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President Barack Obama carries on the Thanksgiving tradition of saving a turkey from the dinner table with a "presidential pardon" of 'Cheese' the turkey in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama on safe legal ground with turkey pardon

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with — sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table. In the spirit of the holiday, Obama on Wednesday took “action fully within my legal authority, the same kind of action taken by Democrats and Republican presidents before me,” to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, a 49-pound bird named Cheese. He also spared an alternate turkey, a 47-pounder named Mac. Both came from Cooper Farms in Oakwood, Ohio. “If you’re a turkey, and you’re named after a side dish, your chances of escaping Thanksgiving dinner …

When son knows best A Belchertown couple turns to their eldest to design their modern home

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Architect Uwe Brandes has designed everything from a military museum in Buffalo, New York, to an elementary school in Berlin, Germany. Currently the founding executive director of Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Urban Planning in Urban Planning in Washington. D.C., Brandes, 50, has another design on his resume that hits closer …

Your Place: Anti-slip tape may save full additive solution

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Q: We have a common California style balcony in front of our condo building, with a coat of epoxy that was put on by the contractor last year. The finish is very slippery. Is there anything we can apply on top of the epoxy coating that will make the finish less slippery? A: Some contractors use a sand-like additive to make epoxy finishes …

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Frost:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Some parts of Franklin and Hampshire counties experienced light frost last weekend although most of us were spared. Heavy frost is yet to be predicted by the weather experts, but, nonetheless, it is time to prepare for that eventuality. Tender plants like tomatoes and peppers have really stopped …

Living Smart: Choose the right flooring for rooms that get wet

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Flooring is a foundational facet of any home project. But when the room you’re upgrading is prone to spills and splashes and the chance of leaks or flooding, carpet isn’t an ideal choice. Here are some options for moisture-prone areas, from flooring pros who’ve earned top ratings from …

Right at Home: Quoth the raven, ‘Happy Halloween’

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Edgar Allan Poe and Halloween are enmeshed like cobwebs on a lamppost. In classics like “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Masque of the Red Death” and more, the master of horror fiction …

Canning, freezing, drying and other ways to stock the larder

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

“I like bringing a little summer into winter,” says Kristen Wilmer of Florence. Wilmer works for Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) and is a strong supporter of making the best of the bounty we have in the …

Made in the shade

Friday, September 5, 2014

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 …

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 …

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 …

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Hildene

Friday, August 15, 2014

Abraham Lincoln’s grand- daughter Jessie created a beautiful garden in 1907 at Hildene, her family’s summer home in Vermont. Designed to be seen from her mother’s second floor sitting room, the parterre garden was like stained glass in …

Right at Home: Style tips for off-campus living and getting along

Friday, August 15, 2014

For college kids who move off-campus, learning to accommodate the styles and needs of housemates is good practice for life after school. Take Erica Weidrick and Caitrin Curtis, upperclassmen at the University of North Carolina, who are moving …