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CAROL LOLLIS
back, Debbie Thouin and Marilyn Neumann at the Valentines day party at the Cliffview Community room in Easthampton.

ARROWS OF FRIENDSHIP FLY

Saturday, February 13, 2016

United Way of Hampshire County offers ‘text to give’ option to aid children’s programs

Saturday, February 13, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Generous Valley residents inspired by the spirit of Valentine’s Day can use their phones to strengthen local programs for children. The United Way of Hampshire County is joining with its peers in Franklin and Hampden counties to offer a mobile giving campaign called “Show the Love for Kids.” This “text to give” effort allow people to contribute to programs that impact …

Artificial lights can keep houseplants growing in winter

Friday, February 12, 2016

Short days put sunlight at a premium. Even houseplants feel it. Mostly, they just sit and wait for better growing conditions. But for indoor gardeners who want plants to keep growing and even flowering this time of year, artificial light is the answer. Visible light is only a small slice of the electromagnetic …

Living Smart: 5 appliance-buying tips to know before you shop

Friday, February 12, 2016

Who wouldn’t want a bigger refrigerator, a quieter dishwasher or a new gas stove? But before you indulge in some retail therapy, check out what appliance experts say you should consider when buying new appliances. Ask about fees When comparing prices, be sure to ask questions regarding delivery …

Heading outdoors

Friday, February 12, 2016

∎ Snowshoeing for Seniors — All Out Adventures offers guided beginner and intermediate group snowshoeing for ages 60 and up, Wednesdays. Rotating locations in the Pioneer Valley. $5. 584-2052, info@alloutadventures. ∎ Winter Tracking Workshop — Franklin Land Trust sponsors workshop …

Coming up

Friday, February 12, 2016

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. The centers will be closed on Monday in observance of President’s Day. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, February 12, 2016

Community Action Tax Assistance Program — Voluneer tax preparers needed to help ensure low-income families receive their full refund. Training provided; no prior tax experience needed. Volunteers are needed evenings, from now to April, in Greenfield and Northampton. Saturday shifts also available. Holly Kosisky at 376-1179 or hkosisky@communityaction.us …

Naming the baby

Friday, February 12, 2016

DUARTE SMITH — Isabella Ann, daughter of Liset Duarte de Smith and Gabriel Starbuck Smith of South Deerfield, was born Feb. 7 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Elida Lopez Mejia of Bronx, New York and Josue Israel Duarte Acevado of Cabanas, Guatemala. …

Parallel universe

Friday, February 12, 2016

Friends and neighbors

Friday, February 12, 2016

Amherst Paige Darby was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Ernesto E. Brown, grade 12, earned fall term honors at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. …

Family Wanted: Artistic child expresses herself well

Friday, February 12, 2016

Hailey is a happy and artistic 8- year old Caucasian girl. She attends elementary school where she is described as smart and able to communicate well what her needs are. Hailey has an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) to …

Staying home on Valentine’s Day is easy with these scallops

Friday, February 12, 2016

This Valentine’s Day, take a pass on the expected. As in, ditch the restaurant reservations. You’re just going to get overcharged for so-so food, anyway. Instead, stay home and show your lover how much you care by assembling …

Coloring club

Friday, February 12, 2016