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Amherst native Richard ‘Jerry’ Snyder receives Congressional Gold Medal for Civil Air Patrol service

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst native who trained with the Civil Air Patrol in Northampton during World War II is among nearly 100 surviving volunteers who recently were given Congressional Gold Medals, the highest civilian honor for their service to the United States. Richard “Jerry” Snyder, who has made his home in Arizona since the 1950s, was one of 46 alumni of the Civil Air Patrol who attended a recognition ceremony …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: A side trip for a Sidecar

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I was feeling rather dapper in my black suit as I cruised recently down Route 91, so I thought to myself, “I’m going to take a little side trip to the Whately Inn.” The atmosphere at the Whately Inn is always warm and inviting, but especially at this time of year. The restaurant, …

Style Stop: Julia Mailloux

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Julia Mailloux, 19, of Westhampton, was making her way along Main Street in Northampton recently when the Style Stop team noticed her. Mailloux, who is studying to be a hairstylist at Marinello School of Beauty on Pleasant Street in Northampton, was dressed for warmth in a comfortable-looking jacket, accented by a sweeping scarf, …

Chef’s Best: Take comfort in an almost effortless onion soup

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Talk about a vegetable that’s everywhere. The humble onion is one the most common aromatic vegetables, popping up in so many ways across so many cuisines. And it’s not just for taste. The onion also happens to be …

Saint Francis to merge with Trinity Health

Thursday, December 18, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford-based Saint Francis Care has announced plans to merge with Trinity Health and form a nonprofit regional health system in New England. Trinity is a national system of Roman Catholic health care institutions that already includes the Sisters of Providence Health System in Springfield, …

Patrick MacWilliams remembers ‘best gift-giver’ great-grandmother Hazel Bunn with donation to Toy Fund

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Not everyone gets to become buddies with their great-grandmother. Patrick MacWilliams of 124 Silver St. is one of those lucky people. He and Hazel Bunn, his mother’s mother’s mother, had fun together and she instilled …

Northampton to study crosswalk safety after pedestrian critically injured last week

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City officials plan to conduct a study of all city crosswalks in light of safety concerns after a Northampton woman was critically injured when she was struck by a car in a crosswalk on Bridge Street …

Nini’s Ristorante in Easthampton to hold fundraiser benefiting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Nini’s Ristorante at 124 Cottage St. is holding a fundraiser Wednesday to benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of original owner Giovanni Daniele, who died from cancer in 2011. Ten percent of the day’s dine-in and takeout sales will be donated to the Boston-based cancer research …

Robin Williams tops 2014 Google search list

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Robin Williams’ suicide seared into the world’s collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google. The reaction to Williams’ death in August topped Google’s list of …

Area briefs

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Florence ANNUAL FLORENCE LUMINARY DISPLAY: Luminaries are now available from local businesses for the Florence Civic and Business Association’s 13th annual Luminary Display on Saturday in downtown Florence. The event will feature a dessert social and public gathering at the Civic Center on Park Street from 6 to …

John Pastorello rekindles family tradition with spectacular holiday light display in South Hadley

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — It started small in 1989 and grew and grew to 2007 when the last of the three children were off to college and the labor to make a holiday spectacle in their yard was gone. …

Rings given to Salvation Army fetch $21,000 for toys

Monday, December 15, 2014

BOSTON — Not even J.R.R. Tolkien could dream up rings as precious as these. A former Salvation Army bell ringer is paying $21,000 for a diamond engagement ring and wedding band that a widow placed inside a red …

‘Ho-Ho-Hotline’ allows Linda Manor residents to stay involved in Northampton community

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Linda Manor resident Beverly Maher smiles when she talks about playing the part of Mrs. Claus for a telephone line open to children hoping to talk to Santa or Mrs. Claus. “I have a fondness for …