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Friday, September 4, 2015

Poker pros can be intimidating. Sitting across from Doyle Brunson, who has been plying his trade longer than the World Series of Poker has been in existence, or Phil Hellmuth, tournament poker’s most decorated player, would unnerve any amateur player. Even so, poker wisdom dictates that you shouldn’t overestimate them. After all, they’re just human beings who get two cards just like you. While that’s true, I’m here to warn you against making the opposite mistake — underestimating a poker pro. Earlier this year, I did just that at a Mid-States Poker Tour event at The Venetian in Las Vegas. The $1,100-buy-in main event attracted …

It’s a wrap: decorating with throws and blankets

Thursday, September 3, 2015

If you’re not up for big projects like repainting the walls or adding insulation to the attic this fall, consider stocking up on throw blankets for an easy, low-commitment way to change the look of your rooms — and keep cozy. Whether turned out in luxurious cashmere or a soft synthetic, a throw …

Surrounded by beauty: Belchertown artist’s yard is filled with gardens of all kinds

Thursday, September 3, 2015

From the beginning, when she built her contemporary house in Belchertown 17 years ago, Karen Chrisman knew she wanted to surround her home with gardens. “I had the plan in my head, I knew what it would look like and it is pretty close,” she said in a recent interview. Her gardens were …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Hanging in there for the last gasp of summer

Thursday, September 3, 2015

It was a hot summer day and I was parched, so I made my way to the Northampton Brewery at 13 Old South St., in search of a refreshing cocktail. I debated whether to imbibe inside with the …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life: Vacation ruminations: Silent Cal, police states, self-determination movements and beautiful sunrises

Thursday, September 3, 2015

It seems everywhere I go these days a little bit of Northampton follows me. My wife and I vacationed in Hawaii this year, but first we stopped in Seattle for a few days. The city has an efficient light rail system that takes you right from the airport …

Your Time: ‘Wings Over Hadley’ — radio-controlled model airplanes aloft over Hadley’s ‘Honey Pot’

Thursday, September 3, 2015

They came from all over New England for the Hampshire County Radio Controllers “Wings Over Hadley,” held two weekends ago at the club’s flying field in the “Honey Pot” section of Hadley. The planes flown during the annual …

ID: James Spencer

Thursday, September 3, 2015

James Spencer has had myriad careers, including 21 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, where he says he “made maps, interpreted photos, edited reports, analyzed intelligence, worked in disaster preparedness, or what some people called crash …

Chef’s Best: When the apple itch strikes, bust out this easy baked treat

Thursday, September 3, 2015

During my freshman year at the University of Vermont, I became a pro at apple picking, and at cooking up all those apples I picked. I probably know at least 20 different ways to bake an apple! So …

New Hampshire pulls bartending guides for sexual drink names

Thursday, September 3, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has pulled hundreds of bartending guides after workers complained that the drink manuals contained sexually explicit and derogatory drink names such as “stripper mom.” The Concord Monitor reports the New Hampshire Liquor Commission paid $3,300 for 500 copies of the “The Bartender’s …

CBS cancels ‘Under the Dome’

Thursday, September 3, 2015

By Meredith Blake Los Angeles Times (TNS) Good news for the people of fictional Chester’s Mill is bad news for fans of “Under the Dome.” CBS announced Tuesday it is bringing an end to the summer series after three seasons. The science-fiction drama, based on Stephen King’s 2009 …

Scenic ride

Thursday, September 3, 2015

JERREY ROBERTS A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month. …

France hero in ABC’s new ‘Dancing’ cast

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NEW YORK — ABC moved quickly to land one of the three men who foiled a terror attack on a Paris-bound train last month for the 21st season cast of “Dancing With the Stars.” The network announced Wednesday that Alek Skarlatos, who overpowered a gun-toting man last month …

school lunch menus

Friday, August 28, 2015

Amherst-Pelham WEDNESDAY: Meatball hero, romaine salad with tomato, carrots and celery, peach cup, Empire apple THURSDAY: Pancakes with turkey sausage, baked Tater Tots, veggie dippers, Bartlett pear, applesauce FRIDAY: Cheesy pepperoni pizza, carrot sticks, romaine salad with tomato, sliced peaches, orange Belchertown TUESDAY: HS: Philly steak sandwich, corn, …