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A Look Back

Friday, October 31, 2014

200 Years Ago ■ Amherst Academy will be dedicated on Monday the 5th of Dec. next, the exercises to commence at 2 p.m. The school in the same will be opened on the Tuesday following, under the care of an experienced preceptor. All the branches will be taught, which are usual in academies. Strict attention will be paid to the morals as well as the education of youth. ■ Will …

Blame Zach Galifianakis for all the bearded sidekicks on TV

Friday, October 31, 2014

Sometimes the line between hero and zero is razor-thin. Or so it seems on television, where unshaven sidekicks —popularly known as Bearded Best Friends — have lately become a must-have accessory for sitcom leading men. For this we can probably blame Zach Galifianakis, whose characters in “The Hangover” and HBO’s “Bored to Death” …

Long-serving Boston mayor Menino dies

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOSTON — Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor whose mumbling and occasional bumbling belied his political ingenuity and endeared him to a scrappy city whose very skyline he helped reshape, died Thursday. He was 71. Menino died in the company of his family and friends, spokeswoman Dot Joyce said. He had been diagnosed with …

Halloween-related events

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What follows is a partial list of Halloween-related events being held in local communities: ■ In Easthampton, the annual Rag Shag Parade is set for Tuesday, winding up in a different ending spot than in years past. Marchers should gather at Maple School at 6:30 p.m. for a …

‘Welcome Back, Kotter’ star Marcia Strassman dies at 66

Monday, October 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marcia Strassman, who played Gabe Kaplan’s wife, Julie, on the 1970s sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” has died. She was 66. Strassman died at her Sherman Oaks, California, home on Friday after battling breast cancer …

An astonishingly fresh visit to ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’

Monday, October 27, 2014

Paul Reubens’ “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” which ran on CBS on Saturday mornings from 1986 to 1990 and has been repeated on various networks and home video platforms in the years since, is back again. “And better than ever,” I cannot help but add, because it is, in plain fact, …

TLC cancels ‘Honey Boo Boo’

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NEW YORK — The TLC network on Friday canceled its colorful series about child beauty pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family. The network had already completed filming of another season of “Here Comes Honey Boo …

NY, NJ order quarantine for doctors, others

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NEW YORK — Alarmed by the case of an Ebola-infected New York doctor, the governors of New Jersey and New York on Friday ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine of all medical workers and other arriving airline passengers who …

Dallas nurse receives thanks, hug from Obama

Saturday, October 25, 2014

BETHESDA, Md. — A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free Friday and into open arms. Nina Pham got a hug from President …

New tool in Ebola battle: Smith College hosts map-making workshops

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Emma Harnisch hunched over her laptop inside a small computer laboratory on the Smith College campus Thursday night, maneuvering a map-making computer program to draw a series of buildings, roads and walking trails in a remote …

Spice up your cooking with chutney

Friday, October 24, 2014

It’s time to spice up your pantry. OK, so you don’t have a pantry like your granny’s, one where she stored glistening jars of jams, jellies and pickles made with goodies from her garden. Maybe you don’t even …

School Lunch Menus

Friday, October 24, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato salad, fresh orange, strawberry cup TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs and sauce, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Homemade macaroni and cheese, carrots, spinach salad, sweet red pepper strips, strawberry cup, pear …

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, October 24, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst Sara Klugman graduated magna cum laude …