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Steve Lindsey: Salamander crossing forgotten
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I took a fine spring day to visit the famous salamander crossing tunnels on Henry Street in Amherst. I remembered the bluegrass band Salamander Crossing, named for the twin tunnels back in the day. I had always wanted to see what inspired the musicians and to see for myself this humane gesture towa...
Maxwell Wilby: ‘Give a child a chance’
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I am pro-life. If this offends the reader I apologize. I know this is a very heated topic, but personally I do not support abortions. However, I don’t really believe in laws subjecting woman to be forced into pregnancies. I support the delegalization of Roe vs. Wade because I don’t believe nor feel...
Speak Now by Columnist Maddie Raymond: Finally safe from getting shot in school
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Tomorrow, I will be done with high school. I will walk out the doors after fourth period ends to never come back, at least not as a student. After 12 years in the United States public education system, I am done, ready to leave for college and start my adult life. Tomorrow, after 12 years, my parent...
North Amherst Library to relocate while $1.7M renovation takes place
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AMHERST — North Amherst residents will continue to have a neighborhood branch library as the project to enlarge the existing building, provide bathrooms and offer handicapped accessibility gets underway this spring.While the $1.7 million project, being funded entirely by an anonymous donor, is expec...
La. governor saw deadly arrest video months before prosecutors
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BATON ROUGE, La. — With racial tensions still simmering over the killing of George Floyd, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and his top lawyers gathered in a state police conference room in October 2020 to prepare for the fallout from a troubling case closer to home: troopers’ deadly arrest of Ronald...
ARHS junior raising awareness for Asian American community
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AMHERST — An Amherst Regional High School junior is playing a key role in pushing for a new law that would require public schools to teach ethnic studies and racial justice. The bill, under consideration in the Legislature, also seeks to achieve a more diverse faculty.In her role as one of the membe...
Earth Matters: Shed a little light on your local stream
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During the past couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about emergence. This is the time of year, as spring starts, that green is exploding out of every pore in the landscape. After winter, when so much is buried underground, the sudden flourish when sunlight reaches us is always a welcome shock.This fa...
A peek back in time: A visit to Hancock Shaker Village
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This past semester my husband, Jim, and I took a fabulous Five College Learning in Retirement seminar on museums. Jim chose Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, which we had visited at least twice before, but for the preparation of this article we decided another visit was necessary. (There are fin...
Baker vetoes immigrant driver’s licenses bill, but Legislature poised to overrule the governor
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Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday vetoed a bill making immigrants without legal status eligible to seek state-issued driver’s licenses, saying the Registry of Motor Vehicles, an agency that he oversees, doesn’t have the ability to verify the identities of potential applicants.Following years of advocacy...
$200K state grant boosts Amherst’s Jones Library project capital campaign
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AMHERST — Improved access for visitors to the Burnett Gallery at the Jones Library, and upgraded mechanical systems for the building, will be achieved through a $200,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund.Officials at the library and with its capital fundraising campaign team this...
Around Amherst: Procession returns for Memorial Day ceremony
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AMHERST — A ceremony to honor those from Amherst who died in service to the United States takes place Monday morning at War Memorial Pool.For the first time since 2019, a brief parade will precede the annual Memorial Day event, starting at 9 a.m., stepping off from the Town Common and going through...
Sunderland Elementary celebrates 10 years of Walk and Roll event
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SUNDERLAND — Matthew Howell and the Sunderland Elementary School community love their old-time Walk and Roll.Wednesday morning saw the arrival of more than 100 staff members and students on foot, bicycles and skateboards as the school celebrated the 10th anniversary of the biannual Walk and Roll eve...
Bay Road properties in Amherst to lose water service Thursday
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AMHERST — The need to make repairs to broken water service at 1210 Bay Road is prompting the Department of Public Works to shut water off to several properties Thursday.All properties between 1174 Bay Road and Elf Hill Road will not have town water from 7:30 a.m. to around 3 p.m., though the restora...
Amherst homeless shelter pioneer Kevin Noonan steps down
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AMHERST — A resident who twice has overseen sheltering efforts for homeless people in the community, including pioneering work when Amherst in 2009 offered its first site for people to keep warm and safe during the cold weather months, is again departing from the position.Kevin Noonan recently resig...
Vigil honors Amherst student killed in car crash
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AMHERST — Sayhan Islam arrived in Amherst from Bangladesh in 2020 never having played sports. Even so, he became a member of the Amherst-Pelham Regional High School boys lacrosse team.“Sayhan didn’t even know what lacrosse was two years ago,” said Safwan Islam, speaking during a candlelight vigil at...
Ukraine: 200 bodies found in Mariupol’s ruins
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KYIV, Ukraine — Workers digging through the rubble of an apartment building in Mariupol found 200 bodies in the basement, Ukrainian authorities said Tuesday, as more horrors come to light in the ruined city that has seen some of the worst suffering of the 3-month-old war.The bodies were decomposing...
Kemp wins Georgia GOP gov’s race
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ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp won the state’s Republican primary for governor on Tuesday, beating back former President Donald Trump’s hand-picked challenger in a contest that demonstrated the limits of the former president and his conspiracy-fueled politics in a key swing state.Still, Trump’s...
Amherst vigil to support Guatemalan immigrant Lucio Perez in advance of court hearing
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AMHERST — A vigil to offer support and prayers to Lucio Perez, the Guatemalan immigrant who took sanctuary at the First Congregational Church for 3½ years to avoid deportation, takes place Thursday.Members of the community are invited to the vigil, to be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the church at...
White Lion Brewing Co., Marcus Camby team up on future Amherst brewhouse
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AMHERST — Marcus Camby, whose standout basketball career as part of the University of Massachusetts Minutemen is recognized with a statue outside the Mullins Center, is working with White Lion Brewing Company to bring a nano brewhouse to downtown Amherst in the fall.The Springfield company announced...
Historical Commission OKs relocation of Jones Library’s memorial garden in Amherst
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AMHERST — Many of the plants and hardscapes in a memorial garden behind the Jones Library can be relocated to Kestrel Land Trust’s headquarters in South Amherst later this year.With extensive planning already underway for transferring elements of the Kinsey Memorial Garden from the 43 Amity St. libr...
Candlelight vigil Tuesday for ARHS student killed in crash
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AMHERST — A candlelight vigil to honor the life of Sayhan Islam, the Amherst Regional High School senior who died in a car crash last week, and offer healing thoughts to other students injured in the accident, takes place Tuesday evening.The vigil, put on by the high school PGO and members of the se...
‘Make your dreams a reality’: Hampshire College celebrates 52nd commencement as 167 students receive diplomas
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AMHERST — Erdim Yilmaz became a U.S. citizen seven years ago. When he first moved to the country from his native Turkey, he didn’t speak any English and had only $200 in his pocket. “But (today), I have the privilege of speaking with you all,” Yilmaz told graduates during his staff toast at Hampshir...
DA identifies teen killed in Amherst car crash; five passengers injured
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AMHERST — The Northwestern district attorney’s office has identifiey the 19-year-old Amherst teen killed in a single-vehicle crash on North East Street in Amherst Thursday night.Sayhan Islam, 19, was driving with passengers when his car went off the road shortly before 11:30 p.m., striking a telepho...
Senior Center lease extended as search for permanent home continues in South Deerfield
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SOUTH DEERFIELD — With a lease extension through December, the South County Senior Center will spend at least the rest of the year at the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church.The lease extension will be in effect while Deerfield prepares to undertake renovations on the South Deerfield Congregational Ch...
Holyoke City Councilor Wilmer Puello-Mota extradited to Rhode Island in child porn case
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HOLYOKE — City Councilor Wilmer “Will” Puello-Mota has been extradited to Rhode Island, where he faces charges of allegedly paying for nude photos of a 17 year old girl and new allegations of counterfeiting documents to mislead investigators in that case.Puello was presented as a bail violator befor...
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