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A Look Back

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ Lt. Gov. Francis X. Bellotti, Democratic nominee for governor, will carry his campaign into Hampshire and Franklin counties tomorrow. In Northampton he plans to visit the Gazette office, the fire station, the highway department, city hall, the telephone company and three industrial plants. ■ An all-night Old-Timers Night will be sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Coon Club tomorrow night. The event will be held at the …

Preschools latest to take on environmental movement

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — Three-year-old Clara Centola seems unconcerned by the adults around her as she works at a mini-kitchen, deciding which cloth-toy fruits and vegetables to serve her imaginary guests. There are no plastic fast-food replicas to choose from at her Oklahoma City preschool, where the real food is vegan and gluten-free. All …

‘The Lion King’ earns record box office

Monday, September 22, 2014

NEW YORK — Here’s something the folks at Disney can take real pride in: “The Lion King” is the top ticket of all time. With a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, “The Lion King” stage musical has now achieved the most successful box office total of any work in any media in …

School Lunch Menus

Friday, September 19, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Chicken nuggets, mixed fruit, carrot sticks, apple slices, oven-baked fries TUESDAY: Pancakes with turkey sausage, hash browns, carrot sticks, apple, peach cup WEDNESDAY: Cheesey stuffed breadsticks, marinara sauce, romaine salad with tomato, baby carrots and celery, diced pears, banana THURSDAY: Oven-roasted chicken, vegetarian baked beans, veggie …

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, September 19, 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. The Northampton High School class of 1954 will hold its 60th reunion on the weekend of Oct. …

Cheryl Hewes & Gerald Cranston

Friday, September 19, 2014

Cheryl Hewes and Gerald “Fuzz” Cranston, both of Williamsburg, were married July 29 in Childs Park, Northampton, by the Rev. Mikki Viereck. Family members serving as honor attendants were Bob and Peggy Hewes, Gerry and Raeann Cranston, Kayla …

All in the game

Friday, September 19, 2014

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Massachusetts woman who stalked Spacey sentenced

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey in what prosecutors called a “persistent and malevolent” cyberstalking campaign has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. …

Get Growing Goldenrod

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fields and roadsides are bright with the blossoms of goldenrod. Sometimes this wild flower even is found in home gardens — including mine. I welcome the beautiful flowers but admit this plant can take over a landscape design. …

Live Smart: How to deal confidently with contractor upselling

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Upselling is a fact of consumer life, from “will you have fries with that?” at the drive-thru to the credit card promotion at the department store cash register. But when it comes to home services, how can you tell the difference between a worthwhile recommendation and a pitch …

Gingerbread House is a model of 19th-century decoration

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Susan McKiernan can’t quite figure out where her obsession with older homes and 1840s English antiques comes from. When she was 8, she created a drawing that showed where her laundry would hang one day. At 11, she …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: The bitters truth

Thursday, September 18, 2014

There was a time when a cocktail just wasn’t a cocktail unless it contained bitters. The first published definition of a cocktail appeared in 1806 in the “The Balance, and Columbian Repository,” and read: “Cocktail is a stimulating …

ID: Rebecca Muller

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rebecca Muller worked at ServiceNet Inc. of Northampton for 15 years, leading the shelter and housing division for Hampshire and Franklin counties. She now has her own grant-writing business, specializing in non-profit organizations, and has won grants for …