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A snowboarder and skier ride the Chondola ski lift at the Sunday River ski resort, Friday, March, 13, 2015 in Newry, Maine. CNL Resort Properties , the real estate investment trust that's the largest owner of ski areas in the country, including Sunday River, is quietly putting the entire lot, along with dozens of other properties , up for sale. The company is looking to liquidate to repay investors. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Ski resorts worth hundreds of millions could be sold

Sunday, March 15, 2015

NEWRY, Maine — A real estate investment trust that’s considering getting out of the snow business could sell more than dozen ski resorts from Maine to California that are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. CNL Lifestyle Properties owns 16 resorts including Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine, Bretton Woods, Loon Mountain and Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire, Okemo Mountain …

After a brutal winter, Spring Bulb Show visitors take refuge amid color, soothing fragrances at Smith College

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After the winter we’ve endured, the long-running annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College with its display of 7,000 colorful bulbs no doubt will be a bigger draw than ever this year. By way of verification, you might ask any of the 30,000 to 40,000 visitors expected to stream through the …

Get Growing: Beauty bursts out at Smith and Mount Holyoke this weekend

Friday, March 6, 2015

The annual Spring Bulb Show extravaganzas open this weekend at Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges. The greenhouses will be bursting with daffodils, tulips, snowdrops and crocuses. Hyacinths will perfume the air along with the good honest smell of dirt. This year, these annual rites of spring come when all of us, green thumbs …

Built-in or portable? Choosing the right generator

Friday, October 17, 2014

As storms have become more severe in many parts of the country and power outages more frequent, home generators have gone from luxury items to mainstream ones. Prices have come down, thanks to growing demand and cheaper technology. …

Unlocking the secret to hiding a spare key

Friday, October 17, 2014

Want to safely hide a spare house key? Here are a few tips. Burglars, don’t read this story. It’s a horrible feeling: You arrive home and discover that you lost your key. If only you had a spare …

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 …