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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 …

Healthy food that tastes good while being good for you — and that’s no cliché

Friday, January 30, 2015

How are those New Year’s resolutions working out for you? Many resolutions to eat better and lose weight are born from holiday binge-eating guilt and regret. Some of us actually eat more sweets and goodies and egg nog …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Sicilian winemakers finally share the good stuff

Friday, January 30, 2015

Villa Pozzi Nero D’Avola, Sicily 2013 $8.99 - $11.99 A few years ago, when Sicilian wines were relatively new to New England, I tried a bottle. It was an inexpensive dark red wine made from a grape that …

Valley Bounty: Beets

Friday, January 30, 2015

BEETS Convert your friends to year round local food with a beet and barley salad, perfect for a Super Bowl party. Toss roasted beets with cooked barley and add chevre or feta, depending on what flavors you like. …

Balloonists set distance record in Pacific flight

Thursday, January 29, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two pilots soaring over the Pacific Ocean made history Thursday, first matching and then surpassing the 5,209-mile official world distance record for human flight in a gas balloon. “There it is! There it is!” shouted …

Style Stop: Arden and Tobin Hemingway

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thirteen-year-old Arden Hemingway and her mother, Tobin, were visiting Northampton from New York City when the Style Stop team spotted them on Main Street. The two were in the area to take a look at The Williston Northampton …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Anatomy of a Super Bowl party

Thursday, January 29, 2015

With the Patriots in Super Bowl CCDXXXLIV, local parties will approach record levels of excitement. But not for everyone. There are three types at any Super Bowl party. One third are the Actual Fans — people who can tell you Tom Brady’s shirt size or what Rob Gronkowski’s …

ID: Mary Alice Crim

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mary Alice Crim is the field director for Free Press in Florence, a national nonprofit organization she has worked for since 2006. Free Press, she says, is “dedicated to fighting for our rights to connect and communicate. ... …

Review: Good price, limited functions with online Sling TV

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Satellite TV provider Dish Network made a splash this month when it unveiled an online alternative with fewer channels and a lower price tag than its regular service. The Sling TV option is aimed at people who have …

Chef’s Best: Chicken in a sauce: Easy dishes that won’t put you in a stew

Thursday, January 29, 2015

My slogan for 2015? “A chicken in every pot.” Somebody’s already used that? Well, mine comes with a recipe to get you started. Take that, Herbert Hoover, and you too, Henry IV! It’s about as basic as cooking …

Your Time: Bingo Night at St. John Cantius Parish Hall, Northampton

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bingo night at St. John Cantius Parish Hall in Northampton offers a fun Friday evening out for more than 100 people each week. “You get to see people and meet people,” said Sharon Inman of Northampton, as she …