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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

Google pursues contact lenses to aid diabetics

Friday, January 17, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. is searching for a better way for millions of diabetics to manage their disease by developing a contact lens that monitors glucose levels in tears. The contact lenses are the latest project from Google’s secretive X lab, which also came up with the … 0

Whiskey maker Beam sold to Japanese firm

Monday, January 13, 2014

NEW YORK — The maker of classic American whiskeys Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark has agreed to be acquired by a Japanese company in a $13.62 billion deal that would create the third largest global premium spirits business. … 0

Target breach widens

Friday, January 10, 2014

NEW YORK — Fallout from Target’s pre-Christmas security breach is likely to affect the company’s sales and profits well into the new year. The company disclosed on Friday that the massive data theft was significantly more extensive and … 0

Ice cream sabbatical: Smoosh-in creator steps back from longtime business

Monday, January 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Don’t call it retirement. Not yet, that is. Local ice cream maven Steve Herrell, 69, plans to step back from daily operations at Herrell’s Ice Cream, the Old South Street shop he opened 34 years ago, … 0

Mom-daughter team open new daycare center in South Deerfield

Friday, January 3, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A new early education and care certified program has opened for toddlers and preschool children at 235 Greenfield Road. In a colorful 665-square-foot space, Happy Roots Learning Center aims to offer an academic-­based day care … 0

Amherst ski sale Friday and Saturday at Crocker Farm School will be held despite storm

Thursday, January 2, 2014

AMHERST — Even though Crocker Farm School will be closed Friday, the ski and snowboard sale sponsored by the Amherst Lions Club will go on. The sale will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Crocker Farm, 280 … 0

Colo. opens its legal pot industry

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

DENVER — Crowds were serenaded by live music as they waited for the nation’s first legal recreational pot shops to open. They ate doughnuts and funnel cakes as a glass-blower made smoking pipes. Some tourists even rode around … 0

Dobrá Tea brings a taste of world teas to downtown Northampton

Monday, December 23, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — To say Joel and Alli Jukiro’s path to Northampton lay along a “tea road” is an understatement. They fell in love over tea while attending college in Vermont, created a tea program for a shop near … 0

Flavors of Greece abound at Filos Greek Taverna in downtown Northampton

Monday, December 23, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Stepping into the new Filos Greek Taverna on Main Street is like walking into a sun-splashed village in Greece with its striking colors and white-washed stucco facades. A bright blue pergola draped with faux bougainvillea flowers … 4

US security weaknesses make firms juicy targets

Sunday, December 22, 2013

NEW YORK — The U.S. is the juiciest target for hackers hunting credit card information. And experts say incidents like the recent data theft at Target’s stores will get worse before they get better. That’s in part because … 0