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FILE-  This is a Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 file photo of a volunteer pours beer during a tasting session at the Great British Beer Festival in London. The World Health Organization say we’re eating too much sugar and should slash our intake to just 5 to 10 percent of our overall calories. The guidelines were released Wednesday March 4, 2015, after a year of consultation. The recommendations are focused on added sugars in food and those in honey, syrups and fruit juices. The advice does not apply to naturally occurring sugar in fruits, vegetables and milk. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

UN: World needs to cut down on sugar

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

LONDON — New guidelines from the World Health Organization are enough to kill anyone’s sugar high. The U.N. health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to 12 teaspoons per day — an amount that could be exceeded with a single can of soda. So, put down that doughnut. And while you’re at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup. The guidelines, released Wednesday, finalize draft advice first released last year and are focused on the added sugars in processed food, as well as those in honey, syrups and fruit juices. …

Sarah Michelle Gellar joins ‘Star Wars Rebels’ for Season 2

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

By Patrick Kevin Day Los Angeles Times “Star Wars Rebels” continues to offer up gifts for the fans. On Monday’s first-season finale, it reintroduced the beloved character Ahsoka Tano from “The Clone Wars” animated series. Now it’s recruiting a former vampire slayer. On Tuesday, “Rebels” executive producer Dave Filoni announced that Sarah Michelle Gellar would be joining the voice cast of the Disney …

Contract Bridge

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Let’s say you’re in four spades and West leads the king of diamonds, taken by you with the ace. There are many lines of play to choose from, and your job is to find the one that offers the best chance for the contract. You could, for example, lead a club to 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 …

TV academy changes Emmy rules on comedies and some other shows

Sunday, February 22, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The Emmys are changing award rules on comedies and other categories - and some producers might find the new process nothing to laugh about. In a switch that set the TV industry abuzz Friday, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences ruled that for the …

Murphy said no to Cosby sketch

Sunday, February 22, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — A lingering letdown for fans after Eddie Murphy’s half-hearted display on the recent “Saturday Night Live” bash has been rekindled by a report of what might have been: Murphy impersonating Bill Cosby. In a …

Hilltown Voices: ‘Goshen Meltdown’ begins, Highland Ambulance to get half of the proceeds

Saturday, February 21, 2015

With temperatures in the single digits, and 3 feet of snow on the ground, it may be hard to imagine that spring is around the corner. One event that signals warmer weather ahead, however, is the annual “Goshen …

Breast-feeding policy at the Play Date Place immediately reversed after nursing moms protest in South Hadley

Friday, February 20, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — A uproar on Facebook prompted the owner of Play Date Place, a drop-in play area for children 6 and under, to reverse a new policy aimed at limiting where women could breast-feed their infants. The owner of the South Hadley business, Darlene Sattler, said she …

school lunch menus

Friday, February 20, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato salad, orange, strawberry cup TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs and sauce, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Homemade macaroni and cheese, carrots, spinach salad, sweet red pepper strips, strawberry cup, Bartlett pear …

Honor Roll: Holyoke Catholic High School

Friday, February 20, 2015

Holyoke Catholic High School Second Quarter BELCHERTOWN Second Honors: Grade 11 - Joseph Kervick Honorable Mention: Grade 11 - Aidan Cassidy Payson EASTHAMPTON First Honors: Grade 9 - Christopher Carey; Grade 10 - Haley Sullivan; Grade 12 - Kelly O’Connor Honorable Mention: Grade 12 - Andrew Morey GRANBY …