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A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month.

Scenic ride

Thursday, September 3, 2015

JERREY ROBERTS A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month. …

France hero in ABC’s new ‘Dancing’ cast

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NEW YORK — ABC moved quickly to land one of the three men who foiled a terror attack on a Paris-bound train last month for the 21st season cast of “Dancing With the Stars.” The network announced Wednesday that Alek Skarlatos, who overpowered a gun-toting man last month with his friends Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler, will be in the dancing competition that …

school lunch menus

Friday, August 28, 2015

Amherst-Pelham WEDNESDAY: Meatball hero, romaine salad with tomato, carrots and celery, peach cup, Empire apple THURSDAY: Pancakes with turkey sausage, baked Tater Tots, veggie dippers, Bartlett pear, applesauce FRIDAY: Cheesy pepperoni pizza, carrot sticks, romaine salad with tomato, sliced peaches, orange Belchertown TUESDAY: HS: Philly steak sandwich, corn, carrots, tomato soup, mixed fruit or taco bar; JB: Personal pizza or buffalo chicken, broccoli, …

Neighbors unite to create unofficial ‘historic district’

Friday, August 28, 2015

South Court Street in Akron, Ohio, could have become just another tired stretch of outdated houses, ripe for redevelopment. But a group of residents had a different vision. Seven years ago they formed the South Court Historic Neighborhood …

New rules to cut water used in dishwasher

Friday, August 28, 2015

How many of you rinse off dishes first before putting them in the dishwasher? Since, to get out of cooking, I take care of cleaning up and that involves loading the dishwasher, I am a rinser. When I don’t do it, any stray fleck of cheese is melted …

Springing ahead to bulbs

Friday, August 28, 2015

It’s almost the end of August and despite the hot, muggy weather, fall is just around the corner. That means it is time for gardeners to plan for spring flowers. If you don’t plant bulbs this fall, you …

Style Stop: Taylor Lloyd — You can call her Second Hand Rose

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Taylor Lloyd was making her way down Main Street in her hometown of Northampton when the Style Stop team noticed her cool style. She literally jumped at the chance to talk to us about her thrifty outfit. nnn …

ID: Mark Alan Miller

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mark Alan Miller is a lifelong resident of western Massachusetts, a hopeless music collector, recording nerd, proud father and happy husband. Prior to his current creative endeavor, Sonelab, a recording studio which opened in 2012, he was the …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Summer reading, had me a blast — summer reading, happened so fast

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Summer’s gone, taking with it those “gripping” summer reads. I hope you didn’t think all that page turning, all those beach books, all that bodice ripping was just for fun. Perhaps that used to be true, but these days everything is tested and re-tested. Summer reading, too, will …

Digital Life: Rethinking the computer game as a teaching tool

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Christian Varona didn’t rely on textbooks and slideshows to learn history. When it came to studying for daunting Advanced Placement tests, he didn’t turn to a tutor, either. He just logged on to his computer and played games. …

Chef’s Best: Paper-thin veggies make better, more creative summer salads

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Want to build a better salad? Think thin. This summer, I fell in love with my mandoline, that paddle-shaped kitchen gadget that with back-and-forth swipes lets you easily and quickly render produce to paper-thin slices. Why for salads? …

Civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson dies at 104

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who nearly died while helping lead the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march in 1965, championed voting rights for blacks and was the first black woman to run for …

John Engel: A family makes room for different ways to replenish

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Nothing like beach says summer. Sun, sand and surf equal fun, for many. Beaches, in my experience are usually crowded, surrounded by development — ranging from the ticky-tacky to the clamor of outlet malls — and bland, leaving me subdued. I prefer mountains and forests — preferably together …