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Organizers of Northampton Family Fourth Celebration seek donations for fifth annual event

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Organizers of the annual Northampton Family Fourth Celebration are seeking donations to make the free event possible for a fifth year. “Hopefully enough people will support it so we can have a really good event this year,” said Mayor David J. Narkewicz, an individual sponsor of the event. Priscilla Ross, chairwoman of the Northampton Family Fourth committee, said Tuesday that organizers have raised $11,000 toward a goal of …

‘What are you?’ ‘Where are you from?’: Members of multiracial families face harsh moments, but mostly find acceptance in the Valley

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Charisse Pickron of Amherst recalls once filling out a questionaire for a product her family purchased and being asked to identify her race by checking a box either for white or for black. Neither was accurate. Her mother suggested she choose black, saying that is how most people would see her. “My sister …

Musings: Beating back the ever-evolving camper's envy

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

As the camping season wrapped up in New England last year, I was thinking that my family had had a good run. We started the summer with early and mid-season treks into Vermont for car camping and we ended with a multi-day trip through the Northeast Kingdom and White Mountains of New Hampshire. …

Dijon mustard amps up the flavor of chicken

Friday, May 22, 2015

One of my pantry staples for adding flavor, but not fat and calories, is Dijon mustard. I’m never without it. Dijon mustard is a kitchen workhorse. Having a bottle or jar on hand is a quick route to …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Still true blue to first red love

Friday, May 22, 2015

Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Amador County, Calif. $9.99 to $15.99 In the early 1970s in Atlanta, you could be considered knowledgeable about wine if you knew that the rose from Lancers and Mateus came from Portugal. And there were …

Eat Up: Make your own French fries

Friday, May 22, 2015

French fries What makes for the best French fries — before ketchup, mayonnaise or any other condiment? Texture and flavor are defining factors, dictated by what potatoes are used, how they’re cut and prepped, the frying oil used …

From the fields to the food truck: Three former farm apprentices dish up local produce in breakfast, lunch and snack fare

Friday, May 22, 2015

There’s a new food truck parked at the Amherst Farmers Market on Saturdays this season dishing up egg and pesto breakfast sandwiches, parsnip fritters snacks and arepas — a kind of stuffed South American corn bread — for …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy gets gritty

Friday, May 22, 2015

Shrimp and grits. You know you want it. I know I always want it when I see it on a menu. I don’t know why, I just do. Good old southern comfort food. I grew up with grits for breakfast. My father would make them on Sundays along …

Valley Bounty: Radishes

Friday, May 22, 2015

Radishes Spring radishes are a lovely thing, beautiful to look at and crisp and spicy on the tongue. They even have cheerful, evocative names: French Breakfast, Easter Egg, Amethyst, Rudolf. Radishes and other spring flavors are highlighted in …

Get growing: Bear with ugly foliage while spring flowers fade

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tulips and daffodils are ending their bloom period and now their foliage becomes admittedly unsightly. Even knowledgeable gardeners are tempted to cut back the yellowing leaves. Yes, for several weeks the yellowing leaves mar the garden display — …

Trio completes 48-state Vermont-to-Washington driving challenge in record time

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — About a year ago, when John Frey told his wife, Jennifer Dieringer, that he was going to try to break the record for driving through all 48 states in the continental United States, she didn’t think …

Parade, ceremony will mark Memorial Day in Amherst

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — There will be a Memorial Day parade along the American-flag lined streets of downtown Amherst, followed by a ceremony, Monday morning. Parade participants, including local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, will begin gathering at the North Common at 9 a.m. and depart on a route at …

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Spend a minute with a poker player and there’s a good chance you’ll hear a bad beat story. There’s nothing worse than listening to someone bemoan his or her luck. Most players don’t care about any bad beat stories but their own. I know that I don’t. As …