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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, …

Get Growing: A garden-tour vacation could be the trip of a lifetime

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The highlight of 2014 for me was a trip to England to the Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society, followed by seven days of touring English gardens. The Chelsea Flower Show is the great-grand-daddy of …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: First impressions

Thursday, November 20, 2014

You can only make a first impression once. At The Mick, the bar at the entrance of the Delaney House on Route 5 in Holyoke, they make a good one. My friend Chris and I arrived at The …

Style Stop: Patti Shields

Thursday, November 20, 2014

We spotted Patti Shields as she was parking her car on a recent afternoon in downtown Northampton. When we got a better look at her outfit — the vintage coat, the distressed tunic from Lekuin, those stylin’ boots …

I.D.: Mary Beth Annarella

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mary Beth Annarella wears a lot of hats — a few of which are hand-knit. She’s a bonafide science geek, and worked in basic molecular biology research labs for years before earning a master’s degree in education and …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Too big to fail? Remember the dinosaurs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

For the past few weeks, I’ve found myself thinking about dinosaurs. And about Einstein. Stay with me now. I loved dinosaurs as a kid. I collected little plastic ones and knew all the names. Brontosaurus, T. Rex, Trachodon. Many of these names have since changed (How does a …

Your Time: Senior Citizen Bowling League, Canal Bowling Lanes, Southampton

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Senior Citizen Bowling League has been meeting at Canal Bowling Lanes in Southampton for seven years, but it’s an organization with a long history (much like many of its members). The league was started in the 1970s …

Chef’s Best: For Hanukkah, these are some pretty sweet latkes

Thursday, November 20, 2014

During college, I took a class on global populations and food (affectionately known as “pops and crops”). I’m sure it was a fine class, but really only one lesson has stuck with me in the 25 years since. …

Minnesotans gripe over grape salad being named classic Thanksgiving dish

Thursday, November 20, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — It seemed an innocent enough premise: The New York Times Food section Wednesday featured a state-by-state guide to traditional Thanksgiving dishes of the 50 states. But snuggled between Michigan’s Baked German Potato Salad and Mississippi’s Ale-Braised Collard Greens With Smoked Ham Hock was a culinary land …

Key players in medical marijuana industry air implications in community forum

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Panelists at a forum on medical marijuana Wednesday discussed the various complexities of using pot medically, from the legality of growing it to finding the right dosage and knowing when it is and isn’t safe to …

As sex abuse claims mount, TV Land pulls ‘Cosby Show’ reruns

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NEW YORK — NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development and TV Land will stop airing reruns of “The Cosby Show,” moves that came a day after another woman came forward claiming that the …