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JERREY ROBERTS
A Maltese Falcon Cocktail at The Monkey Bar in Amherst

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Channeling Dashiell Hammett

Friday, July 3, 2015

I was seated at the bar when she walked in ... She strode toward me with an air of confidence — like a woman who was in her element. “Are you Tim?” she asked. “I am,” I answered, and knew I was looking squarely into the face of ... Amanda, aka Madame Barfly. She sat. We talked. It was a meeting of like minds. We chatted for a while — about bars, cocktails, life — before heading to our ultimate destination: The Monkey Bar at 63 North Pleasant St. in downtown Amherst. There, we were greeted by Kevin, the establishment’s well-versed bartender, who shared with …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Taking stock of our ‘grand old flag’

Friday, July 3, 2015

The first patriotic song I ever learned, probably around age 5 or 6, was the one that begins “My country, ’tis of thee” — official title, “America.” For many years afterwards, I certainly had no idea what the words “ ’tis of thee” meant. If asked, I suppose I might have answered that it was another name for our country. Good patriotic songs …

Your Time: Steps to a bygone era

Friday, July 3, 2015

In a world that communicates at the speed of light, where information is conveyed immediately and continuously, and even relaxation has to be planned in advance, dance can provide a timeless interlude of grace. When the Small Planet Dancers of Westfield, for example, performed Saturday on the lawn of the Amherst Historical Museum, …

Your Place: Spending is up on DIY home improvements

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Home Projects Council conducted a recent survey of 507 homeowners, and 45 percent said they planned to spend $1,000 or more on outdoor do-it-yourself home-improvement projects in 2015. In 2014, just 37 percent of homeowners responding planned to spend at that level. This year’s survey responses also …

Get Growing

Thursday, July 2, 2015

‘Gardening is a powerful force to help communities grow,” Roger Swain told a gathering of nearly 200 people last weekend in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Garden Club of Amherst. Swain, the former host of The …

‘The Voice’ finalist Michelle Brooks-Thompson to sing national anthem at Boston Fourth of July concerts

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A local voice will fill a national stage this weekend. Michelle Brooks-Thompson, an Amherst Regional High School graduate and Mount Holyoke College alumna who competed during the 2012 season of the NBC show “The Voice,” will open Boston’s …

Despite court ruling, Valley parents, experts disagree with spanking as an option for discipline

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sitting at the child-friendly Cup and Top Café with her 3-year-old twin daughters, Jenny Boas acknowledged that parenting isn’t always easy. But, the Florence resident said, she has never used physical discipline on her girls, Ella …

Banding of American Kestrels in Hadley

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A project sponsored by the Kestrel Land Trust is seeking to better understand population declines affecting the birds. …

Macy’s dumps Trump; New York City reviewing contracts

Thursday, July 2, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The Macy’s department store chain joined an ongoing exodus from association with Donald Trump and New Mexico’s governor and New York City’s mayor slammed him over his comments on Mexican immigrants. Gov. Susana Martinez of …

‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ dropped by TV Land

Thursday, July 2, 2015

By Meredith Blake Los Angeles Times (TNS) NEW YORK — The General Lee has been recalled. TV Land has dropped reruns of “The Dukes of Hazzard” from its schedule, the network confirmed Wednesday. “The Dukes of Hazzard” aired on CBS from 1979 to 1985. It starred John Schneider …

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Playing in a televised cash game against some of the best poker players in the world has always been a dream of mine. Earlier this year, I had the chance to do it when I was invited to …

Re-enactors, band concert in Deerfield on July 4

Thursday, July 2, 2015

OLD DEERFIELD — The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association is welcoming back re-enactors from the Stone Soul Peter Brace Brigade and Massachusetts 54th Colored Troops of Springfield, who will encamp again on the lawns of Memorial Hall Museum on Memorial Street in Deerfield for a free July 4th celebration. …

The Daylily, Sugarloaf Hair Studio hold fundraiser to restore holiday lights on Deerfield town common

Thursday, July 2, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Deerfield town common is a familiar scene for Jane Wrisley, the owner of The Daylily on Sugarloaf Street. It’s the first thing she and her customers see when they look out the store’s front window, and each year she looks forward to seeing the …