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Sophia J. (Kolasinski) Kinder, 84, of Shutesbury, a retired nursing assistant II at University Health Services, died Dec. 17 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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Florence E. (Page) Vendette, 92, of Amherst, a retired dining all supervisor, died at home Dec. 16.

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An article co-authored by Harry S. Rockland-Miller, director of Mental Health Services, will be featured in the upcoming edition of The Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.

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Dorothy E. Carroll, 73, of Sunderland, a retired clerk in Auxiliary Services, died Dec. 18 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

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A new documentary film, “Faith in Providence,” by Elizabeth Wilda, a video producer and director with the Office of Information Technologies, will premier on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. on WGBY Channel 57 in Springfield.

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Professor William J. Manning of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences gave the opening invited plenary lecture on the role of trees in reducing air pollutants and improving life quality in cities at the First Xiamen International Forum on Urban Environment held Nov. 28-29 in Xiamen, China.

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Sandra Mae (Jackson) Drake, 43, of Shutesbury, a culinary worker with Dining Services, died at home of cancer on Dec. 14.

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Beverly J. Waskiewicz, 77, of Amherst, a former laboratory assistant in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration (HRTA), died Dec. 13 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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“The Secret Powers of Naming,” a poetry collection by Sara Littlecrow-Russell, director of the Center for Educational Policy Advocacy, has been named one of 10 winners of the annual Myers Center Outstanding Book Awards.

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Elizabeth “Betty” (Morawski) Orloski, 89, of Whately, retired senior clerk/typist in Physics and Astronomy, died Dec. 9 at the Cozy Corner Nursing Home in Sunderland.

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