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VIDEO: Snowboarding on a flat field, thanks to a breeze

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Gazette reporter Stephanie McFeeters caught up with Max Mascelloni Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was zipping around a field atop a snowboard, powered by the wind. The 31-year-old Amherst resident says the sport is popular in Europe. …

Fossils tell the tale

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Accompanying the new mural depicting the history of plant life at the Smith College Botanic Garden is an exhibit of plant fossils on loan from the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College. “Fossils are the basis for all our knowledge about the evolution of plants,” said the botanic garden’s director, Michael Marcotrigiano. “The fossils complement the mural by giving the viewer …

The flora story: Unique mural at Smith’s Botanic Garden depicts 4 billion years of plant history

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A new mural at Smith College that depicts billions of years of plant history, might well be the first of its kind, anywhere on Earth. Museums of natural history have long answered the perennial challenge of explaining what Earth looked like millions — even billions — of years ago, with the use of …

Get Growing: Tending a new Christmas rose

Friday, December 18, 2015

Since childhood I have been intrigued by the legend of the Christmas rose. My parents had a tiny book about the legend. At the time I assumed the rose was the rose that blooms in summer so I …

Columnist Cheryl Wilson retires, reflects on three decades of writing about Valley homes and gardens

Friday, December 18, 2015

The time has come to say goodbye. I started writing regularly about gardens for the Amherst Bulletin in 1984 and houses and gardens for the Daily Hampshire Gazette in 1989. Thirty years is a long time for meeting …

Tips for keeping a pet-friendly home clean and odor-free

Friday, December 18, 2015

A pet will fill your home with love, but it will also fill your home with fur, odors and lots of mess. A recent study by North Carolina State University researchers found that homes with dogs have more …

Living Smart: What should you do if you have a holiday emergency?

Friday, December 18, 2015

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, but as luck would have it, there was no hot air (thanks to the furnace dying on Christmas morning). What’s a homeowner to do if they have such an …

Gift ideas for the gardener in your life

Friday, December 4, 2015

There is no shortage of trowels, hoses and birdhouses out there just waiting to be wrapped up for your favorite gardener. Following is a varied selection of gift ideas, from simple to a splurge and practical to indulgent. …

Living Smart: How to hang Christmas lights on your garage door

Friday, December 4, 2015

When hanging holiday lights around your garage door, stay safe and protect your home by using hooks and clips designed for the task. Follow basic safety tips for a worry-free holiday. Don’t staple or nail to the trim …

Your Place: Close gaps before reinsulating, especially in basement

Friday, December 4, 2015

I’ve been reinsulating some spaces around our house that the very cold winters of recent years have shown are not as tight as they should be. One thing I’ve been doing — thanks to helpful advice over the …

Books for gardeners: A sampling of new releases for the holiday gift list

Friday, December 4, 2015

Each year there is a parade of new garden books released in the fall for holiday giving. They run the gamut from gorgeous coffee table books to make you feel you are an inferior gardener to practical ones …

Robert Floyd gallery presents Newfoundland slide shows

Friday, December 4, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — To celebrate the start of the 15th year for the Robert Floyd Gallery and Learning Center, there will be two public digital slide shows at the center at 2 East St. “Newfoundland: Bonavista Peninsula” takes place …

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

MOVIES: What was the 1953 film for which Frank Sinatra received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar? GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is a natatorium? FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: Who once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”? CHEMISTRY: What is the symbol for the element copper? …