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Amherst native Richard ‘Jerry’ Snyder receives Congressional Gold Medal for Civil Air Patrol service

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst native who trained with the Civil Air Patrol in Northampton during World War II is among nearly 100 surviving volunteers who recently were given Congressional Gold Medals, the highest civilian honor for their service to the United States. Richard “Jerry” Snyder, who has made his home in Arizona since the 1950s, was one of 46 alumni of the Civil Air Patrol who attended a recognition ceremony …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: A side trip for a Sidecar

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I was feeling rather dapper in my black suit as I cruised recently down Route 91, so I thought to myself, “I’m going to take a little side trip to the Whately Inn.” The atmosphere at the Whately Inn is always warm and inviting, but especially at this time of year. The restaurant, …

Style Stop: Julia Mailloux

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Julia Mailloux, 19, of Westhampton, was making her way along Main Street in Northampton recently when the Style Stop team noticed her. Mailloux, who is studying to be a hairstylist at Marinello School of Beauty on Pleasant Street in Northampton, was dressed for warmth in a comfortable-looking jacket, accented by a sweeping scarf, …

Kathleen Guertin donates to Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund in honor of parents who taught her value of giving

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Donations to the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund sometimes offer a bittersweet glimpse into the lives of the people who make them. Many local residents give annually to the Gazette-sponsored fund that provides certificates redeemable at …

Blanche T. Wojtkielewicz

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Blanche T. (Pulaski) Wojtkielewicz, 95, died Dec. 6, 2014, at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on July 31, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Konstanty and Julia (Rogalski) Pulaski. She worked at Northampton State Hospital for over 25 years. Blanche is …

Phyllis A. Anderson

Sunday, December 14, 2014

AGAWAM — Phyllis A. Anderson, 75, of Southwick, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Country Estates of Agawam. Funeral services will be Thursday, Dec. 18, at 9 a.m., in the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park St., Easthampton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of …

Irene Weidhaas

Sunday, December 14, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Irene Weidhaas, 94, of Easthampton, died peacefully with her family at her side Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Born in Easthampton, she was the daughter of Emil and Irene (Reopel) Tourville. She grew up in Easthampton and was a graduate of Easthampton High School, class of 1938. …

Emma Dias

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Emma Elizabeth Dias, the beautiful daughter of Jonathan and Kathryn (Fuller) Dias, was born silently sleeping on Dec. 8, 2014, at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Emma was the beloved granddaughter of Pamela Martins, Richard Fuller, Albert Dias and wife Kelly, and Nancy Dias and husband Charles …

John Berger

Sunday, December 14, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. — John Emil Berger, formerly of Holyoke and Easthampton, passed away suddenly in Englewood, Florida Nov. 29, 2014. He was a 1970 Holyoke High School graduate. John was an independent contractor and carpenter, specializing in patio …

Can stand-up provide refuge for Bill Cosby?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

LOS ANGELES — For five decades, Bill Cosby maintained a busy stand-up career even as his TV visibility rose and fell and new generations of comedians took center stage. But the renewal of sexual assault claims that have …

Florence sisters Alice and Mary Toohey not ‘just sitting around’; lifetime residents give to Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund

Friday, December 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Alice Toohey was born in 1927. That same year, when she was a few months old, her family moved into the house on Florence Road where she and her sister Mary still live. This month, a …

Second annual ‘Whobalation’ to take over Pulaski Park in Easthampton on Sunday

Friday, December 12, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton’s second annual celebration of the legend that the city inspired Whoville in the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is returning to Pulaski Park on Sunday. The “Whobalation” will feature music, singing, hot chocolate and “holiday cheer,” according to its Facebook event page. …

Sierra Leone bans Christmas celebrations in effort to stop Ebola virus

Friday, December 12, 2014

Authorities in Sierra Leone have banned public Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola, according to local news reports. Paolo Conteh, who heads the country’s Ebola response, said troops would be deployed to prevent any street parties, and residents should spend …