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2014 gave viewers great shows on air and online

Sunday, December 21, 2014

NEW YORK — From the extraordinary Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring miniseries “The Honorable Woman” on SundanceTV to Syfy’s goofy “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” TV delivered in 2014 — streaming, on cable and over the air. Showtime’s “Homeland” roared back from last year’s muddle with a season of white-knuckle suspense. CBS’ “The Good Wife” killed off a main character to give the show its latest burst of life. FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” …

Area briefs

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Amherst FARMERS MARKET WORKSHOP: A free workshop focused on how residents can become more resilient and less reliant on external resources for water, food and warmth will be held during the Winter Farmers Market on Saturday at the Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut St. The workshop run by Gabor Lukacs will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Professional Development …

Hilltown Voices: Williamsburg, Chesterfield and Goshen children’s funds seek gift-wrapping volunteers

Saturday, December 20, 2014

There is a room in the home of Sabrina Willard that is packed full of holiday gifts for children who otherwise may have gone without presents this year. Willard runs the Williamsburg Children’s Fund, which has been in operation for over 10 years, providing children in need with warm winter clothes, coats, boots, toys and educational materials. “We started our shopping in October, …

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to four deaths

Friday, December 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak started just before then, in mid-October. But the commercially produced …

Family of recently deceased Peter Wanczyk Sr. offers free Christmas trees in tribute to beloved family member

Friday, December 19, 2014

HADLEY — The holiday season did not bring tidings of joy to the Wanczyk family, owners of the Wanczyk Evergreen Nursery on Route 9 in Hadley. But the family is responding by trying to spread happiness themselves. Peter …

Memory of son’s helping spirit spurs donation to Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund by Susan Kohler-Gray

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It was a memory of her son Ian at age 10, hearing about the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund and wanting to donate, that prompted Susan Kohler-Gray to send a contribution this year to the fund. …

Valley Bounty: Local beef

Roast Beef In my family, the Christmas table celebrates local food just like the Thanksgiving table does. Every Christmas Eve, the main entrée is a select roast from one of my family’s small herd of cows. For those …

Dorothy and Michael Melnik of Hatfield celebrate 25th

Dorothy Desmond and Michael Melnik, Jr. were married Dec. 17, 1989 in Hatfield Congregational Church, North Hatfield. Michael works for the Department of Education at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds. …

Robert Floyd Gallery in Southampton celebrates its anniversary

SOUTHAMPTON — The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center, 2 East St., is throwing a party Sunday, from 2 to 5 p.m., to celebrate the beginning of its 14th year. The gallery exhibits photo artwork from local to international artists. Parking is available in the adjacent Old …

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to four deaths

WASHINGTON — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak started just before then, in mid-October. But the commercially produced …