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Last modified: Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Photographer offers ‘Father Christmas’ shoot

NORTHAMPTON — Jacki Jacobs of Jacki Jacobs Photography in Florence will shoot Father Christmas photos as well as family portraits Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Quality Inn, 117 Conz St.

Unlike the traditional Santa, the Father Christmas photos will feature the Victorian holiday figure with dark brown hair and beard and wearing a green robe.

Package prices vary and will be available at the event. For more information or to book a 10-minute session call 413-687-9311. Visit for more information.

Camarata joins Nissan dealership in Hadley

HADLEY — Rob Camarata is the new sales manager at Country Nissan, 40 Russell St. Camarata, of Northamptn, brings 15 years of experience in auto sales, and returns to the business where she began her career.

“I have such a close connection to the area, and I feel like I can relate to the needs of my customers when it comes to purchasing the perfect vehicle,” she said.

Country Nissan is operated by TommyCar Auto Group.

Ransdell joins Amherst financial services firm

AMHERST — Renae Ransdell has joined Hart & Patterson Financial Services LLP.

For the last five years Ransdell has worked with Prudential as an internal wholesaler, servicing and assisting independent planners in the Northeast.

“We have all enjoyed working with Renae for many years while she was in her role at Prudential,” said Cheryl Patterson, a partner at Hart & Patterson.

“Her enthusiasm, grasp of complex investment related knowledge and attention to detail will serve her well.”

Renae grew up in Richland, Wash., and attended the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., where she remains an assistant soccer coach and serves as a recruiting scout.

Hart & Patterson Financial Services is an independent financial established in 1992 specializing in wealth and investment management, retirement and tax planning, insurance services and charitable giving. The firm has offices at 19 Research Drive in Amherst and in Northampton.

Concrete firm gathers Sandy relief donations

EASTHAMPTON — Stone Soup Concrete and several Hampshire United soccer parents and players teamed up to fill the Stone Soup Concrete box truck with much needed supplies for those affected by superstorm Sandy on Friday outside of Big E’s Supermarket and Manchester’s Hardware in Easthampton.

On Saturday, Stone Soup co-owner Mike Paulsen and Matt Sutter drove the truck down to a distribution center in New Jersey set up by Occupy Sandy.

Tech students collect goods for food pantry

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School National Honor Society students volunteered Sunday to help out A Friend to Friend take donations for the Montague Catholic Social Ministries Basic Needs food pantry that needs food and other items.


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