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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 …

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 …

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 …

Your Time: Choosing a Christmas tree

Thursday, December 18, 2014

At this time of year, folks are out in force, picking out their Christmas trees. Kathy Hayford and Nancy Cheevers and Cheevers’ son, Ryan Cheevers, for example, were at Chestnut Mountain Tree Farm in Hatfield where they’ve gone …

ID: Rebekah Brooks

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rebekah Brooks is a jeweler with stores in Cambridge and Northampton. She says her upbringing in rural New Hampshire, in a house that resembles a sculpture, and her artist parents, provided her with a world of natural inspiration. …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: 2014: Year of the frowny face

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This year winds down with a unique distinction. Congratulations, 2014. Your grim news, replete with plagues and bombs and occasional beheadings, has made you the first year in history to be forever written with an emoticon. From now on, this waning, woeful year will be written as 2014 …

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 …