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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 …

9 out of 10 problem drinkers aren’t alcoholics, study says

Friday, November 21, 2014

You might think that people who throw back five or more drinks in a single outing or who down 15 or more drinks in a week are likely to be alcoholics. But a new study finds that the overwhelming majority of them are not. Only one out of …

Area briefs

Friday, November 21, 2014

Easthampton ARTS BENEFIT: Off the Map Tattoo at 112 Cottage St. is offering select art-themed tattoos for $50 Saturday, with all the proceeds going to the Flywheel Community Arts Center. The event, called Tattoos for the Arts, is the fifth charity tattoo day sponsored by the shop in …

First Churches of Northampton annual festival this year features 140 homemade apple pies

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The annual festival at First Churches of Northampton at 129 Main St. on Saturday will feature more apple pies than before. For over 60 years, this fair has been the greatest source of fundraising for the …

Upcoming events at local senior centers

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP — For caregivers of seniors with dementia, Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Emotional support and information on resources. Led by Helen MacMellon, LCSW and Peg DeNault, RN. Questions or to register, call 259-3062. TRAVEL — Details …

Holding the line on holiday gifts for your kids

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hold up your hands and wave the white flag. Any argument about the holidays being too commercial is over, considering that lighted trees are in some store windows even before summer is officially over. Still, the trend toward …

Eleanor O’Rourke & Lent Clifton Johnson IV

Friday, November 21, 2014

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 …

Carly Bassett & Patrick Duffin

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thomas Bassett and Beverly Shaw of Florence announce the engagement of their daughter, Carly Bassett to Patrick Duffin, both of Boston. Patrick is the son of Joseph Duffin and Ada Steinmetz-Duffin of Moorestown, New Jersey. Carly is employed …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 21, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs and sauce, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Home macaroni and cheese, carrots, spinach salad, red pepper strips, strawberry cup, pear Belchertown MONDAY: HS: Chicken nuggets, or …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, November 21, 2014

Easthampton Emily Biegner, daughter of Michael and Christine Biegner, a senior food and nutrition major at Framingham State University, was inducted into Phi Upsilon Omicron on Nov. 3. Phi Upsilon Omicron is a national honor society in the integrated field of family and consumer services. Hadley Hopkins Academy …