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A worker from BioRecoveryCorp carries barrels into the apartment building of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer, in New York,  Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Spencer remained in stable condition while isolated in a hospital, talking by cellphone to his family and assisting disease detectives who are accounting for his every movement since arriving in New York from Guinea via Europe on Oct. 17. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NY, NJ order quarantine for doctors, others

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NEW YORK — Alarmed by the case of an Ebola-infected New York doctor, the governors of New Jersey and New York on Friday ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine of all medical workers and other arriving airline passengers who have had contact with victims of the deadly disease in West Africa. The first person to fall under the order was a …

Dallas nurse receives thanks, hug from Obama

Saturday, October 25, 2014

BETHESDA, Md. — A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free Friday and into open arms. Nina Pham got a hug from President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House. And outside the hospital where …

New tool in Ebola battle: Smith College hosts map-making workshops

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Emma Harnisch hunched over her laptop inside a small computer laboratory on the Smith College campus Thursday night, maneuvering a map-making computer program to draw a series of buildings, roads and walking trails in a remote section of Sierra Leone in the heart of the Ebola crisis. If she did her …

Coming Up

Friday, August 22, 2014

AMHERST SENIOR CENTER POETIC ART FORMS SERIES — Fridays, through Nov. 21, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., 20th Century Styles in Film and Painting, taught by Alicia Morton. BELCHERTOWN SENIOR CENTER DESSERT AND COFFEE — Buffet-style dessert and self-serve coffee offered after lunch; small donation appreciated. HALLOWEEN LUNCH — …

Valley Bounty: Pork

Friday, October 24, 2014

PORK Ground pork is the base for sausages, meatballs, patties and dumplings from many cultures, including Asian, Eastern European and Latino. Vary the spices (chili flakes and ginger to sage and fennel) and the preparation and you can …

Soaking beans? In most cases, you don’t need to

Friday, October 24, 2014

Rich, earthy, hearty — there’s nothing quite so reassuring as having a pot of beans simmering in the oven when cool weather comes along. So why don’t more people cook them? One of the main reasons is the …

Wine to Try: 2013 Marisa Cuomo Costa d’Amalfi ‘Furore Bianco’

Friday, October 24, 2014

A WINE TO TRY 2013 Marisa Cuomo Costa d’Amalfi ‘Furore Bianco’ Region: Campania Price: $23 to $26 Style: Lean and expressive What it goes with: Grilled fish or shrimp, chilled shellfish, steamed clams, sushi and sashimi The hamlet …

Mischief and mayhem Wickedly tasty Halloween treats

Friday, October 24, 2014

If you’ve got school-age ghosts and goblins in your home, you should know these basics of Halloween parties. ■ Edible fake blood: Mix together light corn syrup with enough red food dye to get the color you want. …

Have a healthy Halloween

Friday, October 24, 2014

Your children will have plenty of candy on Halloween. That much is a given. But what do you do if you want them to eat more nourishing food as well? How do you offer children a healthy treat …

Lisa Berg & Dakota West

Friday, October 24, 2014

Lisa Lauder Berg and Dakota Ty West, both of Hadley, were married Aug. 15 at The Log Cabin in Holyoke. Judge Mary-Lou Rup officiated at the ceremony. The bride, 22, is the daughter of Gary and Jean Berg …

Sherilyn Gaudet & Matthew Palmer

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sherilyn Gaudet and Matthew Palmer, both of South Boston, were married June 14 at Venezia in Boston. The officiant was David Gaudet. The bride, 30, is the daughter of Deborah and Michael Shakarian of Fitchburg. The groom, 30, …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, October 24, 2014

TASTINGS Amherst Wine & Spirits, 308 College Street, Amherst Saturday, 2-5 p.m., best reds under $15 WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4-6 p.m., wine; Leeds Package Store, Route 9, Leeds: Wed.—Fri., 3 to 6p.m.,wine.; Four Seasons, 333 Russell St., Hadley: everyday, wine; Spirit …

Friday, October 24, 2014

Last month, I folded pocket kings before the flop for the first time in my life. I’ve played more than 3 million hands of no-limit hold ‘em over 15 years, and it took an extraordinary set of circumstances …