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CAROL LOLLIS
back, Debbie Thouin and Marilyn Neumann at the Valentines day party at the Cliffview Community room in Easthampton.

ARROWS OF FRIENDSHIP FLY

Saturday, February 13, 2016

United Way of Hampshire County offers ‘text to give’ option to aid children’s programs

Saturday, February 13, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Generous Valley residents inspired by the spirit of Valentine’s Day can use their phones to strengthen local programs for children. The United Way of Hampshire County is joining with its peers in Franklin and Hampden counties to offer a mobile giving campaign called “Show the Love for Kids.” This “text to give” effort allow people to contribute to programs that impact …

Artificial lights can keep houseplants growing in winter

Friday, February 12, 2016

Short days put sunlight at a premium. Even houseplants feel it. Mostly, they just sit and wait for better growing conditions. But for indoor gardeners who want plants to keep growing and even flowering this time of year, artificial light is the answer. Visible light is only a small slice of the electromagnetic …

Never too old: NC couple build modern dream home

Friday, February 12, 2016

PITTSBORO, N.C. — At a stage of life when many of their friends are downsizing or choosing assisted living communities, Philip and Velma Helfaer eagerly built a new home on the fringe of one of North Carolina’s Triangle …

Turn your bathroom into a perfect space for primping

Friday, February 12, 2016

What makes a great bathroom, one perfect for prepping and primping? A well-considered combination of fixtures, lighting and amenities — the kind we often first experience in a really nice hotel. “Bathrooms are the most private parts of …

Five ways to keep warm in the winter while saving energy

Friday, February 12, 2016

As winter wears on, a few cheap and easy fixes can help keep homes warm while saving energy and money. The average household spends about $2,000 a year on utilities, almost half of which goes toward heating and …

A mudroom is more than a place to store stuff

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A great mudroom has its own heat source, gets natural light, is easy to clean and is well organized. With those four fundamentals it’s hard to go wrong and easy to find ways to let creativity flourish. Mike …

Decorators share suggestions for a cozy winter bedroom

Friday, February 12, 2016

Decorating a bedroom is about creating a peaceful retreat, and in winter that means making it as cozy and welcoming as possible. For some people, “cozy” requires the physical warmth of thick flannel sheets and soft quilts, says …

Tasting circle: 1000 foods to eat before you die

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Katy van Geel and I are enthusiastic foodies, cooks and 5 College Learning in Retirement members. Last spring, Katy asked if I would co-moderate a course with her with the intriguing title “1000 Foods to Eat Before You …

Story Place: In the arms of an angel

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Editor’s note: In this new feature, which will run periodically in Hampshire Life, Northampton resident Keegan Pyle will connect with local folks, and share their stories. On a recent day, as a patient underwent chemotherapy treatment for breast …

Style Stop: Katie Patenaude, ready for Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Style Stop team was roaming the streets in downtown Northampton on a snowy day last week, when we spotted reiki practitioner Katie Patenaude of Haydenville, who was on a mission to buy Valentine’s Day chocolates for her …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: The joy of — tidying up?

Thursday, February 11, 2016

I recently bought two new sieves, one with fine mesh, the other with bigger openings, replacing an ancient object that had begun to fray dangerously around the edges. I showed them to my son Will, who was visiting from Oregon and who is an excellent cook. “Silly, isn’t …

Your Time: Fine Arts Center gala, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Last Saturday, hundreds gathered in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center Ballroom for the 27th annual Friends of the Fine Arts Center’s Benefit Gala, which celebrated the FAC’s 40 years of “Stayin’ Alive since 75.” Attendees had …