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The appetizer Holyoke restaurant Slaint created last year during the 12-Mile Meal chef challenge

‘12-Mile Meal’ battle of the chefs heats up at Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chefs from three local restaurants, including defending champion The Sierra Grill, will take part in a cooking throw-down as they battle to create three-course meals using ingredients from within a 12-mile radius of Northampton. “The 12-Mile Meal” will take place as part of the “Northampton Jazz Festival” on Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chef Tent behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton. “It fits in pretty well because jazz is an art form and so is cooking,” said the program’s director and host, Rick Gifford, in a phone interview. “The 12-Mile Meal” is an annual event that is open to the public; … 0

A 7-step path to parenting Zen

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

If you have school-age children, you probably know that Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits” series has been modified and monetized for youngsters. Close to 1,500 elementary schools are using “The Leader in Me” series, The Associated Press reports, which spells out seven mini-mottos for students. I’m a fan of anything I can bark out … 0

When teens need help saying no

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Some years ago, before I had children of my own, I went to visit a friend and former colleague whose oldest daughter was then a middle-schooler. When I told my friend how terrific I thought that daughter was, my friend agreed but said she (the mom) was worried about one thing. Her daughter, H., apparently had started declining invitations to hang out with … 0

Up a tree

Friday, August 22, 2014

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A Look Back

Friday, August 22, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ General Chairmen Robert J. Nolan and Richard S. Kristek today announced that tickets for the Guy Lombardo concert, sponsored by the Mr. and Mrs. Club of St. Michael’s School, are now on sale at a number of places in Northampton. Mr. Lombardo and his … 0

‘Doctor Who’ returns with a new season on BBC America

Friday, August 22, 2014

Okay, Whovians, your long wait is over. On Aug. 23, BBC America will broadcast the first episode of the new season of the classic science fiction show, “Doctor Who.” It will introduce Peter Capaldi, 56, as the latest incarnation of the Doctor. For those “Who” are new to … 0

Singer Amy Winehouse to be commemorated with statue

Friday, August 22, 2014

LONDON — Amy Winehouse is to be commemorated with a statue in the London neighborhood where she lived and worked. The late singer’s family says the statue will be unveiled in Camden Town on Sept. 14, her 31st … 0

Doing things properly: Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association’s local projects and new training program

Friday, August 22, 2014

Nobody gardens alone, is something many gardeners know. Whether a novice or an expert, most gardeners need advice and support at some time. They need help identifying pests. They need information on the best variety of cucumber or … 0

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: North Amherst Library garden

Friday, August 22, 2014

The garden outside the North Amherst Library is a labor of love by one devoted library patron and gardener — Nancy D’Amato. Five years ago, D’Amato decided the landscape outside the library, which is located in a triangle … 0

Living Smart: Don’t fall for tech-support scams

Friday, August 22, 2014

The phone rings. The voice on the other line informs you that your PC is infected with a virus that, fortunately for you, the caller’s well-known company can eliminate. Hmm, you think, that’s odd, since our family only uses Macs. Hopefully, you hang up and that’s the end … 0

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou talks avocados

Friday, August 22, 2014

Guacamole. What a great word. What a great dip. But don’t you ever wish there was something different you could do with those beautiful, ripe avocados sitting on your counter right now, getting more ripe by the minute? Of course you could just eat one with a spoon … 0

Ohio diocese discourages ALS ice bucket challenge

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CINCINNATI — A Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its 113 schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, saying the group’s funding of embryonic stem cell research is “in direct conflict … 0

Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

Thursday, August 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world’s most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who’ve already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine … 0