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Homemade granola bars have moved far beyond hippie origins to become a mainstream snack

Friday, November 27, 2015

BC-HOMEMADE-GRANOLABARS:MS - food (800 words),0851 Homemade granola bars have moved far beyond hippie origins to become a mainstream snack (PHOTOS) By Kim Ode Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) The kids are back in school, which can bestow a sense of routine in a household - except when it doesn’t, as when school activities kick into high gear. Healthy snacks become a lifeline, whether for an out-the-door breakfast, tucked into a lunch bag, or to appease an appetite until dinner. Granola bars began appearing on grocery shelves in the mid-1970s, often as thin slabs of oats, honey and earnestness. What began as hippie fodder gradually morphed into …

Test Kitchen recipe: French onion is the perfect soup for fall

Friday, November 27, 2015

Nothing feeds the soul quite like soup. Most soups are hearty in both taste and texture. And one of the best things about soups: You can make a meal out of them. Add a salad and some crusty bread and dinner is served. One of my favorite soups for fall is French onion …

Squash by the bushelsful

Friday, November 27, 2015

JERREY ROBERTS Squash by the bushelsful Rebecca Sadlowski loads winter squash into a vegetable display stand at Rooted Acres on Chmura Road in Hadley. …

Donors celebrate tradition as Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund launches 83rd year

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When Suzanne Rogers, 70, was growing up in Northampton, she remembers her father, Marcel “Mike” Meunier, donating to the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund every year. “He loved children, and thought Christmas was especially a time …

Community backing needed to ensure Toy Fund’s success

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Coin by coin, dollar by dollar, residents of the Valley have for more than 80 years joined to ensure that local children receive holiday gifts. But community support has fallen over the past three years, threatening the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund’s ability to carry out …

House full of music: In Huntington, the Nevilles carry on a famous family’s legacy

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Out in the wilds of Huntington, saxophone lines wind around the bare trees of late fall. The reedy notes emanate from a yurt beside Charles Neville’s house. The small, round interior is lined with tie-dyed banners, which Neville …

The Angry Birds parenting guide: Kid screen time a resource, not a scourge

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

“Wow,” my 11-year-old son said, pointing out the window of the car. “That’s a Porsche!” I can barely tell a Porsche from a water buffalo. So I was somewhat bewildered to discover that my son was a car …

Family to-do list

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WELSH CHRISTMAS The festive season is upon us, and what better time to break out Dylan Thomas? The work of the Welsh poetry powerhouse makes two visits to the area when Silverthorne Theater Company offers a staged reading …

Dr. Gina O’Brien: Keep toy safety in mind when holiday shopping

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Each fall, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) releases a report on toy-related deaths and injuries among children 15 and younger. The most recent, in October, for the previous calendar year, shows that while there were only …

Fatherhood journey: Finding our role in ending violence

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Peace is possible. I want our children — all children — to hold this belief as sacred, even as the trauma from the recent terrorist attacks in Paris continues to ripple. Our outrage with such public and extreme acts of violence is justified. Our desire to bring to …

Krysten Ritter on playing anti-superhero Jessica Jones

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

By Libby Hill Los Angeles Times (TNS) Krysten Ritter doesn’t get sick. Yet heading into her final week of press before the release of Netflix’s “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” the actress was desperately staving off a sore throat before boarding a plane to New York City. “I’m pounding vitamins …

Planned Parenthood sues Texas over denial of Medicaid funds

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Planned Parenthood and 10 of its patients sued the state of Texas on Monday to block officials from cutting off Medicaid funds, calling the state’s actions “political” and part of a long-term pattern of denying reproductive health care to women. “Women in Texas today have fewer rights than …

Guthrie to sing ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ at old church

Monday, November 23, 2015

GREAT BARRINGTON (AP) — You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant — including Arlo Guthrie. The celebrated folk singer is performing live this week at the former Old Trinity Church, where a ticket he got for littering 50 years ago inspired the 1967 runaway hit song …