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Rowan McElligott, 7, of Haydenville, puts the final touches on one of his latest projects. He will sell his work at the arts and crafts show at the Haydenville Congregational Church on Nov. 29.

Young Hilltown artist Rowan McElligott follows tradition of mom (jewelry-maker) and grandmother (painter)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

There is nothing extraordinary about being a young artist in the Hilltowns, where many painters, potters, photographers and artisans in a variety of mediums reside. Still, one mixed-medium artist may hold the distinction of being the youngest among those who show their work at local arts and craft shows. Rowan McElligott, 7, of Haydenville, is passionate about his art and …

9 out of 10 problem drinkers aren’t alcoholics, study says

Friday, November 21, 2014

You might think that people who throw back five or more drinks in a single outing or who down 15 or more drinks in a week are likely to be alcoholics. But a new study finds that the overwhelming majority of them are not. Only one out of 10 Americans who drank enough to qualify as a binge drinker or an excessive drinker …

Area briefs

Friday, November 21, 2014

Easthampton ARTS BENEFIT: Off the Map Tattoo at 112 Cottage St. is offering select art-themed tattoos for $50 Saturday, with all the proceeds going to the Flywheel Community Arts Center. The event, called Tattoos for the Arts, is the fifth charity tattoo day sponsored by the shop in as many years. People can choose from over 100 tattoo designs related to music, dance, …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Two versatile wines meet the Thanksgiving challenge

Friday, November 21, 2014

Editor’s note: Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley is a new monthly column written by Warren Johnston, who seeks out quality wines in the $10 range available locally. Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Viognier, $12.99 7 Deadly Zins, Zinfandel, $15.99 …

Local wine and beer tastings

Friday, November 21, 2014

TASTINGS Liquors 44, 238 King St., Northampton, Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m., Southern Comfort Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton, Saturday, 2 p.m., Element Brewing; Sunday, 2 p.m., Eden Ice Ciders; Tuesday, 4 p.m. Moonlight Meadery WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4-6 p.m., wine; …

A Look Back

Friday, November 21, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ Mayor Wallace J. Puchalski today said he is going to “strongly protest” the closing of the Springfield Armory. According to the city’s chief executive, between 50 and 75 Northampton persons will be left unemployed because of the closing of the armory. ■ Three students …

Florida leads the nation in car-crash drownings

Friday, November 21, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — The last time anyone saw Carline Brumaire Jean alive she was inside her car, waving her arms as it sank into a lake near Universal Orlando in February. Unable to escape her Toyota, she drowned. …

Drinking around the world New show views cultures through the lens of a glass

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — Jack Maxwell drinks for a living. From moss schnapps in Iceland to gut-busting raki in Turkey and homebrew in the Himalayas, he’s learned the hard way that tippler’s truism: “It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.” Maxwell says …

Metal mania burnishes this fall’s International Furniture Market

Thursday, November 20, 2014

HIGH POINT, N.C. — While gold shone brightly last year at the fall International Furniture Market, this time it’s full-blown metal mania. Metallics of all kinds were red-hot this year, with bronze, copper and brass especially popular on …

Your Place: Don’t let water savings go down the drain

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hauling water in a five-gallon container a couple of hundred yards from communal spigot to a campsite has reinforced my tendency to conserve. You, no doubt, have reasons of your own. Here are water-saving tips, compiled from a variety of sources: Turn off the water while you brush …

Living Smart: Are your home and pets ready for the holidays?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving is not far off, and beyond it are other holidays and opportunities to enjoy family and friends at their homes or yours. Whether you’re traveling, hosting or experiencing some of each, here are ideas for making sure …

Turkey ware: Vintage or modern, a cornucopia of styles for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 20, 2014

There are plenty of sources for cooking The Bird. So, how about focusing, instead, on the icon itself, celebrated in a variety of decorative interpretations, from plates to salt and pepper shakers, tablecloths, cocktail napkins and even pillows. …

Beware hot air! Debunking heating myths to stay warm, save money

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Advice about saving money on home heating costs abounds this time of year, but some of it is oversimplified, marketing hype or just plain wrong, while some long-standing myths persist about keeping warm on the cheap. For example, …