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Happy birthday wishes to Win Sayer of Amherst who turned 100 earlier this month.

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I read a copy of the Farmer’s Almanac and the prediction of a major snowstorm was only off by a few days. The Almanac said the Northeast would have a major storm between Feb. 12 and 15. Its comments about the weather before and after the storm were pretty accurate as well.

The snowstorm brought up memories of the 1978 February storm when then Gov. Dukakis appeared on television in a sweater. His informal attire generated comment.

My recollection of that storm is vivid. I had four young children at the time and the washing machine was not working. The repairman was scheduled to come. That was not going to happen given the weather. Surprise — the Sears repairman did show up (I had a Kenmore machine). He said it wasn’t a big deal since he lived nearby in Hadley. I wrote a letter to the president of Sears noting the dedication of his employee. You don’t forget such extraordinary service and kindness.

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I saw Pam White last week who told me the Amherst Regional High School reunion trip is open to all alums, staff and friends — including me. I graduated from Clifton High School in New Jersey. The Caribbean cruise to Bermuda leaves from Boston July 11, 2014 and returns July 18. For all the details — price, room types, itinerary — contact Wendy Robinson at

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Verda Dale and Lorna Peterson, both of Amherst, are being recognized by the Women’s Fund of Western Mass with the “Standing on Her Shoulders” Award. The honor is bestowed on those who have taken risks and helped provide opportunities for other women. The awards will be presented March 14 at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield. I mentioned two other Amherst recipients, Ruth Hooke and Susie Lowenstein, last week.

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Judy Brooks of Amherst hand-delivered her postcard from her recent trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the inauguration of President Obama. The card was a pictoral history of the civil rights movement with photos of Rosa Parks, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Obama.

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