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Friends and Neighbors

Friday, March 20, 2015

Amherst Jonathan Park was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the undergraduate, liberal arts college of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Western New England University Michael Oberly of Belchertown received a degree from Western New England University in Springfield on Feb. 15. Colgate University The following local students were named to the fall semester dean’s list at Colgate University in Hamilton, New …

Dr. Katharine Reichert

Monday, March 30, 2015

HADLEY — Dr. Katharine E. Reichert, died quietly and peacefully Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Hospice of the Fisher Home at the age of 86. Katharine “Kay” was born June 16, 1928, in Arnold, Pennsylvania, to William H. and Sara K. Reichert. Kay started her medical career as a nurses aide at …

Carolyn Herrick

Monday, March 30, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Carolyn Parker (Perry) Herrick, 85, of Sunderland, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Springfield. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, March 28, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 91 South Main St., Sunderland. Burial will be at the West Northfield Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Friends of …

ID: William Collins

Thursday, March 26, 2015

William Collins is a local chef who has appeared weekly on “Mass Appeal,” the daily lifestyle show on WWLP/Channel 22 in Springfield, for more than two years. “It’s has been, and continues to be, a blast!” he says. …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Seasons in New England — on beyond the axial tilt

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Time was when you could depend on time, when the seasons came and went, and there were only four. Then some old farmer came up with an Old Farmer’s calendar that better suited New England. Seems we have six seasons, not four, and unless you grew up here …

Can you really save money by cutting the cord?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

There are more ways to watch television online than ever. Even HBO and ESPN — two channels often cited as reasons people keep expensive cable or satellite TV packages — will be available for streaming on their own. …

Toast the end of ‘Mad Men’ with the era’s classic cocktails

Thursday, March 26, 2015

From Don Draper’s old fashioneds to Roger Sterling’s smuggled-in Stoli, cocktails have played a deliciously major role on AMC’s “Mad Men.” But was it really that great an era to drink? Because though the show celebrates — and …

Which way will One Direction go after Zayn Malik’s departure?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES — David Lee Roth and Van Halen. Noel Gallagher and Oasis. And now Zayn Malik and One Direction. Malik said Wednesday he is leaving the chart-topping British boy band “to …

Oprah Winfrey selling clothing, furniture, paintings in auction

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CHICAGO — Oprah Winfrey will auction off paintings, furniture, designer clothing and other items from her Chicago residence next month. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers said Tuesday that the proceeds will benefit the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in …

Record-breaking show ‘The Fantasticks’ to close in May

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

By MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer NEW YORK — The off-Broadway phenomenon “The Fantasticks” will pack away its confetti and cardboard moon this summer, ending a record-breaking, fantastic run that started when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president. Producers of the stalwart, low-tech show said Wednesday the musical will …

Diemand Egg Farm in Wendell cancels annual Easter event because of concerns over bird flu

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WENDELL — The Easter Bunny will skip his annual trip to Diemand Egg Farm, playing it safe amid reported cases of bird flu elsewhere in the country. The farm has held an Easter egg hunt for 10 years, drawing as many as 700 people annually. Reports of avian …

Families can battle clutter without attacking each other

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Shoes litter the living room floor, unopened mail and catalogs are scattered across the dining room table, dirty dishes are stacked next to the sink. You want to be one team united against clutter, but your family or …

Musings: Recalling the fog of parenting small children

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

About six years ago, as I was shuffling down the street in the wake of my running/walking/stopping 1½-year-old, I must have looked every bit as haggard as I felt because a complete stranger passing by said to me, …