In Case the $67 Million Amherst School Building Plan is Voted Down Next Tuesday: Morris Proposes Fort River Site Study

The study would evaluate Fort River's foundation, among other building and site features. "We'd know a whole lot more about Fort River than we know now. We'd know a whole lot more about renovation schemes," Morris said, adding that the study could also help the district address concerns about environmental health and air quality.

Time to Heal the Fractures: Search for New Amherst School Superintendent Postponed Until Fall

Nakajima, who is running for re-election to a seat won about six months ago, spoke about the need for a community-wide strategic planning process, to help bring warring factions together. "Given the multiple fractures - it's a means of starting to heal and re-knit a lot of those fractures," he said.

On Neighbors, “Sanctuary” Communities, $1.5 Million in Federal Funds, and Homeland Security Calling Amherst “Uncooperative”

  When we first moved to Amherst nearly 11 years ago, we held an "open house" party and invited our nearby neighbors. More than 10 people came. But hands down, the most welcoming family was from the house to our right - an Iraqi immigrant couple with two teenage daughters. The girls had baked us … Continue reading On Neighbors, “Sanctuary” Communities, $1.5 Million in Federal Funds, and Homeland Security Calling Amherst “Uncooperative”

I Know How the Flowers Felt: In Praise of the Smith Bulb Show

There is really no excuse for NOT attending the annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College's Botanic Garden in Northampton. This grand and beautiful event is something I first attended several years ago, and now look forward to each winter. After months amid dingy mounds of snow, this show - which you can enjoy for … Continue reading I Know How the Flowers Felt: In Praise of the Smith Bulb Show

On Central Hubs, Locked Rooms, Ebooks, and the Jones Library’s Future

In this era of e-books being downloaded to hand-held devices, and books ordered by Internet arriving by mail within a day, it is hard to guess what the future holds for any public library, much less Amherst's historic, stone-fronted Jones Library. Will public libraries be mostly virtual, located primarily on servers that allow people to … Continue reading On Central Hubs, Locked Rooms, Ebooks, and the Jones Library’s Future

School Committee Candidates Forum: The Mega-School, Cracks in the Earth’s Crust, and Information That Should Have Come to Light

At last night's candidates forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Robert Greeney, who is running for a two-year seat on the School Committee (along with a Select Board seat) took the cake for the most unusual answers to the moderator's questions. He often used metaphors from nature, apparently harkening back to the days … Continue reading School Committee Candidates Forum: The Mega-School, Cracks in the Earth’s Crust, and Information That Should Have Come to Light

Search for New Amherst School Superintendent Halted, Following Legal Foul-Up

At the moment, it seems unlikely that the Amherst Regional Public Schools will have a new superintendent in place by July 1 as was planned. The Amherst Regional and Union 26 School Committees voted unanimously to suspend the current search for a new school superintendent last night,  after discovering that consultants Ray & Associates asked … Continue reading Search for New Amherst School Superintendent Halted, Following Legal Foul-Up

Update/Notice: Rattlesnake Review Working Group Will Slither Into Ware on Weds., 3/22

A meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board’s Rattlesnake Review Working Group will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 6:30 P.M., at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 126 West Main Street, Ware, Massachusetts. "The purpose of the Rattlesnake Review Working Group is to review and discuss statewide rattlesnake conservation needs and strategies. This … Continue reading Update/Notice: Rattlesnake Review Working Group Will Slither Into Ware on Weds., 3/22

Her Tiny, Star-Shaped Paws

For a week or two, no field mice came to the peanut butter-and-birdseed buffet/feeding station in our basement "storage" room. The main dining area (for mice) is located inside a metal, industrial-sized Have-A-Heart trip which looks not unlike a miniature Walpole State Prison. Ye Olde Husband purchased this contraption after we discovered that one smarty … Continue reading Her Tiny, Star-Shaped Paws