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PRIME – December 2014
On 37 years of concerts, and what comes next
By Debbie Gardner
debbieg@thereminder.com
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HAPPENINGS
PRIME – December 2014
A season’s worth of things to do and see in the Valley… and beyond

We at PRIME are pl
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The holidays… a time for thanks, and memories
PRIME – December 2014
By Debbie Gardner
debbieg@thereminder.com
This month PRIME says goodbye to one of our lon
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It’s not too late to do year-end tax planning
PRIME – December 2014
By Gina M. Barry
Bacon Wilson P.C.
The holiday season has begun. As you sit down for your
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Why creating a ‘deep well of peace’ is crucial to health
PRIME – December 2014
By Victor Acquista, MD
Author Pathways to Health: An Integral Guidebook
Autumn is a time fo
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Reigning queen wows at national pageant
PRIME – December 2014
By Debbie Gardner
debbieg@thereminder.com
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA. – For Ethel Lee, reigning Ms. Massachusetts Senior America, the recent trip to the national pageant in Atlantic City ended on an unexpected high note.
Her performance of “Summertime” from the 1935 Gershwin opera, “Porgy and Bess” not only garnered her rave reviews, it helped boost her to fourth runner up in the field of 42 women competing for the title of Ms. Senior America for 2014.
“The reaction to my song, not just from the [other] contestants but from the audience … everywhere I went, in the elevator, in the bathrooms … people were talking about it. It just blew me away,” Lee told PRIME. “I was told I got a standing ovation. I didn’t know that. I did the song and just went off the stage.”
Massachusetts Pageant Director Lorraine Gorham, who was among the nearly 60 local supporters who accompanied Lee to the National Pageant Oct. 26 to 31, said in her five years of directing the Massachusetts pageant she had never seen such an enthusiastic reaction to a contestant’s talent performance.
“She aced it in practice [too]. Her 41 other contestants were up and clapping for her,” Gorham said.
She added when Lee’s name was called as one of the top 10 contestants following the day of competition on Oct. 30, she felt Ms. Massachusetts “could be number one.”
Lee on the other hand, said she reacted to placing in the top 10 with the thoughts, “That’s great, and this is going to be it.”
When a repeat of her musical number and
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