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This photo provided by Acorn TV shows John Mahoney as Andrew Del Mar in "Foyle's War" on Acorn TV. The final season of “Foyle’s War,” debuts Monday, Feb. 2,  2015, on the streaming service Acorn TV. (AP Photo/ITV/Acorn TV)

‘Foyle’s War’ returns for a final, satisfying season

Sunday, February 1, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The end is at hand for “Foyle’s War,” the absorbing, impeccably produced World War II-era series that moved smoothly from crime to spy drama as the years passed. That the final three episodes build to a satisfying conclusion somewhat eases the loss. More solace: John Mahoney, known from “Frasier” for his comedy chops but with his roots …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Oven Chicken Wings

Saturday, January 24, 2015

(Adapted from thekitchen.com) 3 pounds of chicken wings and/or drumettes, the meatier the better 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper ½ cup hot sauce 3 tablespoons butter, melted Blue cheese or ranch dressing, for serving Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet or two with …

What cask beer drinkers know: Cold kills flavor

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Nothing screams American mass-market beer like that big silver “Coors” bullet train. TV spots show it rocketing through a winter blizzard, smashing huge glaciers into ice rubble before steaming into town like the Polar Express for the college …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou is feeling deflated

Saturday, January 24, 2015

For some unexplained reason, I’ve had a really deflating week. Woke up Monday morning and made English muffins. They came out under-cooked. Made scrambled eggs. They came out too runny. Seems the toaster and stove top were under-pressured. Not enough “psi.” What’s going on? Tuesday was no better. …

California measles outbreak expands to 78 cases; more likely

Friday, January 23, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The measles outbreak centered in California continues to expand, with officials now confirming 78 cases of the illness in seven states and Mexico. The California Department of Public Health said there are now 68 cases in the state — 48 that have been directly …

Heart surgeon killed at Boston hospital is laid to rest

Friday, January 23, 2015

WELLESLEY — The widow of a cardiac surgeon gunned down at a Boston hospital told hundreds at his funeral Friday he was well liked by patients and it was difficult to believe his death came at the hands of a patient’s son. The service for Dr. Michael Davidson …

Eva Gerstel of Easthampton celebrates 100 years of feminism

Friday, January 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — At 100, self-proclaimed feminist Eva Gerstel is not shy about offering her opinion — not that she has ever been. On whether she was excited for her 100th birthday party, scheduled for Saturday: “To tell you …

Style Stop: Corinne Wingard

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Style Stop team caught up with Corinne Wingard, 72, of Agawam inside The Village on Main hair salon. WHAT SHE WAS WEARING: A reversible coat, glass earrings and a scarf from Venice. Her style: I like Soft …

ID: Sharon C. Mehrman

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sharon C. Mehrman is the owner of a one-woman workshop in Florence, where she designs and handcrafts fine furniture. She began her woodworking career handcrafting signs for businesses on Nantucket Island. Mehrman says the things in our lives …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life — The Conch Republic: A role model for western Mass?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Here’s an example of how my mind works: Last September, while reading about the Scottish secessionist movement from the United Kingdom, I started thinking about Key West, Florida, one of my favorite travel destinations. Besides those great sunsets and a laid-back atmosphere, this little dot of an island …