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Slice of Life: Free to shop, you and me

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dear Evershop Customer, Welcome to Evershop, your new multi-shop service that lets you exercise your freedom by shopping for all the things you used to take for granted. Remember the old days? When you had one phone company? One electric company? One doctor who made house calls? Fewer choices, fewer bills, and fewer people to call when things went belly up? Those “good ol’ days” weren’t so good, were they? …

Your Time Church services at the Newman Catholic Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and St. John’s Episcopal Church, Northampton

Friday, February 27, 2015

Whether it’s a date of religious significance or the weekly Sabbath, to enter a place of worship is to enter a community. Political beliefs, incomes and and ethnicities can all vary in a congregation, but one’s fellow parishioners, if only for an hour, are all devout believers in God and nothing more. Wednesday, …

Style Stop: Dee Pizzo

Friday, February 27, 2015

It was the White House Black Market pants and jacket and scarf from Anthropologie that caught the attention of the Style Stop team one morning in downtown Northampton. When we caught up with Dee Pizzo of Glastonbury, Connecticut, we discovered she also was carrying her mother’s circa 1970s purse. nnn AN ECLECTIC SHOPPER: …

A wine to try: 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel

Friday, February 20, 2015

A WINE TO TRY 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel Region: California Price: About $25 Style: Gorgeous fruit with a dark undertone Hard to believe it’s been only eight years since the young Morgan Twain-Peterson started making …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou’s beautiful bounty

Friday, February 20, 2015

Rummaging through my kitchen cabinets is often a journey into the unknown. Often, as in I often come across foodstuffs bought “deity” knows when, for who knows what reason. My latest journey into the heart of dark kitchen cabinets unearthed unopened bags of various dried fruits: sliced mango, …

Valley Bounty: Maple popcorn

Friday, February 20, 2015

Maple Popcorn Maple syrup and popcorn are year-round treats, but especially well-suited to the end of February vacation in a cold, snowy year. Popcorn, of course, can be flavored any number of ways depending on the topping, but …

Beerhunter: Lager elbows its way into the craft market

Friday, February 20, 2015

In the warm, bright tasting room of Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton, my friend took a sip from a sample glass and frowned. He took another and made the same face. “It’s a lager,” I said. “They’re all …

Maple goes beyond syrup and turns up everywhere

Friday, February 20, 2015

Growing up, I associated maple flavor with the pancake syrup found at the breakfast table. But today it seems maple is everywhere. In coffee, tea and barbecue sauce, it’s become a go-to flavor. It flavors ice cream, candy, …

Banh Mi Saigon: Burned out of Hadley, Chuong Son and Mung Pham are back in business selling their exotic sandwich in Northampton

Friday, February 20, 2015

A fire destroyed their restaurant, along with 11 other businesses on Route 9 in Hadley 15 months ago, Chuong Son and his wife, Mung Pham, are finally bringing Banh Mi Saigon back to life in downtown Northampton. It’s …

Medical tool implicated in ‘superbug’ outbreak

Thursday, February 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES — A “superbug” outbreak suspected in the deaths of two Los Angeles hospital patients is raising disturbing questions about the design of a hard-to-clean medical instrument used on more than half a million people in the …

Gardening extravaganza: The masters offer a full day of workshops for those itching for spring

Thursday, February 19, 2015

On the first day of spring next month, gardeners can get practical advice on how to make their yards into biodiverse beauties. The annual Spring Symposium sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association, “Creating Your Own Eden,” …

Creating your own Eden — the particulars

Thursday, February 19, 2015

WHAT: “Creating Your Own Eden,” 16 workshops in two sessions. Books for sale. Garden-related vendors WHEN: March 21, 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. WHERE: Frontier Regional High School, 113 North Main St., South Deerfield Fee: $35. Birdbath planter workshop: additional $40. Optional sandwich lunch: $8 Pre-registration: Required. Registration …