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CAROL LOLLIS
back left, Emilie Hamilton, of Amherst, Jim Ilnicky of Leveret, and on the right, Joe Cerniawski, serve themselves  Thanksgiving day dinner community dinner put on by the Amherst Survival Center on Wednesday afternoon.

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 on to plates at the Amherst Survival Center’s 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 the Survival Center. Although fewer people …

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 said. Olivares planned a winter coat drive and rounded up help from sixth graders at …

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 Life Cabaret, and it will continue to provide grants to area social service agencies and …

Your Time: Playgroup at Whole Children, Hadley

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

If it’s Friday morning, it’s playtime at Whole Children in Hadley. The organization, which was founded by parents of children with special needs, offers programs and classes for children from toddler through teens with a range of abilities. …

ID: Lisa Downing

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lisa Downing, assistant director and patron services librarian at the Forbes Library in Northampton since 2004, has worked in libraries for nearly her whole life. She grew up in the Hudson Valley of New York and has lived …

When son knows best A Belchertown couple turns to their eldest to design their modern home

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Architect Uwe Brandes has designed everything from a military museum in Buffalo, New York, to an elementary school in Berlin, Germany. Currently the founding executive director of Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Urban Planning in Urban …

Your Place: Anti-slip tape may save full additive solution

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Q: We have a common California style balcony in front of our condo building, with a coat of epoxy that was put on by the contractor last year. The finish is very slippery. Is there anything we can apply on top of the epoxy coating that will make …

Living Smart To fully winterize, look outside the home

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It’s wise, before the snow flies (or as soon as possible if flakes have already flown), to take the time to prep your home and property for winter. We hear often about emergency service calls that could have been avoided if homeowners had taken time to winterize or …

Get Growing: Holiday wreaths are simple to make

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The holiday season is upon us and many people will be hanging wreaths on their doors. They are simple to make — or you can just create a swag with a few greens, a red bow and perhaps …

A Look Back

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ Everett W. Ladd Jr., assistant cashier of Northampton National Bank, will address the local chapter of Alpha Zeta, the national honor society for agriculture, at the Student Union Building of the University of Massachusetts tomorrow. His talk will be entitled, “Money, Marriage and Mortgages.” …

Developers look to create underground NYC park

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NEW YORK — Visitors from around the world are drawn to New York City’s High Line, an elevated park built on defunct railroad tracks transformed into an urban sanctuary of flowers, grasses and trees. Private planners inspired by …

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 …

‘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 …