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JERREY ROBERTS
Mike April, left, of Amherst, takes his 50th birthday cake from his brother-in-law, David Ryan, as his sister, Cheryl Ryan and Peter Jessop look on Saturday at a Habitat for Humanity building site at 246 East Street in Easthampton. April and his family celebrated his birthday by volunteering to work at the site. Jessop is the site manager.

Mike April of Amherst celebrates 50th by helping building Easthampton Habitat for Humanity home

Saturday, March 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — As his big “5-0” birthday approached, Mike April of Amherst said he wanted to do something a little different to celebrate. In planning his party, he kept in mind things he considers important: family and giving back to community. That’s why he decided to gather a dozen of his friends and family to help continue Pioneer Valley Habitat …

Easter and chocolate: Hand in hand

Friday, March 27, 2015

Looking back at the traditional agriculture year shows us the origins of most Easter foods, but tells us nothing about one vital treat: chocolate. It’s a newcomer to the festivities because until the 19th century it was impossible to separate the cocoa butter from the cocoa solids, so chocolate was only palatable as …

Easter feast: Holiday sweets and luscious leftovers

Friday, March 27, 2015

Wouldn’t it be terrific if our local asparagus were with us for Easter? It tastes wonderful with both ham and lamb, which are Easter dinner favorites, but, of course, we can’t expect it to pop through the ground until early May. And that will be too late for Easter dinner. But no vegetable …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy encounters too much of a good thing

Friday, March 27, 2015

I tend to eat foods that are good for me. I like them, they make me feel better. If I go out to dinner and have fried fish and a huge pile of fries, I am probably not going to feel so great the next day. Or the …

Eat Up

Friday, March 27, 2015

Charming critters Expect a few smiles at Easter breakfast when these tiny stoneware egg cups show up holding soft-boiled or brightly colored hard-cooked eggs. A set of four Animal Egg Cups from West Elm features abstract images of …

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Few games have as complicated a lexicon as poker. For the uninitiated, listening to two experienced players talk about poker is like listening to a conversation in a foreign language. Let me give you a prime example. In …

Style Stop: Shoshannah Wineburg’s cold-weather style is vintage

Thursday, March 26, 2015

It took a little bit of running for the Style Stop team to catch up with Shoshannah Wineburg in the center of Northampton. What caught our attention? Her stylish cold-weather outfit — especially the coat with a trimmed …

Your Time: Karaoke Night, World War II Club, Northampton; VFW, Florence

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Karaoke is so popular in the Pioneer Valley that singers can find a venue almost any night of the week. On a recent Friday, people of all ages were belting out songs ranging from Elvis to Bruce Springsteen …

ID: William Collins

Thursday, March 26, 2015

William Collins is a local chef who has appeared weekly on “Mass Appeal,” the daily lifestyle show on WWLP/Channel 22 in Springfield, for more than two years. “It’s has been, and continues to be, a blast!” he says. …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Seasons in New England — on beyond the axial tilt

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Time was when you could depend on time, when the seasons came and went, and there were only four. Then some old farmer came up with an Old Farmer’s calendar that better suited New England. Seems we have six seasons, not four, and unless you grew up here …

Can you really save money by cutting the cord?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

There are more ways to watch television online than ever. Even HBO and ESPN — two channels often cited as reasons people keep expensive cable or satellite TV packages — will be available for streaming on their own. …

Toast the end of ‘Mad Men’ with the era’s classic cocktails

Thursday, March 26, 2015

From Don Draper’s old fashioneds to Roger Sterling’s smuggled-in Stoli, cocktails have played a deliciously major role on AMC’s “Mad Men.” But was it really that great an era to drink? Because though the show celebrates — and …

Which way will One Direction go after Zayn Malik’s departure?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES — David Lee Roth and Van Halen. Noel Gallagher and Oasis. And now Zayn Malik and One Direction. Malik said Wednesday he is leaving the chart-topping British boy band “to …