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Memory of son’s helping spirit spurs Toy Fund donation

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It was a memory of her son Ian at age 10, hearing about the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund and wanting to donate, that prompted Susan Kohler-Gray to send a contribution this year to the fund. Ian Mathew Gray died in May 2013 of synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, at the age of 29, and Kohler-Gray, of Florence, sent her gift in his memory. “He was a person who cared very deeply about people,” Kohler-Gray said of her younger son, remembering testimonials at his memorial service from college friends. Those friends told of how he helped them to finish their projects …

The sun sets on Stephen Colbert’s sterling satire

Friday, December 19, 2014

By Mary Mcnamara Los Angeles Times In 2006, Stephen Colbert performed at the White House correspondent’s dinner. For almost 25 uncomfortably hilarious and immediately divisive minutes, Colbert performed as the titular character of his Comedy Central show, damning virtually all the attendees, including then-President George W. Bush, with praise faint and otherwise. If neither the audience nor those covering the event knew exactly …

Dorothy and Michael Melnik of Hatfield celebrate 25th

Friday, December 19, 2014

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. Their children are Jim and Amanda Griffin, with grandsons Liam and Brendan of Concord, New …

Ruby and Gaylon Donovan of West Chesterfield celebrate

Friday, December 19, 2014

Ruby and Gaylon Donovan of West Chesterfield celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Nov. 27, 2014 with their family. Married in Westfield on Nov. 29, 1944, they have resided on Ireland Street all of their married life, and …

Naming the baby

Friday, December 19, 2014

LOVEN – Abigail Ann, daughter of Mark and Kelly Loven of Goshen, was born Nov. 30 2014 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Robert and Pearl Burrington of Charlemont. The paternal grandparents are Ronald and Joan Loven of Goshen. The maternal great-grandmother is Constance …

Kathleen Tobin & Robert Wyckoff

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kathleen Tobin and Robert Wyckoff were married Saturday, July 26, on a private beach at Chequessett Yacht & Country Club, Wellfleet, in a ceremony performed by the Reverend Nicholas J. Boas. The bridesmaids were Mallory (Tobin) Griffin, Michelle …

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 …

Saint Francis to merge with Trinity Health

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford-based Saint Francis Care has announced plans to merge with Trinity Health and form a nonprofit regional health system in New England. Trinity is a national system of Roman Catholic health care institutions that already includes the Sisters of Providence Health System in Springfield, …