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A patient gets his flu shot the CVS Minute Clinic on King Street in Northampton.

Despite its weak record in stopping the flu this season, doctors still say, Get the shot

Monday, January 26, 2015

While federal health officials say this year’s flu vaccine is less effective than in previous years, local doctors and nurses encourage people to get vaccinated anyway. “The flu shot and good hygiene are still your best frontline at preventing the flu,” said Cooperative Public Health Service Nurse Lisa White at the Franklin Regional Council of Governments. Last week, the federal …

Fatherhood Journey: Family visit deepens son’s appreciation of his dad

Monday, January 26, 2015

Life in our small home is full, so hosting extended family visits is both exciting and challenging. When my father recently decided to visit for six-days and nights, he understandably wanted to maximize time with his grandchildren, so he visited during the stretch between Christmas and New Year’s when school was not in session. As a father of energetic 5- and 8-year-olds, Adam …

John Bayley, half of famed and devoted literary couple, dies at 89

Monday, January 26, 2015

As marriages go, John Bayley and Iris Murdoch’s was one for the ages - doting, dotty and undyingly tolerant. He was the eminent critic and Oxford don, who also was known to stuff his pockets with leftovers. She was the brilliant novelist and skinny-dipping libertine, whose philosophical treatments of love and freedom brought her the Booker Prize and an English title. In their …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou is feeling deflated

Saturday, January 24, 2015

For some unexplained reason, I’ve had a really deflating week. Woke up Monday morning and made English muffins. They came out under-cooked. Made scrambled eggs. They came out too runny. Seems the toaster and stove top were under-pressured. Not enough “psi.” What’s going on? Tuesday was no better. …

California measles outbreak expands to 78 cases; more likely

Friday, January 23, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The measles outbreak centered in California continues to expand, with officials now confirming 78 cases of the illness in seven states and Mexico. The California Department of Public Health said there are now 68 cases in the state — 48 that have been directly …

Heart surgeon killed at Boston hospital is laid to rest

Friday, January 23, 2015

WELLESLEY — The widow of a cardiac surgeon gunned down at a Boston hospital told hundreds at his funeral Friday he was well liked by patients and it was difficult to believe his death came at the hands of a patient’s son. The service for Dr. Michael Davidson …

Eva Gerstel of Easthampton celebrates 100 years of feminism

Friday, January 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — At 100, self-proclaimed feminist Eva Gerstel is not shy about offering her opinion — not that she has ever been. On whether she was excited for her 100th birthday party, scheduled for Saturday: “To tell you …

Style Stop: Corinne Wingard

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Style Stop team caught up with Corinne Wingard, 72, of Agawam inside The Village on Main hair salon. WHAT SHE WAS WEARING: A reversible coat, glass earrings and a scarf from Venice. Her style: I like Soft …

ID: Sharon C. Mehrman

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sharon C. Mehrman is the owner of a one-woman workshop in Florence, where she designs and handcrafts fine furniture. She began her woodworking career handcrafting signs for businesses on Nantucket Island. Mehrman says the things in our lives …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life — The Conch Republic: A role model for western Mass?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Here’s an example of how my mind works: Last September, while reading about the Scottish secessionist movement from the United Kingdom, I started thinking about Key West, Florida, one of my favorite travel destinations. Besides those great sunsets and a laid-back atmosphere, this little dot of an island …

Your Time: Coffee shops, Hampshire County

Friday, January 23, 2015

Over the past few weeks, Gazette photographers visited just a tiny sampling of Hampshire County’s many, many coffee shops. At places like Amherst Coffee and Rao’s Coffee, both in Amherst and SIP Café, the Roost and Haymarket Café, …

Digital Life: Gadget Show Review: Lots of noise, a few gems in smart home

Friday, January 23, 2015

Technology forecasters are calling 2015 the year of the Internet of Things — that idea that everyday objects will use sensors and Internet connectivity to start thinking and acting for themselves. At the International CES gadget show this …

Chef’s Best: Want Valentine’s Day ease that still impresses? Try fondue

Friday, January 23, 2015

Worried your kitchen skills may not be up to pulling together something impressively decadent for Valentine’s Day? Fear not. A pricy restaurant meal isn’t your only option. We created this delicious, yet simple pair of fondue sauces to …