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This photo provided by Acorn TV shows John Mahoney as Andrew Del Mar in "Foyle's War" on Acorn TV. The final season of “Foyle’s War,” debuts Monday, Feb. 2,  2015, on the streaming service Acorn TV. (AP Photo/ITV/Acorn TV)

‘Foyle’s War’ returns for a final, satisfying season

Sunday, February 1, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The end is at hand for “Foyle’s War,” the absorbing, impeccably produced World War II-era series that moved smoothly from crime to spy drama as the years passed. That the final three episodes build to a satisfying conclusion somewhat eases the loss. More solace: John Mahoney, known from “Frasier” for his comedy chops but with his roots …

Amherst Irish Association promotes better understanding of Ireland’s culture

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — A recently formed group focused on promoting Irish culture is putting on a series of events designed to move beyond stereotypes and provide insights to a society where St. Patrick’s Day, the most prominent Irish celebration, is often associated with alcohol consumption. Ide O’Carroll, a representative of the Amherst Irish Association, said Thursday that the group is a community-based initiative that …

Hilltown Voices: New Vision Pioneers make small bears at Williamsburg tavern to brighten lives of children

Saturday, January 31, 2015

On the third Tuesday morning of every month, a room at The Brewmaster’s Tavern at 4 Main St. in Williamsburg turns into a mini-manufacturing site with 20 to 25 women sitting at tables around the room stuffing, sewing, embellishing and organizing small bears to be given as gifts to children in need. The …

Longtime anti-war activist Phyllis Rodin dies in Amherst at age 100

Friday, January 30, 2015

AMHERST — Longtime anti-war activist Phyllis Rodin died Friday at the age of 100 at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst. The feisty feminist is remembered across the Valley for her political activism and the many lives …

Ten fresh takes on Super Bowl guacamole

Friday, January 30, 2015

Whether or not you like avocados, you really have to admire the way their marketers have totally owned the Super Bowl. For no particular reason other than force of will, avocados — and the guacamole they produce — …

Drink up: Garlicky Crab Pasta and wine

Friday, January 30, 2015

Pairings Garlicky Crab Pasta and wine A simple, clean wine goes best with this entrée The chardonnay is high-end, but lean and barely oaked. The sparkler from Italy is celebratory, and the unique white from Chile is the …

Ten fresh takes on Super Bowl guacamole

Whether or not you like avocados, you really have to admire the way their marketers have totally owned the Super Bowl. For no particular reason other than force of will, avocados — and the guacamole they produce — …

Travelers like plan for rail link to NY’s LaGuardia

NEW YORK — Tom Fiore knows what it’s like to sit in a taxi for as long as two agonizing hours, over bridges or through a tunnel, to travel a mere eight miles from midtown Manhattan to LaGuardia …

Get Growing: Childhood experience inspires gardeners

Childhood memories provide inspiration for many of the gardeners whom I interview for my column. They recall their parents or grandparents, a beloved aunt or an elderly neighbor who introduced them to gardening. Or they recall a visit …

Construction of new cancer center to begin at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

NORTHAMPTON — The first highly visible sign that a new era in cancer treatment is dawning at Cooley Dickinson Hospital will roll onto the hospital grounds Monday morning in the form of a 200-ton crane. Over a seven-day …