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From left: Don Moro of South Deerfield, Sunderland Elementary School Principal Ben Barshefsky, Rich Holden of South Deerfield, School Psychologist Vicki Palmer and Rick Foley of Whately unbox coats donated by the South Deerfield chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Recorder/Tom Relihan

Knights of Columbus Council 15197 donates winter coats for Sunderland Elementary School students

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Some students at Sunderland Elementary School will receive new free winter coats this year thanks to a local chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Knights of Columbus Council 15197, which operates out of Holy Family Church in South Deerfield, gathered the coats as part of an annual charity program in conjunction with the national Knights of Columbus organization. …

‘Today’ looks to rebound from one tough week

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NEW YORK — It’s rarely a good sign when morning television hosts are painfully bantering about whether they are keeping their jobs. That’s where Willie Geist and Natalie Morales found themselves during the most difficult week for NBC’s “Today” show in two years. At its end, an NBC News executive was fired after …

Foxwoods Resort postpones Cosby’s January appearance

Monday, November 24, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Foxwoods Resort Casino says it has indefinitely postponed Bill Cosby’s concert appearance that was scheduled for January. The announcement Monday by the Connecticut resort adds to several cancellations last week for the embattled comedian amid a growing number of sexual assault allegations. No reason was given by Foxwoods for …

Check it out: Health events to note in the Valley

Monday, November 17, 2014

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com AVOIDING STUFFING YOURSELF ON THANKSGIVING No one wants to be a Thanksgiving Scrooge, but the average holiday dinner can add up to a whopping 3,000 calories and another 1,500 calories from dips, drinks and other appetizers before and after the meal, according to …

Richard Eder, who won a Pulitzer as LA Times book reviewer, dies at 82

Monday, November 24, 2014

Richard Eder, a foreign correspondent who made the unusual transition to arts critic and was awarded a 1987 Pulitzer Prize for his Los Angeles Times book reviews, died Friday at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He was 82. The cause was pneumonia, a complication of post-polio syndrome, said …

Marijuana backers like Maine for legalization

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive — thus far the province of western states — to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine. …

Barry, former DC mayor, dies at 78

Sunday, November 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation’s capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of …

Phyllis Perry

Sunday, November 23, 2014

CONWAY — Phyllis R. Perry, 60, of 266 Whately Road in Conway, died unexpectedly Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wrisley Funeral Home in South Deerfield and were incomplete at press time. …

Anthony Edward Gamache

Sunday, November 23, 2014

GOSHEN — Anthony Edward Gamache, 29, of 34 Main St. in Goshen, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wrisley Funeral Home in South Deerfield and were incomplete at press time. …

Massachusetts receives $1.75M for asthma programs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has received more than $1.75 million to fund new asthma-related programs in high-risk communities with documented health disparities. Attorney General Martha Coakley said the funding is aimed at helping thousands of children and older adults with asthma. Public Health …

ABC to celebrate Disney on Broadway in TV special

Sunday, November 23, 2014

NEW YORK — Disney will celebrate 20 years of making Broadway magic with a prime-time, hour-long special next month on ABC that highlights many of its musicals, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Aida,” “Tarzan,” “The …

PBS’ ‘Odd Squad’ a new math series for children

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Consider this math problem: PBS leaves the train station headed west under a full head of steam to find a new series to teach math to youngsters. Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman leave a train station at top speed headed east with an idea for a show that …

Young Hilltown artist Rowan McElligott follows tradition of mom (jewelry-maker) and grandmother (painter)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

There is nothing extraordinary about being a young artist in the Hilltowns, where many painters, potters, photographers and artisans in a variety of mediums reside. Still, one mixed-medium artist may hold the distinction of being the youngest among …