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When Amherst was incorporated in 1759, the colonial governor ordered residents to name the town after Jeffrey Amherst, a hero of the French-Indian War. Many colonial governors were assigning the name Amherst to many newly incorporated towns, which is why there are so many towns in the area with the name Amherst. The town's name is pronounced without the "h" which is different than several other towns with the same name. Notable residents have included poet Emily Dickinson, poet Robert Frost, actress Uma Thurman, Executive Director of NORML Allen St. Pierre, and writer Augusten Burroughs (Running with Scissors).

Population: 34874
Local Newspapers: Daily Hampshire Gazette Springfield Journal
Local Sports Teams: Boston Bruins Boston Celtics Boston Red Sox New England Patriots New England Revolution
Local Colleges: Amherst College Hampshire College University of Massachusetts—Amherst

Zip Codes associated with amherst, massachusetts:
Towns/Cities near amherst, massachusetts : Northampton Bbelchertown South Deerfield Granby Greenfield Hatfield

Amherst News
Midwifery care at hospitals is associated with fewer medical interventions

A new report from UMass Amherst and the University of Minnesota says that women who gave birth at hospitals that had a larger percentage of midwife-attended births were less likely to have two medical interventions, cesarean delivery and episiotomy. IMAGE: Laura Attanasio at UMass Amherst and colleagues analyzed hospital-level data reported in New York State over one year and found that women who gave birth at hospitals with a larger... view AMHERST, Mass.

100 students get meningococcal vaccine at UMass Amherst

Two University of Massachusetts Amherst students hospitalized to treat a potentially deadly meningococcal disease have a strain of the illness students are generally not vaccinated for. "We have received confirmation that the diagnosis for the second student is Serogroup B. This is a confirmation that UHS had anticipated," University Health Services Executive Director George Corey said in an email to campus on Wednesday.

Massive power outage causing problems across Northampton

Things are back to normal now, after a Holyoke Gas and Electric insulator failed Wednesday morning, and nearly 30,000 people lost power in Hampshire County . State police helped Northampton police keep traffic moving.

Electrical power knocked out in Hampshire County NEW

A widespread power outage has knocked out power in several communities, including sections of Northampton, Easthampton, Southampton, Westhampton, Hadley and Amherst.

Is the Age of the Artistic Recluse Over?

IN THE EARLY 1880S, a recent arrival to Amherst, Mass., gossiped in a letter about her neighbor, "a lady whom the people call the Myth. She is a sister of Mr. Dickinson, & seems to be the climax of all the family oddity.

War Stories

The late Eduardo Galeano's forthcoming book, Hunter of Stories , has five or ten sentences on each page - each page a tiny story, their combination engaging and powerful. Galeano includes the story of a war resister who chose to die rather than kill, and that of an Iraqi who foretold and pre-grieved the 2003 looting of the National Museum, also the story of former drone pilot Brandon Bryant who quit after killing a child and being lied to that the child had been a dog, not to mention the story of the World War I Christmas truces.

Jaywalking while on the phone could cost you more

State lawmakers have proposed a bill that imposes higher fines for jaywalking, and doubles them if you don't put down your phone. With fines of only $1 for first, second, and third jaywalking offenses in Massachusetts, some state lawmakers think a higher fine would motivate pedestrians to follow the rules of the road.

Two UMass Amherst students stricken with meningitis

Students on the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts are being warned to take precautions for the sake of their health in the wake of two classmates being stricken with meningitis in less than three weeks. Both students are hospitalized in stable condition, the first diagnosed with meningococcal disease on Oct. 24 and the second with bacterial meningitis this past weekend.

Hurricane Maria rescue dog has second chance at life in Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - The Hampshire County town of Amherst is now home for one pup who was airlifted out of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Northeast Recycling Council conference held in Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - The Northeast Recycling Council celebrated their 30th anniversary by holding this recycling conference.

Healey holding town hall meeting in Amherst

The meeting is free and open to the public at 7:00 P.M. at the Student Union Ballroom.

War Stories

The late Eduardo Galeano's forthcoming book, Hunter of Stories , has five or ten sentences on each page -- each page a tiny story, their combination engaging and powerful. Galeano includes the story of a war resister who chose to die rather than kill, and that of an Iraqi who foretold and pre-grieved the 2003 looting of the National Museum, also the story of former drone pilot Brandon Bryant who quit after killing a child and being lied to that the child had been a dog, not to mention the story of the World War I Christmas truces.

Middleboro Music Guild Thanksgiving concert set for November 19

MIDEDLEBORO - Sunday, November 19 marks the date for the annual Community Thanksgiving Concert sponsored by the Middleborough Music Guild. The afternoon concert, which starts at 3:00, will be held at Sacred Heart Church at 340 Centre Street in downtown Middleboro.

Editorial: Nice to see concerns on pipeline projects heard, considered NEW

It's hard to see why the Legislature shouldn't embrace two recently introduced bills that would protect us from a future Kinder Morgan gas pipeline.

UMass Amherst honored for Old Chapel renovation

Renovation of the Old Chapel at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has been honored by the state with a 2017 Historic Preservation Award, officials announced Thursday. The 19th century building, which stands in the heart of the campus, reopened in February after a $21 million renovation.

Amherst taking steps to regulate use of recreational marijuana in town

Esperanza Mozon asks a marching band to play "Happy Birthday" to the two human skulls she is carrying outside a cemet The town wants to limit the number of pot shops in their community and where you can consume the drug. "In places like Colorado, the revenue has been able to be put towards like infrastructure improvements, schools, education," Leah Rosenfield of Amherst told 22News.

College isn't the only option NEW

"The traditional high schools are pushed toward a college-or-bust approach. We try to explain to these kids that there is another option," Andrews of Laborers' Local 596 said.

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