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Hilltown CROP Hunger Walk involves more than 100 people who raise $11,831

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Residents of several communities were out in force last Sunday for the 27th annual Hilltown CROP Hunger Walk, raising a total of $11,831. Participants included walkers from Ashfield, Haydenville, Huntington, Plainfield, Williamsburg and Worthington, as well as others from Easthampton, Southampton, and Westhampton. Organizer Jean York of the First Congregational Church of Williamsburg estimated that well over 100 people stepped out for the fundraiser that is sponsored by the Church …

Pumpin’ up the pumpkin — and making more than pie

Friday, October 31, 2014

Behold the pumpkin, plump harbinger of autumn, a bright-orange beacon for us all to blah blah blah, yada yada yada. Look, I was going to write a nice story about pumpkin, everybody’s favorite winter squash, a gourd that is beloved in both pie and jack-o’-lantern forms. I was going to discuss how it …

A wine to try

Friday, October 31, 2014

2012 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Region: Sonoma County, Russian River Valley Price: From $50 to $55 Style: Rich and full-bodied Goes with: Roast duck, seared duck breasts, braised meats, cheese This is a glorious full-bodied, velvety Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley that tastes of Santa Rosa plums, sweet spices and a …

Style Stop: Anastatia Spicer: A clothes-borrower be

Thursday, October 30, 2014

On a chilly day in Northampton, the Style Stop team found Anastatia Spicer, 19, bundled up under a poncho (borrowed from a roommate) with a cup of hot coffee in hand. Spicer studies studio arts and social justice …

Chef’s Best: A little protein makes pumpkin pie a lot healthier

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The holiday season just isn’t the same if I don’t stuff my face with pumpkin pie. There, I’ve said it. Judge if you must, but then read on to hear my secret for pumpkin dessert goodness with fewer …

Chef’s Best: 10 fresh ways to doctor stuffing mix

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Let’s be clear about something. ... When making stuffing, it’s always better to slice and dry your own bread cubes. Hands down, the taste and texture are better. But let’s also be realistic. In the chaos of getting …

PBS’s ‘Craft in America’ focuses on veterans

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I always expect quality from the PBS series “Craft in America” and it delivers with beautifully filmed profiles of a select number of craft artists that are succinct yet thoughtful. “Service,” which airs at 10:30 p.m., Sunday, surpasses expectation by focusing on veterans and giving them the opportunity …

Poet Kinnell dies at 87

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Galway Kinnell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who opened up American verse in the 1960s and beyond through his forceful, spiritual takes on the outsiders and underside of contemporary life, has died at age 87. Kinnell’s …

Boy or girl? Family with 12 sons awaits baby 13

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13, and even though they’re sticking to their tradition of not finding out in advance whether they’re having a boy or girl, they said they’d be shocked if their streak is broken. Jay …

McDormand spectacular in new HBO mini-series

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

THE MINI-SERIES: “Olive Kitteridge” WHEN/WHERE: Sunday and Monday at 9 p.m. on HBO WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Olive Kitteridge (Frances McDormand) is a junior high school teacher in the fictional mid-coast Maine town of Crosby (think Camden), married to town pharmacist Henry (Richard Jenkins). She’s a brittle, difficult character, …

State report: Murder down, opiate deaths up

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — A new report by state health officials is showing a drop in violent crime, but continued problems with heroin overdose deaths and childhood asthma and obesity. The study by the Massachusetts Health Council, citing the most recent FBI crime report available, said that the state’s murder …

L.M. ‘Kit’ Carson, filmmaker who helped write ‘Paris, Texas,’ dies at 73

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Filmmaker L.M. “Kit” Carson, who helped write “Paris, Texas” and played a key role in launching the careers of fellow Texans Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson, died Oct. 20 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He was 73. He had been hospitalized since February, said his son, …

Madame Tussauds to add Taylor Swift

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taylor Swift is getting double the love from Madame Tussauds wax museum with her figure being unveiled in both Washington and Hollywood. On Tuesday, the museum will add its new wax statue of the 24-year-old …