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Warm heart, busy hands help homeless

Chris Goudreau
cgoudreau@thereminder.com

EAST LONGMEADOW – For about three decades, Ruth Owen, a resident since 1949, has been knitting hats and other apparel to benefit homeless people and others in need. She typically knits 80 to 100 hats annually. “There’s a lot of need out there,” Owen, 90, said. “There’s always somebody out lo...
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Gomez reflects on life through poetry

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

SPRINGFIELD – Springfield resident Magdalena Gomez is a person who is a teacher, a poet, an entertainer, a social activist and a provocateur. And all of these sides of her come out in a conversation about her new memoir told through poetry, “Shameless Woman.”José Angel Figueroa, profe...
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Longmeadow veteran takes Honor Flight

Chris Goudreau
cgoudreau@thereminder.com

LONGMEADOW – Fred Richton arose at 3 a.m. on Sept. 28, 2013 to begin his journey to a site he thought he would never live to see.Richton, a 95-year-old town resident and recipient of four service stars for serving in four major battles with the U.S. Army Air Corps, made the trek to Washingto...
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