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Volunteers Jay Frost, left, and Nancy Nesheim, back left, serve Thanksgiving dinner to Russell Jordan, of North Amherst, right, and more than 100 others Wednesday afternoon put on by the Amherst Survival Center at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst.

Many thanks

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Northampton High School graduate Graham Spencer-Orrell to march for second time in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton High School graduate will march Thursday in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the second time. Graham Spencer-Orrell, 21, a trumpet player, marched with Macy’s Great American Marching Band — the contingent of the parade honoring high school musicians — for the first time in 2011. This year, in …

Community rallies to help Hatfield family decorate home for holidays

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

HATFIELD — During every holiday season for as long as Shannon Whidden can remember, her husband and family have adorned their home on Depot Road with decorations that include illuminated reindeer, an igloo and a sculpture of Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster — the villain from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” But this year, …

Planned Parenthood sues Texas over denial of Medicaid funds

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Planned Parenthood and 10 of its patients sued the state of Texas on Monday to block officials from cutting off Medicaid funds, calling the state’s actions “political” and part of a long-term pattern of denying reproductive health care to women. “Women in Texas today have fewer rights than …

Guthrie to sing ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ at old church

Monday, November 23, 2015

GREAT BARRINGTON (AP) — You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant — including Arlo Guthrie. The celebrated folk singer is performing live this week at the former Old Trinity Church, where a ticket he got for littering 50 years ago inspired the 1967 runaway hit song …

Using a weight-loss app? Study of millennials says it doesn’t help much

Monday, November 23, 2015

Young American adults own smartphones at a higher rate than any other age group. Researchers from Duke University wanted to see if capitalizing on that smartphone usage with a low-cost weight-loss app might help the 35 percent of …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, November 23, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Oncologist joins CDH Deborah Smith, a medical oncologist, has joined Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Hematology Oncology. She is now seeing patients in the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton and has closed her …

FDA to review fortifying corn flour with folic acid to prevent birth defects

Monday, November 23, 2015

SEATTLE — The federal Food and Drug Administration has agreed to review a long-delayed petition to fortify corn masa flour with folic acid, a move advocates say is crucial to preventing devastating birth defects like those seen in …

Health Events: Support groups, resources

Monday, November 23, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING CANCER — The Holyoke Medical Center Oncology Department holds an ongoing cancer support group on the second Tuesday of every month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The group meets in the Fran Como Conference Room, located …

Warning: Diabetes targets the heart: Follow the rules and live longer

Monday, November 23, 2015

His diabetes diagnosis in 1990 was a slap in the face for Robb Ensign, 47, who recalled that “it came out of nowhere; no one in my family had it.” From Day 1, though, he decided “to control …

Quinn on Nutrition: Do apples keep potatoes from sprouting? It’s complicated.

Monday, November 23, 2015

We know how life goes. One minute we’re happily intrigued with some new information. And the next moment, we’re scratching our heads saying, “Really?” So goes what I thought would be a slam dunk column featuring very cool …

‘Home Alone’ a holiday classic?

Monday, November 23, 2015

By Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (TNS) Pardon me, but “Home Alone” has made enough hundreds of millions of dollars by now and solidified enough of a multigenerational fan base to survive the following review: to hell with it. This is not a popular or festive sentiment. People are …

Upcoming events for seniors

Friday, November 20, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. Most of the centers will be closed Thursday and Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Amherst will hold a dinner …