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Gas leak at Shutesbury fire station returns
11-10-2023 11:33 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — Gasoline contamination at the fire station on Leverett Road, first discovered 15 years ago during a drainage ditch installation and seemingly remedied by a subsequent cleanup, has returned.The town recently received a letter from the...


John Montanari: No more illusions about Israel, Hamas
10-27-2023 4:17 PM

One would have hoped that the horrendous Oct. 7 terror attacks on Israel would at very least have provided clarity about Hamas, whose charter demands the killing of Jews and destruction of Israel. This is not sophistry or obfuscation. Earlier this...


Amherst interim superintendent promises to release his own report based on Title IX investigation
10-18-2023 6:49 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Interim Superintendent Douglas Slaughter promised Tuesday that he will issue a draft report based on the contents of a recently released Title IX investigation, though he cautioned that he must abide by confidentiality of personnel records...


Behind closed doors: Amherst Regional School Committee mum on investigation into allegations of transphobic actions at middle school
10-16-2023 10:10 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — At least one investigation that began last spring into allegations of transphobic actions by counselors at the Amherst Regional Middle School, and possibly the hiring practices used by the assistant superintendent at the time, appears to be...


Hearing on wetlands regulations continues Wednesday in Shutesbury
09-24-2023 3:54 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — Shutesbury’s Conservation Commission, bringing a series of new and revised wetlands regulations forward for public review, is continuing a hearing on the proposal Wednesday night, after being forced to delay taking input when the virtual...


School superintendent search begins with subcommittee in Amherst
09-21-2023 11:36 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A search for a new superintendent to lead the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional schools is beginning with the creation of a subcommittee, whose members are drawn from both Regional and Union 26 school committees, to oversee the...


Interim super: Title IX report on anti-LGBTQ actions at Amherst Regional Middle School won’t be public
09-20-2023 6:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As a Title IX and associated investigations into alleged mistreatment of trans and nonbinary students at the Amherst Regional Middle School draw to a close, the interim superintendent is informing the Regional School Committee that he...


Shutesbury Conservation Commission told new wetlands regs exceed authority, could bar new septic systems
09-15-2023 5:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — Observing that the Conservation Commission’s new draft regulations related to wetlands could put Shutesbury at legal risk, through proposed language that could prohibit new septic systems and any sort of development in and near vernal...


Area Briefs: ‘Constitution Day’ event will feature McGovern
09-14-2023 11:12 AM

‘Constitution Day’ event will feature McGovernSHUTESBURY — The 7th Hampden District Coalition of Democrats from Belchertown, Ludlow, New Salem, Pelham, Petersham, Shutesbury and Wendell will host an event Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Shutesbury...


Shutesbury highway worker named to head department
09-13-2023 2:14 PM

SHUTESBURY — A new superintendent to oversee the town’s public works, just the third person to be in charge of the Highway Department since 1979, has been appointed by the Select Board.Based on a unanimous recommendation from the Highway...


Deerfield, Shutesbury among 5 towns seeking members for pollinator committees
09-12-2023 4:32 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As Deerfield and Shutesbury, along with three other towns, continue to build and implement pollinator habitat corridor plans, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments is issuing a call for the public to get involved.Residents are encouraged to...


Slaughter again tapped as interim school chief in Amherst
09-01-2023 11:09 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional public schools will be led on a temporary basis by Douglas Slaughter, the school’s finance chief, who for the second time this year has been named the interim superintendent.With Superintendent...


Interim school leader in Amherst may be named Thursday
08-30-2023 4:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An interim superintendent to lead the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional school districts could be in place by Thursday evening.Even though Amherst has only two School Committee representatives, following the resignations of three...


Clock ticking to select Amherst-Pelham’s new school leader
08-24-2023 3:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — With less than a week before they must hire an interim or temporary superintendent to lead the Amherst, Amherst-Pelham Regional and Pelham schools, regional school committee members said at a Wednesday meeting that they aren’t sure who will...


After delays, culvert work near Lake Wyola to begin again
08-24-2023 10:06 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — A long-awaited culvert replacement near Lake Wyola, this year delayed due to significant rainfall and wet weather in the spring and summer, is expected to commence in the coming weeks, after the Select Board recently approved installation...


Amherst regional school committees to meet Wednesday, may name temporary superintendent
08-22-2023 6:20 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A temporary or interim superintendent for the Amherst, Amherst-Pelham and Pelham public schools could be named at a joint meeting of the Regional and Union 26 school committees Wednesday.The meeting, in a remote format rather than being held...


Morris out as Amherst superintendent amid anti-trans controversy
08-20-2023 7:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Superintendent Michael Morris will leave his position after seven years in the role, a mutual departure announced by the Amherst-Pelham Regional and Union 26 school committees Friday afternoon.The announcement comes after the committees met...


School boards call sudden executive session on Morris
08-16-2023 2:44 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Members of the Amherst Regional School Committee and Union 26 Committee are holding a joint virtual meeting, almost entirely in executive session, on Thursday evening, for the purpose of preparing for unspecified negotiations with...


Guest columnist Amanda Alix: Spare forests when siting solar
08-15-2023 4:00 PM

By AMANDA ALIX

Dan Winslow’s melodramatic guest column for the Amherst Bulletin and Daily Hampshire Gazette casts Shutesbury as the villain and W.D. Cowls Inc., and Amp (now PureSky) Energy as the victims vis-a-vis the lawsuit filed by Cowls and Amp claiming the...


Guest columnist Kevin Weir: Shutesbury should honor vote on solar bylaw
08-09-2023 2:32 PM

By KEVIN WEIR

Our family is concerned about the recent events related to the amended bylaw passed by an overwhelming number of Shutesbury residents in a special Town Meeting last winter. We voted with our unanimous fellow townspeople for the amended bylaw regarding...

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