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Sunday fundraiser in Northampton to help Haydenville family battling illness

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fundraiser is planned Sunday to benefit a Haydenville woman recently diagnosed with a serious illness and her teenage daughter, who is struggling to support her by working a part-time job. The 7 p.m. event at the World War II Club, 50 Conz St., will raise money for Sylvia Hemminger, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer. The fundraiser, which supplements an online GoFundMe effort, includes …

Memorial ride for the late Dorie Goldman to help introduce Holyoke children to bicycles

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

AMHERST — A Holyoke program designed to introduce children to bicycles is just the type of thing the late Dorie Goldman would have wanted to support. That’s why it’s fitting that a benefit bicycle ride next month in her memory will do just that. Goldman died in a January hiking accident Proceeds raised …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com End of life care Members of area faith communities will gather at the First Baptist Church of Amherst Saturday to discuss how clergy, lay caregivers and hospice and palliative care services work together at the end of an individual’s life. The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It …

Get growing: Bear with ugly foliage while spring flowers fade

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tulips and daffodils are ending their bloom period and now their foliage becomes admittedly unsightly. Even knowledgeable gardeners are tempted to cut back the yellowing leaves. Yes, for several weeks the yellowing leaves mar the garden display — …

Trio completes 48-state Vermont-to-Washington driving challenge in record time

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — About a year ago, when John Frey told his wife, Jennifer Dieringer, that he was going to try to break the record for driving through all 48 states in the continental United States, she didn’t think …

Parade, ceremony will mark Memorial Day in Amherst

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — There will be a Memorial Day parade along the American-flag lined streets of downtown Amherst, followed by a ceremony, Monday morning. Parade participants, including local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, will begin gathering at the North Common at 9 a.m. and depart on a route at …

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Spend a minute with a poker player and there’s a good chance you’ll hear a bad beat story. There’s nothing worse than listening to someone bemoan his or her luck. Most players don’t care about any bad beat stories but their own. I know that I don’t. As …

Your Time: Plant sale, Amherst Garden Club

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Avid gardeners arrived early last Saturday for the annual plant sale of the Garden Club of Amherst on the Town Common. They circled the tent, scoping out the plants they wanted to grab as soon as the gong …

ID: Stacy Harper

Thursday, May 21, 2015

When Stacy Harper arrived at Camp Bonnie Brae in East Otis five years ago, she planned to work there for just one summer. But, she says, she fell in love with the area and decided she didn’t want …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Put your money where your vote is

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In a stunning announcement certain to rattle the 2016 campaign, a veteran political force has declared itself a candidate for the presidency. Mammon, the long-worshipped Biblical figure better known as Money, is now running for president. Mammon has always been in politics, especially in the last few decades …

David Letterman signs off from ‘Late Show’

Thursday, May 21, 2015

By Stephen Battaglio Los Angeles Times (TNS) David Letterman closed out his 33 years as a late-night host on Wednesday with a star-studded finale that ended with his favorite band the Foo Fighters playing “Everlong,” the song that welcomed him back after his heart bypass surgery in 2000. …

The last list

Thursday, May 21, 2015

By Scott Collins Los Angeles Times (TNS) It’s here-David Letterman’s last Top 10 List. (Spoiler alert: Don’t read on if you haven’t seen the show yet.) The host of CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” taped his last show before retirement on Wednesday, and it included the final …

Networks continue to look for winning combination

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) The combination of a better than average 2014-15 TV season, the continued strength of reality shows and an unwillingness by the networks to do much on Saturday nights has resulted in one of the smallest groups of new programming for the …