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I brought my bells to the 150th anniversary celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation. At 2 p.m. on a very cold New Year’s Day we rang our bells and heard the bells rung at the Grace Episcopal Church and Amherst College at a festive ceremony that attracted many of my Orchard Valley neighbors.

Carlie Tartakov rang some Eastern temple bells and Amherst Fire Chief Tim Nelson has a shiny silver Fire Department bell.

Bob Romer stood in for state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg to read a proclamation from Gov. Deval Patrick.

There are only two copies of the proclamation, and Amherst’s is one. Town officials promised it will be on public display.

While it was quite cold, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan was not wearing a hat and his coat was unbuttoned.

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Reynolds Winslow sent me an email about the 29th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast that will be held Jan. 19, with coffee at 8 a.m. and breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Amherst Regional Middle School cafeteria.

The program moves on to the auditorium for its featured speaker, University of Massachusetts history professor John Higginson.

Awards will be presented to students and citizens.

Tickets are available at Hastings, the Jones Library and Global Cuts, with special rates for students and senior citizens.

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I received a real letter in the mail from Richard Dumont, who earned a doctorate in sociology from UMass in 1968 studying under William Julius Wilson. He has written a book, “Economic Inequality and What You Can Do About It: A Primer and Call to Action,” that is available in bookstores.

He is retired and lives in Greenville, S.C.

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