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Could junior high, high school merge? High capital costs at aging regional schools prompt discussion
02-16-2023 3:52 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Anticipated soaring costs related to the capital needs of the middle and high schools, including a project to replace the middle school roof that has been put on pause, is prompting local officials to ask if a single campus for regional...


Amherst regional schools’ budget limit could cut 15 positions
02-15-2023 5:51 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — More than $1 million in spending cuts, including approximately 15 staff layoffs, may be needed to bring the regional schools’ budget to a level that the towns of Amherst, Pelham. Shutesbury and Leverett are able to pay.At a four-towns...


Amherst school officials, educators stuck in contract talks
02-06-2023 8:23 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A continued impasse in talks between the Amherst Pelham Education Association and the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee is prompting both sides to do outreach and make appeals to the community.The School Committee, in a letter sent...


Bill to ban PFAS could affect Amherst Regional High School track turf decision
02-01-2023 8:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Two bills focused on eliminating contamination from so-called forever chemicals, including legislation related to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances in sludge and fertilizer filed by Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, could soon be making...


Amherst Regional Middle School principal departing at year’s end
02-01-2023 4:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Diego Sharon, in his third year as principal at Amherst Regional Middle School, is leaving the position at the end of the school year.Superintendent Michael Morris told the Amherst Regional School Committee on Tuesday that Sharon is looking...


Guest column Gene Stamell: Guilty or not guilty?
02-01-2023 2:36 PM

By Gene Stamell

My mother was a big advocate for guilt. “Guilt builds character,” she would say. “If you feel some guilt, you will become a better person.”I’m not sure her opinion influenced my choice of spouse, but my wife of 43 years once told me that she has...


Diversity of staff in Amherst’s schools on the rise
01-23-2023 2:20 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A 6-year-old project to diversify the teaching staff in the Amherst and regional public schools to better match the racial makeup of the student body continues to yield results.At the Amherst Regional School Committee on Tuesday, members of...


Fights down, vaping continues in Amherst Regional High’s bathrooms
01-22-2023 9:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As the number of fights between students in the bathrooms at Amherst Regional High School appears to be declining, school administrators report that vape detectors continue to show that the number of students vaping in the lavatories is not...


Amherst committee says track project can forge ahead, as booster organization continues fundraising
01-13-2023 9:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A $4.74 million project to rebuild and reorient the track at the Amherst Regional High School, installing a synthetic turf playing field in its interior, can move forward, even though community fundraising is short of the amount needed to...


Amherst schools may delay 6th grade move to middle school
01-11-2023 5:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Despite significant planning over the past two years to relocate sixth graders from the town’s elementary schools to the Amherst Regional Middle School this fall, district leaders are broaching the idea of delaying the move, possibly for...


Guest columnist Gene Stamell: The miracle of thumbs
01-10-2023 11:32 PM

By Gene Stamell

In December, Andrea Ayvazian wrote a lovely column about the miracle of the human body. Her thoughtful piece reminded me of discussions I used to have with several third grade classes (I taught elementary school for over 35 years). I would pose the...


Health board against artificial turf field at Amherst Regional
12-12-2022 2:38 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Citing its duty to protect public health and the environment, the Board of Health is recommending against using artificial turf in a planned overhaul of the track and field at Amherst Regional High School.The board voted 4-0 at its meeting...


Athol man gets 6-12 years for 2019 Leverett crash that killed Amherst man
10-26-2022 9:14 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — An Athol man was sentenced to six to 12 years behind bars Wednesday after changing his plea to charges stemming from a fatal crash he caused while driving 102 mph on Route 63 in Leverett three years ago.Gary Gregoire, 44, appeared in...


School leaders revise math curriculum in Amherst
06-13-2022 2:06 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Adjustments to the mathematics curriculum in Amherst’s secondary schools aim to give all students an opportunity to succeed in the subject, and, should they choose, pursue more in-depth studies as high schoolers.During a Regional School...


Police end search for missing Leverett man
04-07-2021 4:07 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — Despite Leverett police officers and firefighters and State Police completing another extensive search of Richard Drury’s property in late March, the missing man’s whereabouts remain unknown nearly four months after his disappearance.Police...


Amherst Regional High School, middle school will have later start time
03-03-2021 8:43 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Students at Amherst Regional middle and high schools will begin their school days later in the mornings when the next school year begins in the fall, when most of them will return for in-person education for the first time since last March.A...


Michael Kittredge, Yankee Candle founder, dies at 67
07-25-2019 11:35 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

LEVERETT — Michael J. Kittredge II, whose homemade candle as a cash-strapped teenager evolved into an industry giant, has died. He was 67.Kittredge, founder of the Yankee Candle Co., died Wednesday evening at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston...


Happy feet: Monthly clinics offer sorely needed foot care
01-17-2018 3:08 PM

By LISA SPEAR

Jenny Marshall of Leverett leans back in what looks like a fancy lawn chair while a woman kneeling in front of her is cradling Marshall’s feet in her hands, buffing away at her toenails, rubbing away the cracks in her heels and scrubbing her calluses....


Music has helped Michael Kittredge make his way back from a stroke
11-13-2017 3:08 PM

By LISA SPEAR

Michael Kittredge, founder of the Yankee Candle Company, is seated onstage in a wheelchair in Leverett, keeping time with one hand on an electric snare drum while the band around him plays the song “No Time” by The Guess Who. His foot pumps the drum...


Leverett opens arms to new homeowners through growing assistance program
07-03-2017 8:48 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — Following a divorce in which her husband kept the family’s dwelling, Jennifer Thornton spent more than a year living in apartments while searching for a new home where she and her two children could live.Thornton said she wasn’t sure she...

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