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Prevention is the best method, but using a cold compress against the skin or applying aloe or moisturizing cream can help ease the discomfort of sunburn. (Image courtesy Fotolia)

Sunburn treatment: Can’t rush healing, but use these tips for comfort

Monday, August 3, 2015

“Unfortunately, there’s no fast-fix sunburn treatment. Once you have sunburn, the damage is done — although it may take 12 to 24 hours after sun exposure to know the full extent and severity of sunburn, and several days or more for your skin to begin to heal,” says Trent Anderson, Mayo Clinic Health System family medicine physician. In the meantime, …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, August 3, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Heat and sleep Is heat robbing you of a good night’s sleep? Dr. Karin Johnson, director of the Sleep Lab at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, says studies done on room temperatures beneficial to sleep indicate that between 60 and 67 degrees is ideal with temperatures exceeding 75 degrees and below 54 degrees as disruptive. …

Health Events: Area support groups, resources

Monday, August 3, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS/DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES — Tuesdays, 5:15 p.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank, 325A King St., Northampton. Call Robin at 917-533-5691 or Ro at 250-3050 AGING GRACEFULLY — A support group focusing on issues of living fully, aging gracefully and befriending death meets from September to May on alternate Mondays …

Wedding: Heidi McGuire & Mark Chereski

Friday, July 31, 2015

Heidi Lynn McGuire and Mark J. Chereski, both of Goshen, were married July 18 at Nonotuck Park in Easthampton by Justice of the Peace Maureen Lee. Heidi was escorted and given in marriage by her brothers, Sean and …

Naming the baby

Friday, July 31, 2015

JONES — Alanna Grace, daughter of Stephen and Rebecca Jones of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was born June 19, 2015 in Saint Francis Hospital, Oklahoma. The maternal grandparents are Kristin White of Sand Springs, Oklahoma and Allen Bergeron of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The paternal grandparents are Kim Perigo of Mt. Juliet, …

Brown baggers

Friday, July 31, 2015

Valley Views: Lower Mill Pond

Friday, July 31, 2015

Lower Mill Pond Ferry Street, Easthampton Photograph and text by Bob Solosko, Easthampton On a beautiful day with blue sky and white puffy clouds in mid-July, I went bicycling along the rail trail in Easthampton with my camera …

Beatrix the trapped beaver now awaiting new home and love interest

Friday, July 31, 2015

By Erik Lacitis The Seattle Times (TNS) SEATTLE — Feisty female seeks male with whom to build a home and have offspring. Interested? Please make yourself available to be trapped. Literally trapped. The universal search. For those who don’t live here, a month ago a beaver became a …

Katy Perry’s bid to buy LA convent in limbo

Friday, July 31, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Katy Perry’s dream of owning a hilltop convent near Hollywood is going to have to wait a while longer. The convent, which Perry has wanted to buy to be her personal residence for several years, …

US health care, then and now

Thursday, July 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, roughly half of Americans 65 and older had no health insurance. “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle …

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I recently played an interesting hand in a $1,500-buy-in tournament. Everyone started with 15,000 in chips. Blinds started at 50-100 with hour-long levels, meaning there was lots of time to wait for strong hands. I realized that everyone …

ID: Kathryn Slater

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kathryn Slater was fresh out of college in August 2005, with a degree in biology, when she packed her Toyota Rav 4 and moved her life from Omaha, Nebraska, to Northampton. “I knew with great certainty that I …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: It’s Greek to me

Thursday, July 30, 2015

BANKRUPTCIES: We have gathered in the Agora, Socrates, all the searching and wondering ones, hoping you might explain the Greek crisis. SOCRATES: Well might I, Bankruptcies, but little do I understand it myself. BANKRUPTCIES: Perhaps the usual dialogue? Where shall we begin? SOCRATES: Begin in pre-euro Greece, fabled …