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Santa and Mrs. Claus make their way down Main St. during the annual Christmas Parade Saturday in Florence.

Florence Christmas Parade

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Some 6,000 participants expected at 12th annual Hot Chocolate Run to support Safe Passage in Northampton

Saturday, November 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Some 6,000 participants are expected in the 12th annual Hot Chocolate Run to support Safe Passage on Dec. 6. The event begins at 9 a.m. behind Northampton Brewery will include a 2-mile walk, a 5K fun run and a 5K road race. Registration is closed for the race, and donations are …

Homemade granola bars have moved far beyond hippie origins to become a mainstream snack

Friday, November 27, 2015

BC-HOMEMADE-GRANOLABARS:MS - food (800 words),0851 Homemade granola bars have moved far beyond hippie origins to become a mainstream snack (PHOTOS) By Kim Ode Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) The kids are back in school, which can bestow a sense of routine in a household - except when it doesn’t, as when school activities kick …

Planned Parenthood sues Texas over denial of Medicaid funds

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Planned Parenthood and 10 of its patients sued the state of Texas on Monday to block officials from cutting off Medicaid funds, calling the state’s actions “political” and part of a long-term pattern of denying reproductive health care to women. “Women in Texas today have fewer rights than …

Guthrie to sing ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ at old church

Monday, November 23, 2015

GREAT BARRINGTON (AP) — You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant — including Arlo Guthrie. The celebrated folk singer is performing live this week at the former Old Trinity Church, where a ticket he got for littering 50 years ago inspired the 1967 runaway hit song …

Using a weight-loss app? Study of millennials says it doesn’t help much

Monday, November 23, 2015

Young American adults own smartphones at a higher rate than any other age group. Researchers from Duke University wanted to see if capitalizing on that smartphone usage with a low-cost weight-loss app might help the 35 percent of …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, November 23, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Oncologist joins CDH Deborah Smith, a medical oncologist, has joined Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Hematology Oncology. She is now seeing patients in the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton and has closed her …

FDA to review fortifying corn flour with folic acid to prevent birth defects

Monday, November 23, 2015

SEATTLE — The federal Food and Drug Administration has agreed to review a long-delayed petition to fortify corn masa flour with folic acid, a move advocates say is crucial to preventing devastating birth defects like those seen in …

Health Events: Support groups, resources

Monday, November 23, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PHYSICAL WELL-BEING CANCER — The Holyoke Medical Center Oncology Department holds an ongoing cancer support group on the second Tuesday of every month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The group meets in the Fran Como Conference Room, located …

Warning: Diabetes targets the heart: Follow the rules and live longer

Monday, November 23, 2015

His diabetes diagnosis in 1990 was a slap in the face for Robb Ensign, 47, who recalled that “it came out of nowhere; no one in my family had it.” From Day 1, though, he decided “to control …

Quinn on Nutrition: Do apples keep potatoes from sprouting? It’s complicated.

Monday, November 23, 2015

We know how life goes. One minute we’re happily intrigued with some new information. And the next moment, we’re scratching our heads saying, “Really?” So goes what I thought would be a slam dunk column featuring very cool …

‘Home Alone’ a holiday classic?

Monday, November 23, 2015

By Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (TNS) Pardon me, but “Home Alone” has made enough hundreds of millions of dollars by now and solidified enough of a multigenerational fan base to survive the following review: to hell with it. This is not a popular or festive sentiment. People are …

Upcoming events for seniors

Friday, November 20, 2015

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. Most of the centers will be closed Thursday and Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Amherst will hold a dinner …