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Today in History

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2016. There are 324 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 11, 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a redistricting law favoring his Democratic-Republican Party — giving rise to the term “gerrymandering.” On this date: In 660 B.C., tradition holds that Japan was founded as Jimmu ascended the throne as the country’s first …

Climate change means more fleas, more heartworm for cats and dogs

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Climate change doesn’t just affect habitats for wildlife. It’s also affecting cats and dogs. Fleas and ticks are getting smaller, but there are more of them, they eat more often, and they’re causing problems in what used to be the colder months. Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes, but those mosquitoes …

VA hospitals compare well on death, readmission rates

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CHICAGO — Veterans’ hospitals compare pretty favorably with others when it comes to treating older men with three common conditions — heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to a study on death rates and readmissions. Chances for dying or being readmitted within 30 days of treatment for those conditions varied only slightly for patients hospitalized within the VA system versus at outside …

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Friday, January 22, 2016

The Daily Hampshire Gazette publishes news about weddings, engagements, anniversaries, new babies and adoptions with local connections. There is a small charge for wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements. Forms and information about submitting announcements can be found at GazetteNET.com. Look for Reader Service at the top right on …

Alissa Matakanski & Brendon O’Leary

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Alissa May Matakanski and Brendon Scott O’Leary, both of Easthampton, were married Sept. 5, 2015 with a ceremony followed by reception at Hadley Farms Meeting House, Hadley. The services were officiated by Pastor Steve Behlke. The bride, 23, …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: The grains of rice truth

Saturday, February 6, 2016

I just spent the best $30 I can imagine for a kitchen appliance. I’m talking about an eight-cup (cooked) Aroma rice cooker. Talk about simplicity: Fill the bucket with your rice, cover to the appropriate line with liquid, hit the Power button, hit the White Rice or Brown …

coming up

Saturday, February 6, 2016

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk 259-3060 SOLDIER ON — Monday, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Community education …

Saturday, February 6, 2016

I recently played in a $1,100-entry Mid-States Poker Tour event in Black Hawk, Colorado, that had a prize pool of nearly $500,000. Not bad for an 18-table poker room in a sleepy mining town high in the mountains …

Valley Bounty: The humble, wonderful sweet potato

Saturday, February 6, 2016

SWEET POTATOES Sweet potatoes store beautifully, making them a great way to eat more local in the winter. My father calls them “American’s most under-rated vegetable,” and although I disagreed with him as a child, I’ve come around. …

Madame Bar Fly: Beer in that cocktail? Have some fear

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Naturally, I was really excited about the whole beer cocktail thing. Beer is good, and cocktails are good, so how can we go wrong, right? As it turns out, some beer cocktails are good and others are downright …

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Noble Hospital apologizes for communication breakdown in colonoscope disinfection lapse

Friday, February 5, 2016

WESTFIELD — After Noble Hospital staff members corrected a safety breach in April 2013, one or more of them failed to take the important next step — notifying senior hospital officials, according to the results of an internal …

In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

Friday, February 5, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO — In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with …