to leave the Hadley Climate Change Committee [“Climate panel member quits,” Gazette, Nov. 7. Being repeatedly confronted by climate misinformation, as Moser, and I, and indeed anyone who...


A run for Shutesbury Library: First Roadtown Turkey Trot on Saturday will raise money for new building
11-14-2023 12:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — Supporters of a new Shutesbury library are hoping that an inaugural road race just days before Thanksgiving will get the project closer to an additional $90,000 in private fundraising needed to move the project forward.With $460,000...


Nate Heard: In defense of turkeys
11-12-2023 6:42 PM

Three weeks before Americans sit down to eat 46 million turkeys in one day, police brought animal cruelty charges against two men carrying a single turkey with a broken leg [“Two men face charges over injured turkey,” Gazette, Oct. 31]. Officers on...


Union 28 begins search for new school superintendent
11-12-2023 3:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — A search is underway for a new superintendent to oversee the Erving School Union 28, a district that includes four elementary schools serving preschool through sixth-grade students in Shutesbury, Leverett, Erving, Wendell and New...

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