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Rowan McElligott, 7, of Haydenville, puts the final touches on one of his latest projects. He will sell his work at the arts and crafts show at the Haydenville Congregational Church on Nov. 29.

Young Hilltown artist Rowan McElligott follows tradition of mom (jewelry-maker) and grandmother (painter)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

There is nothing extraordinary about being a young artist in the Hilltowns, where many painters, potters, photographers and artisans in a variety of mediums reside. Still, one mixed-medium artist may hold the distinction of being the youngest among those who show their work at local arts and craft shows. Rowan McElligott, 7, of Haydenville, is passionate about his art and …

9 out of 10 problem drinkers aren’t alcoholics, study says

Friday, November 21, 2014

You might think that people who throw back five or more drinks in a single outing or who down 15 or more drinks in a week are likely to be alcoholics. But a new study finds that the overwhelming majority of them are not. Only one out of 10 Americans who drank enough to qualify as a binge drinker or an excessive drinker …

Area briefs

Friday, November 21, 2014

Easthampton ARTS BENEFIT: Off the Map Tattoo at 112 Cottage St. is offering select art-themed tattoos for $50 Saturday, with all the proceeds going to the Flywheel Community Arts Center. The event, called Tattoos for the Arts, is the fifth charity tattoo day sponsored by the shop in as many years. People can choose from over 100 tattoo designs related to music, dance, …

Town ends bid to ban tobacco sales

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WESTMINSTER — A proposal that would have made the town the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke. Westminster’s board of health voted 2-1 to drop the proposal at its regular …

Tradition continues with annual Holiday Fair at Westhampton Congregational United Church of Christ

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — For many residents, the annual Holiday Fair at the Westhampton Congregational United Church of Christ is a tradition just like putting up lights and cutting a tree. “It’s been going on for generations,” said Lorraine Clapp-O’Keefe, …

Chopin’s heart exhumed in secret, like a relic

Monday, November 17, 2014

WARSAW, Poland — As Frederic Chopin gasped for air on his deathbed in Paris in 1849, he whispered a request that became the stuff of musical legend: Remove my heart after I die and entomb it in Poland. …

Brain science: How to manage fear and anxiety

Monday, November 17, 2014

Everyone knows what it’s like to be afraid. A snake slithers unexpectedly across the path ahead, and your body automatically responds. You spring backward should it strike. Your heart pounds, muscles tense, breath quickens. You begin to perspire. …

Quinn on Nutrition: Finding an ideal cereal

Monday, November 17, 2014

‘Good afternoon,” began the sweet voice on my answering machine. “My name is Mary Margaret Graham — like the crackers! I am 91 years of age. I can still drive, and I walk without a cane. But I …

The scourge of substance abuse: South Hadley community members huddle to plan attack on drugs, alcohol

Monday, November 17, 2014

Drug and alcohol abuse not only ruins individual lives but can also undermine the whole community. That was a key message delivered during an afternoon of small- and large-group discussions at a retreat last week organized by the …

Check it out: Health events to note in the Valley

Monday, November 17, 2014

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com REPRODUCTIVE, SEXUAL HEALTH CLINIC OFFERED Tapestry Health Systems of Northampton has begun offering a free monthly reproductive and sexual health walk-in clinic at the Amherst Survival Center, 138 Sunderland Road, Amherst. A counselor and a clinician are now available the first Tuesday of …

Northampton forum to air medical marijuana issues Wednesday

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Medical marijuana dispensaries will soon open around the commonwealth, including in Northampton and Greenfield. On Wednesday, a panel of experts will address the related medical and legal issues in a community forum hosted by WHMP Radio, the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Northampton Community Television. The forum …

Two women rabbis leading Worcester temples

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WORCESTER — Rabbi Aviva Fellman says it’s one “happy joke” in the local Jewish community. Congregation Beth Israel has been “taken over” by women, she said, with various ladies on the bima, or pulpit, as of late. And …

Lawyer: Cosby won’t address ‘decade-old’ claims

Sunday, November 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Bill Cosby will not dignify “decade-old, discredited” claims of sexual abuse with a response, his attorney said Sunday, the first comment from the famed comedian on an increasing uproar over allegations that he assaulted several …