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Diemand Egg Farm in Wendell cancels annual Easter event because of concerns over bird flu

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WENDELL — The Easter Bunny will skip his annual trip to Diemand Egg Farm, playing it safe amid reported cases of bird flu elsewhere in the country. The farm has held an Easter egg hunt for 10 years, drawing as many as 700 people annually. Reports of avian influenza in the Midwest and Western U.S. have caused enough concern to cancel the popular event, scheduled for Saturday. It’s not to …

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Diaper Drive continues The Amherst Area Diaper Drive has collected 12,616 diapers, reaching over two-thirds of its 18,000 diaper goal. As the drive, led by the Amherst Survival Center and Family Outreach of Amherst, heads into its final weeks, it has grown with 17 locations for diaper drop-offs. Those locations include stores, religious organizations, businesses, public libraries, and …

The annual Relay for Life cancer fundraiser at Look Park in Florence seeks volunteers

Monday, March 23, 2015

The following is the second in a series of monthly stories about participants in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Hampshire County, a fundraiser which takes place June 19 to 20 in Look Park in Florence. Heather Touchette, 18, of Ludlow is a member of the Event Leadership Team for the …

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Easter candy at Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium.

    CAROL LOLLIS Easter candy at Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton Policemen Steven Digiammo, left, and Paul Marguet practice shooting in the dark Friday inside a portable trailer parked at the Northampton State Police barracks on North King Street.

    JERREY ROBERTS Northampton Policemen Steven Digiammo, left, and Paul Marguet practice shooting in the dark Friday inside a portable trailer parked at the Northampton State Police barracks on North King Street. Purchase photo reprints »

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Amherst Regional School Committee Chair Trevor Baptiste speaks during a committee meeting Tuesday at the high school.

    JERREY ROBERTS Amherst Regional School Committee Chair Trevor Baptiste speaks during a committee meeting Tuesday at the high school. Purchase photo reprints »

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Vaccination skeptics perplex health officials

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. “I think we’re all …

Snow abodes on courthouse lawn in Northampton help raise money for Cancer Connection during annual fundraiser by Monte Belmonte

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An igloo and a quinzhee on the snow-covered lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse seem like an odd place to spend the night, especially for someone who hates camping and the cold, but that’s exactly where …

Study: Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in kids

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It seemed like a good idea at the time: With the incidence of peanut allergy climbing among children, the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2000 advised parents to keep peanuts far, far away from infants and toddlers who might have a life-threatening reaction to them. But a new …

More use IUDs, implants for birth control

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

IUDs and implants are safe, reliable, long-acting and reversible forms of birth control. Now there’s a new attribute to add to this list: increasingly popular. A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that American women are embracing these contraceptive devices. In the …

Uninsured rate hit new low in 2014

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Even as it faces another Supreme Court challenge, President Barack Obama’s health care law has steadily reduced the number of uninsured Americans, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the …

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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 …

Medical tool implicated in ‘superbug’ outbreak

Thursday, February 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES — A “superbug” outbreak suspected in the deaths of two Los Angeles hospital patients is raising disturbing questions about the design of a hard-to-clean medical instrument used on more than half a million people in the …

The Death Cafe: Gatherings over tea and cake focus on death in order to enhance life

Monday, February 16, 2015

At a recent gathering in a second-story studio in downtown Northampton, Daniel Lombardo of Westhampton read a story about twin fetuses discussing life after birth. One thinks there will be life after delivery, related Lombardo, while the other …

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Diaper drive underway A community coalition led by the Amherst Survival Center and Family Outreach of Amherst is conducting a Diaper Drive through April 6. The goal is to collect donations of (or the funds to buy) 18,000 disposable diapers and 54,000 diaper …