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Running for their lives
PRIME – April 2015
Midlife striders share pluses of hitting the pavement
By Debbie Gardner
debbieg@thereminder.com
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HAPPENINGS
PRIME – April 2015
AGAWAM
CRANKY YANKEES
On April 10 at 7 p.m., the Agawam Cultural Council hosts actor Jim Cooke
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Why every woman needs an estate plan
PRIME – April 2015
By Gina M. Barry
Bacon Wilson P.C.
Most of us could not bear to think of our mothers facing a
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Precision medicine – the good and the bad
PRIME – April 2015
By Victor Acquista, MD
Integral Health Specialist
In this year’s State of the Union Address, P
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Dear runners of the world, I think I get it now...
PRIME – April 2015
By Debbie Gardner
debbieg@thereminder.com
First off, let me admit I’ve always been a skeptic w
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Remembering the members of the ‘Back-up Team’
PRIME – April 2015
By Jane D. O’Donoghue
Special to PRIME
When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, overnight we became a country at war with all the attendant sacrifices and unity.
Much has been written about the men and women who stepped up immediately to serve in whatever way they could. They have been labeled “The Greatest Generation.”
I christen the rest of us “The Back-up Team”
This hypothetical team was formed by anyone able to pitch in where and when needed for the war effort. My grandmother became our caretaker as my mother learned machinery skills and labored 10 hours a day at the Springfield Armory. My sister Catherine found a part time job at Poole’s in downtown Springfield. I became a babysitter for 40 hours a week while the child’s parents both left home daily for essential production work.
Our younger siblings became collectors of paper, tinfoil from gum wrappers and helped save grease or fat. Any scrap metal was prized also. All of these were gathered as requested by the government. Many families started growing vegetables and these were coined “Victory Gardens.” For those with automobiles, gas was rationed depending on your work.
My grandmother coped with ration books in an effort to feed us and stood in line when it was known that special foods might be available. She especially enjoyed getting butter and claimed it was for me. That might be because I complained loudly about the terrible white block that was oleomargarine. Included with this block was a package of yellow food coloring mean
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