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CAROL LOLLIS
Robert Saalfrank says grace at the Northampton Thanksgiving day meal.

Several hundred people gather at community Thanksgiving meals served in Northampton and Amherst

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — With some area residents dealing with power outages following the season’s first snowstorm, the basement of the Edwards Church became a place to seek sanctuary and eat a Thanksgiving meal for more than 200 people Thursday. MANNA Soup Kitchen served 600 meals from the church at the corner of Main and State streets, with 210 guests eating at …

UMass seniors prepare for final football game as Minutemen take on Buffalo Friday

Thursday, November 27, 2014

AMHERST — Stanley Andre is not a crier by nature, but he admitted a tear or two could sneak out when he’s honored as part of senior day before his final career home game vs. Buffalo, Friday at 1 p.m. (McGuirk Stadium. Andre has been around. He played as a true freshman for …

Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst will bring diverse background to Senate presidency

Thursday, November 27, 2014

BOSTON — When veteran lawmaker Stanley C. Rosenberg takes the gavel as president of the state Senate, he will claim several firsts. The Amherst Democrat, expected to be formally elected by his colleagues in January, will be the first openly gay leader of a legislative chamber in Massachusetts, and the first Jewish one …

Briefs: UMass women’s basketball team takes down North Texas

Friday, November 21, 2014

Minutewomen take down North Texas The UMass women’s basketball team beat North Texas, 56-46, Friday in the Hospitality Hill Challenge in Denton, Texas. Kim Pierre-Louis had 18 points and seven rebounds, while Kymber Hill added 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Minutewomen (2-2). Emily …

Land of plenty? Food pantries opt for more food, rather than turkeys-only in parceling out Thanksgiving ingredients

Friday, November 21, 2014

For many years, local food pantries such as the Northampton and Amherst survival centers have filled their freezers with turkeys so clients — even those who don’t regularly rely on them — can count on the main ingredient …

UMass miscues prove costly in 5-3 loss to Boston College

Friday, November 21, 2014

AMHERST — There are no own goals in hockey. Somebody on offense has to get credit, but two of Boston College’s goals went in off UMass players and they proved to be the difference. BC eliminated an early …

UMass face weekend test with Notre Dame, Florida State in Hall of Fame Tip-Off

Friday, November 21, 2014

AMHERST — After opening the season with wins against two MAAC teams and a rebuilding Boston College squad, the UMass men’s basketball team figures to face a tougher challenge with a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off at Mohegan Sun Arena in …

Some current waitstaff at Route 9 Diner in Hadley oppose protest, say sexual harassment no longer problem

Friday, November 14, 2014

HADLEY — Sophie Marciano, 18, says she has never been sexually harassed in her 2½ years working as a waitress at the Route 9 Diner in Hadley. But in the last few weeks, since 10 former waitresses and …

UMass QB Austin Whipple hoping to improve off of tough first start

Friday, November 21, 2014

AMHERST — The saving grace for Austin Whipple is that he’ll get another chance. If his rough outing had been the last game for the season for UMass, the redshirt freshman quarterback would have been forced to spend the offseason with the taste of his three-interception performance in …

Amherst senior Taj-Amir Torres selected to Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

Friday, November 21, 2014

AMHERST — Western Massachusetts high school football is generally overshadowed by teams closer to the coastline and as a region, New England is like the rest of the country’s long lost football cousin — until Friday. Amherst Regional …

Earth Matters: The future of agriculture; we must all be ecologists

Friday, November 21, 2014

In the autumn, as our neighbors fill their grain bins with barley, and their cellars with potatoes, I am always amazed at their productivity. What a long, interesting journey we and our food plants have taken. Yet farms …

Bird Sightings: Birds recently spotted in western Massachusetts

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. An eared grebe was found on Lake Quaboag in Brookfield. A snowy owl, seen one evening in Longmeadow, may be the same one that …

Upcoming events at local senior centers

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP — For caregivers of seniors with dementia, Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Emotional support and information on resources. Led by Helen MacMellon, LCSW and Peg DeNault, RN. Questions or to register, call 259-3062. TRAVEL — Details …