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Report: US child poverty at 20-year peak

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Child poverty in America is at its highest point in 20 years, putting millions of children at increased risk of injuries, infant mortality, and premature death, according to a policy analysis published this week in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. As the U.S. emerges from the worst recession since the Great Depression, 25 percent of children don’t have enough food to eat and 7 million kids still don’t have health insurance, …

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place. The raspy-voiced, hard-charging editor who invigorated The Washington Post got an early break as a journalist thanks to his friendship with one president, John F. Kennedy, and became famous for his role in toppling …

Fast flu shots at drive-through clinic for residents of Deerfield, Conway, Sunderland and Whately

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — Deerfield, Conway, Sunderland and Whately will offer their residents fast flu shots Sunday during a free drive-through clinic in the parking lot of the Yankee Candle headquarters on Yankee Candle Way in Deerfield. This year’s clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the ninth annual, and the fourth to offer the drive-through service. Participants will be able roll up and …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital prepares for Ebola, but won't treat patients

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Though Cooley Dickinson Hospital won’t be treating Ebola patients, hospital officials are still preparing for the possibility that someone could walk through its emergency room doors with symptoms of the virus. Officials who specialize in infectious …

Hospitals grapple with possibility of Ebola

Friday, October 17, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Step inside All Children’s Hospital and you’re greeted with three things: hand sanitizer, tissues and masks decorated with little cartoon Band-Aids with legs, feet and smiles. “Dirt Squirt Alert!” a sign says. “Stop the …

Ebola travel rules vary for countries

Friday, October 17, 2014

Demands are rising in Washington for the U.S. to ban travelers from countries in West Africa, but the Obama administration is resisting and says the screening measures already in place for travelers are more effective. There are no …

Your Valley

Friday, October 17, 2014

SUBMITTED PHOTO Members of the 1954 Northampton High School graduating class gathered to celebrate their 60th reunion on Oct. 10-12. Led by committee chairperson Nancy Parker Duseau and 12 committee members, an organizing team worked for several months …

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, October 17, 2014

ALGAE-COVERED TURTLE Station Road, Amherst Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely of South Hadley Several of the small ponds along the Norwottuck Rail Trail off Station Road in South Amherst have their surfaces covered with algae. When …

Stop, look and listen

Friday, October 17, 2014

Today’s deal from a team contest shows how taking the time to try to visualize the opposing hands — instead of blithely plunging ahead with the play — can reap big dividends for declarer. At both tables, South …

Getting ready

Friday, October 17, 2014

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Naming the Baby

Friday, October 17, 2014

BARRY — Maeve Naughton, daughter of Garrett J. Barry and Shannon Naughton Barry of Whately, was born Sept. 30 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Sandra Shields of Westfield and David Horan of Westfield. The paternal grandmother is Bonnie Barry of West Hatfield. The maternal …

School Lunch Menus

Friday, October 17, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, pineapple cup, fresh apple TUESDAY: Twin chicken soft tacos, black beans, fresh apple, romaine lettuce, sliced peaches, sweet red pepper strips WEDNESDAY: Hot dog, sweet potato puffs, carrot sticks, applesauce, spinach and tomato salad, banana THURSDAY: Beef burger, cheeseburger, vegetarian baked …

Photo head What a doll

Friday, October 17, 2014