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Colts owner helps out Jack Kerouac organization

Monday, December 22, 2014

LOWELL (AP) — The owner of the Indianapolis Colts has ponied up $10,000 for a Massachusetts organization that keeps Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac’s legacy alive. James Irsay’s donation is the largest single pledge in the history of the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Committee. Treasurer Steve Edington says the organization reached out to Irsay knowing he’s huge Kerouac fan. Irsay paid $2.4 million for Kerouac’s original “On the Road” manuscript in …

A Look Back

Monday, December 22, 2014

50 Years Ago ■The Committee on Scientific Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has announced that its annual award for outstanding research for 1965 is to go to Dr. Donald Chrisman, orthopaedist at The Cooley Dickinson Hospital, for his research in the causes for degenerative changes in articular cartilage of joints. ■The spirit-less Christmas tree light-bulb snatcher is still on the loose in the city. …

2014 gave viewers great shows on air and online

Sunday, December 21, 2014

NEW YORK — From the extraordinary Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring miniseries “The Honorable Woman” on SundanceTV to Syfy’s goofy “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” TV delivered in 2014 — streaming, on cable and over the air. Showtime’s “Homeland” roared back from last year’s muddle with a season of white-knuckle suspense. CBS’ “The Good Wife” killed off a main character to give the show its latest …

Area briefs

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Amherst FARMERS MARKET WORKSHOP: A free workshop focused on how residents can become more resilient and less reliant on external resources for water, food and warmth will be held during the Winter Farmers Market on Saturday at the Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut St. The workshop run …

Hilltown Voices: Williamsburg, Chesterfield and Goshen children’s funds seek gift-wrapping volunteers

Saturday, December 20, 2014

There is a room in the home of Sabrina Willard that is packed full of holiday gifts for children who otherwise may have gone without presents this year. Willard runs the Williamsburg Children’s Fund, which has been in operation for over 10 years, providing children in need with …

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to four deaths

Friday, December 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak started just before then, in mid-October. But the commercially produced …

Valley Bounty: Local beef

Roast Beef In my family, the Christmas table celebrates local food just like the Thanksgiving table does. Every Christmas Eve, the main entrée is a select roast from one of my family’s small herd of cows. For those …

Dorothy and Michael Melnik of Hatfield celebrate 25th

Dorothy Desmond and Michael Melnik, Jr. were married Dec. 17, 1989 in Hatfield Congregational Church, North Hatfield. Michael works for the Department of Education at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds. …

Robert Floyd Gallery in Southampton celebrates its anniversary

SOUTHAMPTON — The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center, 2 East St., is throwing a party Sunday, from 2 to 5 p.m., to celebrate the beginning of its 14th year. The gallery exhibits photo artwork from local to international artists. Parking is available in the adjacent Old …

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to four deaths

WASHINGTON — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak started just before then, in mid-October. But the commercially produced …