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Len Stanley, of St. Mary's County, Maryland, carries a piece of wooden block, which will support the I-beam rail that the Gay Head Lighthouse is resting on, in Aquinnah, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Thursday, May 28, 2015. The 160-year-old lighthouse started a multi-day trek to a new home slightly further inland.   The $3 million effort to move and save the structure was due to fear that it could tumble down a rapidly-eroding cliffside. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Iconic Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse begins move inland

Thursday, May 28, 2015

AQUINNAH — A Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse that is among the most endangered historic landmarks in the U.S. began its gradual march back from a rapidly eroding cliffside on Thursday. Powerful hydraulic pistons inched the 160-year-old Gay Head Lighthouse about 5 feet at a time along steel rails lathered with soap, starting just before noon. By midafternoon, it had moved more …

Thursday, May 28, 2015

One of the things that separate professional poker players from amateurs is risk tolerance. It’s human nature to avoid risk, and amateur players tend to play poker in a style that they think will limit their downside. Professional players, on the other hand, learn to be risk-seeking. And because amateurs can usually be counted on to try to avoid big losses, professionals can …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: A positive conductor

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Let’s talk about multi-tasking. I have discovered that when I’m trying to concentrate on following highway signs while driving in a new place, I need to turn off the radio, my usual companion on more familiar routes. Let’s see, Exit 35 south. OK, no more “Car Talk” or music or “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” One thing at a time. Something similar happens …

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 …

Your Time: Plant sale, Amherst Garden Club

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Avid gardeners arrived early last Saturday for the annual plant sale of the Garden Club of Amherst on the Town Common. They circled the tent, scoping out the plants they wanted to grab as soon as the gong …