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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

Ashfield sugarer Tom McCrumm says he’s all tapped out

Saturday, March 1, 2014

ASHFIELD — The stack of pancakes is tall, and the line of hungry eaters-to-be waiting to get at them is growing. It’s sugaring-season at South Face Farm, where throngs of weekend visitors turning out for pancakes, waffles, fritters and more has been a nearly 30-year tradition. But that … 0

Apple CEO Tim Cook reassures shareholders

Friday, February 28, 2014

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple CEO Tim Cook is still trying to convince shareholders that the iPhone maker remains a step ahead in the race to innovate, even though recent performance of the company’s stock lags behind other technology trendsetters. In making his case Friday, Cook struck a familiar … 0

Panel OKs Plainville for state’s slots parlor

Thursday, February 27, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A divided Massachusetts Gaming Commission chose Plainville on Thursday to be the site of the state’s first and only slots parlor. On a 3-to-2 vote, the panel offered the slots parlor license to Penn National … 0

Higher gas prices on way; costs still lower than 2013

Friday, February 14, 2014

NEW YORK — Drivers, here’s the bad news: You’ll be paying more for gasoline in the coming weeks. The good news: You’ll likely pay less than last year. Or the year before, or the year before that. The … 0

Protests, Wall Street pressures cap tough week at Whole Foods

Friday, February 14, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — It was a tough week for Whole Foods Market. The Austin-based natural foods grocer saw scattered protests after a Chicago employee said she was unjustly fired last month. And the company’s stock took a beating after an earnings report that disappointed Wall Street. Protesters delivered … 0

Farm workers in cow abuse case are charged with animal cruelty

Friday, February 14, 2014

Four dairy farm workers in Wisconsin have been charged with animal cruelty after an animal rights group said employees at the former Nestle pizza division dairy supplier had abused its cows. The charges, 11 in total, were filed in Brown County, Wis., circuit court Tuesday. In December, animal … 0

Sinkhole swallows 8 cars at Corvette Museum

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — It was a sight to make a classic car lover weep: A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in … 0

Graco recalls 3.8M child car seats; feds want more

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

DETROIT — Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can get trapped by buckles that may not unlatch. But the company has drawn the ire of federal safety regulators who say the recall should include another 1.8 million rear-facing car seats designed for infants. … 0

Smithsonian Cafe and Chowder House prepares to open at Roundhouse Plaza in Northampton

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

HATFIELD — For the third time in three years, a popular Hatfield soup shop known for its fresh chowder and other hearty soups is expanding beyond its borders — this time to Northampton. After scouting Paradise City for … 1

Antonio’s plans expansion in eastern Massachusetts

Monday, February 3, 2014

AMHERST — Fans of Antonio’s Pizza By the Slice will soon be able to find its slices in eastern Massachusetts. Word spread quickly after Antonio’s posted on its Facebook page Friday that it plans to expand to the … 0