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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
Wood-Eating Fungi Offer New Biomass Conversion Tool

Barry Goodell and colleagues at UMass Amherst have discovered a unique system that some microorganisms, notably brown rot fungi, use to digest and recycle wood. In a new paper they report details of a non-enzymatic, chelator-mediated biocatalysis method of breaking down woody biomass that is very different than methods used by other microorganisms.

Mettawee River Theatre Company on tour in region

Three of the six life-size beggar puppets in Mettawee River Theatre Company's production of "Before the Sun and Moon," touring the region for the next two weeks. Three of the six life-size beggar puppets in Mettawee River Theatre Company's production of "Before the Sun and Moon," touring the region for the next two weeks.

Firefighters present scholarships

Firefighters gave the scholarship to Logan Sylvester, son of Somerset Fire Department Lieutenant Scott Sylvester, and Kevin Quinn, who is going into his sophomore year at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. "I'm very gratified," Logan said of his reaction to receiving the scholarship as he stood in the fire station.

Medical marijuana use could impact your employment in Massachusetts

In recent months, Massachusetts has shifted focus from medical marijuana to legal recreational pot, but there's still confusion regarding medical marijuana in the workplace. On Monday, the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a woman can sue her former employer after she said she was fired for legally using marijuana to treat her Crohn's Disease.

Peter Lucas: When smoke gets in the eyes of Statehouse leaders

The fight wasn't about legalizing the weed. That is over and done with. The voters last November approved the sale of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts.

5 Jewish cultural festivals to rock your summer

Summer is in full swing, but it is not too late to catch the action at various Jewish cultural festivals around the world. Yidstock, a celebration of klezmer and new Yiddish music, starts on Thursday in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Amherst Brewing focuses on - hop-forward beer repertoire'

Amherst Brewing has lived several lives since its founding in 1997 - the company used to operate as a brew pub on North Pleasant Street in Amherst, in the space now owned by High Horse, then moved to University Drive in 2011, and merged with The Hangar Pub and Grill in 2015.

How migrating birds 'run a marathon,' burning muscles and organs in long flights

Eco-physiologist Alexander Gerson at UMass Amherst will study how birds burn stored fat, muscle, even organs to fuel long migration flights IMAGE: Eco-physiologist Alex Gerson will use two ultra-specialized tools, a field-portable quantitative magnetic resonance imaging machine and a wind tunnel designed to study long-duration flight, to study the metabolism and physiology... view AMHERST, Mass. - Migrating birds complete long non-stop flights of many hours for songbirds and days for some shorebirds to reach breeding or wintering grounds.

Amherst Historical Commission to debate fate of 1800s farmhouse NEW

A 19th-century farmhouse in North Amherst that has been used as a college-student rental in recent years could be demolished, along with an adjacent barn, to make way for another phase of the Mill District development.

Another Bosley running for Statehouse seat

The race to fill former state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi's seat has begun. Stephanie Bosley on Wednesday announced her candidacy for the 1st Berkshire District, which once was held by her father, former Rep. Daniel Bosley.

Talk of the Towns, July 6, 2017

Kingsmen Chess Club: Meets Sundays, noon to 4 p.m., Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St. For more information, call John Dould at 978-249-5905 or email or

Yellen hospitalized during London visit, released Monday

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was hospitalized over the weekend in London for treatment of a urinary tract infection, but has been discharged and is heading home. Yellen, 70, was admitted Friday and released Monday from King Edward VII Hospital, the central bank said in a statement Monday.

Fourth of July events around the region NEW

Planning your Fourth of July holiday? Here are some of the events in the area that can help with the celebration: Although July 4 lands on a Tuesday this year, the holiday kicks off with fireworks in Greenfield on Saturday, July 1 at Beacon Field.

Medical marijuana shop in Hadley coming soon

Nearby residents told 22News they don't mind having a dispensary there, as long it provides relief for those who really need it. "I think if somebody has a medical problem like if they're having chemo or having some sort of illness that requires relief, if medical marijuana does it, I have no objection," Judie Atwood of Amherst said.

UMass Amherst Geoscientist Honored by American Geophysical Union

AMHERST, Mass. - The American Geophysical Union's Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Focus Group announced this week that it has chosen Isaac Larsen, assistant professor of geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, to receive the coveted Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award for 2017.

UMass police issue more traffic violations than most municipal departments

Drivers who are stopped by a police cruiser in Massachusetts might expect either a state trooper or a local city or town officer to walk up to their car window. But there are a number of less-traditional law enforcement agencies scattered around the state, and some of them are more active in doling out traffic violations than you might expect.

Cynthia Nixon shines in masterful biopic

It's a sentiment that often comes to mind while watching legendary British screenwriter and director Terence Davies' masterful new biopic devoted to the life of this great 19th century American poet. Early scenes portray a relatively carefree life on the family property at Amherst, Massachusetts, and sparkling streams of witty banter between Dickinson , her friend Vryling Buffam and Dickinson's affectionate sister, Lavinia .

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