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A guessing situation

Friday, April 18, 2014

Guessing situations arise all the time, but the mark of a fine declarer is that he nearly always guesses correctly. For example, consider the spade combination here. South cannot lose a trick in the suit if the missing spades are divided 2-1, but if they break 3-0, how he fares will depend on whether he cashes the ace or king first. If he plays the ace and West shows out, he will lose a trump trick to East. If he plays the king and East shows out, he will lose a trump trick to West. If he subsequently loses a club trick, he will finish … 0

Coming Up

Friday, March 28, 2014

AMHERST SENIOR CENTER CAREGIVER STRESS — Bruce Bradley-Gilmore, a counselor with the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Caregivers Support Group, will speak at the Senior Center, April 25 at 1:30 p.m. Bradley-Gilmore’s group was featured in “Caregivers” a new book by local author Nell Lake. Copies will be available for sale. Open to the public; to register call 259-3060. BELCHERTOWN COUNCIL ON AGING DEMENTIA SEMINAR … 0

Coming Up

Friday, March 28, 2014

AMHERST SENIOR CENTER CAREGIVER STRESS — Bruce Bradley-Gilmore, a counselor with the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Caregivers Support Group, will speak at the Senior Center, April 25 at 1:30 p.m. Bradley-Gilmore’s group was featured in “Caregivers” a new book by local author Nell Lake. Copies will be available for sale. Open to the public; to register call 259-3060. BELCHERTOWN COUNCIL ON AGING DEMENTIA SEMINAR … 0

FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS

Friday, April 18, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst David Julien was named to the … 0

Listening in

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Make the most of your holiday ham

Friday, April 18, 2014

I’m practical and hungry, a duo that makes leftovers the best part of any holiday meal. That’s as true for the Easter ham as with any other platter of protein at a family gathering. But before the leftovers, … 0

Brunching it up for Easter

Friday, April 18, 2014

First comes church, for those who go to church. Then comes brunch. Easter brunch has become almost as much a part of the Easter celebration as chocolate, eggs and bunnies. It is a way to continue that feel-good … 0

Wine of the Week: 2013 Chateau Miraval Cotes de Provence rose

Friday, April 18, 2014

A WINE TO TRY 2013 Chateau Miraval Cotes de Provence rose Region: Provence Price: $20 to $26 Style: Elegant and fresh What it goes with: Tapenade, crudites, salmon, chicken The second vintage from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s … 0

Valerie Harper clarifies that she is not currently cancer-free

Friday, April 18, 2014

Valerie Harper is not cancer-free. The actress clarified the point Thursday while in New York City on a press junket for her Hallmark Channel show, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” Clarification was needed thanks to an exclusive interview published in the latest issue of Closer Weekly magazine, in which the … 0

British actress conjures up American witch in ‘Salem’

Friday, April 18, 2014

PASADENA, Calif. — Traditionally, when an actor’s playing a role based on a real person, long hours are spent trying to find out as much as possible about them. Janet Montgomery decided it would be a waste of time to dig into historical information on the real life … 0

Get Growing: Colors of spring

Friday, April 18, 2014

Blue is often regarded as a melancholy color, i.e. “feeling blue,” but who can feel sad when there is a carpet of blue Scilla siberica or Chionodoxa sardensis covering your garden? The other morning my spirits were lifted … 0

Your Place: Ice-melt products stained pavers; what to do?

Friday, April 18, 2014

The ever-genial Mitch Cohen, of Cohen Hardware in Philadelphia, emailed me recently, reporting that many customers were asking him how to get ice melt’s white residue out of their brick pavers. I don’t use anything on my brick pavers, so I can’t speak from experience. And when I … 0

Right at Home: Victorian garden style lives on

Friday, April 18, 2014

Those drawn to 19th century style may be pleased to learn that vintage garden decor is a trend this spring and summer. The look involves florals, weathered wood, wire, period typography, bird motifs and accessories, and other elements … 0