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Sunday fundraiser in Northampton to help Haydenville family battling illness

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fundraiser is planned Sunday to benefit a Haydenville woman recently diagnosed with a serious illness and her teenage daughter, who is struggling to support her by working a part-time job. The 7 p.m. event at the World War II Club, 50 Conz St., will raise money for Sylvia Hemminger, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer. The fundraiser, which supplements an online GoFundMe effort, includes …

Memorial ride for the late Dorie Goldman to help introduce Holyoke children to bicycles

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

AMHERST — A Holyoke program designed to introduce children to bicycles is just the type of thing the late Dorie Goldman would have wanted to support. That’s why it’s fitting that a benefit bicycle ride next month in her memory will do just that. Goldman died in a January hiking accident Proceeds raised …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com End of life care Members of area faith communities will gather at the First Baptist Church of Amherst Saturday to discuss how clergy, lay caregivers and hospice and palliative care services work together at the end of an individual’s life. The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It …

CBS’ Bob Schieffer is ready for retirement

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — At 78, Bob Schieffer is entitled to reminisce about the “good old days” of reporting. He believes young people coming into the business can also learn from them. Schieffer will host CBS’ “Face the Nation” on …

Organizers of Northampton Family Fourth Celebration seek donations for fifth annual event

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Organizers of the annual Northampton Family Fourth Celebration are seeking donations to make the free event possible for a fifth year. “Hopefully enough people will support it so we can have a really good event this year,” said Mayor David J. Narkewicz, an individual sponsor of …

‘What are you?’ ‘Where are you from?’: Members of multiracial families face harsh moments, but mostly find acceptance in the Valley

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Charisse Pickron of Amherst recalls once filling out a questionaire for a product her family purchased and being asked to identify her race by checking a box either for white or for black. Neither was accurate. Her mother …

Wal-Mart pushing for better animal welfare

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, …

The joint was jumping at the county jail: Young@Heart Chorus teams up with inmates for a rockin’ in-house concert

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, …

Stanley E. and Darlene T. Plaza celebrate 40th

Stanley E. and Darlene T. (Bliznak) Plaza were married May 17, 1975, at the St. John Cantius Church in Northampton. Stanley and Darlene live in Easthampton. Stanley graduated from the Williston Northampton School. He received his bachelor’s degree …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com End of life care Members of area faith communities will gather at the First Baptist Church of Amherst Saturday to discuss how clergy, lay caregivers and hospice and palliative care services work together at the end of an individual’s life. The meeting, which …