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Amherst Irish Association promotes better understanding of Ireland’s culture

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — A recently formed group focused on promoting Irish culture is putting on a series of events designed to move beyond stereotypes and provide insights to a society where St. Patrick’s Day, the most prominent Irish celebration, is often associated with alcohol consumption. Ide O’Carroll, a representative of the Amherst Irish Association, said Thursday that the group is a community-based initiative that will offer programs featuring talks, music and …

Hilltown Voices: New Vision Pioneers make small bears at Williamsburg tavern to brighten lives of children

Saturday, January 31, 2015

On the third Tuesday morning of every month, a room at The Brewmaster’s Tavern at 4 Main St. in Williamsburg turns into a mini-manufacturing site with 20 to 25 women sitting at tables around the room stuffing, sewing, embellishing and organizing small bears to be given as gifts to children in need. The …

Longtime anti-war activist Phyllis Rodin dies in Amherst at age 100

Friday, January 30, 2015

AMHERST — Longtime anti-war activist Phyllis Rodin died Friday at the age of 100 at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst. The feisty feminist is remembered across the Valley for her political activism and the many lives she’s touched, according to her friend and caretaker Anne Griffin of Florence. “She’s a force …

Travelers like plan for rail link to NY’s LaGuardia

Sunday, January 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Tom Fiore knows what it’s like to sit in a taxi for as long as two agonizing hours, over bridges or through a tunnel, to travel a mere eight miles from midtown Manhattan to LaGuardia …

Larry Wilmore had to play the name game

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Naming a show would seem like an easy task. It didn’t take a big leap to come up with “Late Night With David Letterman” or “Seinfeld.” But when Larry Wilmore was trying to come up with a name for his new Comedy Central show that would take over …

Sharing your special news

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Daily Hampshire Gazette publishes news about weddings, engagements, anniversaries, new babies and adoptions with local connections. There is a small charge for wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements. Forms and information about submitting announcements can be found at GazetteNET.com. Look for Reader Service at the top right on …

A wine to try: 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A wine to try 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie Region: Beaujolais Price: About $24 Style: Graceful and balanced What it goes with: Indian food, braised or roast lamb, lentil stew, a burger Beaujolais Nouveau is coming, and soon, but …

friends & neighbors

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Amherst Claire R. Thibodeau, a resident of Royal Oak, Michigan, was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Alfred University, Alfred, New York. She is a senior in the school of art and design. A graduate of …

Family Wanted: Nicki, 10, is caring, compassionate

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hi. My name is Nicki. I like to make gifts for people I care about. I prefer fruits and vegetables. Caring and compassionate are two words used to describe 10-year-old Nicki. He is an imaginative Caucasian boy who …

Mushrooms can be a healthy piece of the Super Bowl spread

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Anybody who has kids will appreciate this milestone. My daughter ate an entire mushroom for the first time the other day! I had roasted it on a baking sheet alongside other veggies, knowing she would likely skip the …

Valley Bounty: Lamb

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lamb Lamb stews are wonderfully rich and warming. Use traditional New England stew fixings like carrots, onions and potatoes, or a mix of Middle Eastern spices, which bring out lamb’s complexity. Tagine, a lamb stew named for the clay pot it is cooked in, makes a fantastic meal …