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JERREY ROBERTS
Sean Nyhan, from left, Matthew Grallert and Brian Gilman make an igloo Sunday on the lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse. They were among a group of people from Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington. Gilman, who is a fourth grade teacher at the school, said that each year the children make an igloo, but this year they wanted to dedicate it to Donna Jordan, a paraprofessional at the school who is battling cancer, and to her son, Joshua, who died of the disease. Gilman said he hopes it will be used by WRSI 93.9 The River host Monte Belmonte, during his ninth Cancer Connection Campout, an annual fundraiser that begins Wednesday on the courthouse lawn.

Snow abodes on courthouse lawn in Northampton help raise money for Cancer Connection during annual fundraiser by Monte Belmonte

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An igloo and a quinzhee on the snow-covered lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse seem like an odd place to spend the night, especially for someone who hates camping and the cold, but that’s exactly where Monte Belmonte of WRSI expects to stay Wednesday night. “It really came down to the fact that I hate camping in the …

Television’s ‘Judge Judy’ court staying in session

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

By DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer NEW YORK — Daytime television’s most popular personality, “Judge Judy” Sheindlin, has extended her contract for three years and plans to keep her court in session into 2020. CBS Television Distribution didn’t discuss terms of the deal Monday. TV Guide has reported her current salary at $47 …

ABC’s ‘American Crime’ series pushes hot buttons of race, culture

Monday, March 2, 2015

By Greg Braxton Los Angeles Times After several decades of falling short in developing comedies and dramas that reflect society’s changing demographics, major broadcasters are finally showcasing series with lead characters of color and ethnic themes. “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Empire” “Fresh Off the Boat” and “The Mindy Project” are among the shows praised for bringing more cultural variety to the …

St. Patrick’s groups in Northampton and Easthampton have awards dinners Saturday

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Francis Whalen, 85, of Northampton has marched in more parades than he can count over the past 35 years, but still, he admits he’s a tad nervous about next month’s Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade. Whalen has been named …

A Look Back

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

50 Years Ago  The Ryan Road subcommittee last night unanimously agreed that a new school is needed in the Ryan Road area, rather than an addition to the present Florence Grammar School. The decision was presented to the full School Survey Committee last night.  The local …

Study: Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in kids

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It seemed like a good idea at the time: With the incidence of peanut allergy climbing among children, the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2000 advised parents to keep peanuts far, far away from infants and toddlers who might have a life-threatening reaction to them. But a new …

More use IUDs, implants for birth control

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

IUDs and implants are safe, reliable, long-acting and reversible forms of birth control. Now there’s a new attribute to add to this list: increasingly popular. A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that American women are embracing these contraceptive devices. In the …

Families helping families: Volunteer night offers lessons for kids at the Food Bank in Hatfield

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

As Lori Peters of Goshen packed a plastic bag with apples at The Food Bank in Hatfield on a recent Tuesday evening, she kept an eye on her son, Eldon, 7, and daughter, Desi, 3, who were filling …

Uninsured rate hit new low in 2014

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Even as it faces another Supreme Court challenge, President Barack Obama’s health care law has steadily reduced the number of uninsured Americans, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the …

Parent to Parent: Encouring our kids to value what matters

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

One day recently I was out on our screened porch, rolling up a rug to protect it from the sleeting elements. From that knee-high perspective I saw in a new way the dense cluster of deciduous trees lining the westward side of our back yard. In the starkness …

To Do List: Events for children and families

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

OnStage With the help of professional actor/directors from Missoula Children’s Theatre, Amherst Leisure Services Community Theatre will stage a full-scale musical production of “Aladdin,” featuring a local cast, in just one week. Auditions for students in grades kindergarten …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, February 23, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst is seeking volunteers to make weekend visits to the hospice at 1165 North Pleasant St. The volunteers will help with welcoming guests, providing support for residents, family and friends, preparing meals, gardening and running …

Anti-vaccine mothers air views amid backlash

Sunday, February 22, 2015

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse. These three mothers — all of them educated, middle-class professionals — are among the …