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CAROL LOLLIS
Keitheley Wilkinson at her home in Laurel Park in Northampton.

Lure of the outdoors inspires local remodeling projects

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — “I wanted to be able to sleep outside,” said Keitheley Wilkinson of Laurel Park in Northampton. “It’s calming.” With midsummer nights, warm breezes and flowering gardens ahead, sleeping beneath the stars is just one of the reasons to think about extending your living space beyond its four walls. By creating the right space for your home, you can increase your enjoyment of the outdoors, while adding value to your life in different ways — socially, spiritually, and even professionally. Casey and Laura Mae Douglass, with the architectural expertise of Metcalfe Associates Architecture, used windows and glass sliding doors on the ground level of … 0

At 95, Victor Waryas still cutting hair in South Deerfield

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In a small porch at his Eastern Avenue home, Victor Waryas cuts, trims and styles hair a few days each week. He has cut the hair of countless clients from South Deerfield neighbors to Eaglebrook School students to actor Michael Douglas. Sixty years later, the South Deerfield man is still … 0

Belchertown restaurateur to open new cafe on 202

Saturday, April 12, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — For years, Joan Almeida thought the land across from the Footloose School of Dance on Route 202 heading west out of the center of town, where she spent much time bringing her daughter for lessons, would be the perfect place for a restaurant. “Trust me, I’ve traveled this road many times,” … 0

More Amherst Carriage Shops tenants finding new locations

Friday, April 11, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst Wines & Spirits, an anchor tenant at the Amherst Carriage Shops for the past 20 years, is likely to move to 320 College St. later this year. The business, owned by Stephen Freedman, is expected … 0

Wheatberry Cafe to close April 18 as owners focus on Pioneer Valley Heritage Grain CSA

Friday, April 11, 2014

AMHERST — The owners of Wheatberry Cafe at 421 Main St. are closing the restaurant as they shift their focus to the Pioneer Valley Heritage Grain Community Supported Agriculture. Adrie and Ben Lester of Shutesbury, who opened Wheatberry … 0

Toyota recall affects 1.8 million cars, trucks in US

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DETROIT — Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government. On Wednesday, Toyota announced it … 0

Families want GM prosecuted for defects

Sunday, April 6, 2014

WASHINGTON — The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade — and perhaps for … 0

Stoneman Brewery starts ‘Beer Share’ series with ‘Co-Hop Spring Ale’ at River Valley Market

Friday, April 4, 2014

COLRAIN — Just call it “here-beer” — a new brew made with at least 90 percent local ingredients grown in Hampshire and Franklin counties. Stoneman Brewery’s Justin Korby and People’s Pint in Greenfield have teamed up with the River Valley Market food co-op in Northampton to produce and … 0

Samsung hooks unsuspecting Obama for ad

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NEW YORK — The latest pitchman in Samsung’s marketing machine: an unwitting President Barack Obama. Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz snapped a selfie with the president at a White House event using a Samsung phone and … 0

Amherst restaurant J. Gumbos Cajun and Creole to close April 13, owner hopes to open in new location

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

AMHERST — J. Gumbos Cajun and Creole, a restaurant specializing in Louisiana-style cuisine, will close its Amherst location April 13 — though its owner said he hopes to open elsewhere. Todd Michael, owner of the 19 North Pleasant … 0

Massachusetts promotes local beer with Craft Brewers Trail

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The state of Massachusetts has teamed up with the state’s breweries to send citizens a message about drinking beer. That message? Drink local. The Massachusetts Craft Brewers Trail highlights 47 breweries in the state. They are split into … 0

Apartments still planned on Plumtree Road in Sunderland

Friday, March 28, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The owner of 67 acres on Plumtree Road said he hopes to start developing the land for apartments within 1½ years. Co-owner Gerard N. Aubrey of Holyoke said the land “will be developed at some point.” Aubrey, a certified public accountant, said he and co-owner Paul … 0

Co-op pushes membership drive to create grocery in Amherst center

Friday, March 28, 2014

AMHERST — When Louis’ Foods moved into its new site on University Drive in 1986, the departure left Amherst center without a full-service grocery store. Sometime in 2015, organizers of the Amherst Community Co-op hope to bring a … 0