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We were very lucky with last week’s storm. I lost power for 45 minutes, some North Amherst friends were out for four hours and friends in Shutesbury said they were out for 12 hours. Some of the tree limbs left hanging from last year’s snow storm came down in my yard. I will rake the leaves after they dry.

My sister who lives in Toms River, N.J., lost power for a day. I had to give her storm updates since all she had working was a telephone. There was no ice to be had in the area, she said. On the other hand, my daughter, who lives in Brooklyn, had power. But getting to work in Manhattan (after two days off) was a challenge since the subways didn’t work. Her employer arranged for a ride.

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The town’s department of Leisure Services and Supplemental Education is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City Dec. 15 that leaves from the ARHS parking lot at 7 a.m. and returns between 9 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $49 and can be reserved by calling LSSE at 259-3065. You are on your own for the day but LSSE has suggestions.

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It’s holiday fair season. St. Brigid’s in Amherst is holding its bazaar Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It has excellent Hispanic food for lunch. The variety is outstanding. The Wesley United Methodist Church on North Maple Street in Hadley is holding its Fall Craft Fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Norton and Irene Starr of Amherst are first-time grandparents with the birth of Jeremy Robert to Andrew and Amy Starr, who live in Kansas in the Kansas City area. I’m sure Irene has pictures — just ask.

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Steven Knicek, the son of Audrey Child of Amherst and Dick Konicek of Amherst, received the Internist of the Year Award from Washington branch of the American College of Physicians in Seattle last week. Audrey said in her email that he Dr. Knicek is an ARHS grad.

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More than 90 Mr. Americas, Spidermen, witches, pirates, cowboys, ghosts, princesses, furry animals and one stunning, large, inflated, orange chicken visited my Orchard Valley neighborhood on Halloween. Some parents even got into the spirit with various outfits. It was good to see the collection and all were polite and said thank you.

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