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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, Massachusetts. The new regional system would include Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Mercy Medical Center in Springfield and several other smaller hospitals. …

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 in him the importance of giving back to the community. Bunn was also a huge …

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 last week. The study will pay attention to aspects such as visibility of the crosswalks …

’Tis the season

Friday, December 12, 2014

Keeping the joy in whole-grain holiday baking

Friday, December 12, 2014

When I was 5, my mom invited a bunch of my kindergarten girlfriends and their moms over for cookies, cocoa and caroling to celebrate the holidays. That tradition turned into an annual holiday ritual, and I grew up …

Ask a Cook: Freezing unbaked biscuits shouldn’t diminish their goodness

Friday, December 12, 2014

Q: I would like to make biscuits ahead of my holiday meal. Should I partially bake them and then freeze them, or freeze them unbaked? Or is this impossible? A: It’s not impossible at all. It’s easy to freeze unbaked biscuits. It works best with baking-powder biscuit recipes. …

Madame Barfly: A spike of spice gives go-to cocktails holiday flair

Friday, December 12, 2014

As a nine-year veteran of the restaurant business, I’ve learned a worthy trick or two. In this monthly column I will share trade secrets and scope out what’s shaking at local bars. Craft cocktails are all the rage …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, December 12, 2014

TASTINGS Amherst Wine & Spirits, 308 College Street, Amherst Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m., Port with walnuts and Stilton cheese Liquors 44, 238 King St., Northampton Saturday, 12 to 3 p.m., Brut Dargent & JP Chenet Sparkling Wine; 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Bluepoint Brewery Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., …

Valley Bounty: Festive Drinks

Friday, December 12, 2014

Festive Drinks Local ciders, beers, wines and liqueur infusions make great gifts and good treats to serve to out-of-towners. Mulled ciders are easy to make in a crock pot with local apple cider, cinnamon, clove and allspice. Serving …

Got kids? Make your wedding a family affair

Friday, December 12, 2014

When Angelina Jolie wed Brad Pitt in one of the most publicized nuptials of the 21st century, she wore a jaw-dropping silk and satin gown designed by Donatella Versace. Embroidered on her floor-length veil were colorful drawings by …

Emma Osborne & Jason Aldrich

Friday, December 12, 2014

Emma Osborne and Jason Aldrich, both of Amherst, were married Sept. 13 at The Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst by the Rev. Sarah Buteux. The matron of honor was Katy Hogan and the bridesmaids were Charity Delsie, Abby …

Lou and Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou makes his Christmas list - and it's a doozy

Friday, December 12, 2014

There are just a few things I want for Christmas this year. Please feel free to get just one of them, unless of course the spirit moves you to get more than one. A larger kitchen. I’ve run out of space for all my culinary things. They’re spilling …

Volunteer opportunities

Friday, December 12, 2014

northampton first night — Volunteers needed to help out with Northampton First Night — celebrate and participate at the same time. Log on to www.firstnightnorthampton.org and click on the “volunteer” tab. Or call 584-7327 Smith College Botanic Garden — Volunteers needed to provide tours for K-12 classes; staff …