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Celebrations / Announcements

Geneva Della Bitta-Nickerson & Timothy Schmitt, Jr.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ann Della Bitta and Mark Nickerson of Amherst are announcing the engagement of their daughter, Geneva Rose Della Bitta-Nickerson, of Somerville, to Timothy P. Schmitt Jr., also of Somerville. Timothy is the son of Kacey and Timothy Schmitt of Amherst. Geneva attended Amherst schools and is currently studying for a doctorate degree at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Timothy is currently employed at Oracle Corporations. He attended Amherst schools and received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Massachusetts. An Aug. 22 wedding is planned. …

Samantha Walas & Ben Stafford

Friday, March 20, 2015

Mary and Jeff Walas of Sunderland announce the engagement of their daughter, Samantha Walas, to Ben Stafford, both of West Roxbury. Ben is the son of Michelle Hamilton and George Stafford of Turners Falls. Samantha is employed at Beth Israel Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She received her bachelor’s degree in …

Naming the baby

Friday, March 20, 2015

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Brazil’s have-nots take in Carnival parades from afar

Monday, February 16, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO — Neuza Maria Terreira loves Carnival so much that neither the pouring rain nor the stench of a sewage-filled canal can keep her from getting as close as possible to Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous samba …

Naming the baby

Friday, February 13, 2015

GATZ — Caroline Ann, daughter of Jason and Jaclyn Gatz of Columbia, Missouri, was born Feb. 8 at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. The maternal grandparents are Richard and Julie Neylon of Hadley, and the paternal grandparents are Ronald Gatz and the late Deborah Gatz of Joplin, Missouri. …

Lilah Brown & Paul Desabrais

Friday, February 13, 2015

Marthe and David Young of Easthampton and Benjamin Brown of Worthington are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Lilah Brown, to Paul Desabrais, son of Karen and Roger Desabrais Jr. of Middlebury, Vermont. Paul and …

Engagement: Andres Bustamante & Krystal Santos

Friday, February 6, 2015

Hilda M. Puente is announcing the engagement of her son, Andres Sebastian Bustamante, to Krystal Alexis Santos, both of Miami, Florida. Andres is the son of Hilda M. Puente of Amherst and Eduardo M. Bustamante of Easthampton. He …

Naming the baby

Friday, February 6, 2015

HOLMES — Zachary Brian, son of Keith and Melinda Holmes of Westfield, was born Sept. 25 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Janet and Michael Zmaczynski of Easthampton. The paternal grandparents are Donna Holmes and the late Brian Holmes of Manchester, Connecticut. …

Joey and JB Mitchell celebrate 51st wedding anniversary

Friday, February 6, 2015

Joey Fitts and JB Mitchell of Brimfield, were married Feb. 7, 1964. Joey attended Amherst schools and nursing school, and worked at the Veterans Administration hospital in Leeds for more than 20 years. JB attended school in Tennessee. …

Travelers like plan for rail link to NY’s LaGuardia

Sunday, January 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Tom Fiore knows what it’s like to sit in a taxi for as long as two agonizing hours, over bridges or through a tunnel, to travel a mere eight miles from midtown Manhattan to LaGuardia …

Eva Gerstel of Easthampton celebrates 100 years of feminism

Friday, January 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — At 100, self-proclaimed feminist Eva Gerstel is not shy about offering her opinion — not that she has ever been. On whether she was excited for her 100th birthday party, scheduled for Saturday: “To tell you …

Caitlin Dourmashkin & Galen Summer

Friday, January 16, 2015

Caitlin Rose Dourmashkin and Galen Summer, both of Brooklyn, New York, were married Sept. 6, 2014, at the Northampton home of the bride’s parents by Jeremiah Zagar, a friend of the couple. Susannah Dourmashkin served as maid of …

Kaela Chevalier & David Konefal

Friday, January 16, 2015

Saint Joseph Church in Boston was the setting for the August 2, 2014 marriage of Kaela Coughlin Chevalier and David John Konefal. The parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Chevalier (Jane) of South Hadley. The …