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Hilltown Voices: Goshen Meltdown ends, organizer to take frigid plunge into Hammond Pond

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The 11th annual Goshen Meltdown is over, but organizer Bob Labrie has one last thing to do before officially wrapping things up for this year. This Sunday, Labrie, a captain in the Goshen Fire Department, will live up to his spur-of the-moment challenge to hurl himself into the frigid waters of Hammond Pond. The Meltdown has become Goshen’s popular harbinger of spring in which people place bets on when the ice on Hammond Pond will give way to a 69-pound cement block. Bets list dates and times, and the closest one without going over wins. Labrie said that he issued his rather hasty challenge in order to boost ticket sales, and to convince people who …

Hawaii to set legal smoking age at age 21

Friday, April 24, 2015

HONOLULU — A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor. It’s unclear whether Gov. David Ige will sign the measure, and an Ige spokeswoman said he wasn’t immediately available for comment. The bill …

Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner: My brain is more female than male

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner told the world that “for all intents and purposes, I am a woman” in an extraordinary television interview aired Friday about gender confusion he first felt as a youngster trying on his mother’s and sister’s dresses. The 1976 decathlon champion, known better to a new …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, April 20, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Getting back in shape Ease into spring sports. That’s the recommendation of Dr. Julio Martinez-Silvestrini, sports medicine specialist and medical director at Baystate Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Springfield. “Getting yourself back in shape to play sports isn’t something that happens overnight,” he …

Fatherhood Journey: How do standardized tests benefit children?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Parenthood is filled with challenges. So when pressures mount I try to remember the desired outcome. I often do this by asking: What kind of adults do I hope our children, Zoe and Adam, will become? Asking this …

Health Events:Local support groups, resourses

Monday, April 20, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PARENTING BREAST-FEEDING — The LaLeche League of Northampton meets on the first Friday of the month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Cradle on the third floor of Thornes Marketplace, Northampton. Call 586-5627 or contact Rosemary McNaughton at …

The destructive power of painkillers: UMass event shines a light on epidemic addiction

Monday, April 20, 2015

Addressing about 100 students and community members, University of Massachusetts Health Services physician Maria Gallo asked how many knew somebody who had taken a prescription drug for recreation. About 70 hands went up. It might not have been …

Deadly Bufo toads threat to dogs

Monday, April 20, 2015

By Matt Mauney Orlando Sentinel (TNS) It’s Bufo toad season in Florida, and pet owners are being cautioned to keep an eye out for the toxic toads, which can kill dogs within minutes. As temperatures rise and the rainy afternoons start in Florida, the deadly amphibians will be …

New England’s snowy winter pushes back gardening season

Monday, April 20, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The historic barrage of snow and cold that struck New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses — and gardeners clamoring to get their hands …

Engagement: Laura Brady & Shane Signor

Monday, April 20, 2015

Thomas and Katherine Brady of Belchertown are announcing the engagement of their daughter, Laura Brady of Bath, Maine to Shane Signore, also of Bath. Shane is the son of Brenda Signor and Steph Biza of Westfield, and Keith …

Good food, good cause

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Cooley Dickinson Hospital mum about departure of Jeanne Ryan, vice president and hospice director

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jeanne M. Ryan, who was hired in 2007 to lead Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice — and recently promoted to vice president of post-acute care in addition to the hospice post, no longer works at the hospital. Cooley Dickinson spokeswoman Julia Sorensen, chief marketing and communications …

Robert Floyd gallery offers artist conversation

Friday, April 17, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center will hold an Artist Gallery Conversation by photojournalist Robert Floyd Sunday at 3 p.m. Floyd will discuss, with an accompanying slide show, his experience of capturing images for …