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President Barack Obama carries on the Thanksgiving tradition of saving a turkey from the dinner table with a "presidential pardon" of 'Cheese' the turkey in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama on safe legal ground with turkey pardon

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with — sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table. In the spirit of the holiday, Obama on Wednesday took “action fully within my legal authority, the same kind of action taken by Democrats and Republican presidents before me,” to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, a 49-pound bird named Cheese. He also spared an alternate turkey, a 47-pounder named Mac. Both came from Cooper Farms in Oakwood, Ohio. “If you’re a turkey, and you’re named after a side dish, your chances of escaping Thanksgiving dinner …

With pennies, nickels, quarters, Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund launches 82nd year

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Susan Lavallee’s kindergarten class at the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School has already started raising money for the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund. So far, the class has raised 50 cents. Someone found two quarters on the floor, but no one claimed them, so Lavallee decided it was time to put out the special jar to collect for the 82nd season …

Despite storm, good food and fellowship at Amherst Survival Center Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — While the cold snow accumulated on the roads outside, warm food was piled onto plates at the Amherst Survival Center Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday afternoon. Despite the snowstorm, more than 100 people joined the meal at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst, which was the 25th annual Thanksgiving dinner for …

Smith College Campus School students help with coat drive in Springfield

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

After a string of gun violence occurred in Springfield, killing several people including an 18-year-old girl, Armando Olivares founded “One Spr1ngfield; Young People Stand Up” on June 5. “I’m going to try to plant the seed in young people to show them they can do something good,” he …

Area briefs

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Amherst AMHERST CLUB FUNDRAISER: Love Notes, a longtime fundraiser for the Amherst Club held around Valentine’s Day, is being replaced by a new fundraising event at the Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley in March. The Amherst Club is creating what will be known as the Spring to …

Style Stop: Phoebe Clewley

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Phoebe Clewley, 19, of Newburyport, looked casual and comfortable when the Style Stop team spotted her recently in downtown Northampton. The Smith College psychology student had donned jeans, a puffy vest, simple silver rings and clogs from French …

Chef’s Best: Hankering for comfort food? Consider the knish

If you’re looking for some cold weather comfort food, you might want to consider the knish. Though there are many variations of the knish, they essentially are the hand pie of classic Jewish cuisine — a baked (though …

Eleanor O’Rourke & Lent Clifton Johnson IV

Eleanor Mary O’Rourke and Lent Clifton Johnson IV, of Seattle, Washington, were married on Sept. 27 at the Abington Art Center in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. They chose to have the ceremony in Pennsylvania so that their grandmothers, Eleanor O’Rourke …

Obama on safe legal ground with turkey pardon

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with — sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table. In the spirit of the holiday, Obama on …

Health briefs: A listing of area programs, suppport groups

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING Falls Prevention — The Strength in Numbers six-week class on Falls Prevention, sponsored by Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, is on now available on area cable TV networks. It will be aired on Northampton Cable TV, …