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FILE - In this March 7, 2015 file photo, a health worker, right, cleans a man's arm before injecting him with a Ebola vaccine  in Conakry, Guinea. An experimental vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea exposed to Ebola seems to work and might help shut down the ongoing epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday, July 31, 2015. There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, which has so far killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa since the world’s biggest outbreak began last year.  (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah, File)

Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa

Friday, July 31, 2015

LONDON — An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday. There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, which has so far killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa since the …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, July 31, 2015

Amherst Zoe Tessler, the daughter of Patricia Gorman and Richard Tessler and a rising senior at Hamilton College, is part of a research group at Hamilton studying the invasive garlic mustard plant. Tessler, an art and biology major, is a graduate of Amherst Regional High School. Belchertown Gabriel Norwood, a freshman majoring in history, was named to the spring semester dean’s list at …

Family Wanted: Energetic 10-year-old dreams of being a scientist

Friday, July 31, 2015

Dhamanjie or “D-Man” is an energetic 10-year-old African American boy who is always on the go. He enjoys playing outdoors. He has a good sense of humor and enjoys making others laugh. In his downtime, he enjoys reading and watching cartoons with his favorite superheros. Spiderman has been a long-time favorite. Dhamanjie loves …

Valley Bounty: Basil

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Basil Basil is a quintessential summer ingredient, providing big flavor in easy ways: topping slabs of tomato and fresh mozzarella, or chopped and mixed with butter and spread on corn-on-the-cob. It comes in a surprising array of varieties …

Friends and Neighbors

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Amherst Claire R. Thibodeau was named to the spring semester dean’s list for the spring at Alfred University in Alfred, New York. She is a senior in the School of Art and Design. A graduate of Amherst Regional High School, Thibodeau is the daughter of Paula Russell of …

Engagement: Jessica Petrus & Evan Aird

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Jessica Ashley Petrus and Evan Clay Aird announce their engagement. Evan is the son of Linda Aird of Granby and the late Thomas Aird. He is a graduate of Northampton High, class of 2000, Brown University and the …

Naming the baby

Saturday, July 25, 2015

HASTY — Artemis Indiana, daughter of Ginger Galvagni and Joshua Hasty of Pittsfield, was born July 13, 2015 at Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield. The maternal grandparents are Dianne and Gary Galvagni of North Hatfield. The paternal grandparents are Linda and Rodney Hasty of Pittsfield. The maternal great-grandparents are …

Engagement: Andrea Sheppard-Brick & Korey Linder

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Robert Brick and Janet Sheppard of Northampton announcement the engagement of their daughter, Andrea Sheppard-Brick, to Korey Linder, both of New Milford, Connecticut. Korey is the son of Kathleen Linder of Peekskill, New York. Andrea has received a …

Sweet treat

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Volunteers: Area opportunities

Saturday, July 25, 2015

summer volunteer training for long-term care ombudsman — Ombudsmen serve as advocates for elders and people with disabilities in the community. Next free training July 27 to 29. Contact Trevor at Franklin County Home Care Corporation at 773-5555 ext 2241 or tboeding@fchcc. Visit fchcc.org to learn more. It …

Brownie troop gets backstage pass at Morgan show

Saturday, July 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Members of Girl Scout Brownie Troop 12960 got a backstage look Saturday at what it takes to mount a major equestrian event by spending time in the stables of the Morgan Horse Show in Northampton. …

Ricky Bobby, the diaper-wearing donkey, finds a home

Friday, July 24, 2015

By Domingo Ramirez Jr. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TNS) DECATUR, Tex. — This Ricky Bobby is a real jackass. But the Wilson family just loves him. The Bethlehem donkey, almost two months old, is nearly housebroken. He sometimes wears Depends for Women and there are pee pads on the …

Building tiny garden houses: Fairy fantasy feeds campers’ imaginations

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fairies have long captured the imagination of children and adults. Who can forget James M. Barrie’s evocative words in “Peter Pan”: “Do you believe in fairies? Say quick that you believe in fairies. If you believe, clap your …