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Hanukkah greetings to all our Jewish friends and neighbors.

I like the new holiday decorations on the street lights in downtown Amherst. They are very bright and visible.

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William Hosley stressed the importance of place at the Amherst Historical Society meeting last week. People need to know about and connect with where they live. He said that helps build relationships and preserves history. He also noted that the small historical museums have the most interesting artifacts. He cited the Farm Museum and Porter Phelps Huntington House in Hadley as two examples. He wrote “The Great River: Three Centuries of Connecticut Valley Art & History” and curated a show with that theme at the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford.

The society will present its Conch Shell Award in February to a resident or group that has helped preserve and enhance our history. Anyone can nominate someone. The nominations are due Dec. 10.

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The Grace Episcopal Church will hold its St. Nicholas Bazaar Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parish hall and upstairs in the lobby. There will be carolers and strolling musicians, fresh wreaths, baked goods and lunch. Admission is free.

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Clyde Harms, the father of Ruth Harms of Amherst, came to town from Aruba to attend the multicultural Thanksgiving dinner Ruth hosted for 24 adults and children. He sent me the article that he wrote about the celebation for the English language newspapers in Aruba. The meal had an Aruban flavor featuring ayacas that Ruth prepared. “I come here regularly, and have developed a strong liking to this area,” Clyde wrote. He said that he has had more than 100 articles published in the Aruban newspapers in the last three years.

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