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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 — but that’s the price we pay for a gorgeous spring. You certainly may, and should, cut off the dying flowers so they …

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 much of it. “This is what he does. He finds some crazy challenge,” she said. …

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 9:30 a.m. that takes them from Spring Street onto South Pleasant, North Pleasant and East …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou builds an outdoor wok station

Friday, May 15, 2015

My Weber Jumbo Joe 18” charcoal grill has led a sheltered existence. This table-top, made-for-traveling, beauty has been used only once, during the week last summer I was busy putting together my large, steel box charcoal grill. The Jumbo Joe is a quite serviceable cooking device, able to …

CW expands comedy, comic book offerings in 2015-16 season

Friday, May 15, 2015

By Meredith Blake Los Angeles Times (TNS) Following one of the most critically and commercially successful years in its history, the CW unveiled a prime-time lineup for the 2015-16 season Thursday that displayed newfound confidence from the young (and young-skewing) network. “We had a terrific season,” said CW …

Northampton falls to Annapolis, Maryland, in Outside magazine contest

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s the end of the road for the city’s bid to be Outside magazine’s “Best Town” 2015. Northampton fell to Annapolis, Maryland, in the magazine contest’s latest round of voting, which ended at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. …

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I recently traveled to Malta to play the European Poker Tour events. Up until the last day of the series, I was roughly even on the trip, cashing in the 10,000-euro high-roller event but losing all of my other tournaments. The following hand took place in the 5,000-euro …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Tuaca (‘Waka Waka Waka’)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

An old friend, Beth (a self-described lunch junkie), asked me recently to take a trip over “the bridge” with her to Osteria Vespa, a new restaurant at 28 Amity St. in Amherst. I was onboard as soon as …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life: Walking alone

Thursday, May 14, 2015

On a recent morning, as I was passing Jackson Street School in Northampton, I noticed that many of the students were accompanied by parents who were walking or bicycling with them. Things were different when I was growing up. Then, a parent could take you to school on …

Your Time: May Day celebration, Common School, Amherst

Thursday, May 14, 2015

As they have for 30 years, staff and students at the Common School in Amherst celebrated May Day again this year, although it was a bit after the fact: On May 8, some 200 people gathered for the …

BBC America’s “Ripper Street” back for two more seasons

Thursday, May 14, 2015

By Tish Wells McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) The Victorian-era police procedural drama “Ripper Street” has been renewed for a fourth and fifth seasons. A collaboration between Amazon Prime Instant Video and the BBC, “Ripper Street” was initially cancelled in 2014. After fan outcry, it was revived for an …

Australia to Depp: Fly your two dogs out of the country or we’ll put them down

Thursday, May 14, 2015

By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia — Australian quarantine authorities have ordered Johnny Depp to fly his dogs Pistol and Boo out of the country by Saturday or they will be put down. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce …

Around South Hadley: Pioneer Valley Planning Commission surveys residents about walking, bicycling habits

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission wants to know about the walking and bicycling habits of South Hadley residents and others who spend time in the town. A survey now online and being distributed in paper form asks questions …