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Area briefs

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Amherst FARMERS MARKET WORKSHOP: A free workshop focused on how residents can become more resilient and less reliant on external resources for water, food and warmth will be held during the Winter Farmers Market on Saturday at the Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut St. The workshop run by Gabor Lukacs will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Professional Development Room. It is part of an educational …

Hilltown Voices: Williamsburg, Chesterfield and Goshen children’s funds seek gift-wrapping volunteers

Saturday, December 20, 2014

There is a room in the home of Sabrina Willard that is packed full of holiday gifts for children who otherwise may have gone without presents this year. Willard runs the Williamsburg Children’s Fund, which has been in operation for over 10 years, providing children in need with warm winter clothes, coats, boots, toys and educational materials. “We started our shopping in October, …

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to four deaths

Friday, December 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak started just before then, in mid-October. But the commercially produced variety can have a shelf life of a month or more, and some may still …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, December 19, 2014

Amherst Grace Wright, a student at Bates College of Lewiston, Maine, spent the fall 2014 semester studying abroad in Nepal as a participant in the SIT study abroad program in Kathmandu. Wright, a 2012 graduate of Rutland High …

Valley Bounty: Local beef

Friday, December 19, 2014

Roast Beef In my family, the Christmas table celebrates local food just like the Thanksgiving table does. Every Christmas Eve, the main entrée is a select roast from one of my family’s small herd of cows. For those …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Kung Fu Girl Riesling: Seriously good despite the whimsy

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kung Fu Girl Riesling Washington State 2013, $11.99 I find it rewarding when the big national wine magazines write about something that you can actually find on the shelves of a neighborhood store. In this case, the 2013 …

A Hanukkah tradition: Brisket, latkes and tzimmes

Friday, December 19, 2014

It’s all a matter of cause and effect. The cause is that in 164 BC, a group of Jews led by Judah Maccabee captured the former Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, which had been turned into a pagan shrine …

Holiday feast: Birds of many stripes have long had starring roles on the dining table

Friday, December 19, 2014

The “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a high-spirited carol that clicks along at the rollicking pace set by Frederic Austin’s tune, composed in 1909 and based on traditional folk music. The words, first published in 1780, tell …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, December 19, 2014

TASTINGS Liquors 44, 238 King St., Northampton Saturday, 12 to 3 p.m., Brut Dargent JP Chenet Sparkling Wines; 4 to 6 p.m., Bailey’s Chocolate Cherry; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 90+ Cellars Wine, 2 to 4 p.m., Crown Royal Apple Whiskey; Monday, 4 to 6 p.m., Bailey’s …

The magic of Christmas captured at Look Park in Northampton

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There have been a lot of children on shoulders in the Look Park Garden House lately. With Christmas approaching, the banquet hall has again been transformed into a train station run by elves for Santa’s Trains …

Hatfield’s 34th annual Luminarium, its ‘night to shine,’ set for Sunday

Friday, December 19, 2014

HATFIELD — The town’s “night to shine” comes Sunday when Hatfield hosts its 34th annual Luminarium, a flickering display of candlelit homes and holiday celebration. Scattered clouds and flurries are forecast, an outlook that bodes well for an evening of festivities that begins at 5 p.m. with snacks …

A Look Back

Friday, December 19, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ The Northampton Junior Chamber of Commerce will present Michael OÕBrien, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. O’Brien of Orchard St., as its special guest on the Jaycee radio program series, “Wake Up, Northampton,” tonight on WHMP. O’Brien, who is studying to be a …

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 …